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This page lists books, periodicals, discs, and on-line information resources that pertain to compact disc development and production.

CD-R/DVD Disc Recording Demystified

  • Author: Lee Purcell
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill
  • ISBN: 0-07-135715-7
  • This very up-to-date book includes a good history timeline of CD-R & DVD-R, and a chapter about CD-R duplication contributed by this website's publisher.

The CD-ROM Drive: A Brief System Description

  • Author: Sorin Stan
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 0-7923-8167-X

The Education of A CD-ROM Publisher: Behind the Scenes Tale of CD-ROM Intrigue

  • Author: Christopher Andrews
  • Original Publication Date: 1993
  • New Publication Date: 1998
  • Publisher: CD-Info Classic

CD-ROM for Schools

  • Author: Pam Berger & Susan Kinnell
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Publisher: Pemberton Press
  • ISBN: 0-910965-13-7
  • How to choose, buy and use CD-ROM in your school, by two top school media professionals.

Publish Yourself on CD-ROM

  • Author: Fabrizio Caffarelli & Deirdre Straughan
  • Publication Date: 1992
  • Publisher: Random House Information Group
  • ISBN: 0-679742-97-2

Recordable CD Bible: With CD-ROM

  • Author: Mark L. Chambers
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • ISBN: 0-76453-103-4
  • This new book is directed mainly toward Windows95 and Windows NT users, but the accompanying CD-ROM includes demo software for several platforms, and some full versions.

Electronic Publishing on CD-ROM: Authoring, Development, and Distribution

  • Author: Steve Cunningham and Judson Rosebush
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Publisher: O'Reilly & Associates
  • ISBN: 1-56592-209-3

CD Recordable Handbook: A guide to Choosing the Right CD Recorder for You, 2nd ed.

  • Author: Robert DeMoulin, Toshi Iizuka, Rod Volturno and Ricoh DMS Division, Japan
  • Publication Date: 1994 & 1995
  • Publisher: Ricoh Corporation
  • Ricoh P/N 28363-002

Creating Interactive CD-ROM for Windows and Macintosh

  • Author: Scott Fisher
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann Pub
  • Includes: CD-ROM, step-by-step tutorials.

The New Optical Storage Technology

  • Author: John A. McCormick
  • Publication Date: 1993
  • Publisher: Irwin Professional Publishing
  • ISBN: 1-55623-907-6
  • An early work that includes CD-ROM and CD-R.

A Guide to Optical Storage Technology

  • Author: John A. McCormick
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill
  • ISBN: 1-55623-320-5
  • A very early work in the field, of historical interest.

Create Your Own Multimedia System

  • Author: John A. McCormick
  • Publisher: Windcrest/McGraw-Hill
  • This book is about building a multimedia creation workstation, not about a home multimedia system.

Computers and the Americans with Disabilities Act: A Manager's Guide

  • Author: John A. McCormick
  • Publication Date: 1993
  • Publisher: Windcrest/McGraw-Hill
  • ISBN: 0-8306-4445-8 (paperback)
  • 0-8306-4444-X (hardback)
  • Contains coverage of CD-ROM Technology, and discusses topics such as universal access to data.

CD-ROM Fundamentals

  • Author: Dana Parker & Robert Starrett
  • Publication Date: 1994
  • Publisher: Boyd & Fraser Publishing Company, Danvers, MA
  • ISBN: 0-87709-168-4
  • A slim paperback, primarily devoted to CD-ROM technology, this book is suitable for use as a supplementary textbook or as an introduction for those interested in the production of CD-ROMs. (Somewhat dated, and hard to find.)

CD-ROM Professional's CD-Recordable Handbook

  • Author: Dana Parker & Robert Starrett
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Publisher: CyberAge Books
  • ISBN: 0-910965-18-8
  • Published in 1996. Extensive treatment of the entire CD-R field by two leading experts.

New Rider's Guide to CD-ROM, 2nd ed.

  • Author: Dana Parker & Robert Starrett
  • Publication Date: 1994
  • Publisher: New Riders Pub
  • ISBN: 1-56205-308-6
  • Excellent, technically accurate.

The Compact Disc Handbook, 2nd ed.

  • Author: Ken C. Pohlmann
  • Publication Date: 1992
  • Publisher: A-R Editions, Inc.
  • ISBN: 0-89579-300-8
  • The CD manufacturing bible, heavy on theory. A bit dated now, but the basic info is superb and the explanations of important concepts are very accessible. For more up to date information, see Pohlmann's Principles of Digital Audio.

Principles of Digital Audio, 3rd Ed.

  • Author: Ken C. Pohlmann
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill
  • ISBN: 0-07-050469-5 (paperback)
  • ISBN: 0-07-050469-7 (hardbound)
  • An excellent technical reference for both digital audio and CD basics, such as questions about disc specifications, formats, and for understanding things like Reed-Solomon Interleave Code and EDC/ECC (error detection code/error correction code) as well as how CDs are made. This is not exactly a sequel to Pohlmann's Compact Disc Handbook, but is much more up to date and covers a lot of the same material and more. Very highly recommended.

