The chance to pay what you want for a raft of ebooks while benefitting charity is generally that happy moment when Make: and Humble Bundle are hosting a flash sale. Now is just such a moment.
Running from today until 10:59am PT on Wednesday, October 12, one half of this bundle features books that always sell out at Maker Faire.
These are the essential texts that you want to take home to study after you’ve spent the day just generally kind of being amazed and inspired, pretty certain that by the time the next Faire rolls around you’ll have learned enough to slap up a friend for Russell the talking giraffe. Or at least put together an LED throwie.
We totally want to help you do that. That’s pretty much why Make: exists.
Many of the books here were selected in honor of World Maker Faire New York, slated for this Saturday-Sunday, October 1-2.
But the rest of them are brand-spanking new.
Do you know the drill? Name the price you want to pay for these ebooks and then, um, buy them. It’s exactly that simple. Spend a middling amount and get a terrific discount on a digital or print subscription to Make: magazine, too. Benefit charity and decide how generously you’d like to do that.
Our charity is always the same, Maker Ed, the nonprofit organization devoted to ensuring that kids all over the world get a chance to experience the power that learning to use math, science, technology, engineering, physics, and art offers over the course of a long lifetime.
Maker Ed is super cool and we’ve helped them earn over $197,000 in just the last three years through our Humble Bundle sales. That’s super cool, too.
Take a look at the books now. Two super secret mystery titles will be revealed on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 11am PT and added to the mix. If blog posts made theremin noises, this is where you’d hear it.
We’re pretty stoked about our great new books. Here’s a quick run-down of what you’ll find in the Bundle that is brand and spanking and new.
Getting Started with Raspberry Pi, 3rd edition
By Shawn Wallace and Matt Richardson
Updated to include coverage of the Raspberry Pi Models 2 and 3, this newly refreshed edition of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi takes you step by step through the many possibilities this tiny computer has to offer. Take advantage of several preloaded programming languages. Use the Raspberry Pi with Arduino. Create Internet-connected projects. Play with multimedia. With Raspberry Pi, you can do all of this and more. Hack your hardware with software!
Getting Started with CNC
By Edward Ford
Written by the founder of the game-changing Shapeoko project that brought simple, inexpensive CNC machines to the marketplace, this book offers beginners a general introduction to desktop CNC routing and acts as a handy reference for more experienced users. No prior CNC knowledge or experience is required—you don’t even need CNC access to complete the exercises in this book.
Make: Edible Inventions
By Kathy Ceceri
Perfect for kids with some adult help, this book shows you how to make your own butter with a mechanized butter bot that does the hard work for you; make a hydraulic 3D food printer that uses Legos and frosting; build a solar cooker that lets the sun do all of the work making nachos, cookies, and even a chocolate cake; construct a worm bin for making your own soil and an aquaponic jar where your pets help to grow the veggies; and much more! The kitchen is the perfect place to hack, invent, experiment, and learn about chemistry and physics.
Family Projects for Smart Objects
By John Keefe
Students, teachers, parents, and homeschoolers learn every step needed to set up an Arduino, begin coding, and start exploring the world using the Internet of Things. Featuring a “Code Corner” section for each project that offers more information for those who want it, this book also explains every part and tool needed to ensure that you have what you need to follow along and have fun learning. Perfect for kids with some adult assistance, this book is a great hands-on primer that, once finished, gets readers set to create their own smart objects using what they’ve learned — and their imaginations.
Make it Glow
By Emily Coker and Kelli Townley
Everyone loves to play with light. This collection of kid-ready LED projects will have young makers exploring electricity and electronics right away. Filled with full-color photographs and step-by-step instructions that anyone can follow, this beautiful book features 21 exciting projects that can be completed by even the youngest maker. You’ll start with ultra simple projects and then tackle increasingly complicated ones. Building upon lessons learned in earlier projects ensures that kids learn and succeed.
See all of the titles gathered in our Faire Faves and Digital Debuts collection from Humble Bundle! Sale ends at 10:59am PT on Wednesday, October 12. Two new books “unlock” on Wednesday, October 5.