THE BEST Books

Sorted Books

Sorted Books

A 176-page compilation of some of artist Nina Katchadourian’s funny and poignant photo essays. She goes through book collections both private and public, forming poems out of book titles. Also available from Chronicle Books.

Matchbook

Matchbook

Mumbai designer Shahid Datawala captured images of over 500 unique matchbox labels and assembled them into this compilation of one of India’s more unusual artforms. The book itself looks like a giant matchbox.

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Boox Book Display Case

Boox Book Display Case

We’ve seen a way to put your favorite t-shirts on display. Boox does that for books. Available in three sizes, it’s a glass case with squishy rubber orbs that hold an opened book in place.

Beautiful Whale

Beautiful Whale

Bryant Austin has won international acclaim for his extensive collection of large and detailed photographs of whales. He shares some of those images in his coffee table book Beautiful Whale. See sample images on io9.

The Book of Impossible Objects

The Book of Impossible Objects

For kids and kids at heart, Klutz’ Book of Impossible Objects offers 25 fun and mind-bending illusions and tricks. Our favorite – the stare-o-saurus, a dinosaur whose eyes remain fixed on yours.

Lumio Lamp

Lumio Lamp

Lumio borrows from the form of a book. Its body is made of Tyvek, while the cover is made of wood with neodymium magnets inside. The lamp also has a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 8 hours.

Otaku Spaces

Otaku Spaces

Patrick W. Galbraith’s fascinating look inside Otaku culture, which is best described as a combination of avid collecting, hoarding, and some sort of an OCD. Features interviews with 15 of these über-fans.

Hate Mail

Hate Mail

(NSFW: Language) Illustrator Mr. Bingo creates nasty postcards with randomly hateful messages on them and mails them out to victims selected by his customers. Now available in book form.

Finding Trust

Finding Trust

Annie Marie Musselman captured amazing photos of the furry and feathered friends she met working at Sarvey Wildlife Rehab Center Her upcoming book introduces us to these brave animals (and humans).

Book Binder

Book Binder

Christoffer Martens’ Book Binder are the only pair of bookends we’ve seen that lets you organize books even without a bookshelf. It’s made of lacquered wood or raw oak and an elastic textile band.

Darkened Cities

Darkened Cities

Thierry Cohen’s Villes éteintes are images of clear night skies superimposed over cities from the same latitude, simulating what urban landscapes might look like without light pollution. More retailers here.

Dangerous Books for Boys

Dangerous Books for Boys

These vintage-inspired books Things to Do and Things to Know are loaded with tips for boys of all ages, such as making your own battery, learning spy cyphers, how to juggle and even dog tricks.

Game of Thrones Sigil Book

Game of Thrones Sigil Book

Inspired by Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, these charming picture book illustrations would be a perfect way for the kiddies of Westeros to learn the house sigils and words.

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The Book of Known Knowledge

The Book of Known Knowledge

(NSFW: Language) From America’s Finest News Source comes the only book you’ll ever need. The Onion Book of Known Knowledge: buy it or remain an idiot forever. Sample entries here and here.

Giveaway: Vampire Combat Manual

Giveaway: Vampire Combat Manual

Enter now to win one of five copies of Roger Ma’s practical guide to taking down the (supposedly) immortal blood-suckers, and keep vampires out of your town for good. (Contest Ends 10/21/12.)

K is for Knifeball

K is for Knifeball

K is for Knifeball: An Alphabet of Terrible Advice is a parody children’s book from Avery Monsen and Jory John, the demented authors who brought us All My Friends Are Dead. Video made by POYKPAC.

The Vampire Combat Manual

The Vampire Combat Manual

Roger Ma returns with the latest in his series of manuals for dispensing imaginary monsters using real-world weapons and tactics. You’ll also learn defense, but not how to avoid the Twilight movies.

Wonderful Life with the Elements

Wonderful Life with the Elements

Japanese artist Bunpei Yorifuji breathes life to nature’s simplest substances in his book Wonderful Life with the Elements: The Periodic Table Personified. A great read for kids and adults alike.

Retro Book Game Covers

Retro Book Game Covers

James Bit makes jackets that make game cases look like classic Penguin books. You can customize the author, title and colors, but he’ll only send the template; you’ll have to print it on your own.

Dark Knight Trilogy Book

Dark Knight Trilogy Book

No mere cash-in, The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy was made by Batman fans for Batman fans. It features interviews and articles by the cast and crew along with tons of pictures.

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Bicycle

Bicycle

Inspired by the 2012 London Olympics, artist Ugo Gattoni’s intricate inked illustration measures about 15 feet wide, and depicts a scene of a crazy bicycle race. It’s available in book form for your pleasure.

You Chose Wrong

You Chose Wrong

Andrew Weiss’ blog pays homage to the kitschy Choose Your Own Adventure novels that were popular decades ago, featuring the paragraphs that we didn’t want to read: the bad endings.

Bill Murray Coloring Book

Bill Murray Coloring Book

(NSFW: Language) Tired of playing with the Nic Cage playset? Practice coloring with Thrill Murray! It has 24 images of the accomplished actor and comedian, each made by a different illustrator.

Animal Author Tees

Animal Author Tees

Lepers and Lycans’ t-shirts feature cute designs of famous authors as animals. The selection is pretty small right now but considering the quality of the designs, we are hoping to see more soon.

A Hologram for the King

A Hologram for the King

Written by Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, What is the What) A Hologram for the King is about an aging businessman trying to break into a Saudi Arabian city. More here.

How to Poo at Work

How to Poo at Work

The who: you. The where: office. The what: no. 2 as your no. 1 priority.  We’ve all been there – er, we know someone who’s gone through it. This book would’ve helped that person a lot.

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