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Hi-Fi: The History of High-End Audio Design

Hi-Fi: The History of High-End Audio Design

A bible for discriminating audiophiles and and industrial design junkies, Hi-Fi: The History of High-End Audio Design traces the evolution of all things audio, from the 1950s birth of specialty equipment to today’s cutting-edge design. Phaidon’s 272-page book has 300 images and the expertise of Gideon Schwartz, founder of Audioarts.

Strange Planet

Strange Planet

“Let us store irregular shapes inside shapes with flat surfaces.” Author Nathan W. Pyle’s charming and hilarious Instagram is now a book, filled with panel after panel of alien beings as they find their place and build their lives on an unfamiliar planet.

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Home Alone: Illustrated

Home Alone: Illustrated

A great stocking stuffer for fans of the holiday classic Home Alone. This fun story book is done up in the style of classic kid’s books, with bold and colorful illustrations of Kevin McAllister as his parents leave him behind to take on a couple of bumbling burglars all by himself. They’ve also illustrated the sequel.

Insect Superpowers

Insect Superpowers

A fun book for kids and adults who love bugs. Author Kate Messner and illustrator Jillian Nickell turn 18 real life insects into superheroes and supervillains, as they explore some amazing abilities of real life creatures in comic book style.

Rude Hand Gestures of the World

Rude Hand Gestures of the World

Next time you head to a different country, be prepared to handle whatever the locals throw your way. Filled with rude hand gestures and their explanations, this amusing book will equip you with the tools necessary to insult and retort without speaking a word.

The Mini Bar Cocktail Recipes

The Mini Bar Cocktail Recipes

This fun gift for drink enthusiasts includes eight mini notebooks, each dedicated to a single core spirit: whisky, rum, gin, vodka, tequila, champagne, sherry, and amaro, along with cocktail recipes and room to jot down your own concoctions. Includes 100 total drink ideas.

Animated Book Covers

Animated Book Covers

Since 2015, animator Henning M. Lederer has been bringing to life various vintage books, each of which featured bold geometric images on its cover. After you watch the latest clip, be sure to go back and watch Part 1 and Part 2.

Hot Wheels: From 0 to 50…

Hot Wheels: From 0 to 50…

Author Kris Palmer’s book Hot Wheels: From 0 to 50 at 1:64 Scale offers a look back at the first 50 years of Hot Wheels. It’s packed with rare images from Mattel’s archives, including design sketches and prototypes, and comes packed in a sweet replica Hot Wheels carrying case.

How to Send Smoke Signals…

How to Send Smoke Signals…

Build your survival skills with Michael Powell’s useful, but lighthearted instruction manual How to Send Smoke Signals, Pluck a Chicken & Build an Igloo. It packs more than 75 short, but useful guides on how to improve your chances when you’re lost in the woods, or when the inevitable zombie apocalypse hits.

A Die Hard Christmas

A Die Hard Christmas

“John fled from Karl and Hans but alas! He had to run barefoot over sharp, broken glass.” Celebrate a great holiday classic with Doogie Horner and J.J. Harrison’s illustrated version of Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman’s 1988 action flick, done up in a sort of Golden Books style.

Movies (And Other Things)

Movies (And Other Things)

Were the raptors in Jurassic Park just misunderstood? Who’s the better tough guy movie dog owner? Shea Serrano’s book explores these and other random questions from the world of movies. Arturo Torres‘ witty and sharply-drawn images are the perfect accompaniment to Serrano’s in-depth analysis.

The LEGO Architecture Idea Book

The LEGO Architecture Idea Book

Like to build structures with LEGO? Brick expert Alice Finch’s book is packed with over 1000 ideas for creating detailed brickwork, windows, columns, staircases, and lots of other architectural details for your models.

Arcade Game Typography

Arcade Game Typography

The 70s, 80s, and 90s gave us some tons of classic arcade games, and along with them came lots of great pixel art. Typeface designer Toshi Omagari’s book catalogs some of the many cool pixelated fonts which were used for displaying scores on arcade machines. ReadOnlyMemory has a limited-edition hardcover version as well.

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This Annoying Life Coloring Book

This Annoying Life Coloring Book

Are you frustrated by life’s little annoyances? Illustrator Oslo Davis‘ coloring book is packed with images of unsatisfying moments from office printer paper jams, to tangled cables, to dropped contact lenses. We encourage you to color far outside of the lines.

Cattbutt and Dogbutt Coloring Books

Cattbutt and Dogbutt Coloring Books

You haven’t truly experienced pet ownership until your furry friend turns around and winks at you with their third eye. These irreverent cat butt and dog butt coloring books are filled with charming tail-end images for you to embellish. Corgi butts win the cute contest.