Super CD-ROM Madness!

  • Author: Lee Purcell
  • Publication Date: 1994
  • Publisher: Macmillan/SAMS Publishing
  • ISBN: 0-672-30638-7

The Complete Guide to Recordable CD

  • Author: Lee Purcell & David Martin
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Publisher: SYBEX, Inc.
  • ISBN: 0-7821-1994-8
  • This book on Recordable CD includes an appendix containing several interviews with industry participants, including the publisher of this website.

CD-ROM Handbook, 2nd edition

  • Author: Chris Sherman, Editor
  • Publication Date: 1994
  • Publisher: Intertext Publications, McGraw-Hill, Inc.
  • ISBN: 0-07-056693-3
  • This collection of articles on the history of CD-ROM and CD-Recordable is heavily technical, but authoritative. Contributors include Linda Helgerson, Allen Adkins, Philip Busk, Arch Luther and many other pioneers in the field.

Electronic Publishing Unleashed: Discover the Power of Electronic Publishing--Online and Via CD-ROM

  • Author: William Stanek, Lee Purcell, Robert Bindl & Mitch Gould
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Publisher: Sams
  • ISBN: 0-672-30752-9
  • A complete review of paperless publishing techniques and tools. Includes a Windows-compatible CD-ROM with the full text of the book in HTML form as well as demos and trial software resources. The book also discusses intellectual property issues important to electronic publishers, and has tips for marketing and advertising as well as creating e-books and more.

DVD Demystified: The Guidebook of DVD-Video and DVD-ROM

  • Author: Jim Taylor
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill, Inc.
  • ISBN: 0-07-064841-7

The CD-ROM Directory: 1996 Edition

  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Publisher: TFPL Multimedia

EMedia Live

  • Publisher:
  • OnLine/Pemberton Press, Inc.
  • 462 Danbury Road
  • Wilton, CT 06897-2126
  • Phone: (+1)203-761-1466
  • Fax: (+1)203-761-1444

These links are to CD & DVD production related pages that don't seem to fit anywhere else in our site. Be sure to look for other links in pages throughout this site.

  • Video Help's Compatible DVD and Blu-ray Player Lists
    Just as in the early days of CD-R, some older DVD and Blu players and even some new ones have problems reading recordable DVD media. This chart can help you avoid pulling your hair out trying to find out why your disc won't work on your player. It may not be the media or a problem with the recording or format -- it might be player incompatibility.
  • Mark Worthington's Collection of CD Industry White Papers
    This is a collection of articles presented by one of the most knowledgable and articulate experts in the CD & DVD manufacturing & testing field. Mark was the technical advisor for the article I wrote for CD-ROM Professional magazine in 1996.
  • Jim Taylor's DVD Demystified FAQ
    This site contains an excellent, current FAQ about DVD technology.
  • A Fundamental Introduction to the Compact Disc Player
    by Grant Erickson. An excellent discussion of the most-neglected component of the CD system. [URL updated 2/15/99]
  • Resource Guide on Distributed Media
    This guide relates to all aspects of integrating local and online information access. Such hybrid combinations of online and offline resources complement the inherent limitations of single-mode solutions to provide maximum power and economy, and are gaining increasing attention.

This information is very important to CD developers and CD-R users.

  • The Digital Millineum Copyright Act
    On August 4, 1998 the US Congress approved H.R. 2281 to strengthen intellectual property rights in the age of the internet. This link from the US Copyright Office includes a link to a PDF copy of the act as well as to other pertinent laws and information.
  • Intellectual Property Resources
    This page listing was contributed by law student, Elizabeth Bailey. Thanks, Elizabeth!
  • Russian Copyright Agency
    I was contacted by Aleksandr Atchikov, Vice President of the (Russian) National Agency on Author's and Adjacent Rights, who contributed this link. Their website (with some resources in English) can be found here.

AIIM Standards White Papers

This webpage contains status reports on the publication of AIIM standards pertaining to imaging and document mangement, many being developed jointly with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Intellectual Property & Standards by Philips

Philips Consumer Electronics
Coordination Office Optical & Magnetic Media Systems
Building SWA-109, P.O.Box 80002
5600 JB Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Fax: +31 40 732113

ISO 9660:1988

Volume and file structure of CD-ROM for information interchange

ISO/IEC 13346:1995

Volume and file structure of write-once and rewritable media using non-sequential recording for information interchange. In five parts.

Part 1: General
Part 2: Volume and boot block recognition
Part 3: Volume structure
Part 4: File structure
Part 5: Record structure

Also see Howard Kaikow's page announcing the release of ISO/IEC 13346 and 13490.

ISO/IEC 13490:1995

Volume and file structure of read-only and write-once compact disc media for information interchange.

Part 1: General
Part 2: Volume and File Structure

Also see Howard Kaikow's page announcing the release of ISO/IEC 13346 and 13490.

ISO/IEC 10149:1995

Data interchange on read-only 120mm optical data disks (CD-ROM)


Standard testing, storage and handling procedures for CD-ROM, CD-R and other optical media.