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Elderly bookworm on a library ladder.

Those interested in this site may reasonably be assumed to also have some interest in books about its subject. Here, in association with The Book Depository and AbeBooks, we make it easy for you to browse and, if you choose, purchase from our virtual book shop of solar home books.

Book Sources

About The Book Depository

There are many places on the internet that sell books, but if you run any reasonable number of random samples through a price-comparison service, you will reliably find that for new books The Book Depository is highly competitive—often the lowest price. Moreover, The Book Depository always offers free delivery, to almost anywhere in the world (over 100 countries), with every order. You don't have to pad your order with books you might not really want just to meet some price quota to get free shipping: with The Book Depository, each and every book costs you exactly the price you see, delivered.

The Book Depository, founded in 2004, is already the fastest growing bookseller in Europe, shipping to thousands of customers every day throughout the world. They have over a million customers and a reputation for extremely high service levels. A large percentage of their customers are very loyal, placing orders time and again. The Book Depository focuses on selling "less of more" rather than "more of less"—that is, they differentiate themselves from other retailers who increasingly focus on bestsellers. The Book Depository currently has over six million unique titles they can ship within 48 hours, a figure that increases every day. They even list and supply books from other retailers, to assure thoroughness.

Speaking of thoroughness: of the roughly 30 million titles ever printed in the English language, only a few million are still in print. The Book Depository seeks to make available as many of these titles as possible, so as to have the largest breadth of available titles in the world. In fact, where books are no longer in print—or are only poorly available—The Book Depository is working to make them available again by republishing them through their own "Dodo Press" imprint (which already has re-published over fifteen thousand out-of-print or hard-to-find titles), making those titles available again to readers. In fact, most Dodo Press titles are available from The Book Depository as free downloads.

About AbeBooks

Turning from new books to used books, the obvious market-dominating champion is AbeBooks. AbeBooks is actually a centralized aggregator through which many thousands of booksellers make available their inventory of used books, offering literally millions of books. It maintains a blog and reader forums, but above all it makes buying used books easy and economical.


Solar Home Books

Seemingly endless shelves of books.

Our software goes out every night and, through a special data interface, queries The Book Depository for solar home books , which is normally a great many titles. Today, we have 1,267 solar home books from the Book Depository site, books that you can read about—and, if you like, conveniently buy right here, right now. And, for each of those books, it also provides a link to an AbeBooks search for used copies of that book.

Here's how you can see all those titles:

There is a set of 28 pages, one for each letter of the alphabet, one for titles that begin with a numeral, and one for titles that begin with something yet else. Books are each listed on those pages by the first letter of the first word of their title—except for titles beginning with A, An, or The, which are listed by their second word.

A typical entry on one of the alphabetical set of book-title pages might look like this randomly selected sample:



book cover Report on Solar Water Heating Quantitative Survey

by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Paperback, Bibliogov
$16.32shipping included
Available - ships from the UK in 11 business days
Price and availability from The Book Depository US site.

Or look for used copies at AbeBooks (click this link).

That's all pretty simple and self-evident: the book's title, which is a click-on link to the full "details" page at The Book Depository; the book's author (or compiler), whose name is a clickable link to a search for more books from him or her; the book's publisher; the book's format (hardcover or paperback); the book's price; the book's current availability status new; and a link to a search for used copies of that particular book at AbeBooks.

(Should the book be unavailable new, as indicated by the phrase "This edition is currently out of stock new" in the listing, the title will instead also be a link to used copies at AbeBooks.)

To see the pages you'd get if you clicked on the title or the AbeBooks link, well, click on them (that sample above works). Before you do, though, let us note that each page—whether at The Book Depository or at AbeBooks—will open in a new tab (if your browser has tabbed browsing) or a new browser window (if it doesn't); this page, or whatever page you were on, will remain in place so you don't have to do repeated "Back Button" clicks to get back to it. (There are no hidden "you're buying it" gotchas on this site; if you decide you want the book, you buy it on the Book Depository's or AbeBooks' site.)

And again: you can also click on the author's (or compilers') name and see all titles by that author; and yes, that also works in the sample above.


A Few Special Book Recommendations

Things have moved on quite a bit since the time of Charlie Wing's still-valuable From the Ground Up. We haven't read all these, but from numerous reports they seem to be the most useful books out there now that are reasonably up to date.

  • book cover From the Ground Up

    by Charles Wing and John N. Cole
    An older but still tremendously useful guide to sane solar design and construction.
    (Out of print--link is to used copies.)

  • book cover The Solar House: Passive Heating and Cooling

    by Daniel D. Chiras
    Good, in-depth information on all the design elements, with product recommendations, comparison tables, and more.
    (Out of print--link is to used copies.)

  • book cover Solar House: A Guide for the Solar Designer

    by Terry Galloway
    A comprehensive guide to designing, planning and building a solar house, from siting issues through specific design features to maintenance of the property and equipment.

  • book cover Living Homes: Integrated Design & Construction

    by Thomas J. Elpel
    A creative guide helps the non-builder become conversant with the terms, materials, and techniques necessary to build one's energy-efficient dream home on a shoestring.
    (Out of print--link is to used copies.)

  • Books on Other Subjects

    a full bookcase

    We make it easy for you to locate books on solar home, but you are not limited to such books. After all, The Book Depository sells pretty much every single title actually in print, and AbeBooks carries pretty much every single title that ever was in print.

    If you want to try just a "simple" search at The Book Depository, you can do that right here. Enter any of one or more keywords, a full or partial book title, an author name, or an ISBN (or a mix of those):

    Or, if you want to do a slightly more complex "advanced" search at The Book Depository, you can go direct to The Book Depository's search page (which will open in a new browser window or tab).

    If instead you want to search AbeBooks, you can start at the AbeBooks main page.




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