New edition of Made by Hand - win a Kindle

Made By Hand Final Paperback Cover

The paperback edition of my book, Made by Hand: My Adventures in the World of Do-It-Yourself is coming out tomorrow (October 25). It includes a new section with a recipe for making kombucha and instructions for making a nice-sounding 2-string guitar out of a tin can.

If you pre-order a copy of the paperback edition (or if you already have ordered a copy) or order the Kindle edition, email me your receipt ( and I will enter you in a random drawing for a new Kindle that I'm giving away. To be eligible, you need to order the book before October 24, midnight Pacific time.

Here are some quotes about Made by Hand:

"It's not merely good, it's foundation-shaking."
-- Seth Godin, Seth's Blog

"This is a must-read book."
-- Adam Savage, co-host of Mythbusters

"Made by Hand is impossible to set down once you start reading it."
-- James Gurney, creator of Dinotopia

"What Mark Frauenfelder knows is that making a ukulele out of a cigar box is not just fun (and finally a good use for your thousands of old cigar boxes), it's a way of restringing and retuning your whole life."
-- John Hodgman, minor television personality

"It's as inspiring as it is entertaining."
-- Chris Anderson, editor in chief, Wired Magazine

"Made By Hand is a wonderful, thought-provoking, and timely book that shows us why and how we need to take back control of our lives."
-- A.J. Jacobs, author of The Guinea Pig Diaries and The Year of Living Biblically

"Rich, though-provoking, and utterly readable."
-- Maya Donenfeld, maya*made

Here's the book's description:

From his unique vantage point as editor-in-chief of Make magazine, Mark Frauenfelder takes readers on an inspiring and surprising tour of the vibrant world of do-it-yourself.

He spent a year trying a variety of offbeat projects such as keeping chickens and bees, tricking out his espresso machine, whittling wooden spoons, making guitars out of cigar boxes, and doing citizen science with his daughters in the garage. His whole family found that DIY helped them take control of their lives, offering deeply satisfying ways to spend time together.

Frauenfelder also reveals how DIY is changing our culture for the better. He profiles fascinating “alpha makers” leading various DIY movements and grills them for their best tips and insights.

You can read the first two chapters of the book here.

NOTE: The Kindle price will drop to $9.99 tomorrow.

Order Made by Hand: My Adventures in the World of Do-It-Yourself on Amazon.


  1. I enjoyed the book and recommend it — especially the rule that failure is acceptable so as long as you learn from it.

  2. I’m interested in the kindle edition but it’s currently listed at $23.91. That has to be a mistake, right?

  3. I spoke to the publisher. The Kindle will go to $9.99 when the paperback comes out. I don’t understand it and I don’t like it. Sorry.

    1. Thanks Mark. I figured it was an error related to the release of the paperback. I appreciate the response and look forward to reading your book.

  4. Just bought the last stocked hard cover edition at Amazon. Great book! I was surprised the Kindle version was listed at twice the price as the paperbook. Glad to hear it was a mistake tho I’d have preferred the non dead tree edition. Seemed rather ironically digitally unfriendly for a BoingBoing founder

  5. I read the first two chapters – bloody hell this is good! This makes me want to hack *all of the things*.

  6. Not a pricing error – just more publisher hijinks. I would buy the Kindle right now but I am going to buy used. Maybe the publisher will think twice in the future before instituting some arcane 20th century pricing policy.

  7. Will the new edition be available as a Nook book? I’m really interested in kombucha and want to make sure I get the right edition.

  8. OK! Buying the Kindle version. And, because I have a paper and ink fetish, I will be getting a printed copy.

  9. Mark you need to talk to the publisher again – The Kindle version is listed as 14.25 and the paperback is listed as 10.88. Hope it’s successful for you but I’ll pass until the pricing settles down.

  10. Really like the new cover, although the Japanese one (featured earlier on BB) still takes the cake for me. I think I´ll finally get it now.

  11. The contest is over and I selected  a winner. However, she has not replied to my email. I will remind her and if I don’t hear from her, I will pick another name.

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