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Introducing: The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book

Published on October 30, 2013 by in Writing

A lot of you have been asking about my new book and rumors were spreading fast, but now it’s official! I’m working on a new book about EV3! It’s got everything you loved about the NXT 2.0 Discovery Book, and more. It comes with instructions for 7 completely new EV3 robots, complete hands-on coverage of the EV3 software, and over 100 building and programming challenges.

Best of all, the book will be in full color to make building and programming much easier!

I started working on this book more than a year ago, and it’s been a lot of fun creating new robots and writing about the EV3. Because we decided to print this book in full color, it’s going to take a while before it’s out (June 2014), but it will be worth the wait. You can pre-order the book from the publisher (Use coupon code DISCOVER to get 30% off!). Amazon is taking pre-orders as well. You’ll get more updates along the way, so stay tuned.

Here’s a short description:

The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book is a complete beginner’s guide to the EV3 kit from bestselling author and robotics expert Laurens Valk. This full color book teaches you fundamental programming and robotics skills as you build and program powerful robots that move, monitor sensors, and respond to their environments. You will build seven increasingly sophisticated robots like the BRICK SORT3R (a robot that sorts bricks by color and size), the THE SNATCH3R (an autonomous robotic arm), and LAVA R3X (a humanoid that walks and talks). Valk also covers more advanced programming techniques like data wires and variables, and shows you how to create custom remote control programs. More than 100 building and programming challenges throughout encourage you to think creatively and to apply what you’ve learned to invent your own robots.

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58 Responses

  1. Ricardo García

    Congratulations for your book, I’ll be waiting for it, I live in Mexico and build robots it’s a hobby for my kids and me, even we teach other children to build robots, and your books have been very usefull for me, I’ve just imported and lego mindstorm ev 3 and now I’m starting with it.

  2. Paul

    Congras to you, Laurens,i will going to buy your book as soon as posibble.

  3. Paul

    I want to preorder the book right now. 20.96 dollars is a really good price.

    But adding 23.95 dollars for USPS shipping is too much (because USPS is unreliable). Is there a Dutch or European website that accepts orders ? I mean, you are in Europe right ?


    (not the Paul from the previous post btw)

    • Thanks Paul. Amazon pages should start taking pre-orders next week or so. Amazon Germany might not charge for shipping, but do check to be sure.

      If you’re in NL I can probably get you a signed copy once the book is out next year.

  4. Kim-Siong Wong

    Laurens, congratulations on your new soon to be released book. I am looking forward to it. I have purchased many copies of your NXT Discovery book and it has been useful to teach students on NXT building and programming.June 2014 may be a bit too long. Can you released it in parts in e-book format.

  5. bukhory

    HI i want to pre order for this book.
    I had education pack, will this book can cover for this pack?
    thanks for your reply :) cheer

  6. Willem Jan

    Will there also be a Dutch translation?

  7. gerald

    when is its relese date?

  8. anton

    Yes! I want one!

  9. Lama-mantis

    Hi Laurens,
    I have a question. It is not specifically about this book, but also about the NXT 2.0 Discovery Book.
    Do you build the robots before you write the book, and when you’re going to write the book, you make the instructions and info?
    Or are all the robots in the book special made for the book?

    I hope you understand my question, and that you soon can answer it.

    • That is different for every robot, but the answer is actually a combination of both. I designed these robots specifically for this book, but I started working on these robots much earlier.

      In fact, I created the first prototype of LAVA R3X back in the summer of 2012, using prototypes of EV3 hardware (!) Then I redesigned it at least 5 times to improve it for use in this book.

  10. reverend

    Will be relised Polish language version of your new book?

  11. bukhory

    no more discount for preorder?

  12. Lama-mantis

    Another question: How can I use my name as a link if i put a comment on this site? I hope you can answer! (sorry, this is a non-topic question, but I hope you can answer :) )

  13. eyal bezalel

    i just pre-ordered the e-book. when do you think you will be able to release the book for download?

