SOURCE: Maker Media

Maker Media

December 16, 2014 08:00 ET

'Encyclopedia of Electronic Components, Volume 2' -- New From Maker Media

SEBASTOPOL, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 16, 2014) - The hotly anticipated second volume of a planned three-volume set, Charles Platt's Encyclopedia of Electronic Components, Volume 2 (Maker Media; $29.99), is now available, just in time to surprise the special electronics aficionado in your life this holiday season.

Exhaustive in scope and reference, this full-color volume focuses on those electronic components as found in signal processing, including LEDs, LCDs, audio, thyristors, digital logic, and amplification.

Perfect for teachers, hobbyists, engineers, and students of all ages, this reference book puts reliable, fact-checked information right at your fingertips -- whether refreshing your memory or exploring a component for the first time. Beginners will quickly grasp important concepts, and more experienced users will find the specific, in-depth details their projects require.

Platt -- a former Senior Writer for Wired magazine -- took on this ambitious trilogy when he discovered that there is simply nothing else like it available.

"I began work on the Encyclopedia of Electronic Components when I discovered that a reference work of this type does not exist," Platt says. "The Encyclopedia is unique in that it is organized by topic, encouraging the reader to discover alternative ways of achieving the desired result. While some of the information exists online, it is not gathered together in one place, fact-checked, and presented in a uniform style, in a way that enables efficient access."

Platt's Encyclopedia series is . . .

  • Unique: the first and only encyclopedia set on electronic components, distilled into three separate volumes
  • Detailed: includes information distilled from hundreds of sources
  • Browsable: parts are clearly organized by component type
  • Authoritative: fact-checked by expert advisors to ensure that the information is both current and accurate
  • Reliable: a more consistent source of information than online sources, product datasheets, and manufacturer's tutorials
  • Instructive: each component description provides details about substitutions, common problems, and workarounds
  • Comprehensive: Volume 1 covers power, electromagnetism, and discrete semiconductors; This Volume includes LEDs, LCDs, audio, thyristors, digital logic, and amplification; Volume 3 -- set to publish May 2015 -- covers a range of sensing devices.

An indispensible addition to any serious electronics library, Encyclopedia of Electronic Components Volume 2 is intended for continuous consultation. It's one of those invaluable texts that may just change lives.

About Charles Platt
Charles Platt is a Contributing Editor and regular columnist for Make magazine, where he writes about electronics. He is the author of the highly successful introductory hands-on book, Make: Electronics, and is writing volume 3 of the Encyclopedia of Electronic Components. Platt was a Senior Writer for Wired magazine, and has written various computer books. As a prototype designer, he created semi-automated rapid cooling devices with medical applications, and air-deployable equipment for first responders. He was the sole author of four mathematical-graphics software packages, and has been fascinated by electronics since he put together a telephone answering machine from a tape recorder and military-surplus relays at age 15. He lives in a Northern Arizona wilderness area, where he has his own workshop for prototype fabrication and projects that he writes about for Make.

About Maker Media
Maker Media is a global platform for connecting makers with each other, with products and services, and with our partners. Through media, events and ecommerce, Maker Media serves a growing community of makers who bring a DIY mindset to technology. Whether as hobbyists or professionals, makers are creative, resourceful and curious, developing projects that demonstrate how they can interact with the world around them. The launch of MAKE Magazine in 2005 followed by Maker Faire in 2006, jumpstarted a worldwide Maker Movement, which is transforming innovation, culture and education. Located in Sebastopol, CA, Maker Media is the publisher of MAKE Magazine and the producer of Maker Faire. It also develops "getting started" kits and books that are sold in its Maker Shed store as well as in retail channels.

Contact Information

  • To request a review copy or an interview with the author, contact:
    Gretchen Giles
    Publicist, Maker Media
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