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Fieldbus Book Wars

Notes 4/21/2011: I’ve updated the links and status (but not the chart); both CANOpen books are now available.  Sometime I’d like to revisit field bus books, but it’s not a high priority.

One way of judging programming language popularity is to compare book sales. So I decided to do something similar – see how many books in Amazon.com had the names of popular fieldbuses in their title. I excluded non-English books (German Profibus users get more choices) and standards documents.

Fieldbus In Print Out Of Print Total
CANOpen 0 2 2
Profibus 2 1 3
Profinet 1 0 1
Foundation Fieldbus 1 2 3
Devicenet 0 0 0
Ethernet/IP 0 0 0
EtherCAT 0 0 0
Ethernet PowerLink 0 0 0
Modbus 0 0 0
Modbus/TCP 0 0 0
CC-Link 0 0 0

I wouldn’t choose a fieldbus on the basis of books; for example, many of the fieldbuses have good information available on the web. But it’s interesting to look at the book titles and year of publication:

Apparently fieldbus books do sell: several recent books are already out of print (or otherwise unavailable).

Tony

3 comments

1 Carl Henning { 02.21.08 at 7:41 am }

I guess not all the books are on Amazon. Through the http://www.us.profibus.com website (under Resources/Books) we offer The New Rapid Way to PROFIBUS DP and The Rapid Way to PROFINET. (These are also available in languages other than English.) There is also a book in English (and German, Japanese, and Chinese) on PROFIBUS PA available from the publisher: Oldenbourg.

2 PTO PROFIblog : Judging a Fieldbus by the Number of Books { 02.21.08 at 8:23 am }

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3 Judging a Fieldbus by the Number of Books - PI North America (PTO) { 01.15.13 at 7:33 am }

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