#4 Practical Electronics for Inventors by Paul Scherz

“What next after learning basics?” – This book is the answer to that question

You may ask why I need a 4th book to learn basic electronics? Haven’t I learned as much basics by reading the above 3 books. In a way – yes! By the time you finish the 3rd book (i.e Book #3) – you will have a thorough understanding of basic electronic concepts. You may then ask – Why you are adding a 4th book then? I have some reasons for that!

The first two books – Getting started in Electronics by Forrest Mims and Make Electronics by Charles Platt focused on “experimenting” with basic electronic circuits. They didn’t focus much on theory – the physics and mathematics that underlies any circuit application! Hence came the need to understand sound theory behind electronics and I suggested “All New Electronics” by Harry Kybett. Though this book explains theory well, it failed to connect these theories with real life applications. You learn the theory behind tank circuit and you fail to understand how it is applied in real life – how fuzzy is that?

And that is the single best reason to buy this book by Paul Scherz – Practical Electronics for Inventors bridges this gap. It is a book that connects theory with real life.  The highlight of this book is 750+ hand drawn illustrations that will help you turn theoretical ideas to real life inventions. Finally this is the only book on basic electronics that gives a really good introduction to the next step – the micro controllers!

#3 All New Electronics – Self Teaching Guide by Harry Kybett & Earl Boysen

“Understand the underlying theory” – A great book to learn theory!

We saw two great books on practical electronics by now! They offer not just practical circuits, but the above two books helps you learn theory also while making circuits. But those two books are not that great when it comes mathematical analysis and pure science based theory explanation. What about following such a book? Here I recommend “All New Electronics-Self Teaching Guide” from Wiley publications to satisfy your theoretical needs. As I wrote earlier in this article -theory is really important. But you grasp theory more clearly after experimenting with stuff! At least, my personal experience is that way! And that is why I recommend theory book as #3 and practical ones in #1 and #2

You can learn the following from this book so easily:-

  • Mathematical calculations to understand operation of circuits
  • Concepts you need to understand to design electronic circuits
  • Key components of electronics like Transistors,IC’s – get a really good understanding of them.
  • Understand power supplies, oscillators, amplifiers,filtering and more

About the Authors:-

In fact this book is the third edition. Harry Kybett wrote the first two editions (first published 30 years ago) and after his demise, Earl Boysen wrote the latest third edition. Harry Kybett was director of engineering at Columbia Pictures. Earl Boysen is an engineer and co author of the popular “Electronics for Dummies” book.

How does E Ink® work?

Photo: Computer screens as we knew them in the late 1970s and early 1980s. At that time, the best screens could display no more than about 64,000 pixels and often just uppercase text or very crude «pixelated» (square block) graphics. Computer games like Space Invaders, shown here, were very primitive—but still highly addictive!

Since electronic ink has been crucial to the success of ebooks, let’s
now take a detailed look at how it works.

You’re probably reading these words in the same way that I am—by staring at
a flat, LCD computer or smartphone screen. For people over the age of about 35, who
grew up with computers that used blocky green and black screens with
just 40 characters across and 25 down, modern screens are wonderful
and amazing. But they still have their drawbacks. Look closely, and
you can see jagged edges to the letters. Try to read an LCD screen in
direct sunlight and (unless the screen has a very bright backlight), you’ll really
struggle. But the worse thing is that LCD screens lack the
lightness, portability, and sheer user-friendliness of ink-printed paper:
you can happily read a book for hours, but try the same trick with a
computer screen and your eyes will quickly tire.

Photo: LCD versus E Ink: The E Ink display on a Sony Reader (bottom) is much sharper and easier to read than a typical LCD screen (top). Magnifying by about 8–10 times and zooming in on a single word, you can see why. The E Ink display makes sharper letters with a uniformly white background. The LCD display blurs its letters with anti-aliasing to make them less jagged, though that makes them harder to read close up. The red, blue, and green colored pixels used to make up the LCD’s «white» background are also much more noticeable. Unlike the E Ink display, an
LCD does not use a true white background: it relies on your eye and brain to fuse colored pixels instead. The resolution of E Ink is also far greater: typical LCD displays use around 90 pixels per inch, whereas E Ink displays use at least twice as many pixels.

