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Everyday this week we’re having specials in the Maker Shed store for those who weren’t able to make it out to Maker Faire Austin. Today we’re featuring five of the best books people were picking up at the Faire.

Here’s how it works – Enter in MAKER to get 10% off any of these books or if you spend more than $80 enter in FAIRE after and get free shipping on orders over $80.00 (Post discount of course), either of these codes will work independently from another as well as together.


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Getting Started with Arduino – This valuable little book offers a thorough introduction to the open
source electronics prototyping platform that’s taking the design and
hobbyist world by storm. Getting Started with Arduino gives you lots
of ideas for projects and helps you get going on them right away. To
use the introductory examples in this book, all you need is a USB
Arduino, USB A-B cable, and an LED. By Massimo Banzi, co-founder of the Arduino Project.

  • Interaction design and physical computing

  • The Arduino hardware and software development environment
  • Basics of electricity and electronics
  • Prototyping on a solderless breadboard
  • Drawing a schematic diagram

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Make Halloween Special Edition – Last fall we released a special Halloween edition of Make. We sold thousands. Our warehouse gang tell us we still have some remaining stock. Here’s your chance to get this classic!

DIY HALLOWEEN from the editors of MAKE and CRAFT brings you 40-plus DIY projects for the holiday that’s made for makers. From the craftiest costumes to amazing animated props and the latest in computer-controlled haunted house effects.

  • Headless Marie Antoinette costume

  • Mechanical ghosts and ghouls
  • LED and laser jack-o’-lanterns
  • Creature makeup and blood-spurting wounds
  • DIY coffins and tombstones
  • T. Rex rooftopper
  • Flaming LED skulls Kid-tested haunted house tricks
  • A special “Ghoulbox” section with Halloween kits, tools, and gadgets.
  • Plus demonic decorations, hideous party snacks, and profiles of extraordinary makers and their creepy crafts.

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Making Things Talk – Programming microcontrollers used to require an expensive development environment costing thousands of dollars and requiring professional electrical engineering expertise. Open-source physical computing platforms with simple i/o boards and development environments have led to new options for hobbyists, hackers, and makers. This book contains a series of projects that teach you what you need to know to get your creations talking to each other, connecting to the web, and forming networks of smart devices. Read reviews here and here.


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Best of Make – After two years, MAKE has become one of most celebrated new magazines to hit the newsstands, and certainly one of the hottest reads. If you’re just catching on to the MAKE phenomenon and wonder what you’ve missed, this book contains the best DIY projects from the magazine’s first ten volumes — a surefire collection of fun and challenging activities going back to MAKE’s launch in early 2005.

  • Hack your gadgets and toys

  • Program micontrollers to sense and react to things
  • Take flight with rockets, planes, and other projectiles
  • Make music from the most surprising of things
  • Find new ways to take photos and make video
  • Outfit yourself with the coolest tools

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Fashioning Technology – Ready to take your craft projects to the next level? With “smart” materials, unorthodox assembly techniques, and the right tools, you can create accessories, housewares, and toys that light up, make sounds, or do even more. Fashioning Technology offers jargon-free primers and lots of how-to projects that will have you making — and even wearing — functional works of art.
This book demonstrates how to blend sewing and assembly techniques with traditional electronics to assemble simple circuits using conductive thread, solder joints for snaps, and switches for buttons. With the sewing machine as a viable substitute for the soldering iron, you can craft a new generation of objects that are interactive, quirky, and fashion-conscious.

  • An invaluable reference section that breaks down the materials, components, and tools with clear, concise explanations and photos

  • A wide range of projects, including electronic accessories, interactive plush toys, and color-changing blinds, all using diverse crafting techniques
  • Techniques for seasoned crafters interested in incorporating simple electronics into their own projects
  • Methods for makers proficient in electronics who are looking for unconventional ways to create novel projects

Each project encourages you to personalize and customize using your own designs, materials, and craft skills. Fashioning Technology translates traditional electronics into fun, fashionable interactive projects for the geek, fashionista, and the craft aficionado alike. Now you really can be the flashiest dresser in town.


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Don’t forget, use the coupon code “MAKER” to get 10% off any of these books, if you spend more than $80 (after discount) enter the additional code “FAIRE” and score free shipping to boot, either of these codes will work by themselves or together.

If you’ve already covered the above text topics, and long for different deals – be sure to check back in Thursday!

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!


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