Books

New from No Starch Press: Coding iPhone Apps for Kids A Playful Introduction to Swift by Gloria Winquist and Matt McCarthy. This book teaches children and adults to code in Apple's free beginner-friendly programming language called Swift. This 336-page book full-color book is a fun guide that will explain the building blocks of app programming… Read More

Keeping up with your favorite TV series can get expensive when you are tied to providers like cable and satellite companies. The only option in my area is DirecTV or Dish. I've been with DirecTV for over 20 years and am happy with their service and content, but not the monthly bill. Ouch! A few… Read More

If you've ever wanted to learn to draw but thought you had no talent, you can forget about that. You don't need talent, you just need to exercise your drawing muscles and these books from Library Tales Publishing by art teacher and professional artist Catherine V. Holmes will help you do just that. There are three… Read More

If you've ever wanted to learn more about using Raspberry Pi and Arduino hardware to get into the IoT scene, today is your lucky day. Make: and Humble Bundle Books have teamed up to offer an extraordinary deal that not only rewards you with a great collection of geeky eBooks, but it also helps STEM… Read More

Adult coloring books have been a thing for awhile now, but patterns tend to be flowers, animals, and other nature scenes. The Industrial Strength Coloring Book by noted graphic designer Robert Pizzo and Quill driver Books will appeal to people who are interested in manufacturing, technology, and engineering, with patterns that feature gears, circuits, gears and more. … Read More

New from No Starch Press: The LEGO Animation Book A guide to making LEGO movies by David Pagano and David Pickett. This book will turn you into a stop-motion animation movie master. This 216-page book full-color hardback book is a comprehensive guide that will show you the ropes for filming your own animated LEGO movies… Read More

Back in my day, we didn't have fancy schmancy tablets to read books, we had actual books with pages, that we had to turn! And we liked it! That was me channeling Dana Carvey's Grumpy Old Man character from Saturday Night Live. It's true though. When I was a kid, I loved Saturdays because my… Read More

Book lovers will enjoy these fun bookends and shelves from Animi Causa. The Runaway bookend gives an optical illusion of books that are about to fall on a running couple and the Levitation book stacker provides the illusion of a yogi magically levitating your favorite book stack. These bookends are a little pricey at $25.99… Read More

If you're trying to get your children more interested in books instead of TV and video games, how about checking out these fun titles featuring Playmobil figures. Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles (Playmobil) by Richard Unglik is a hardbound book with 96 color pages. Richard Unglik, a professional photographer, has recreated the world… Read More

I can't seem to recall the last time I read an actual physical book. You know the kind I'm talking about, the ones made of paper with pages that you turn with your hands instead of with a swipe of a finger. I still love real books, but carrying around my latest tome is easier… Read More

Book lovers who are also fans of comic books and superheros will appreciate this unique superhero bookend from Animi Causa. This bookend has been designed to provide a visual effect of books that almost ready to fall over, but the actual bookend is really an angled steel support. By placing a softbound book cover over… Read More

I know this is a gadget blog, but most of us who love gadgets also love science fiction. Microsoft just announced the release of an anthology of short stories written by contemporary science fiction greats such as Elizabeth Bear, Greg Bear, David Brin, and Ann Leckie. To provide inspiration for the stories, Microsoft let the… Read More

Get yourself some bookends you can build on!  The Build On Brick Bookends not only keep your books tidy on your shelves, they serve as a base for building base compatible with most bricks (LEGO, PixelBlocks, Mega Bloks, KRE-O, or K'NEX Bricks).  Like many bookends, these have metal plates that slide under your books, DVDs, CDs… Read More

Earlier this week one of my friends from work stopped me at the water dispenser to tell me that he had something to show me. A few minutes later he handed me his copy of the Kitchen Overlord Illustrated Geek Cookbook by Chris-Rachael Oseland. This hard cover cookbook reads like a comic book with recipes… Read More

One of our regular readers sent in a tip about a very cute book for aspiring gadgeteer kids. It's called Harold and the Wimple-Dimple Dimmer-Wimmer by Carolyn Donovan and it's about a 7 year old boy who moves into a new house and finds a pile of junk (what his mother calls it) in the… Read More