Back in the early 1970s, the Xerox Corporation that had pioneered
photocopiers a decade earlier became concerned about the threat that
computers might pose to its core ink-and-paper business: if everyone
started using computers, and offices became paperless, what would
happen to a company so utterly dependent on paper technology? It was
for that reason that Xerox pumped huge amounts of money into PARC,
(Palto Alto Research Center), the now-legendary campus where modern,
user-friendly personal computing was pioneered. Among the many innovations
developed there were personal computers that used a
graphical user interface
(the «desktop» screen featuring icons, later copied by the Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows),
Ethernet networking,
laser printers… and electronic paper, which was invented
by PARC researcher Nick Sheridon.

Инверторы питания ламп подсветки ЖК телевизоров, мониторов и ноутбуков

Название: Инверторы питания ламп подсветки ЖК телевизоров, мониторов и ноутбуковАвторы: Тюнин Н.А., Родин А.В.(ред.)Год: 2012 Серия: Ремонт №122 Издательство: Солон-Пресс Язык: русский Формат: pdf Страниц: 112 Размер: 12,79 МбВ очередной книге популярной серии «Ремонт» рассматриваются DC/AC-преобразователи (по терминологии производителей — инверторы), которые используются для питания электролюминесцентных ламп подсветки жидкокристаллических панелей. По статистике ремонтных организаций это наименее надежный узел современных телевизоров, мониторов, ноутбуков и других устройств, в которых используются ЖК панели.

Electronics for Kids

Electronics for kids book contains hand projects for kids. This book helps the kids to learn about how current, voltage circuits work.

Here are some topics that the electronics for kids book includes:

  • how to create a musical instrument that makes sci-fi sounds
  • Helps to build an alarm clock triggered by the sunrise
  • How to turn a circuit into a touch sensor using your finger as a resistor
  • Solder a blinking LED circuit with capacitors, relays, and resistors.

Kids may think and ask questions like why do the lights in a house turn on when you flip a switch, How does a remote-controlled car move etc.

This book also helps you to learn about digital electronics things like logic gates and memory circuits, as you make a secret code checker and an electronic coin flipper. It has clear explanations and an assortment of hands-on projects.

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Is there any other option available?

Of course, there are so many books out there. There are lots of youtube channels that you can follow to learn electronics.

When you get into electronics, the first part is what you want specifically in electronics. Let me explain. I myself an electronics engineer, but not all electronics are fun for me. I only enjoy designing and testing the circuit especially the analog circuits. And this whole site is all about circuit designing and testing.

My point is just first to read the above basic electronics books, find the part which you find exciting. Then give dedicated time to that particular area only.

Grob’s Basic Electronics

Grob’s Basic Electronics book is the ultimate guide for beginners and engineers to satisfy their current technology needs. This book covers the fundamentals of electronics, electricity, the importance of testing and troubleshooting skills. Also, teaches you carefully through a practical approach with proper examples, illustrations, and diagrams.

The Grob’s basic electronics book includes below topics:

  • It will help you to draw schematic circuit diagrams
  • Help you to tackles for the time delay and measurement circuits
  • Help you learn electrical theorems and programming concepts
  • How to interface sensors with other peripheral devices
  • How to embed a program with the hardware devices
  • Helps you repairing your own gadgets likes watches, smartphones, and iPods
  • How to set up the software and power up the electronic circuits

How do you store a book in electronic form?

An ebook is really just a computer file full of words (and
sometimes images). In theory, you could make an ebook just by typing
information into a word processor. The file you save has all the
elements of an electronic book: you can read the information on a
computer, search it for keywords, or share it easily with someone else.

