An impressive number of international downloads demonstrate the need for unbiased information about wood and its many uses across countries and cultures.
The Wood Handbook is consistently the most popular
publication of the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL). In
April 2010, the Centennial Edition of the Wood Handbook
(FPL-GTR-190) was released to mark FPL's 100th
anniversary as the Nation's premier forest products
research laboratory.Since then, weekly downloads of
all or part of the Wood Handbook from the FPL
website have averaged about 2,290.
Though an American audience dominates, with
117,291 of the 203,842 total downloads as of early
March 2012,international demand is also strong.
Downloads to other countries have made up 42%
of the total, or 86,551 downloads worldwide.
"FPL has produced the Wood Handbook for
many years. It is viewed, by folks around the
world, as a the primary source of technical
information on wood, and how to use wood
and wood products effectively in a range of
The graph to the left demonstrates the
international popularity of the Wood Handbook.
Grouped by country or region, the wide range of
demand becomes evident. People from about
180 nations worldwide have downloaded all or
part of this instructive manual.
Downloads from Western Europe (14,696) and
Canada (11,357), along with Malaysia and the
Pacific Islands region (16,788) have been most
common. Other nations of note not specifically
shown here, however, include Brazil's 4,104
downloads (contributing to South America's total of
6,813) as well as Iran (1,882) and Turkey (1,363)
contributing to the Middle East total of 5,009.
Also, within the continent of Africa's total 3,569
downloads, 1,266 came from South Africa alone.
The Wood Handbook's international appeal
demonstrates the need for unbiased information
about wood and its many uses across countries and