was born in 1994 as a partnership between two faculty members,
Dean Raymond B. Landis and Prof. Martin S. Roden. The company
was started to offer an alternative to the major publishers,
particularly in the area of pricing.
The first text produced by Discovery Press was Studying
Engineering, a Roadmap to a Successful Career. This text was
offered at $22.95, a price that has barely changed in 12 years
through two editions. Texts of this length from other publishers
typically sell at twice this price or more.
The pricing policy continued as the publisher expanded
into areas of the core Electrical Engineering curriculum. We now
have introductory texts in the areas of Introduction to
Engineering, Analog and Digital Communications, and Electronic
In 2009, we added a Technical Communications text to our lineup.
Writing and Speaking for Technical Professionals is a
student-oriented text which is ideally suited to writing
and communications courses in Engineering, Business, and the
sciences. It also serves the "writing across the curriculum"
component of technical majors, including senior design. It
covers student writing, professional writing and oral
communications in an entertaining and non-threatening way. With
a retail price of $24.95, it continues our tradition of
Besides a pricing structure very sensitive to students,
the books of Discovery Press are highly student oriented. A
student commented that “the books are written for students,
and not as an ego trip for the author to impress readers with
their extensive knowledge.”
While Discovery Press will remain small, we are in an
expansion mode with the new text covering Technical Writing, and several other projects under negotiation.
We are always interested in talking with prospective authors,
although we will continue to be highly selective in choosing