The first attempt to create a worldwide library of ebooks was called
Project Gutenberg
and it’s still running today. Long before the World Wide Web came
along, a bunch of dedicated Gutenberg volunteers took printed books and
scanned or typed them into their computers to make electronic files
they could share. For legal reasons, these books were (and still are) mostly classic
old volumes that had fallen out of copyright. The electronic versions
of these printed books are very basic, text-only computer files stored
in a format called ASCII (American Standard Code for
Information Interchange)—a way of representing letters, numbers, and
symbols with the numbers 0-255 that virtually every computer can

Photo: The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite electronic book reader (left) alongside the rival Sony eReader (right). This Kindle has a fairly unobtrusive set of LED lights built around the screen to make reading easier in the dim evening light. Although it’s hard to see in this photo, the Paperwhite does have a much whiter screen than the Sony. Even so, I find the text much sharper on the Sony. It’s also worth pointing out that I’ve owned two of these Sonys and the screen on one was noticeably better than the other. In other words, the quality of ebook screens definitely does vary.

The problem with ASCII is that the text contains very little
formatting information: you can’t distinguish headings from text,
there’s only one basic font, and there’s no bold or italics. That’s why
people developed much more sophisticated electronic files like PDF
(Portable Document Format). The basic idea of PDF was to store an
almost exact replica of a printed document in an electronic file that
people could easily read on screens or print out, if they preferred.
The HTML files people use to create web pages are another kind
of electronic information. Every HTML page on a website is a bit like a
separate page in a book, but the links on web pages mean you can easily
hop around until you find exactly the information you want. The links
on websites give you powerfully interconnected information that is
often much quicker to use than a library of printed books.

The greatest strength of ASCII, PDF, and HTML files (you can read
them on any computer) is also their greatest weakness: who wants to sit
staring at a computer screen, reading thousands of words? Most screens
are much less sharp than the type in a printed book and it quickly
tires your eyes reading in this way. Even if you can store lots of
books on your computer, you can’t really take it to bed with you or
read it on the beach or in the bath-tub! Now, there’s nothing to stop
you downloading simple text files onto something like an iPod or a
cellphone and reading them, very slowly and painfully, from the small
LCD display—but it’s not most people’s idea of
curling up with a good book. Cellphones have very bright displays that
can interfere with your sleep if you use them late in the evenings
(but the stuff you may have read about blue light interfering
with your sleep isn’t as clearcut as it sounds.)
What we really need is something with the
power of a computer, the portability of a cellphone,
and the friendliness and readability of a printed book. And that’s
exactly where electronic book readers come in.

Best basic electronics books for everyone

The term basic electronics is itself a huge topic, you can’t specifically define it nor you just can learn it in a short time. It needs time, practice, and interest.

For me, learning basic electronics should make you able to understand the basic of electricity, should make you able to understand the working of electronics components and instruments, should make you able to understand the working of some basic circuits, and should also make you able to somehow design you own small circuits and projects.

I just keep the above in my mind and make the following list of books, that I think will make to understand the basics of electronics. You will be able to use electronic instruments like a multimeter and make your measurements of voltages and currents, and much more.

Beginner’s Guide to Reading Schematics, 3rd Edition

Beginner’s Guide to Reading Schematics, Third Edition book contains demo circuits which you can build, hands-on, illustrated guide explains how to understand and create high-precision electronics diagrams. Also, decipher element ratings, how to identify parts and connections etc.

In this book detailed coverage of:

  • pictorial diagrams, Schematic, and block
  • capacitors and Resistors
  • Inductors and transformers
  • Conductors, Switches, and cables
  • Logic gates, Diodes, and transistors
  • Cells and batteries
  • Breadboards and wire wrapping
  • Electronics troubleshooting
  • Electron tubes
  • Voltage dividers and reducers
  • Resistor color codes

List for everyone

The above books are great, but if you are familiar with electronics a little bit. Though I would say you should read those above books as well for making your concepts more strong or to revisit your concepts, if you don’t you will do greats without them.

The below list is for everyone, you can read them anytime.

