I spend a lot of my time thinking about books, editing books, and making books. This means I get to read a lot of the books that I help create, but I also have to contend with a constantly-growing list of books I plan to read… when I find the time. With the holidays approaching, I might just find some time to get caught up on my reading. But if not, could you read one of these books for me?
2013’s Notable Maker Books
Zero to Maker
I get to plug some of our books, especially if it’s one that I worked to bring to you. Follow David Lang’s personal journey from unemployed dude to maker pro. It was a pleasure to be David’s editor on this book. Learn it. Know it. Live it.
DIY RC Airplanes from Scratch
Imagine my astonishment when I learned that the Breck Baldwin, master maker of flying things from scrap materials, is a computational linguist by day. That fact has absolutely nothing to do with how much fun you’ll have with the flying things you can make from the instructions in this book.
LEO the Maker Prince
Here’s another book I had the pleasure of editing. It’s our first children’s book, and as best I can tell, the first book on 3d printing for kids. Follow Carla’s journey as she meets a robot in New York City who can scan and print 3d objects.
Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom
Sylvia Libow Martinez
This book first caught my attention when we couldn’t keep it in stock at the Maker Shed at Maker Faire Bay Area. It’s very high on my to-read list.
Leah Buechley and Kanjun Qiu
I picked this up shortly after it came out, and it’s a solid book on making interactive toys, light-up things you wear, or anything that combines electronics, soft materials, and a little microcontroller called the LilyPad Arduino.
Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing
Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman
My to-read queue is getting pretty deep, and it’s partly to blame on this book. The story of 3d printing is far from done, but this book tells you where it is now, how it got there, and where it’s headed.
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