You have probably come across the big kite books on making Paper, Soft, Dowel, and Skewer-based designs by now. By "books" I mean downloadable, printable e-books in PDF format. Publications on individual kites are also available as e-books in the same format.
There is now a downloadable board game on offer as well.
The complete catalog is listed below. Feel free to browse around. Click / tap on any image that looks interesting.
Shhh ... this is a library remember!
A short note on PRICES with regard to the Bundle and Compilations products (and the board game)...
You'll see prices below, in red, and all in US Dollars. However, once you click through to the products, you will be able to purchase in British Pounds, Euros, and Australian Dollars as well. It would have been a bit of a mess to cram them all on this page :-)
You'll always find the very latest release here. So this time, it's the Kites Up! downloadable board game.
Just the thing when you're stuck indoors and unable to fly big kites!
Click/tap the pic to purchase.
MBK E-book Bundle
OK, if you are not a complete "kite nut" like me, you might want to skip this section.
Still here? Good!
See those compilation e-books down below? You can have the lot...
The price of this Bundle is much less than the total cost of buying all the compilations separately. Let alone the cost of buying all the e-books for individual kite designs.
This is a wise and frugal choice if you will be making kites for years to come.
Compilations of Kite E-books
The main purpose of these e-books is to provide all of this site's kite plans and instructions in a more convenient form than live web pages. They also contain many designs that do not have instructions posted on the pages of this website.
Individual Paper Kites
Who hasn't got paper and tape at home? Here are five designs you can try:
Individual Soft Kites
A friend of mine is of the opinion that you won't find kite-making resources like these anywhere else on the Web. I did tend to put quite some effort into it—so perhaps he's right :-)
Really, anyone can make these kites. It's just a matter of taking it step by step.
If you like, try this free e-book to see how the MBK Soft Sled comes together.
Individual Dowel Kites
If you want to "try it in case you like it," buying an inexpensive set of instructions for a single kite-design of your choice might be the way to go. Some of these include a BONUS design that is twice the size (four times the sail area) and yet packs down to the same length as the Dowel Series version. Here they are:
Box Kites (and more)!
Here are some more Dowel Series designs, at the same price:
The Dowel Box Kite—Moderate Wind Version
The Dowel Box Kite—Fresh Wind Version
The 10-Cell Skewer Tetra:
Making The MBK 10-Cell Skewer Tetrahedral Kite
Here's a direct link to buy plans and tips for the huge Multi-Dowel Box kite—recommended for experienced kite flyers!
And last but perhaps not least, try my Kiting Knots handy reference. Just click/tap on the e-book cover.
Can't Read Your e-book?
The PDF file format used by my e-books is good for downloading
and printing off text and pictures from the Internet. So, the "book" is
actually a file stored on your computer or tablet.
All you need is the free and easy-to-use Adobe Reader installed on your computer.
are designed for easy magnification of the print size if desired (for
on-screen reading) and for easy selection of pages to print out. When you do
a printout, the content is nicely formatted on each page—unlike when printing straight from a website!
By securing a full
printout in a simple binder you can make a handy addition to your
collection of kite books. Make a start on your own kiting library today!