    • Make: Electronics: Learning Through Discovery by Charles Platt
    • The Art of Electronics by Paul Horowitz
    • Exploring Arduino: Tools and Techniques for Engineering Wizardry by Jeremy Blum

A general overview of “Make: Electronics: Learning Through Discovery”

This is another best book from Make magazine for learning basic electronics. As the name suggests there is a lot of practical work involved. In this book, you not only learn the theory but also get your hands dirty with some basic electronics. The author says, Make: Electronics is the book that I wish I had owned when I was a young teenager, struggling to learn the basics of electricity and electronics. My goal is to give readers today an easier learning experience than the one I had to go through. And I want it to be fun.

Everything is represented with beautiful illustrations and diagrams which the reader will enjoy while reading it.

The book starts with basic electronics concepts, then goes to some advanced topics such as working with integrated circuits. But don’t worry, everything is explained in a very easy way.

Talks about different techniques while you playing with electronics. Such as soldering, the book teaches how to solder well, how to differentiate between a good and bad soldering wire, and a lot of more fun stuff.

This book is the best starting point for everyone into electronics, no matter if you are a student or hobbyist, you will find great value in this book. If you are interested in this book and want to know more about it, check out this link, Make electronics by Charles Platt (Amazon link).

A general overview of “The Art of Electronics”

A truly remarkable book written by Paul Horowitz, a Research Professor of Physics and of Electrical Engineering at Harvard University, wherein 1974 he originated the Laboratory Electronics course from which emerged The Art of Electronics, and Winfield Hill is by inclination an electronics circuit-design guru.

This book needs no introduction. A remarkable gift for engineers as well as hobbyists. The book will teach you almost everything you need to know as a beginner. And will lead you from basic concepts to more complex and advance topics.

The book deals with real-life situations, no ideal assumptions. For example, no ideal assumptions are taken while analyzing the circuits. Usually, books take an ideal assumption like there is no loss in the circuit to make the mathematics easy, and when you actually design the circuits, results are a little different.

At the start, the book deals with analog circuits designs and later moves to the basics of digital electronics. So, the reader gets the taste of both analog and digital electronics.

I personally love this book. The reason I am listing it at three because I think it is a little advance for complete beginners.

To know more about this amazing book, here is the Amazon link, The Art of Electronics.  If you are interested give it a try. It is a little expensive but the money worth it.

Two in one: books… and the information they contain

Think of a book and you think of a single object, but the books we
read are actually two things in one: there’s the information (the words
and pictures and their meaning) and there’s the physical object (the
paper, cardboard, and ink) that contains them. Sometimes the physical
part of a book is as important as the information it carries: it’s
really true that we judge books by their covers—at least when we’re
standing in shops deciding which ones to buy—and that’s why publishers
devote so much attention to making their books look attractive. But, a
lot of the time, the information is much more important to us and we
don’t really care how it’s delivered. That’s why many of us now turn to
the Web when we want to find things
out instead of visiting the local library.

In short, we’ve learned to split off the information we need from
the way it’s delivered. Ebooks take this idea a step further. When we
talk about an ebook, we really mean a digital version of a printed
text that we can read on a handheld electronic device like a miniature
laptop computer— two quite
separate things, once again.

Final words

Every book is great. Every basic electronics book is awesome, get any basic book and you will learn all the basics concepts. If I say that the book is great, it is just my opinion. Maybe for other people, it is not.

You got so many choices. Above are the books that have proven themselves among different people, and people found them effective. I read them myself and found them amazing.

Above listed books teaches you the basics of electronics in an easy and effective way. These books are not theory-focused, they lead you through practices and gives you hands-on experience playing with electronics.

I hope this article kinda helped you.

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Thank you and have a good life.

Защита информации техническими средствами

Название: Защита информации техническими средствамиАвторы: Каторин Ю.Ф., Разумовский А.В., Спивак А.И.Год: 2012Издательство: НИУ ИТМОЯзык: русскийФормат: pdfСтраниц: 418Размер: 10.33 mbВ учебном пособии в простой и доступной форме излагаются основные способы съема конфиденциальной информации с помощью технических средств и принципы построения средств и систем защиты.Пособие предназначено для формирования у студентов знаний по основам инженерно-технической защиты информации, а также развития в процессе обучения системного мышления, необходимого для решения задач инженерно-технической защиты информации.

