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Electrical standards in new digital formats: Let us know what you think

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Electrical standards in new digital formats: Let us know what you think

Standards New Zealand has published an electrical standard as an ebook and they would like your feedback. Hard copy and PDF standards have their use, but with more people reading from their phones, something else is needed.

Standards New Zealand has published an electrical standard as an ebook and they would like your feedback. Hard copy and PDF standards have their use, but with more people reading from their phones, something else is needed.

We’d like you to test out the new ebook for us and tell us what you think. Is this how you want to see more standards or is there a better way? Find out how to access the ebook and provide your feedback below.

What’s an ebook?

Ebooks are just digital versions of books, like the ones Amazon sells to read on a Kindle. The more universal format, the EPUB, can be read on most devices and resizes to fit the screen. Much like a PDF, you can download them and read them offline.

How do I access the electrical standard as an ebook?

The standard is only accessible via the Electrical Workers Registration Board’s standards subscription. The good news is that all licensed electrical workers have access. Just log on to the EWRB website’s online services. Once you are into the list of subscribed standards, navigate to the product page for AS/NZS 3019:2007 Electrical installations – Periodic verification. On the page you will see two formats available, the usual PDF, but also an ebook. You can download either or both. (The same rights restrictions apply.) There is also a link to some tips on opening the ebook.

Standards New Zealand want your feedback

Even if you don’t need to use NZS 3019, it would be helpful if you could have a look and tell us what you think. Standards New Zealand is interested in the user experience, what works and what doesn’t. Have a look at the ebook standard then send us an email.

Email EWRB

Some of the things we’d like to know include:

  • Do you read other ebooks?
  • Is an offline digital format (like an ebook) useful? Or is having to be online no barrier to access?
  • How easy is it to read and navigate the ebook? To search in the ebook?
  • What device would you read it on?
  • What application would you use?
  • Is this the kind of format you would like to see more standards in?
  • What else might be useful in a digital format?