THE BEST Books

The Design Entrepreneur

The Design Entrepreneur

Have you ever wanted to do more than simply design for clients? The Design Entrepreneur is filled with stories of individuals who took their art and turned it into products.

Book: The Little People

Book: The Little People

More tilt-shifting: The Little People is a collection of photographs with miniature figures in often comedic (and occasionally macabre) situations throughout London, by Slinkachu.

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Book: Indie Band Guide

Book: Indie Band Guide

Know anyone in a garage band? We recommend The Indie Band Survival Guide; it’s got great tips on everything from marketing to merch. The website is an awesome resource, too.

100 Days of Monsters

100 Days of Monsters

With a spurt of ink and a wild imagination, Stefan Bucher’s 100 Days of Monsters is a printed version of his uniquely collaborative blog, which includes background stories from readers.

The Long Road Home

The Long Road Home

Available in a few days, Stephen King’s Dark Tower: Long Road Home gets a hardcover edition that spans issues #1-#5; this creepy comic series is great for alternate reality fans.

Book: Eden

Book: Eden

We’re chomping at the brain to read Tom Mochinski’s Eden; it’s a zombie story which focuses on a band of survivors holding out in a fortified compound in Queens, New York.

Book: SpaceShipOne

Book: SpaceShipOne

Written by Dan Linehan with a foreword from the late Arthur C. Clarke, SpaceShipOne: An Illustrated History richly details Richard Branson and Burt Rutan’s pioneering space program.

Book: Robot Army

Book: Robot Army

How to Build a Robot Army is author Daniel Wilson’s follow-up to his wildly successful Robot Uprising: in it, he teaches you how to turn use robots to defend the Earth (or conquer it).

Book: Wastelands

Book: Wastelands

Get your post apocalyptic fix with Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse, a collection of end of the world tales by Stephen King, Orson Scott Card and Boing Boing’s Cory Doctorow.

Batman: Year One

Batman: Year One

Written by Sin City’s Frank Miller and superbly illustrated by David Mazucchelli, Batman: Year One is a gritty look into Batman’s origins and a great companion to The Dark Knight.

Book: Transit Maps

Book: Transit Maps

Transit Maps of the World is perfect for map lovers; it contains every urban transit map on Earth and makes an excellent coffee table book. Our fave: a fictional world transit map.

Book: Force Unleashed

Book: Force Unleashed

We were surprised to learn that Star Wars: The Force Unleashed made it onto last week’s The New York Times’ bestseller list. No, not the game — the hardcover book!

Book: Watchmen (Hardcover)

Book: Watchmen (Hardcover)

While Warner Bros’ much-anticipated movie is stuck in legal limbo due to a lawsuit, tide yourself over with this special hardcover edition of Watchmen, available 11/11.

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Book: Mechanika

Book: Mechanika

Doug Chiang is an accomplished artist who has worked on Star Wars, Terminator 2, and even The Mask. His latest book, Mechanika, is a must-read for sci-fi artists and fans.

Book: Cosmic Motors

Book: Cosmic Motors

COSMIC MOTORS is a fantastic, albeit fictional look at spaceships and their totally smokin’ pilots. It’s written by Daniel Simon, who in real life has worked for Bugatti and Lamborghini.

Book: Variable Star

Book: Variable Star

Sci-fi writer Robert Heinlein has posthumously published Variable Star with Spider Robinson. The book reads like classic 50s Heinlein, and is based on notes left by the late writer.

Flight, Volume Five

Flight, Volume Five

Fresh for this summer, the fifth volume of Kazu Kibuishi’s Flight series of books is now available. Inside are 368 enjoyable, full-color pages from 23 accomplished comic book artists.

Troy Paiva’s Night Vision

Troy Paiva’s Night Vision

Photographer Troy Paiva’s book, Night Vision: The Art of Urban Exploration, is a must read. Using a technique called light painting, he mixes flashlight with moonlight to produce otherworldly photos.

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