Live a more sustainable and economical life using open-source technology!

Designed for beginning hobbyists and makers, this engaging guide is filled with ways to save money by making use of free and open-source technologies on a wide and impressive range of products. Written by a leader in the field of open-source technology, the book reveals the potential of at-home manufacturing and recycling projects―and even how to score free big-ticket items, including housing and electricity. All the projects have big money saving in mind, but also big fun!

Create, Share, and Save Money Using Open-Source Projects written by Joshua Pearce, lays out the many ways in which you can employ these resources on a small scale to live a more economical and sustainable lifestyle. You'll find tons of DIY projects that demonstrate how to use open-source software and hardware to save money on:

  • Digital photographs and videos
  • Music, software, and instruments
  • Scientific equipment
  • Paper and audio books
  • Maps and GIS data
  • Patterns for clothing
  • Security systems
  • Cars
  • Electricity and much more.

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ISBN-10: 1260461769
ISBN-13: 978-1260461763
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education TAB; 1st Edition (October 29, 2020)
Also available Access Engineering Library

Hyperlinks to Free Stuff from Create, Share, and Save[edit | edit source]

1. Introduction to the Open Source Philosophy and The Benefits of Sharing[edit | edit source]

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Read Chapter 1 for free here.

2. Making and Sharing Recipes, Life Hacks, and Household Tricks[edit | edit source]


3. Making and Sharing Digital Photographs, Open Source Camera[edit | edit source]


4. Making and Sharing Art, Krita[edit | edit source]

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5. Making and Sharing Music, Software and Instruments[edit | edit source]

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6. Scanning, Making Paper and Audio Books and Sharing Books[edit | edit source]


7. Making, Editing, and Sharing Videos[edit | edit source]


8. Making and Sharing Maps and GIS Data[edit | edit source]


9. Making and Sharing Clothing: Patterns for Sewing and Knitting[edit | edit source]


10. Making and Sharing Woodworking and Other Old School Skills[edit | edit source]

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11. Making and Sharing Electronics: Open Source PCB Mills, Arduino & Security[edit | edit source]


12. Making and Sharing Digital At-Home Manufacturing[edit | edit source]

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13. Making and Sharing Scientific Equipment[edit | edit source]


14. Making and Sharing Data as a Citizen Scientist[edit | edit source]


15. Making and Sharing Waste Recycling: RecycleBots[edit | edit source]


16. Making and Sharing Big Free Stuff: Open Source Cars, Free Electricity, Open Building Institute, & Open Source Ecology[edit | edit source]


17. How to Make a Million Dollars of Value[edit | edit source]


18. Making the Future of Sharing[edit | edit source]


Media mentions[edit | edit source]

  1. reddit
  2. Joshua Pearce: 3D Printing Waste into Profit - MTU Blog 16.5k
  3. 29 Best Sites to Read Online or Download Free Books (Legally) in 2020 Up Journey 84.3k
  4. How to influence people to join open source- 6.3k
  5. Milly Space
  6. Make:cast – Make Anything with Open Source Projects43.2k (listen)
    1. Flipboard7.4k
    2. Spreaker5.9k
  7. Thanks for Sharing: Reusable Open Source Hardware Respirators- Machine Design 55.2k
  8. It's National STEAM Day And We Know How To Celebrate!- Mothering 132k
  9. Michigan Tech Open Sustainability Technology Sharing Award - MTU 16.5k
  10. Open-source Maker, Mover and Shaker Takes Share-everything Philosophy to the Mainstream- MTU News 16.9k
    1. Newswise 37.9k
    2. NewsBreak 1.55k
  11. com/stories/a-discussion-with-joshua-pearce-on-thriving-without-money-by-harnessing-open-source/ A Discussion With Joshua Pearce on Thriving Without Money by Harnessing Open Source Thrive Global 5756
  12. Book of the Week: Create, Share, and Save Money Using Open-Source Projects - Fabbaloo 113k
  13. 21 inspiring, must-read books for 2021 -Shareable 397k
  14. Sharing is Caring: Creating Wealth Through Collaboration FinTech Times 87k
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  15. Q&A with Joshua Pearce, Engineering Professor at Michigan Tech University Tech Inside Out

Interviews[edit | edit source]

  1. Little Da Vinci's
  2. The Magic of Open Source - Rouges Magazine
  3. Daily STEM
  4. 2021 Research Magazine 18.7k
  5. Zero Waste Count Down podcast, Apple Podcasts, Player FM


Reviews[edit | edit source]

  1. "This book is written from the maker’s point of view and for the makers. It brilliantly demonstrates that the maker’s culture is accessible to anyone and has a real value both from the entire society and for the individual. One should read this book with the laptop on its knees… I personally learnt tons of things, for example that adblockers can help the planet to save a significant amount of energy, that you can hack IKEA’s furniture or print your own high hill shoes…"-- Jean-François Boujut in Review in the Journal of Innovation Economics & Management Volume 40, Issue 1, 2023
  2. 3D With Us -
    1. " I wish I read this book in the beginning of my 3D printing and blogging journey, because a lot of the open source software listed and described was tried by me in one or the other way. As my budget didn't allow me to use paid versions of software, I spent a lot of time searching for appropriate solutions. That's how I found OBS, GIMP, Inkscape, not to mention all 3D design and 3D printing related software and communities." - Max Funkner (3D With Us)
    2. "Honestly speaking, before reading this book I was only partly convinced about the open-source "religion". Now I am 75% converted. I truly hope I can keep the open source mindset for as long as possible unless life fills up with cruel bills and expenses, which may drag me back into the "unsharring, world of the Apes"." - Max Funkner (3D With Us)
  3. Blender Nation
  4. "Joshua Pearce's book shows us that there are open source projects for anything you'd want to make, digital or physical. For anyone wanting to do something, open source makes it easier for you to get started, for creative ideas to flourish and for difficult problems to be solved by collaborating with others."- Dale Dougherty - Make Magazine
  5. "I wish I had this book when I was 15. However, a reader of any age and profession can find a lot of valuable information here. This work introduces us to the philosophy and methodology of the open-source movement through real examples covering all technical, legal, economic, and social aspects. A novice maker/creator/developer will receive professional advice, which in the future can help in organizing effective work processes and promoting built products. An experienced engineer will be able to take a fresh look at familiar things and contribute to the growth of the community. Have you ever heard of open-source cars or collective lunar cartography? The book examines a wide range of both everyday and unusual tasks, from life hacks and shared recipes to waste recycling and village construction sets, in terms of their potential, scalability, and orientation towards global collaboration. It provides a concentrated yet detailed overview in an accessible and easy-to-read form. Highly recommend."-- Aliaksei Petsiuk (
  6. "If you're doubtful of open source, perhaps Pearce's explanations will help persuade you to its benefits." Kerry Stevenson - Fabbaloo
  7. "The book is so easy to read and understand that Charlie and David have found several projects they want to tackle which we can use in Homeschooling." - Mommies Reviews Glenda C.
  8. "The author used a very simple yet catchy tone of language to explain his ideas and theories and as a result, I found it very easy to continue reading... This book will be very beneficial to the people who want to live a minimal lifestyle, as per author the book demonstrates how to use open-source software and hardware to save money." The Four Eyed Book Worm
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