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Maker Media

October 21, 2015 12:30 ET

Make: Electronics, second edition, New From Maker Media

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 21, 2015) - Completely re-written with most photos and schematics replaced and updated, the second edition of Make: Electronics (September 2015; $34.99) -- Charles Platt's seminal beginner's guide to electronics -- continues the "learning through discovery" model for which it has been praised since the text was first published in 2009.

Single-bus breadboards are now used throughout, diagrams rather than photographs show circuit placement, internal circuit illustrations have been redrawn for clarity, and an expanded focus on Arduino as the most popular microcontroller distinguish this second edition.

Unchanged are the dry humor and clear explanations that have made this a best-selling book for six years and counting.

"This is a completely hands-on oriented book, which other writers don't really do," says author Charles Platt. "Every other book starts with theory. I start with putting a battery on your tongue and go from there."

It may also be the most honest book on emerging technology you've ever read! "This is the only book that I'm aware of that doesn't just say that the Arduino microcontroller is wonderful but instead, offers a very balanced summation of its pros and cons," Platt says. "Working with an Arduino is kind of hard; it's actually harder than everything else in the book."

Updates to Make: Electronics, second edition, include:

  • A new dice simulation that can run two die instead of one
  • A re-circuited burglar alarm with added features
  • An easier-to-build reaction timer that can be calibrated precisely
  • A sound synthesizer that can demo the effects of coils and capacitors
  • A simpler, easier-to-build audio amplifier
  • Additional timer circuits
  • A brand new oscillator circuit
  • Three completely new Arduino projects

"I think it's a lot easier to understand than the first book," Platt says. "Reader feedback was very helpful, resulting in at least 100 single-spaced pages of suggestions. All of that was very useful in making it a better book."

But everything that readers have loved from the best-selling first edition of Make: Electronics is there in the second edition. Get ready to burn things out and mess things up -- because that's how you learn!

Additional Resources
For more information about the book, including author bio and cover graphic, see

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, as well as its companion text, Make: More Electronics, and The Encyclopedia of Electronic Components series, volumes 1 and 2. Volume 3 is expected Spring 2016.

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: magazine.

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. Headquartered in San Francisco, 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. The Make: brand caters to a universe of more than 25 million makers collectively across its Make: magazine,, Maker Faires, and Maker Shed properties.

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    Gretchen Giles
    Publicist, Maker Media