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Universe

Universe

Navigate the wonders of the night sky via Phaidon’s book Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World. It’s an entertaining and thought-provoking journey through our fascination with space, from cave paintings to modern astrophotography. Its 300 images were curated by stars of astronomy, photography, and art.

Beastie Boys Book

Beastie Boys Book

Let Beastie Boys members Adrock and Mike D walk you through their story in “revealing and funny accounts”, from their amateur days to the release of their classic albums. Also features contributions from their friends such as Spike Jonze and Wes Anderson.

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Covobox 2.0

Covobox 2.0

Covogoods’ Covobox 2.0 is a hidden storage box that’s made of real books on its front side. It’s perfect for hiding gadgets, cables and other small items on a shelf. The half-box slides out for easy access. You can customize your order’s size and color.

Arcade Game Typography

Arcade Game Typography

The 70s, 80s, and 90s gave us 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.

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.

The Memeing of Life

The Memeing of Life

Whether you’re obsessed with memes, or are a meme newbie, Sean Murphy and James Richards’ book is here to help, with stories about why memes exist, along with popular internet memes, their origins, and in the rare case that they actually have meaning, that too.

Stories Behind the Images

Stories Behind the Images

Adventure photographer Corey Rich travels to the edge along with his subjects to capture incredibly dramatic images of adrenaline junkies and outdoor athletes. From hanging off of a cliff to standing on the top of the mountain, this 288 page book takes us inside of the artist’s process and features 130 color photos of his works.

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.

Tiki Pop

Tiki Pop

Tiki bars have had a bit of a resurgence of late, with their Polynesian-themed cocktails and kitschy tropical decor. Sven Kirsten’s 640-page, hardcover coffee table book delves into the history of America’s pop take on tiki culture, with lots of wonderful archival photos and historical artifacts dating back as far as the 1930s.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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