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About ShortCourses eBooks

About ShortCourses eBooks is the leading publisher of eBooks and eTexts in digital photography, many of them now downloadable for instant access. The advantage of eBooks is that you can now get the books in color at an affordable price, but they can also include animations and links to other resources on the Internet.

eBooks and Animations

Our eBooks are full-color versions of printed ShortCourses books, but instead of being printed they are published in Adobe’s PDF format. All are high-resolution PDFs that look great on the screen and in printouts.

Throughout some or our eBooks, you’ll find buttons you can click to display animations or other resources stored on the Web site. To access these resources you need an Internet connection.

ShortCourse eBooks are easy to navigate using a table of contents (left) or navigation buttons (bottom).

Downloading a Sample

To fully appreciate the high quality of ebooks, you can download a free copy of Curtin’s Guide to Digital Cameras and Other Photographic Equipment” from our Web site. If you are using a relatively new system, the book should open in your browser. On older systems, you may have to first install Adobe’s free Acrobat Reader available at
  • For tips on using Acrobat Reader to read our eBooks, Click here for a guide.
  • Click the book cover below to see samples.
e-book sample

Printing an eBook

Most users print only selected pages when they need them (called print on demand) but others run off color copies of the entire work. You have the right to do either as long as it's for personal use and not for sale or distribution to others.

You can print any PDF ebook just like you print other documents. However, you can also print them on both sides of the paper to save paper and make them look more like books you buy in the store.
  1. Open the PDF file that's formatted for printing in Adobe Acrobat and print just the odd pages.
  2. Put the paper back into the printer, upside down and print even pages. On my printer I flip its long axis but not its short. On your printer you may have to experiment. You can also print it on one side only and have a copy center copy it on a duplex copier (two-sided).
  3. Organize the pages so they are in order.
  4. Do one of the following:
If creating a book, three-hole punch the pages and put them in a 3-ring binder.

If creating a pocket guide booklet, fold the bundle of pages in half to make the booklet. Staple the spine with a long arm stapler or use a sliding binder bar available at any office supply store (you'll have to trim it to length).

Should you be unhappy with your purchase for any reason, just return the book for a full refund of the purchase price (not including shipping costs).

Phone Ordering
To order any title by phone, call
In Boston,

When you order from your contact person is always Peggy (shown here before she became a grandmother). She's just about the nicest person you'll ever meet. If you have questions, suggestions or comments, just call her at the number above or e-mail her at peggy
If she's not there, she'll call you back as soon as she can.


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