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My First Basic Electronics Book

By on October 12, 2010

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The first electronics book that i bought was “Basic Electronics By Bernard Grob”.  It was the first edition and was printed back in 1986 if I’m not mistaken. The above photo is eight edition and there may be a newer edition. The reason i talk about this book is because i do get quite a number of emails from fellow ERG members that asked what books that was suitable for beginners. Although i have many other books, this book by Bernard Grob is the best. It covers lots of electronics topic. If you click on the above photo to visit the amazon website, scroll down and you could see that there are many buyers praise on this book. If you are a beginner and you are reading this post then do yourself a favour and get this book from If you have other good electronics book that you wish to recommend to others, you can give your comment and we would like to hear from you-thanks!



  1. karlo

    October 12, 2010 at 11:46 am

    I have the same book too..Hard bound! It is a nice book for those who would like to study electronics for the first time. Although this book is more on theory than practical/hands on.

  2. John Preher

    October 12, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    I was fortunate enough to be a fourth generation scale technician so I laeaned the basics from my family, but it was not much. When I got my first job at an electronics repair shop after leaving the family business I was given this book,, by a fellow technician, since then I have read literally 100's of books on electronics and radio. One book I think is great and covers all the basics of electricity and electronics including radio and robotics is this one, , after reading this one by Stan Gibilisco I wished that it had been my first book. Here are two more that I highly reccomend as well, and, Hopefully these books will help some of you. I will be purchasing and reading the one you suggested Jestine, because even though I have studied so much about electronics over the years I think a good technician should always keep reading and also going back over the basics, again and again, this is the way to become a master of your trade, study and then study again. We need to refresh ourselves as the years go by.

  3. admin

    October 12, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Hi Karlo and John,

    Thanks for the comment! By the way John, the Heathkit link is not working.


  4. John Preher

    October 12, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    I see the comma became part of the link for some reason and made the link no good here is the link again,

  5. Peh Hoo Guan

    October 12, 2010 at 8:46 pm


    I prefer "Practical Electronics for Inventors" as my bible XD.
    But I think it might not be suitable for beginners. but this book is good for those who have education level up to diploma or degree in any technical field.


  6. admin

    October 12, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Hi Peh,

    Yes you are right and infact i have checked the content and is not suitable for beginners.


  7. Zed

    October 13, 2010 at 1:00 am

    I recommend Electronic Troubleshooting by Don Matsuda.

  8. Zed

    October 13, 2010 at 1:10 am

    But in this book some experienced required. May be you first buy what sir jestine recommended. but this book will help you a lot.

  9. Waleed Rishmawi

    October 13, 2010 at 5:52 am

    I have the basic Electornics by the same auther Grob but I have the sixth Editoin. that is the book that I used to stuy when I was in the usa. it is a wonderful book.

  10. Waleed Rishmawi

    October 13, 2010 at 5:54 am

    the heathlink worked fine with is amazing

  11. Gerald Musy

    October 15, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    I use the Internet a lot but a good electronics book is always my first point of call when I need some information (or refreshing) quickly. The Net is packed with good information for all levels but it tends to be all over the places and somehow can be time consuming. There are excellent references sites though, like the one recommended by Beth on this Blog.
    If I ever buy another “hard copy” electronics book in the future it will be the next edition (whenever it happens) of “The Art of Electronics by Paul Horowitz and Winfield Hill”.
    It is not a tutorial but rather a reference ( Highly recommended, it covers basics as well as more advanced topics.

  12. admin

    October 15, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Hi Gerald,

    Thanks for your sharing and the link. By the way, have you got the meter yet?


  13. Gerald Musy

    October 16, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Hi Jestine,

    Yes I received the meter. It's working fine.
    Now I have to go hunting for bad capacitors 🙂

  14. Softwareentwickler

    March 12, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    bookmarked!!, I like your web site!


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