Make: Electronics: “Teaching at its best!”


Make: Electronics enjoyed some tremendous holiday sales. We’re thrilled by the reaction it’s gotten so far. It’s currently the No. 1 bestseller in three Amazon categories: Circuits, Robotics, and Robotics and Automation, and #4 in the main Electronics category. It got written up on Boing Boing, Wired’s GeekDad, and elsewhere, and the Shed ended up selling out of the Make: Electronics Deluxe Toolkit (more on the way!) as a result. We’ve also been getting enthusiastic email from buyers of the book. Like our Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments, it seems to particularly be a hit with homeschoolers who plan on using it in their curriculum.

But the praise we, especially the book’s author, Charles Platt, were most giddy about came from Hans Camenzind, the inventor of the 555 timer IC. Charles sent him a copy of the book and he wrote back to say how much he enjoyed it:

“I am very impressed by your writing style and the quality of presentation. This is teaching at its best!”

Nice! As you can imagine, we’ll be using this in future promotions for the book and on the cover of the reprint. Mr. Camenzind was happy to grant permission. Congrats to Charles!

BTW: A project from the book, on building a 555-based reaction timer, will be a featured project in the forthcoming MAKE, Volume 21.

Make: Electronics – Interview with Charles Platt & Gareth Branwyn
Make: Electronics – Experiment #33, Moving in steps
Make: Electronics and the 555 man

In the Maker Shed:

Make: Electronics
Our Price: $34.99
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.

4 thoughts on “Make: Electronics: “Teaching at its best!”

  1. wy says:

    hello makers and makesters

    I ordered “Make electronics” through O’Reilly Europe – and.. It is not available there yet (!!!! this was my christmas present ;-))

    Any ideas when this will change?

    Jealous, I am :-)

    1. Brian Jepson says:


      You can check in with the O’Reilly office you ordered the book from. There’s contact info available on this page:

      They should be able to tell you when they expect to have the book in stock.

      You could also ask a question here:



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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. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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