MOP Fans: E-books Make Your Life Easier

Andrew Shaw
Posted Jan. 8, 2014
 

 

It was my first reflex. I was in my office and needed information on typical wastewater characteristics, so I reached for the bookshelf. Twenty minutes and two manuals later, I found the table I wanted in a hard copy of Design of Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants, Manual of Practice 8. The same table I needed is also in the electronic version of MOP 8. Had I been traveling, as I often do, I would have searched the electronic manual and found the table much quicker. Perhaps I should have done the same in my office.

Electronic books, or "e-books," continue to grow in popularity thanks to Kindles, iPads, and other tablets. That is true for reference manuals and other text books with more and more books and manuals available in electronic format. The advantages are many, especially when you are talking about the detailed and frequently large MOPs published by WEF: 

 

  1. Portability - I have all 3 volumes of MOP8 and several other large text books on my laptop and iPad, taking up relatively no space at all, so it is easy to access them wherever I am in the world.  
  2. Searchability - Just a few clicks get me to the relevant information.  
  3. Immediate delivery - no shipping costs and no waiting for your book to arrive.  
  4. Built-in dictionary - easy to check definitions.  
  5. Links to online references - linked directly to the source.  
  6. Bookmarking and note taking - much neater than sticky notes or scrawling in the margin!  
  7. Multi-media content - embedded videos and other interactive capabilities using "apps." One of my favorites is "Elements" - a very cool presentation and information-rich.
     

Old habits die hard, but the advantages of e-books mean that they will gradually take over as the "norm" instead of the paper versions. You can browse the entire WEF bookstore at www.wef.org/SHOPWEF, but if you got a new Kindle or tablet computer over the holidays, try testing it out with the latest WEF Manual of Practice in electronic format. Just keep your device well charged: paper books still have the one advantage that they don't require batteries!   

 

 

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Old habits die hard, but the advantages of e-books mean that they will gradually take over as the "norm" instead of the paper versions. You can browse the entire WEF bookstore at www.wef.org/SHOPWEF, but if you got a new Kindle or tablet computer over the holidays, try testing it out with the latest WEF Manual of Practice in electronic format.

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MOP Fans: E-books Make Your Life Easier

Andrew Shaw
Posted Jan. 8, 2014
 

 

It was my first reflex. I was in my office and needed information on typical wastewater characteristics, so I reached for the bookshelf. Twenty minutes and two manuals later, I found the table I wanted in a hard copy of Design of Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants, Manual of Practice 8. The same table I needed is also in the electronic version of MOP 8. Had I been traveling, as I often do, I would have searched the electronic manual and found the table much quicker. Perhaps I should have done the same in my office.

Electronic books, or "e-books," continue to grow in popularity thanks to Kindles, iPads, and other tablets. That is true for reference manuals and other text books with more and more books and manuals available in electronic format. The advantages are many, especially when you are talking about the detailed and frequently large MOPs published by WEF: 

 

  1. Portability - I have all 3 volumes of MOP8 and several other large text books on my laptop and iPad, taking up relatively no space at all, so it is easy to access them wherever I am in the world.  
  2. Searchability - Just a few clicks get me to the relevant information.  
  3. Immediate delivery - no shipping costs and no waiting for your book to arrive.  
  4. Built-in dictionary - easy to check definitions.  
  5. Links to online references - linked directly to the source.  
  6. Bookmarking and note taking - much neater than sticky notes or scrawling in the margin!  
  7. Multi-media content - embedded videos and other interactive capabilities using "apps." One of my favorites is "Elements" - a very cool presentation and information-rich.
     

Old habits die hard, but the advantages of e-books mean that they will gradually take over as the "norm" instead of the paper versions. You can browse the entire WEF bookstore at www.wef.org/SHOPWEF, but if you got a new Kindle or tablet computer over the holidays, try testing it out with the latest WEF Manual of Practice in electronic format. Just keep your device well charged: paper books still have the one advantage that they don't require batteries!   

 

 

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Andrew is a Global Practice and Technology Leader in Sustainability and Wastewater for Black and Veatch. He has 20 years experience in wastewater treatment design, having worked in the UK, Australia and North America. His specialties include nutrient removal, computer modeling, instrumentation, process optimization and life cycle assessments. He is an active member and chair of several WEF and IWA task groups and committees. In addition to his position with Black & Veatch he is also studying for a PhD in Environmental Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology. In his precious spare time he is a sporadic blogger at the poopengineer.blogspot.com and tweeter at @AndyRShaw2000!