The U.S.'s first university textbook on the subject of the demolition process -- Demolition: Practices, Technology, and Management -- is now available for reading on all e-book readers, including Kindle, Nook, and iPod devices.
"Since its publication in a print format in 2010, sales have been brisk," says Michael R. Taylor, executive director of the National Demolition Association (NDA), which teamed with Purdue University Press on the publication of the book. "We expect with the added availability of the book in a digital format to see a big jump in sales. Considering the recent news that e-book sales at Amazon surpassed print books, we think this may become the preferred format among the book's intended audiences."
Taylor adds that demolition contractors intent on training staff properly are making the book required reading as part of the ongoing education process.
"The full range of technical issues such as project management, disaster response, demolition project safety, and material handling and recycling covered in the book focus on the real-world skills needed to take on and safely complete demolition projects," he says.
Demolition: Practices, Technology, and Management is co-authored by demolition veteran Richard J. Divan and Purdue University assistant professor Mark Curette.
A compendium of basic demolition knowledge, best practices, and standards, it is the first such textbook of its kind in the U.S. and possibly the world, according to NDA.
NDA decided to collaborate with Purdue on the book, initially for its specialization in demolition and reconstruction offered through its Department of Building Construction Management, the first such program in the U.S.
Demolition: Practices, Technology, and Management can be ordered from the NDA Store at www.demolitionassociation.com; from Purdue UP at www.thepress.purdue.edu; from www.amazon.com, www.bn.com, Apple's iBooks store, and other online booksellers.