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#### ambi

##### Oct 09, 2013, 10:30 pm
Hi,

Our University has purchased 60 starter kits and I have just started using it in classroom to teach programming. The book that comes with the kit is very useful. The link for this kit is http://arduino.cc/en/Main/ArduinoStarterKit

Does anyone know if this book is available in electronic form either under creative commons or for purchase? This will immensely help us in classroom. Also is the code for projects mentioned in book available for download?

The videos for the book have now been released under creative commons, so I am guessing the book will be available as well.
http://blog.arduino.cc/2013/07/30/arduino-starter-kit-video-tutorials/

Thanks,
Ambi.

#### notflip

#1
##### Mar 18, 2014, 09:55 am
+1 . I would also like to be able to read the book digitally ( as a paying customer that is )

#### AndersJJ

#2
##### Apr 01, 2014, 06:18 pm
I would be very careful to use that book in higher education. There are far to many errors in it to be useful for that purpose. Especially as the errors are on basic physics and electronic theory.
I would be happy to help out with correcting it, but it is not in public domain so it is hard to do.

#### PacoP

#3
##### Apr 17, 2014, 06:02 pm
Why don't start to share the mistakes on this forum ?

#### AndersJJ

#4
##### Apr 21, 2014, 05:39 pm

Why don't start to share the mistakes on this forum ?

The most obvious one is on page 30, where Ohms law is misused. They totally neglect the voltage-drop over the LED, which at this voltage levels is a big error. The calculations are thus wrong, and the conclusions in error.

The text also uses non-standard terminology, such as "the amperage used by the LED", which is at best strange and at worst wrong. All through Project 01 the concepts of voltage, current, power and energy are mixed up. The definitions of current and voltage on page 21 are wrong. The explanation of a resistor on page 25 and how it affects the light from a LED is wrong.

In addition there are lots of smaller things, such as that sensors convert energy into electrical energy, which very few of the sensors we use today actually does.  And that a piezo element vibrates when it "receives electricity", which sounds like an explanation from the 18th century.

There are also a number of strange definitions in the Glossary.

#### barbara75214

#5
##### Jun 09, 2014, 12:02 am
hello... I just plain cannot read the book due to the color of the text.  I must use a magnifying glass which is quite cumbersome.  Has anyone found a free downlaod (since I've already paid for the book within the kit).   Old people need love (and darker text) too!  :-)  Thanks!

#### polymorph

#6
##### Jun 25, 2014, 04:09 pm
One of my pet peeves is textbooks with errors in them. I'm less concerned by typos than I am by statements that are just wrong.

And there are far too many out there like that. Sad to hear that the project book for the official Arduino Starter Kit is yet another.
Steve Greenfield AE7HD
Drawing Schematics: tinyurl.com/23mo9pf - tinyurl.com/o97ysyx - tinyurl.com/q7uqnvn

#### Dub_

#7
##### Sep 02, 2014, 03:46 am

hello... I just plain cannot read the book due to the color of the text.  I must use a magnifying glass which is quite cumbersome.  Has anyone found a free downlaod (since I've already paid for the book within the kit).   Old people need love (and darker text) too!  :-)  Thanks!

Hear, hear!  - I feel exactly the same... and I don't consider myself all that old. It's like the author only considered young eyes would need to read it. And the colours! Coding and doing something new with your kit doesn't need to be blinged-up with odd-coloured pages or Tiny, grey text - PLEASE, Arduino, PLEASE! produce a PDF copy and/or a PDF plain text (min 12-point text), version.

#### polymorph

#8
##### Sep 02, 2014, 07:42 pm
I blame Wired magazine for the whole "black text on dark blue" and "light grey text on medium red" thing. I see a lot of websites that are difficult to read.

I don't want color behind text. Just make it black text on white! I don't need style to obscure the information.
Steve Greenfield AE7HD
Drawing Schematics: tinyurl.com/23mo9pf - tinyurl.com/o97ysyx - tinyurl.com/q7uqnvn

#### moonyos

#9
##### Jan 30, 2015, 03:33 am
The most obvious one is on page 30, where Ohms law is misused. They totally neglect the voltage-drop over the LED, which at this voltage levels is a big error. The calculations are thus wrong, and the conclusions in error.

The text also uses non-standard terminology, such as "the amperage used by the LED", which is at best strange and at worst wrong. All through Project 01 the concepts of voltage, current, power and energy are mixed up. The definitions of current and voltage on page 21 are wrong. The explanation of a resistor on page 25 and how it affects the light from a LED is wrong.

In addition there are lots of smaller things, such as that sensors convert energy into electrical energy, which very few of the sensors we use today actually does.  And that a piezo element vibrates when it "receives electricity", which sounds like an explanation from the 18th century.

There are also a number of strange definitions in the Glossary.
I was sad to read about how the Arduino project book is riddled with errors. I recently got the complete kit and I'm now afraid to read it knowing there's errors. Would anyone happen to have any other book recommendations for the complete newb to all things arduino and programming?

I should mention that my interests lie specifically in dynamic LED lighting.

#### macthelist

#10
##### Feb 07, 2015, 03:12 am
Is it just me, but could this not be expanded?

http://arduino.cc/en/Guide/Windows

#### antoinerabanes

#11
##### Feb 13, 2015, 10:49 pm
+1 for the digital copy of the book. Just received my kit and in the 21st century a book is just cumbersome...

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