How to Enter the Instructables Book Contest





Introduction: How to Enter the Instructables Book Contest

An Instructables book is being made and we want you to be in it!

O'Reilly Media (publisher of MAKE Magazine) is going to publishThe Best of Instructables Volume I this fall and over 100 Instructables will be in it.

Since there are now over 14,000 Instructables (yow!) on the site we are asking for your help to choose some of the Instructables that will be included in the book. To do this we are opening up The Instructables Book Contest to every single Instructable on the site.

The process is simple. Any Instructable from August 2005 up to now can be entered into the contest. Once it is entered, that Instructable will be up for voting until August 10. The entries with the top 50 votes will be mentioned in the book and the authors will get a free copy when it's published.

That's it, the contest is open and the rest is up to you!


First Prize: The winning Instructable gets mentioned in the Instructables book and the author receives a free copy.

Open to enter: Aug 4, 2005
Deadline for entries: Aug 10, 2008

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Step 1: Official Rules

1. All federal, state, and local taxes on prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. No purchases are necessary; void where prohibited by law.

2. Participants agree to abide by all decisions of Instructables, contest co-sponsors, and judges, which shall be final and binding with respect to all issues relating to this contest.

3. Prize is not transferable and no cash alternative or prize substitution is available. Instructables and contest co-sponsors reserve the right to substitute a similar prize of equal or greater value if the prize listed is unavailable for any reason. All potential winners are subject to verification at the discretion of Instructables and contest co-sponsors.

4. Winner agrees that prizes are being provided "as is", and Instructables and contest co-sponsors make no warranty, representation or guarantee regarding the prize, including but not limited to its quality, condition, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

5. Instructables and contest co-sponsors are not responsible for problems including (but not limited to) damaged, incorrect, inaccurate, lost, delayed, or defective entries, or for injury or damage to any computer resulting from participation in this contest. Entries that have been tampered with or altered are void.

6. Instructables reserves the right to modify, cancel, postpone or end the contest at any time as necessary, at its sole discretion, or to disqualify any participant or winner, at its sole discretion, deemed to have cheated, destroyed, obstructed, or otherwise acted illegally or in bad faith in relation to this contest.

7. Instructables reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole discretion, to be in violation of the Terms of Service; to be acting in violation of these Official Rules; to be acting in a unethical or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.

8. By submitting an entry and entering this contest, you represent and warrant that: you are over the age of 18, or entering with the knowledge and permission of your parent or guardian (subject to verification), and that the entry does not contain or incorporate the intellectual property and/or confidential information of any third party.

9. By submitting an entry and entering this contest, you hereby grant Instructables a perpetual, irrevocable, sublicenseable, worldwide, royalty free right to publish and distribute your entry for their promotional purposes.

10. Governing Law: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of the official rules, or the rights of entrants, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with, the substance laws of the State of California and any applicable laws and regulations of the United States.



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    Can I vote for this Instructable? Where's that button?

    I'm not clear exactly on the selection criteria. Are you going by votes starting now [July 3rd], or votes since the Instructable was created? Are we supposed to 'promote' our Instructables, creating a popularity contest? Are there going to be moderator overrides or something, like if a really *bad* instructable recruits a ton of votes from a social network?

    Just wondering!


    I can't wait. My mom says we should have an instructables cook book

    6 replies

    Next time you're in a bookstore, check out how many shelves are full of cookery books.

    A DIY-themed cook-book would be a massive Christmas / Fathers' Day seller.

    More like how many isles. They are a huge seller! Maybe I'll pm eric or say something in google groups

    This is going to be Volume 1 - maybe future volumes could be themed?

    Volume 2 - student cookery

    Volume 3 - vegetarian cooking

    Volume 4 - BBQ cooking (and Makes)

    Volume 5 - 101 variations on an LED throwie

    Volume 6 - things that go bang

    Volume 7 - Hallowe'en makes

    Volume 8 - clothing and costume

    Volume 9 - wallets

    The Unauthorised Volume - K'nex guns

    Volume 10 - Things that fly

    Volume 11 - robots and other moving mechanisms

    Volume 12 - furniture (including the first Instructable commissioned by the Management: How to Build a Set of Shelves That is Just the Right Size for Your Instructable Library

    Volume 13 - Thanksgiving Makes

    Volume 14 - Christmas Makes

    Volume 15 - 101 things to do with an Altoids tin

    Volume 16 - alternative technologies (energy, fuels)

    Volume 17 - Bikes

    Volume 18 - Gardening

    Basically, there are so many projects here now, you can fill a book on any theme of your choice.

    Good idea. I put something in the feature group, maybe you could add this list there too

    Done (sort of).

    Wow at the time of writing there are 117 entries! i think some people have entered all there instructables I only have four so far and i have entered my best, it seems like lots of people like them but people always forget/cba to vote! I think my Bicycle Survival kit has the best chance of all of mine

    4 replies

    i think some people have entered all there instructables

    Which is silly, really. By adding more Instructables, you are providing yourself with competition. I picked my two most popular Instructables out of the eleven I have.

    Only eleven...three or four more projects I need to get done...Including one that I might get done in time for this...

    Wow at the time of writing there are 117 entries!
    Wow, there will probably be upwards of 10,000 entered in the end. I only entered my top two. I think my rabbit care instructable has the best chance of mine.

    ya, me to. the only one out of mine that really has a chance is my sniper rifle, and even that is low.

    Wait...Are there 100 Prizes? I don't get it. Do all instructables that get selected get published, and the authors get free books? one more question. how much is the book?

    poo. My only 'ible sucks. I might just have to write a few more for this contest.

    man, i really want to win this one!!!!

    The suspense is killing me already! I can't imagine what August 10th will be like.