Popular Woodworking eBooks

homeBuyNowPopular Woodworking eBooks is your exclusive source for digital back issues of Popular Woodworking Magazine and Woodworking Magazine, as well as electronic versions of more than 50 of our best-selling books on woodworking techniques and instructions: From joinery to finishing, you’ll have instant & unlimited access to the most thorough and extensively illustrated woodworking instruction and inspiration.

  • More than 170 digital books and magazines
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  • Tips, techniques and projects you can build

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7 thoughts on “Popular Woodworking eBooks

  1. Christopher Hawkins

    Dan asked us to provide constructive criticism, so here are my beliefs.

    Dan should tone down the hyperbole. His post was not helpful in the goal of increasing subscriptions to Popular Woodworking eBooks. I found it bit silly and not in line with the generally high quality of Popular Woodworking’s staff.
    Knowledge is not permanent. What “you remember from everything you have read and done” today fades with time. If Pop Wood goes away, so will the online content. The printed books, magazines and plans will remain.

    I like online access to all the material, but don’t oversell it and treat us like we are children.

  2. Dennis A. Haines

    My curreny library of woodworking books is 308 books strong. I have read each of these books at least once and some more. Many have at one time or another spent a significant time in my workshop, usually on the workbench opened to a specific subject. They have been invaluable to me in learning woodworking skills. But most of all, and not to be taken lightly, is that these books give the gift of each authors knowledge and I will pass them and that knoeledge on to my children, grandchildren and a local woodworking school that has also earned its place in our woodworking society. Ebooks are for epeople, printed books are for tactile creative caring people such as woodworkers, printers and bookbinders!

  3. Farkled

    I’m probably being blind again, but in the entirety of the e-book site available to non-subscribers nowhere is the subscription price shown. Pushing subscribe without knowing the price seems rather foolish to me.

  4. JorgeG

    ” in terms of community, what you lose in being able to hand a printed book or magazine to someone else, you gain in being able to travel with a larger set of information.”

    I am sorry but this is a straw argument. Unless you are in the business of teaching and traveling like many of you in the magazine do, this is a useless feature. While I agree that the manner in which one acquires knowledge is unimportant. For some of us, the feel and connection that is established when using a book is irreplaceable by a reading pad. As stated above, with a book I do not have to worry if it gets wet, dusty or if it falls from the workbench. I can put it down, do something and go back to where I stopped reading, I don’t have to “turn it on”.

    The subject of reading tablets is just like dovetails and how to cut them or sharpening systems, there are intangible preferences. Both roads take us to the same place but one is like driving through a beautiful road in a convertible, the other one is like taking the subway…. :-)

  5. Clay Dowling

    Having access to stuff on a tablet is great. I have a 10″ tablet that turns out to be great for shop manuals (I fixed my motorcycle using a shop manual downloaded on that tablet). I’m perfectly happy to read on a tablet, but I need access when I’m offline. A tablet is great for letting me take a woodworking book or three camping with me. But there’s no reason to assume that I’ll have an internet connection. Make the books downloadable in a non-restricted, open format, so I can read it on whatever device I choose, without a special Pop Wood app, and I’ll be happy to subscribe. Until then, I think your ebooks are a distraction from your real business.

    Steve Jackson Games gets it. They’re the model for how you should run a successful, customer-friendly electronic publishing business. Study them, and stop wasting time and effort with ebooks until you work out why they’re successful. Paizo publishing is another excellent example.

    1. repearson

      It looks like you’re getting some good and thoughtful criticism. Just to bring you up to where I am and what I completed just to give the digital library another look, here’s a summary. Sadly the first obstacle was no access to the Pop Wood app. I own a Kindle Fire, it does not support Google play (the newer versions do). I am also a long time techie so I hacked my Kindle a bit and figured a way around that and side loaded the Pop Wood app. Makes no sense to even look into the digital library unless I can access it. Honestly took a good deal of research and time which I felt could be a reasonable investment… and you all asked for the feedback… I also of course registered for the site so I could follow through with the “subscribe” and finally see the details, noting Farkled provided you feed back on as well.

      The whole Book versus eBook, I totally get wanting actual printed books, I love them. But I also understand the added value of instant access, search-ability, and with electronic books, links to related information and of course video can be a huge, huge plus.

      Where the rubber hits the road for me is the price. I figured ways around the technical limits, but I am, as I can imagine many are, too strapped to subscribe 20 dollars a month for a library I honestly will only “refer” to when needed. I won’t use it enough to justify the price. If I had woodworking as a business bringing in enough to cover for it, I might consider as a business expense. Heck I’ve seriously wanted a DVD or set or however those are sold of all the back magazine issues in search-able, electronic form, just can’t afford to yet. The plus a DVD has over the eBooks are at least it’s mine to “have and to hold” so to speak.

      Lot said but you asked for constructive input and I did my best to give you just that.

      Thanks for the offer, but I’ll have to pass at least at this point.
      Randy Pearson

  6. options

    Having worked in Wall St for over 50 years I lived on a terminal or PC every day.
    But when it comes to down time I want a book I can pick up, and if I take it in the shop no fear
    of sawdust or fear of dropping it.
    The tactile feel is still it for me.

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