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    Default b2) Beginners Beekeeping Books

    Our bee club is redesigning our beginners class. We've been distributing the Keith Delaplane book (can't remember name), but it's a little dated and bare bones. I'm looking for suggestions on the best beginners book.
    Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?

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    Default Re: b2) Beginners Beekeeping Books

    Have you checked out Jim Tew's web sight lately. He has his on-line video based beekeeping training program completed. After going to his sight onetew.com click on the link to the video training. This should be a major help with the beginner classes.

    We also use the Delaplane book.

    Robert

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    Default Re: b2) Beginners Beekeeping Books

    My favorite starting book Ever: Beekeeping for Dummies.
    As for me, all I know is that I know nothing...
    - Socrates

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    Default Re: b2) Beginners Beekeeping Books

    My club has used this for BeeSchool: http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/FreePubs/pdfs/agrs93.pdf

    We purchase printed copies, which are available for $7.50 each:
    http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/PubSubject.a...ping&offset=30

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    Tony P.
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    Default Re: b2) Beginners Beekeeping Books

    Also the complete idiots guide to beekeeping, is a pritty good book.
    Dan

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    Default Re: b2) Beginners Beekeeping Books

    Diana Sammataro's "The Beekeeper's Handbook" the best ever!

    http://www.amazon.com/Beekeepers-Han...diane+samataro


    Grant
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    Default Re: b2) Beginners Beekeeping Books

    I agree with the D. Sammataro recommendation - It is my go to book. There is a rumor of a 5th edition, and I noticed some bkeeper supply places have the 4th edition on sale.....

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    Default Re: b2) Beginners Beekeeping Books

    I snagged that one from the library; I don't know if I'd call it a beginner's book, but it was an excellent read.
    As for me, all I know is that I know nothing...
    - Socrates

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    Default Re: b2) Beginners Beekeeping Books

    I also liked this book about bee behavior - it was really fascinating. All about bee behavior and very readable.
    The Buzz about Bees: Biology of a Superorganism by Jürgen Tautz, Helga R. Heilmann and David C. Sandeman (May 20, 2009); I learned a lot about why the bees were doing what they did. I have never seen it in soft cover - only hardback. FYI - it has great photos.

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    I agree with Grant. The Beekeepers Handbook is an excellent choice for beginner or intermediate bee school, and will serve as a valued reference for your students for years to come. The fourth edition is greatly improved and updated. You will not be disappointed.
    Erin Forbes, EAS Master Beekeeper
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    Default Re: b2) Beginners Beekeeping Books

    These all might be excellent books, but to stay within budget, we're looking for something we can purchase in bulk for about 10 bucks.
    Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?

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    Default Re: b2) Beginners Beekeeping Books

    The Beekeepers Handbook 4th edition is $17 or so from Amazon. The MAAREC book Beekeeping Basics meets your price point and can actually be distributed electronically (PDF) for free. Jim Tew's book is about $10 - I've got a copy on order and want to evaluate it before deciding what I'll use this year for bee school.

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    Default Re: b2) Beginners Beekeeping Books

    I'm curious about Jim Tews' book. The New Starting Out With Bees by Kim Flottum is $10, too. I've read neither.
    Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?

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    Default Re: b2) Beginners Beekeeping Books

    Andrew
    You can see Dr.Tew's book in pdf for free on http://www.ohiostatebeekeepers.org/beekeeping_class/ this is the same sight that has his new video training for beginning beekeepers.

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    Default Re: b2) Beginners Beekeeping Books

    Quote Originally Posted by cg3 View Post
    These all might be excellent books, but to stay within budget, we're looking for something we can purchase in bulk for about 10 bucks.
    The first link is a free download. The second is for a printed hard copy.

    My club has used this for BeeSchool: http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/FreePubs/pdfs/agrs93.pdf

    We purchase printed copies, which are available for $7.50 each:
    http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/PubSubject.a...ping&offset=30
    Just saying.

    Tony P.
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    Default Re: b2) Beginners Beekeeping Books

    For anyone interested - Dr Tew has two "introductory" type books. Beekeeping Principals Published 2001 by The Walter T Kelley Co and Backyard Beekeeping available as a PDF from the Alabama Cooperative Education System.

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    Default Re: b2) Beginners Beekeeping Books

    A month is not a long time to wait. wait with patience like me and you will get the better result.
    Hi all..I am Emdad.

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    Default Re: b2) Beginners Beekeeping Books

    >Amazon says its gonna take a month! aghh...

    I'll bet it didn't take a month...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: b2) Beginners Beekeeping Books

    I vote for Michael Bush's book.

    James

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    Default Re: b2) Beginners Beekeeping Books

    Well, we decided to go with the MAAREC book.
    http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/FreePubs/pdfs/agrs93.pdf
    Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?

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