Hey, Eric - Instructables in print?

I've just read a comment by milo ( https://www.instructables.com/forum/TE9RJ4ZF0BJ6B70/#C2HSF7XF0E57DPT ).

It occured to me - there are over 3700 Instructables on this site, many of them wholly original, or original takes on public-domain concepts.

What about an Instructables book?

Which Instructables would you include? Exclude?

What chapter headings would you use?

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ferroucious10 years ago
If we Eric were to post an instructables book it would have to probably be in an encyclopedia format with a possibility for updates and things like that (as in new instructables). The question is whether Eric would make money to continue such a venture and still run instructables. The theming of the books could let truly innovative ones fall through the cracks without recognition. And if someone saw the book and knew it was a website wouldn't they go to where it was free? Not to be a moodkill or anything
KentsOkay10 years ago
Would the author of the Instructable get royalties?
Kiteman (author)  KentsOkay10 years ago
If you were doing it for fame, wouldn't you use your own name here? If you were doing it for money, would you be giving your ideas away here? Personally, getting a slice of the profits from such a book would be nice, but it would be such a thin slice (a small percentage of what would be gained if I wrote and published a book alone), that I think it would probably be swallowed up by bank charges when I pay a US$ cheque into a UK£ account. I'd be happy with credit in print (which would translate into extra brownie points on my CV) and donating the profits to a charity. (What would be appropriate Instructables charities? New Orleans reconstruction? Alternative technologies for the third world?) Of course, I would then be kicking myself when the book went #1 globally and everybody else made a mint... ;-)
KentsOkay Kiteman10 years ago
Well, you see, um, my mum doesn't know that I actually do post instructables. All she knows is that her genius son comes up with new things everyday; all that will change when a check for 6 cents arive... oops, I think it's better to donate the dough to the National Science Foundation.
Some kind of charity to support new technology for global warning...just like Virgin Earth..
I am doing it for fame, I don't use my own name cuz I've had my fill of psycho 'net stalkers. The money? meh.
ewilhelm10 years ago
We've been thinking about this... just need more time.
Kiteman (author)  ewilhelm10 years ago
Don't you just hate it when some newbie steals your thunder? Sorry.
Vendigroth10 years ago
Perhaps potential buyers could look through the site and ask to have "that, that and that" in a book, or possibly ask for an instructable on a specific subject to be made and posted specially.
Kiteman (author)  Vendigroth10 years ago
Good idea. To that end I have created a group called The Book - people can add instructables to the group if they think they are worthy of publishing with real paper and ink.

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