The very fact that several major universities use Contemporary Logic Design for their introductory digital logic design courses is a recommendation in itself; having taken just such a course using this book, I found both the 'lightweight' examples excellent for breaking new intellectual ground, and the 'in depth' example projects, developed from the initial specification, through all phases of design, and into the final implementation, often with resultant waveforms, to provide the much needed feel of the effort involved in a real design project. A perfect introductory text for anyone interested in circuit logic design.
I attend North Carolina State University, and we use this book in our introductory logic design course. Dr. Katz has amassed a great deal of easy to follow examples with associated real world applications and his "Pratical Matters" sections give the reader a true sense of focus of the field. He lets you know "what you need to know" and tells you where and how you'll use it. I only wish I could follow my professor as well.
As i was researching for a project, i found this text "Contemporary Logic Design" to be very similar in concept and examples to its predecessors (texts published by other authors). Most notable examples were from Dr. Mono's text "Degital Design" and other similar texts. In my opinion there exists much better texts in the market.
When I was going to school at Berkeley I took Mr. Katz's course in logic design (CS150). This book was only in manuscript form at the time, but I found it easy to read and very practical. Now four years out of school, and immersed in the field, I find myself still referring back to it from time to time. That is the mark of a great textbook.