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Make: and Humble Bundle Books Go Electric This Summer

June 15, 2016
By Marketwired News

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – June 15, 2016) – Make: and Humble Bundle team up to offer a complete collection of electronics titles, including the just-published final volume of Charles Platt’s Encyclopedia of Electronic Components, to kick summer off right. Whether you’re looking for a great gift for Father’s Day, want to extend your Maker Faire experience, or are just ready to learn something new, this bundle has everything you need to really lock down your electronics knowledge while enjoying special summer projects.

In conjunction with Humble Bundle, Make: releases terrific books and essential copies of Make: magazine in a special Electronics bundle at the price you want to pay. Valued at $355, and available through Humble Bundle June 15-29 only, readers can pay any price they choose and support Maker Ed at the same time, helping to ensure that there are more opportunities for young people to learn and grow through Making. As a sweet bonus, everyone who buys a bundle at the average price or above gets $10 off print and $5 off digital subscriptions to Make: magazine.

This new bundle focuses on the mastery of electronics, a core Maker skill. Make:’s essential Electronics, More Electronics, and just completed three-volume Encyclopedia of Electronic Components books have been best sellers since the first book was published over a decade ago. With the newly released volume 3 of the Encyclopedia of Electronic Components focusing on sensors, the time has never been better to dive into the fascinating world of electronics.

“So far as I know, no one else has attempted a comprehensive overview of the sensor field,” says author Charles Platt. “The set of three volumes is unique. For anyone who is experimenting with components, I like to think the Encyclopedia is indispensible.”

With this special Make: summer bundle, customers can name their price for:

• Make: Electronics, 2nd edition: Newly updated and the first in best-selling author Charles Platt’s seminal “Learning by Discovery” series, this book gets you started by having you put a battery on your tongue and leads you on from there.

• The Encyclopedia of Electronic Components, volume 1: The first of Charles Platt’s three-volume set focuses on power, electromagnetism, and discrete semi-conductors.

• Making Things Talk: Perfect for the interested beginner, the 33 projects in this book get your gadgets communicating with you and your environment!

• Making Things See: Build cool applications with Microsoft’s Kinect, the amazing motion-sensing device that enables computers to see.

• Make: Tool Guide: Step-by-step photo instructions and reviews of more than 200 tools for the modern Maker!

• Maker Projects Guide: Dive into the Maker Faire world with these inspiring projects for Makers.

• Make: School’s Out Summer Fun Guide: Our Summer Fun Guide is brimming with over 50 projects for kids of all ages.

Customers who pay more than the average price will also receive:

• Make: More Electronics: The second part to Charles Platt’s best-selling “Learning by Discovery” series focuses on components like comparators, light sensors, higher-level logic chips, multiplexers, shift registers, encoders, decoders, and magnetic sensors. You’ll also learn about topics like audio amplification and randomicity, as well as positive and negative feedback.

• The Encyclopedia of Electronic Components, volume 2: This second encyclopedia is the only reference you need to learn about signal processing, including LEDs, LCDs, audio, thyristors, digital logic, and amplification.
Wearable Electronics: Learn to turn your clothes into expressions of your personality.

• Getting Started with the Photon: This easy-to-follow introduction to the Internet of Things (IoT) gives step-by-step instructions for using the inexpensive, programmable, WiFi-enabled module from Particle for building connected projects and prototypes.

• Getting Started with Sensors: Learn the basic electronic circuits to read and react to a sensor, use Arduino to develop sensor systems, build sensor projects with the Linux-powered Raspberry Pi.

• Make: Analog Synthesizers: Learn the tools, techniques, and information you need to make your own analog synthesizer.

• Make: Volume 36: Board Games: It’s all about the boards that are rocking the Maker world.

• Make: Volume 35: The Danger Issue: We confront danger within the world of Making and discover how to be smarter about risk.

• Make: Volume 41: Best Toys for Makers: Toys are big players in the Maker world — as they provide ideas and new ways to prototype.

• The opportunity to receive $10 off print and $5 off digital subscriptions to Make: magazine.

Customers who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above, plus:

• Make: Fun! Professional toy-maker Bob Knetzger’s guide to old-skool builds from a marble maze to a talking booby trap to an EZ-Make oven.

• Encyclopedia of Electronic Components, volume 3: Just published in June 2016, this third and final volume focuses exclusively on components for sensing the physical world, including light, sound, heat, motion, ambient, and electrical sensors.

On Wednesday, June 22, look for two new special titles to join the bundle! Be sure to log in and see what they are.

Humble Bundle packages always support charity. Make: is proud to share proceeds with Maker Ed for this electrifying set of deals. “Once again, we are thrilled that Humble Bundle decided to feature Maker Ed as the nonprofit charity on this book bundle with Make:,” says Maker Ed’s Executive Director, Trey Lathe. “With the proceeds we receive through Humble Bundle, we are able to continue supporting educators and organizations to create engaging learning experiences for youth through making.”

“Helping to foster and support new Makers is so important to our community,” added Make: publisher Todd Sotkiewicz. “Getting kids interested in STEM and STEAM concepts now ensures that they are ready to succeed and lead as adults. And getting them to understand and enjoy working with electronics couldn’t be more important. Plus, working with electronics is fun!”

The Humble Bundle Make: Electronics bundle runs Wednesday, June 15, at 11amPST through Wednesday, June 29, at 10:59am PST. Learn more:

Maker Media seeks to create positive change in the world by inspiring and empowering everyone to become a Maker. Through our signature brand, Maker Faire, we have the largest event network that engages Makers around the world and under our Make: publishing brand, we produce Make: magazine, the how-to “bible” of the Maker movement along with websites, books and kits. Founded in 2005, and headquartered in San Francisco, Maker Media caters to a universe of more than 25 million Makers across its properties.

Maker Ed is a nonprofit organization that provides educators with the training, resources, and community of support they need to facilitate engaging learning experiences with youth through maker education — a hands-on, youth-driven, and open-ended learning approach. Through this work, Maker Ed plays a national leadership role in both broadening access to and deepening the impact of maker education for youth. For more information about Maker Ed, visit

Humble Bundle sells digital content through its pay-what-you-want bundle promotions and the Humble Store. When purchasing a bundle, customers choose how much they want to pay and decide where their money goes — between the content creators, charity, and Humble Bundle. Since the company’s launch in 2010, Humble Bundle has raised more than $74 million through the support of its community for a wide range of charities, providing aid for people across the world. For more information, please visit

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