Although there's no substitute for hands-on learning, a shelf-full of books is a handy way to pick up new skills or formalise your education in any subject - and making is no exception. For those who don't mind sacrificing the feel of classic dead-tree publications, the Humble Bundle - a company set up to sell pay-what-you-want packages of digital content, originally games - is currently running a deal in partnership with Make: Magazine to offer a selection of its books at knock-down prices. For $1 upwards, you can get five books aimed at introducing the concept of making, robotics and rapid prototyping to children. Paying more than the average buyer, currently around $14, adds six more books to the bundle, including a handy guide to general electronics and a book of 26 simple projects for the Arduino. Finally, paying $15 ore more adds two more titles: an anthology of 75 projects from Make: Magazine and a guide by David Lang dubbed Zero to Maker and designed to bring a new maker up-to-speed on the skills he or she will need. In short, there's a little something for everyone - and they're all supplied in multiple formats (PDF, ePub and Mobi) without any restrictive digital rights management (DRM) technology to spoil your enjoyment. If that wasn't enough, a portion of the proceeds - selectable by you - goes to the charity Maker Ed, set up to encourage children to learn science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. The bundle will be available for the next twelve days, at the official website.
Join the Maker Movement! If you like making stuff, then make it a point to check out this bundle! Name your price for Making Makers: Kids, Tools, and the Future of Innovation, Tinkering: Kids Learn by Making Stuff, Making Simple Robots: Exploring Cutting-Edge Robotics with Everyday Stuff, Make: Technology on Your Time Volume 41: Tinkering Toys, and LEO the Maker Prince: Journeys in 3D Printing. If you pay more than the average price, you'll also get Make: Rockets: Down-to-Earth Rocket Science, Make: Electronics (Learning by Discovery), Fashioning Technology: A DIY Intro to Smart Crafting, Make: Basic Arduino Projects: 26 Experiments with Microcontrollers and Electronics, Make: School's Out Summer Fun Guide, and Make: Getting Started with Raspberry Pi, 2nd Edition. If you pay $15 or more, you'll receive all of the above plus The Best of MAKE and Zero to Maker: Learn (Just Enough) to Make (Just About) Anything.