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November 18, 2014 AT 12:30 am

Adafruit Holiday Gift Guide 2014: How-To Books

Give the gift of knowledge with our DIY how-to books. We have a range of how-to books for perfect for beginners who don’t know where to start to experts that want to explore electronics further. Not to mention fun and engaging how-to books for the young budding coders in your life!


Raspberry Pi


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Programming the Raspberry Pi: Getting Started with Python:
Create innovative programs and fun games on your tiny yet powerful Raspberry Pi. In this book, electronics guru Simon Monk explains the basics of Raspberry Pi application development, while providing hands-on examples and ready-to-use scripts. See how to set up hardware and software, write and debug applications, create user-friendly interfaces, and control external electronics. Do-it-yourself projects include a hangman game, an LED clock, and a software-controlled roving robot. Read more

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The Raspberry Pi User Guide: 2nd Edition
Programming the Raspberry Pi: Getting Started with Python
Getting Started with Raspberry Pi
Hacking the Raspberry Pi
Adventures in Raspberry Pi
Learning Python with Raspberry Pi by Alex Bradbury


Arduino

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30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius by Simon Monk – 2nd Ed.: This wickedly inventive guide shows you how to program and build a variety of projects with the Arduino microcontroller development system. Covering Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms, 30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius gets you up to speed with the simplified C programming you need to know–no prior programming experience necessary.

This is the second edition of the book, updated and better than ever!

Using easy-to-find components and equipment, this do-it-yourself book explains how to attach an Arduino board to your computer, program it, and connect electronics to it to create fiendishly fun projects. The only limit is your imagination! Read more

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Getting Started with Arduino By Massimo Banzi – 2nd Edition
Programming Arduino By Simon Monk
Programming Arduino: Next Steps – Going Further with Sketches
Beginning NFC with Arduino, Android, and PhoneGap
Exploring Arduino by Jeremy Blum
Make: Lego and Arduino Projects – 1st print
Arduino for Beginners


Wearables

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Make: Wearable Electronics by Kate Hartman

Combine fashion and high tech in your own workshop! What if your clothing could change color to complement your skin tone, respond to your racing heartbeat, or connect you with a loved one from afar? Welcome to the world of shoes that can dynamically shift your height, jackets that display when the next bus is coming, and neckties that can nudge your business partner from across the room. Whether it be for fashion, function, or human connectedness, wearable electronics can be used to design interactive systems that are intimate and engaging.

Make: Wearable Electronics is intended for those with an interest in physical computing who are looking to create interfaces or systems that live on the body. Perfect for makers new to wearable tech, this book introduces you to the tools, materials, and techniques for creating interactive electronic circuits and embedding them in clothing and other things you can wear. Read more

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Getting Started with Adafruit FLORA


Beaglebone Black

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Programming the Beagle Bone Black by Simon Monk: Build creative BeagleBone Black devices–no prior programming or electronics experience required. In Programming the BeagleBone Black, electronics guru Simon Monk explains essential application development methods through straightforward directions and cool downloadable examples. Discover how to navigate the board, write and debug code, use expansion capes, and control external hardware. Easy-to-follow plans show you how to wire up and program a Web-controlled roving robot and an e-mail notifier that lights an incandescent lamp. Read more


Electronics

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Make: More Electronics by Charles Platt: If you loved Make:Electronics then you’ll really love the sequel, Make: More Electronics. Make More electronics is another book from Charles Platt full of more ways to learn about electronics in fun, hands-on ways. It’s a great next step after the original Make:Electronics and expands on many of the things you’ve already learned or mastered from the first book.

Immediately, Make:More Electronics picks up where Make: Electronics left off. Through the collection of experiments and projects, you’ll explore key components and principals of electronics in hands-on ways. The book will walk you through, step-by-step, as you learn how to build projects and while also learning about the theories and topics surrounding those projects. Read more

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The Art of Electronics 2nd Edition by Horowitz & Hill HARDCOVER – second edition
Make: Electronics (Charles Platt) – 1st print
The Art of Electronics – Student manual with exercises
Practical Electronics for Inventors, Third Edition
Hacking Electronics by Simon Monk
Getting Started in Electronics by Forrest M. Mims III

How-To Books For Kids

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Super Scratch Programming Adventure! Scratch is the wildly popular educational programming language used by millions of first-time learners in classrooms and homes worldwide. By dragging together colorful blocks of code, kids can learn computer programming concepts and make cool games and animations. The latest version, Scratch 2, brings the language right into your web browser, with no need to download software.

In Super Scratch Programming Adventure!, kids learn programming fundamentals as they make their very own playable video games. They’ll create projects inspired by classic arcade games that can be programmed (and played!) in an afternoon. Patient, step-by-step explanations of the code and fun programming challenges will have kids creating their own games in no time. Read more

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Python for Kids – A Playful Introduction to Programming
Adventures in Raspberry Pi
Welcome to your Awesome Robot by Viviane Schwarz


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Adafruit Holiday Shipping Deadlines 2014

Here are your 2014 shipping deadlines for ordering from Adafruit. Please review our shipping section if you have specific questions on how and where we ship worldwide for this holiday season.

The Adafruit Shipping Department works hard to get your orders out as quickly as we can, but once they’re in the hands of our carriers they’re out of our control.

Carriers have been struggling to keep up with the sharp rise in online orders. Last year UPS, FedEX, and USPS all experienced delivery delays (http://tinyurl.com/ku5f4a6).

So all the Adafruit Shippers say: Please be sure you get your gifts early! Order as soon as you can! Once you place your order we’ll ship like the wind!

UPS ground (USA orders): Place orders by Friday 11am ET – December 12, 2014 – There is no guarantee that UPS Ground packages will arrive in time for Christmas.

UPS 3-day (USA orders): Place orders by Wednesday 11am ET – December 17, 2014 – Arrive by 12/24/2014.

UPS 2-day (USA orders): Place orders by Thursday 11am ET – December 18, 2014 – Arrive by 12/24/2014.

UPS overnight (USA orders): Place orders by Friday 11am ET – December 19, 2014 – Arrive by 12/24/2014.

Please note: We do not offer Saturday or Sunday service for UPS or USPS.

Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, Christmas, no UPS pickup or delivery service.
Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, New Year’s Day, no UPS pickup or delivery service.

United States Postal Service, First Class and Priority (USA orders): Place orders by Friday– December 12, 2014 – Arrive by 12/24/2014 or sooner.

USPS First class mail international (International orders): Place orders by Friday – November 21, 2014. Can take up to 30 days ore more with worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/24/2014 or sooner, but not a trackable service and cannot be guaranteed to arrive by 12/24/14.

USPS Express mail international(International orders): Place orders by Friday – December 5, 2015. Can take up to 15 days or more with worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/24/2014 or sooner.

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