Database System Concepts

Database System Concepts, by Abraham Silberschatz, Hank Korth, and S. Sudarshan is a best-selling textbook on database systems.

Database System Concepts
AuthorAbraham Silberschatz and Hank Korth and S. Sudarshan
CountryUnited States
SubjectComputer Science
Publication date
Media typePrint

It is often called the sailboat book, because its cover has had sailboats since its first edition. The first edition cover had a number of sailboats, labelled with the names of various database models. The boats are sailing from a desert island towards a tropical island, while the wind pushes them away and prevents their arrival.

The book is currently in its 7th edition, released in March 2019 (copyright year 2020), with previous editions being released in 2010 (6th edition), 2005 (5th edition), 2001 (4th edition), 1997 (3rd edition), 1991 (2nd edition) and 1986 (1st edition). The 1st and 2nd editions of the book were authored by Hank Korth and Abraham Silberschatz. S. Sudarshan has been a co-author since the third edition. Various editions of the book have been translated into numerous languages, including Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish.


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