We’re very proud of Make: Electronics, the beginner’s guide to electronics written by MAKE contributing editor Charles Platt. It has consistently been an O’Reilly bestseller and has already been through several printings. It’s a hit! It seems to fulfill the exact purpose we set for it, which was to basically be a truly accessible, plain-spoken, visual beginner’s guide to electronics for the early hours of the 21st century. If you’re new to electronics and interested in diving right in, experimenting with components, and then learning about the theories behind them (a process Charles dubbed “learning by discovery”), you really should check out this book.

To give you a chance to do just that, we’re running a giveaway, thanks to our pals in the Maker Shed. To be eligible, all you have to do is tell us in comments what’s the biggest nagging question you have about electronics. Are you wondering in which direction electrons actually flow? What all of those little letters after “V” (voltage) are for on a circuit diagram? What the third power post on a common breadboard is for? What flux is all about? No question is too basic. And after the drawing, we’ll try and answer as many of these questions as we can. If you don’t have any questions, you can help (and be eligible for the drawing) by answering questions or sharing some interesting information about electronics that beginners might benefit from.

We’ll be giving away five (5) copies of the book. Deadline for comment entries is 11:59pm PST, Wednesday, Jan 26th. Winners will be announced on Thursday morning. Good luck.


In the Maker Shed:

Make: Electronics
Want to learn the fundamentals of electronics in a fun and experiential way? Start working on some excellent projects as soon as you crack open this unique, hands-on book. Build the circuits first, then learn the theory behind them! With Make: Electronics, you’ll learn all of the basic components and important principles through a series of “learn by discovery” experiments. And you don’t need to know a thing about electricity to get started.


Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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