Books

Read by the light of your light saber

ThinkGeek has come through with another Star Wars-themed product that’s as useful as it is cool.  This time they have a Star Wars Lightsaber Book Light.  The officially-licensed clip-on LED book light features a lightsaber hilt with one LED instead of a plasma blade and an 11″ flexible neck.  The hilt is 4″ long and a …

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Nookmark – for when a normal bookmark just won’t do

The Nookmark Bookmark is described as a reinvention of a traditional bookmark, but I’m not sure how they went from a piece of paper slipped between the pages of a book to this wooden triangular support.  The Nookmark “follows the shape of an open book”, and you lay an open book over the apex of …

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Pick up a trunkful of hardcover Harry Potter books in dust jackets designed for each house at Hogwarts

Juniper Books has designed a set of Harry Potter books with special book jacket designs created for each of the houses at Hogwarts.  The books in our image are for Gryffindor.  These books are based on the hardcover version issued by Scholastic Books.  Juniper says they “buy heirloom quality hardcover books from publishers we love …

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Learn to draw, build, or stitch a galaxy far, far away

Crafty fans of Star Wars will enjoy this series of books from Quarto Knows.  With the Master Models series, you can build scenes from Star Wars movies, construct models of characters (like Darth Vader or R2-D2) or ships (like the Millennium Falcon).  The Learn to Draw series helps you learn, step-by-step, how to draw your …

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Computers for Seniors – New from No Starch Press

New from No Starch Press: Computers for Seniors by Chris, Carrie, and Cheryl Ewin. This 332-page full-color illustrated book for the parent, grandparent or older friends in your life that can benefit from easy step-by-step basic computer lessons. The book has 14 lessons that begin at square one with the power button and proceed to …

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Fun with Fidget Spinners: 50 Super Cool Tricks and Activities – New book from Fox Chapel Publishing

New from Fox Chapel Publishing: Fun with Fidget Spinners: 50 Super Cool Tricks and Activities by Australian technology blogger David King. Instead of fidgeting, you can read about fidgeting. This 80-page book full-color paperback book features instructions for a variety of fun tricks that you can do with the latest toy craze – fidget spinners …

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Coding iPhone Apps for Kids – New from No Starch Press

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, …

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Cut the Cord, Ditch the Dish, and Take Back Control of Your TV – New from LeanPub

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 …

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Become a doodling wizard with these How to Draw Cool Stuff books

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 …

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Pay as little as $1 for an awesome bundle of Make: IoT and Raspberry Pi how-to ebooks

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 …

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Industrial Strength Coloring Book review

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. 

The LEGO Animation Book A guide to making LEGO movies – New from No Starch Press

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. …

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