Электропитание радиоэлектронных средств

Название: Электропитание радиоэлектронных средств. Сборник примеров и задачАвтор(ы): Сажнев А.М., Рогулина Л.Г.Год: 2018Издательство: НГТУЯзык: русскийФормат: pdfСтраниц: 307Размер: 10,2 МбПриводится краткое изложение принципов действия, порядок и примеры расчета устройств электропитания: трансформаторов, неуправляемых выпрямителей, сглаживающих фильтров, стабилизаторов и инверторов напряжения, а также токораспределительной сети постоянного тока и требования к выбору типового промышленного оборудования систем электропитания. Рассмотрены примеры решения задач по всем разделам учебного курса и комплекс тестовых заданий с ответами.

Electronics Theory Books

The heavy electronics theory books tend to be a bit more pricey than standard books. The two books I have listed here should be worth the investment though, if you see yourself working with electronics for many years to come.

The Art of Electronics

The Art Of Electronics is a book that offers a vast amount of circuits and theory. It is not a “Getting Started” type-of-book, but rather a collection of theory and circuits. And it is really helpful to have as a reference book when working with electronics. This is one of the electronics books that I have in my bookshelf, and it has been really helpful both in my studies and in projects later in life.

Click here to buy it on Amazon.

Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits

This book on electronics is recommended by many as a really detailed book on all the fundamentals of electronics. It has a lot of theory and would be suitable for you if you are studying electronics or if you are really dedicated to learning all the ins and outs of electronics.

If you have this book and The Art Of Electronics you will have two electronics books containing almost everything there is to know about electronics.

Click here to buy it on Amazon

MATLAB R2007/2008/2009 для радиоинженеров

MATLAB R2007/2008/2009 для радиоинженеров. Книга посвящена применению матричной системы MATLAB в радиотехнических расчетах и в моделировании радиоэлектронных устройств и систем. Впервые описаны новейшие версии MATLAB R2007a,b/2008a,b/2009a с пакетами расширения Simulink 6/7, Signal Processing Toolbox, Filter Design Toolbox, RF Toolbox и Blockset, Wavelet Toolbox, Control Systems, SimPowerSystems и др. Описаны новейшие пакеты Simscape и SimElectronics моделирования электронных схем. Наряду с функциями командного режима работы описан интерактивный и визуально ориентированный инструментарий пакетов c графическим интерфейсом пользователя GUI и математическое моделирование систем и устройств в среде Simulink 6/7. Описана интеграция MATLAB с современными цифровыми радио измерительными приборами и виртуальными лабораториями для управления приборами и обработки реальных осциллограмм.

Practical Electronics for Inventors, 4th Edition

Practical Electronics for Inventors, 4th Edition book is perfect for electrical engineering students who have a strong wish to boost their knowledge in electronics and gain the skills necessary to develop their own fun gadgets.

This book is written by experienced engineers and professionals to provide the necessary information with schematics and illustrations. It gives you an idea about the design and builds electronic devices and how to select the components.

It also features instructions on voltage regulators, programming logic, operational amplifiers, and many more.

Practical Electronics for Inventors, 4th Edition book provides detailed information that includes:

  • Active components
  • Passive components
  • Microcontrollers
  • Logic gates
  • LCD display
  • digital electronics
  • DC motors and stepper motors
  • Speakers, Microphones, and audio amplifiers.

Electronics Books on Getting Started

Electronics For Kids

Electronics For Kids is the ultimate book for kids that want to learn how to build cool things with electronics. I wrote it as the book I would have loved to have when growing up. It’s suitable for all “kids” that are interested in electronics, even if you’re 8 or 100 years old.

The book is very hands-on, and you’ll get to build projects like a motor, a lemon-powered LED light, an electronic coin-tosser, a really cool LED reaction game, and much more.

Click here to buy it on Amazon

Getting Started With Electronics (2nd Edition)

The purpose of this eBook is to answer that question in a simple and practical way. It includes step-by-step instructions on how to get started. No fluff. This is for the complete beginner who has no experience building circuits.

Click here to get the eBook.

