There appears to be a couple of versions of the 2nd edition of this book. I noticed US and International editions and a Hardcover or Paperback versions.

Are there any contents differences between the versions?

[editor's note: The third edition of this title is now available]


International editions are substantially cheaper, in both meanings of the term. They are printed on lower-quality paper, with smaller print, and black-and-write ink. (But AoE has no color sections anyway.)

Hardcover and paperback versions refers to the binding. I don't think there are any differences in content.

Before buying the book, take note that a 3rd edition will be published Real Soon Now: http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/the-art-of-electronics-3rd-edition-finished-writing-and-copy-editing/

[Editor's note: The third edition is now available]

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks. I am aware of the 3rd ed. - and also to the fact that it is rumored to being published for quite some time now... Anyway, I ordered the book at the local library, so I will have a chance to examine it anyway before purchasing. \$\endgroup\$ – ysap Sep 11 '14 at 20:05
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    \$\begingroup\$ I do love how long the 3rd edition has been almost ready. I think books will be downloaded directly into our brains by the time it's published. \$\endgroup\$ – Xcodo Sep 11 '14 at 20:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ 3rd edition is coming June 2015 since I last checked( a week ago) the publishers site. Wait for 3rd. \$\endgroup\$ – efox29 Jan 24 '15 at 21:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ Amazon shows the 3rd edition will be available on April 9. Adafruit.com has a limited number of copies now. \$\endgroup\$ – Carl Raymond Apr 1 '15 at 16:45

Since this is one of the first results coming up on Google while searching for the book, I believe it might be useful for the casual Internet zapper to know that the third edition is out now (April 2015) in Europe and will be soon out in the US. The book is some 250 pages bigger than the previous edition and a sample chapter (9: Voltage regulation and power conversion) along with the detailed table of contents is available online (you can have it emailed from Cambridge University Press, or find a copy in someone's Dropbox account - hey, it's the sample chapter, not the book!).

The above chapter has massively changed from the previous edition.

In the third edition, the chapters are now

1. Foundations
2. Bipolar transistors
3. Field effect transistors
4. Operational amplifiers
5. Precision circuits
6. Filters
7. Oscillators and timers
8. Low noise techniques and transimpedance
9. Power regulation
10. Digital electronics
11. Programmable logic devices
12. Logical interfacing
13. Digital meets analog
14. Computers, controllers, and data links
15. Microcontrollers

Looking at the detailed ToC it appears some chapters have been split (Filters and Oscillators, for example) while others have been rehashed. Some others appears to have been dropped. In an email by W. Hill shared online, it appears that some five further chapters are still in preparation as additional 'modules' (perhaps only in electronic form? It's not clear to me)

All in all, it appears the third edition is a brand new book, with the 'basic chapters' still the same, but most 'application chapters' profoundly revised in content and depth.

So, if you - Internet zapper - stumbled upon this page by chance, my advice to you is "go for the third edition". I did.

And I have the second edition sitting on my shelf.


There is no difference in the content that I know of. I have several paperbacks of the 2nd edition floating around my lab. To me paperback is better because of slightly smaller size. It's easier to carry it around.

My advice is to buy the 2nd edition now. It's still 95% good, as the main point of the book is to teach you the right design principles, and these don't get obsolete. I guess this is the reason for the lack of rush with an updated edition.


Some subsection like the subsection 15.08 "Biological and chemical voltage probles" was removed. I check several times and didn't find it in new edition.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Welcome to the EE stack exchange. You have replied to a question which is more than 3 years old and already has an accepted answer. I recommend you focus on newer questions which do not already have good answers. \$\endgroup\$ – mkeith Nov 22 '17 at 18:33
  • \$\begingroup\$ thanks to answer me sir, I didn't notice that it was so old post. I've just said that because a few days ago i try to find info about some subsections and didn't find it and this topic is about the theme. I said something new for this discuss maybe anyone have some information about it to give me. Well, my apologies and have a nice day :) \$\endgroup\$ – Guilherme Marques Nov 23 '17 at 19:12
  • \$\begingroup\$ no need to apologise. Old or not your updated info was a help to me. \$\endgroup\$ – HörmannHH Sep 10 at 10:41

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