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Good Books for Learning Arduino Microcomputers and Electronics V1.2 - Comments / suggestions to: []


Getting Started in Electronics * by Forrest M. Mims - the oldie but still goodie to start with

MAKE:Electronics * A very good place to start. Charles Platt / O'Reilly did a nice job and very visual..

FullSolderComic - a visual How-To-Solder for making electronics

Practical Electronics for Inventors - an approachable but detailed reference for real design solutions

Electronics%20for%20DUMmIES * - Any programmer should be able to decode that :-) actually a good book, partly by Gordon McComb, who's no Dummy.

The Circuit Designers Companion - Tim Williams excellent serious electronics designer resource

The Art of Electronics 2nd edition Complete - Horowitz and Hill - (Eventually, when really serious)


  • Beginning Arduino - Michael McRoberts very good book to start with Arduino.
  • The Arduino Comic Book – Very beginner overview by
  • Arduino Cookbook - Mike Margolis does a nice job of showing many real world connections and devices, explains programming along the way.
  • Practical Arduino Cool Projects for Open Source Hardware Jon Oxer has done an excellent job of showing real projects in detail.


The Robot Builders Bonanza 2nd edition - Gordon McComb's excellent book

Online Resources:'s of circuits. You can learn a lot by reading schematic diagrams like you can learn a lot by reading (well written) code. of listed resources. Two of my favorites: Terry King's Arduino How-To WIKI -(um, Me) Detailed How-To for connecting many Input and Output devices to Arduino: Starting with Arduino, Arduino Power!: Relays and DC power control, Environmental Sensors, Ultrasonic rangers, Wireless link, and more.

http://tronixstuff.wordpress.comJohn Boxall's Tutorials - Regular, supported Arduino tutorial series: From blinking an LED to complex timing, wireless communication including XBee and GSM cellular, GPS and display systems - detailed tutorials with worked examples, sketches, photos and videos.

Beginners books…



[ Steve Dickie's great HighSchool curriculum for Arduino and Electronics.]

[ Steve Dickie's great Physical Computing online course.]


The Arduino CheatSheet: Great details all on one page! Tinkering Resources!

Note: If you're in a remote area, or are desperate to start reading a book, email for a possible temporary ebook library loan... I am not a Librarian, but I am married to one :-)