Exploring Arduino

Exploring Arduino is a book that helps you get started with Arduino. But it doesn’t stop there. It takes you through several topics so that you will be able to build very advanced projects on your own. Some of the projects you will build includes an LCD display project, using SD-cards and connecting your Arduino to the internet.

Click here to get it on Amazon.

Electronics All-in-One For Dummies

Electronics for dummies book is an ultimate guide that helps you to learn next stage. It is a collection of 8 other books that can’t be found anywhere. With the help of this book you to create and design many projects using Arduino and Raspberry Pi kits.

This Electronics for dummies book helps beginners to grasp certain topics like circuits, schematics, and other sources with detailed information about how to design your own circuit, working of hardware components, neat sketches, breadboard, and schematics.

Here, are some contents that you will learn when you read this wonderful book:

  • How to safely solder the electronic components
  • How to repair the existing electronic devices
  • Make your own electronic projects
  • Able to tackle digital, analog, and car electronic modules
  • Basics of electronics with an array of numerous concepts
  • How to make your own schematics and breadboards
  • Become an expert in circuit designing

Общая теория радиолокации и радионавигации. Распространение радиоволн

Название: Общая теория радиолокации и радионавигации. Распространение радиоволнАвторы: А.Н. Фомин, В.А. Копылов, А.А. Филонов, А.В. АндроновГод: 2017Издательство: СФУЯзык: русскийФормат: pdfСтраниц: 318Размер: 11 mbВ данном учебнике рассмотрены физические процессы, происходящие при распространении радиоволн вблизи поверхности и в атмосфере Земли

Особое внимание уделено описанию физических процессов, происходящих в линиях передачи энергии СВЧ-диапазона. Подробно изложены в теоретическом и практическом плане конкретные типы согласующих устройств, которые применяются в прямоугольных волноводах, коаксиальных линиях для обеспечения передачи максимальной мощности в нагрузку

How to Diagnose and Fix Everything Electronic, 2nd Edition

How to Diagnose and Fix Everything Electronic, Second Edition this book will help you to repair your gadget/device. If your gadget is damaged due to internal circuitry, Instead of buying a new gadget that is too expensive you can repair and extend the life of digital electronic devices, just by reading this amazing book.

This book includes electronic projects that are explained in step-by-step procedures. It contains neat sketches and circuit diagrams as well.

This book explains the following:

  • How to choose the proper tools and set up your workbench
  • Working of electrical components and why they fail, analyse and work
  • Helps to perform preliminary diagnoses based on symptoms
  • Use different test equipment, including digital multimeters, ESR meters, frequency
  • counters, and oscilloscopes
  • Interpret block, schematic, and pictorial diagrams
  • Disassemble products and identify sections
  • Analyze circuits, locate faults, and replace dead parts
  • Re-establish connections and reassemble devices


How Can I Best Learn About Basic Electronics?

The best way to learn is by having a good teacher, so if you have a reliable trade school in your area, it’s recommended to check out what classes they have on electronics.

However, if you can’t enroll in a class, the best way to learn basic electronics is by reading some of the books and other resources on the topic.

Can I Learn Electronic On Your Own?

Yes, it is very possible to learn it on your own.

That being said, there is a fair learning curve when figuring out just about any hobby or craft out there, so always remember to be patient and try your best to understand the concepts to the best of your ability.

Is It Difficult To Learn With Books?

While it may seem tricky at first, electronics can be fairly easy to learn, once you have the basics down.

Just remember that every craft takes time and you will need to be patient to fully understand some of the concepts and skills associated with the craft.

How Long Does It Take To Be Good?

To become an expert on the subject, some people and scholars say it can take up to 15 to 30 years of experience in the field.

That being said, everyone learns at their own pace, so while some people might be able to master certain skills in a couple of months, others may take a much longer time.

Yes, for sure.

You can try it yourself after finishing one book.

Where Can I Get the Components Need to Practice? Would Those Components Be Reliable Enough?

Feel free to buy from local stores near you, or you can buy online.

There are tons of websites that sell these things.

Or you can simply just go to Amazon and do a simple search.