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Essential Novels Scratch-off Chart

Essential Novels Scratch-off Chart

Pop Chart Lab’s upcoming poster features its top 100 novels. Each title is represented by a foil-covered book cover. You can scratch the foil off to reveal the full cover art. The poster measures 18″x 24″. We’d love to have a customizable print.

Welcome to The Last Bookstore

Welcome to The Last Bookstore

Chad Howitt’s profile of Josh Spencer, owner of Los Angeles’ famous used book shop The Last Bookstore. An outdoorsman, Josh was paralyzed from the waist down after an accident. But it led him to create what become a beloved landmark.

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The Book of General Ignorance

The Book of General Ignorance

The Book of General Ignorance informs us about many things in life we don’t know or make assumptions about; e.g., camels store fat in their humps, not water. Grab a copy of it now and get smarter. Seriously, don’t you want to know who blew the nose off the Sphinx?

Calm the F* Down Coloring Book

Calm the F* Down Coloring Book

Attention adults: when you really should be cool but you’re panicking instead, take a moment to breathe, lift your heart to the sky and Calm the F* Down with Sasha O’Hara’s quirky coloring book. Let’s all chill while coloring subversive inner thoughts.

The Star Trek Book

The Star Trek Book

It’s the perfect gift for Star Trek fans from The Original Series to the J.J. Abrams movies, and everything in between. Learn the history of Starfleet, character backgrounds, Trek tech in layperson’s terms, and much more in author Paul Ruditis’ 300+ page visual guidebook.

NES/Famicom Visual Compendium

NES/Famicom Visual Compendium

Bitmap Books’ 240+ page coffee table book about two of the most important video game systems ever made. Nintendo Entertainment System/Famicom: A Visual Compendium contains dozens of high resolution screenshots, box art, fan art and more.

ComiXology Unlimited

ComiXology Unlimited

ComiXology’s new subscription service lets you read the first volumes of dozens of titles from Image, Dark Horse, Fantagraphics and more (no Marvel or DC). It’s a great way to get into comics or find out which titles to dive into. It has a free 30-day trial period.

The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book

The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book

The burger of the day board at Bob’s Burgers features specialties like the Hummus a Tune Burger, and the Is This Your Chard Burger. Now you can make 75 of Bob Belcher’s punny creations for yourself, thanks to this cookbook from the FOX animated show’s creators.

Coloring Book of Booze

Coloring Book of Booze

Adult coloring books are totally dope, so curl up with some pencils and any kind of mule and bring life to the pages of the Coloring Book of Booze. There are 26 cocktails to color, with recipes included. A great gift for a dinner or housewarming party. (Thanks Mike P!)

Tauba Auerbach: [2,3]

Tauba Auerbach: [2,3]

Nowness inspects artist Tauba Auerbach’s oversized pop-up book set [2,3]. It consists of six separate volumes, each with one large, complex and arresting pop-up that somehow still folds flat when its folio is closed.

Tattoo Coloring Book

Tattoo Coloring Book

UK illustrator Megamunden’s 112-page coloring book is loaded with 120 of the artist’s unique and intricate designs in outline form so you can color them in yourself. If you dig this, be sure to check out his color-in postcards.

The Drive: Custom Cars & Their Builders

The Drive: Custom Cars & Their Builders

From Maximilian Funk and Robert Klanten (The Ride) comes The Drive, a 400-page coffee table book about some of the world’s best custom car makers and their work, including ICON’s Jonathan Ward, RWB’s Akira Nakai and of course George Barris.

How to Drive

How to Drive

Learn how to drive better and more safely not just in a sports car on a track, but in your daily driver with this excellent book from pro stunt and racecar driver Ben Collins, who has driven cars for the James Bond series, The Dark Knight Rises, and portrayed The Stig on Top Gear.

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Amazon Kindle Oasis

Amazon Kindle Oasis

The crazy expensive Kindle Oasis is 20% thinner than previous models, with a new design that makes it easier to hold one-handed (for both lefties and righties). It also has improved backlighting and comes with a charging cover that extends its battery life to months.

Deceptive Desserts

Deceptive Desserts

Christine McConnell is known as the “Queen of Creepy Cookies” for good reason. Her creations include such subversive pastries as an Alien Xenomorph Easter Bunny and edibles with tentacles. Learn to make your own disturbing desserts with her new book.

Where to Eat Pizza

Where to Eat Pizza

Phaidon’s ultimate reference manual for pizzaphiles catalogs more than 1,700 great places around the globe to grab a slice or a whole pie. This 576-page book is sure to be covered with grease and tomato sauce by those who use it regularly.

Recess

Recess

Put down your smartphones and game controllers and go play outside! Recess. Ben Applebaum and Dan DiSorbo’s book catalogs and offers rules for over 150 games, from the many variants of tag, to hopscotch, four square, and dodgeball.

History of Magic in North America

History of Magic in North America

The teaser for Magic in North America, a new series of stories from J.K. Rowling set in the Harry Potter universe. The first story in the series is History of Magic in North America, and is itself split into multiple parts, all of which will be available on Pottermore.

Making a Book from Scratch

Making a Book from Scratch

(Gore) The latest project from ultra DIY channel How to Make Everything is about making a book. Host Andy George spent a total of 50 hours making paper – cotton, hemp, wood – a pencil, a quill pen, a leather cover, ink and glue. More here.

Icons Unmasked (The Book)

Icons Unmasked (The Book)

Chicago artist Alex Solis (aka AlexMDC) is crowdfunding the production of this hilarious picture book which provides insight into the true identities of numerous cartoon and pop culture characters. Snoopy as Brian and Homer as Peter Griffin are priceless.

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Scratch and Sniff Whiskey Guide

Scratch and Sniff Whiskey Guide

Become a whisky connoisseur fast with The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whisky Know-it-All, a 24-page guide by master sommelier Richard Betts. The book includes a flavor profile chart and scratch-and-sniff scents to help identify flavor elements.

DJ Ross One: Rap Tees

DJ Ross One: Rap Tees

A coffee table book featuring beatmaker Ross Schwartzman aka DJ Ross One’s extensive collection of hip hop t-shirts, sweaters and other merchandise, including bootlegs and one-offs. LL Cool J should bring back the Troops while he can. More at NYT.

100 Things for Every Gearhead to Do…

100 Things for Every Gearhead to Do…

Automotive author Jason Fogelson has spent years traveling America experiencing some of its greatest roads, auto shows, factory tours, off-road trails, tracks, driving lessons and more. He shares the best in 100 Things for Every Gearhead to Do Before They Die.

Sidewalk Flowers

Sidewalk Flowers

Walking with her distracted father, a young girl notices wildflowers growing all over the city. She collects and shares them with others along the way. This wordless illustrated book may be aimed at kids, but its reminder applies to everyone in this age of multitasking.

Lost Recipes of Prohibition

Lost Recipes of Prohibition

Author Matthew Rowley was given a old book of poetry. The book contained a secret manuscript with hundreds of recipes for compounding ingredients to create imitations of banned liquors. Learn which ones are worth replicating and which are downright dangerous.

Movie Title Typos

Movie Title Typos

Author and illustrator Austin Light decided to improve upon the titles of movies by just removing a single letter from their titles. Our cringeworthy favorites include and The Silence of the Labs and Finding Emo. Based on his ridiculously popular imgur gallery.

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