    • Hi Eyal,

      Perhaps a little earlier – say April/May 2014. I’m nearly done writing, but we have very high quality control at my publisher. The work will go through many stages of review before we compile it into an ebook and send it to the printer. That’s a good thing, in my opinion :)



  14. Lama-mantis

    Do you must be an official member of the LEGO Group to write a MINDSTORMS book?

  15. barry

    We just got the EV3 Home edition. I ordered the GYRO from Lego & I just pre-ordered from no-starch. Can’t wait for your book and your gyro EV3 Balancing Robot AnyWay program !
    We’re VERY impressed with your knowledge!

  16. Acapulco

    Will there also be a Polish translation?

  17. Jazzaplot

    Hi Laurens! Is this book for the retail or education version? The cover looks like retail ;) I already have Danielle’s book and this one looks like another great buy.

  18. Nxt7

    So, Laurens. I kinda like your robots. But I do not think it is worth buying the whole book just for the instructions. I want to get into a different programming language that uses coding, not graphics. And like, half of the book is about the programming in the Ev3′s programming language. So can you provide instructions separately than the book? That would be nice. Though I don’t know how you would get money though.

    • Sorry about the previous response – I was thinking you were asking about the NXT book, but it was only your username :)

      Indeed, this book covers the EV3 programming software in detail, because it’s a great language for people getting started with programming.

      The robot project chapters do not just provide instructions to build and program them, but they also discuss how it all actually works. So, you can use the presented algorithms and implement them in your favorite programming language, if that’s your cup of tea.

      In fact, this can be a great way to get ideas for programs to make in other languages. If you can expand the SNATCH3R design from this book with your programming language, all the while having it post its sensor data to Twitter using WiFi, I’d say go for it :)


    • Lama-mantis

      I’ve the NXT book, and when you don’t look to the programming information, it’s still a good book. It tells good how to use the hardware, and the robots give tips for other robots (example: I used the arm of the snatcher for a humanoid). Behind all the information, the book gives ideas (discoveries) for new robots.
      I’m sure the EV3 book works the same.

  19. Gina Lee

    Hi, I would like to verify that this book is meant for home set #31313?

    • Weston

      If Laurens was making it for the Education set or something he would probably say so, also if you look at some other comments you’ll notice that other people refer to the home set in their comments and questions. This is a tip to everybody though.

  20. Weston

    I am really into Lego, robots, and Mindstorms, but I can’t afford NXT, or EV3, but I have gotten the NXT discovery book and hope to get the EV3 discovery book as well as the set.

  21. ev3 program instruction

    I what to learn ho to program ev3, am a club instructor in a school, We have three kits but can not program yet. can i be helped online with program instrution or manual.

  22. Eamon Wong,HK

    OMG I’ll be waiting I’ve got 70 EV3 sets and I don’t no a single thing but again, will it be available in China, Hong Kong SAR because there’s no Amazon bookstore here.

  23. Eamon Wong,HK

    OMG I’ll be waiting I’ve got 70 EV3 sets and I don’t no a single thing but again, will it be available in China, Hong Kong SAR because there’s no Amazon bookstore here. Please tell me!

  24. flyfoxx

    Hi Laurens. Any update on the release date of the book? I will be travelling to the Netherlands end of June and hope to get a copy of it. Any brick and mortar bookshop you can recommend? Congrats on the release of the book btw.

    • While it’s a bit unusual in the book publishing business, it’s actually going to be released a bit sooner than planned :)

      The publisher is located in the US, so it should be in US stores in June. I don’t think Dutch resellers will carry it that quickly since it has to be shipped from overseas.

      However, I might have a few copies at hand by then. I could try sending you one of the first signed copies… how’s that? :D

      • flyfoxx

        Wow, first few signed copy?! That will be really great!!! I will definitely keep monitoring this space till end of June. Now I have one more reason to look forward to my travelling to your beautiful country! Thanks in advance. :)

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