The Ultimate Book of Adventure

The Ultimate Book of Adventure

The perfect gift book for adventure and travel junkies, Scott McNeely & Arthur Mount’s book is packed with dozens of ideas for unique experiences and destinations, from driving to the bottom of the Earth, to running a marathon against horses, to tomato fights in Brazil.

Earth and Space Coloring Book

Earth and Space Coloring Book

Want a real coloring challenge? Grab this book which features 35 amazing full-color images captured by NASA, side-by-side with coloring outlines based on the photos. Grab a set of two-tone space colored pencils and you’ve got a great gift for any astronomy fan.

Horrorgami

Horrorgami

Create 20 awesomely creepy kirigami scenes from Paper Dandy’s book of horror-themed dioramas. When appropriately lit, they’re the perfect perfect decoration for your Halloween party. Each intricate design requires a good deal of precise cutting, so they’re more for adults than kids, though.

Rubber Band Engineer

Rubber Band Engineer

Author Lance Akiyama’s DIY book teaches you how to use popsicle sticks, paint stirrers, PVC pipe, clothespins, and other household objects to create 19 different rubber band and hydraulic-powered weapons and siege engines.

1,000 Record Covers

1,000 Record Covers

Published by Taschen, Michael Ochs’ hardcover 1,000 Record Covers showcases a thousand of the most beautiful and memorable vinyl record cover sleeves from the 1960’s to the 1990’s. Makes a great coffee table book for any music lover.

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Bad Days in History

Bad Days in History

Sometimes, we all could use a little schadenfreude to brighten our days. National Geographic author Michael Farquhar’s book catalogs 365 tales of misery and misfortune through the years, from the time casino magnate Steve Wynn ruined his Picasso, to that time people were drowned by a flood of molasses.

12min Micro Book Library

Expand your mind every day with this app that offers up new content 30 times a month. Each of its non-fiction micro books is designed to be read or listened to in less than 12-minutes, making it a perfect complement to your daily commute or your lunch break. Grab a lifetime subscription in The Awesomer Shop.

Monster Etiquette

Monster Etiquette

Illustrator Don Moyer of Calamityware offers up a small book with some big lessons. If you feel like you’re a monster when it comes to parties, public events, or other places where people gather, this 68-page mini book will set you on the right path to proper decorum.

The Man Behind the Maps

The Man Behind the Maps

If you ski or snowboard, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the work of artist James Niehues. You just didn’t know it. You see, James hand painted many of the maps we use to navigate the trails. Now you can own a collection of 200 of his intricate works in this beautiful coffee table book, a great gift for any winter sports fanatic.

DC: Women of Action

DC: Women of Action

A bunch of different artists offer their illustrative interpretations of the fiercest female superheroes and supervillains in the DC universe, while graphic novelist Shea Fontana profiles them. A great gift for comic book fans old and new.

What the Fact?

What the Fact?

From the Cornflake Wars of 1906 to the Toilet Paper Panic of 1973, author Gabe Henry’s and illustrator Dave Hopkins’ compact almanac is filled with one strange historical fact for each day of the year. Makes a great gift for trivia buffs or a bedside reader for your guest room.

Horse Destroys the Universe

Horse Destroys the Universe

Cyriak Harris is best known for his incredibly surreal, layered, and detailed animations. Now, the artist has created his first book, a science fiction story about a horse who could destroy the universe, and the meaning of life. It’s been referred to as The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets Black Beauty meets The Matrix.

Fright-and-Seek Coloring Book

Fright-and-Seek Coloring Book

Master doodle artist Lei Melendres‘ creative coloring book sends you on a mission to explore weird and creepy scenes filled with hundreds of wacky characters and hard to find objects. Once you find your objectives, simply color them in, then move on to the next challenge.

Cinemaps

Cinemaps

Artist Andrew DeGraff’s cinematic atlas is filled with intricate isometric maps which guide us through the locations in popular movies. The hardcover book features 11″ x 14″ reproductions of his hand-painted maps from 35 movies including King Kong, Fargo, The Princess Bride, The Shining, and many more.

The Art of Rick & Morty Book

The Art of Rick & Morty Book

Ease the wait for Rick and Morty‘s fourth season with Adult Swim’s The Art of Rick and Morty book. It contains never before seen sketches and designs for the show’s characters, details of the writer’s room and more. It’s also available as an eBook.

Vintage Bookshelf Board Games

Vintage Bookshelf Board Games

A series of classic board games, each presented in vintage style, and packed inside a box designed to look like a hardcover book. Each one packs its board, pieces, dice, etc. inside. Choose from Monopoly, Clue, Yahtzee, Scrabble, Scattergories, or LIFE.

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