These are the things I've written that are tagged "books"

The Icon Handbook

Jon Hicks makes great icons, and I look forward to learning what he has to teach. The 323-page book ships January 30th, 2012 and there’s a PDF sample.

101 Reasons to Shop

My friend and super-neat person Carly Monardo has illustrated a book, 101 Ways To Shop, which is available today. It was written by Jessica Waldorf, designed by Mary Austin, and is published by Harper Collins. You should buy it.

“Writing on the high seas”

Author Tobias Buckell’s treatise on book piracy and what it means here in the now: A certain book that usually sells about 5,000 copies, locked down and protected, seems to sell the same 5,000 copies as a book with a free giveaway and pirated. The difference, according to O’Reilly and many, will be that the […]

Lukas Mathis on Scrolling .vs. Page-flipping

In response to a response, he grabs this quote from Kottke: The page flipping animation in the iBooks app though? Super cheesy. It’s like in the early days of cars where they built them to look like horse-drawn carriages. Can’t we just scroll? He says: How is scrolling desirable to the person who is trying […]

John Scalzi on the Amazon / Macmillan Spat

In a post titled “All The Many Ways Amazon So Very Failed the Weekend,” he goes into short detail along the very lines you might expect. Amazon so badly mis-handled this situation that one wonders if the entire company wasn’t under the spell of a wizard, or if a very strong sedative was released into […]

Cadence & Slang is a book about interaction design.

Written by Nick Disabato (nickd), soon to be self-published: I’m writing a book called Cadence & Slang, due in late 2010. It’s about interaction design, which is the art and craft of making technology easier to use. There have been many products in the past decade that take generous advantage of good design – the […]

Excerpts From The Book The NBA Doesn’t Want You To Read

Salient chunks from Blowing the Whistle, by disgraced former NBA ref Tim Donaghy. The guy obviously has an axe to grind, but the detail and name-dropping extent he goes to is pretty remarkable. This is gonna cause some serious shitstorms in the NBA. UPDATE: As I was writing this, the book was dropped by the […]

We Now Return To Your Regularly Scheduled Programming

Namely: smut, code, lies, and art in the 21st century. My computer has been in the shop for the past week, so I’ve been doing other things. Non-internet things. I am back, now. In the interim I didn’t enjoy Fiasco: A History of Hollywood’s Iconic Flops, and did enjoy Adventures in the Screen Trade.

The Best Introductory Books

A big list compiled from this Metafilter thread, entitled “What single book is the best introduction to your field (or specialization within your field) for laypeople?” I have a feeling I will be revisiting it for many years.

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