Books

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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iClassics brings classic literature to the tablet generation

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 …

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Have fun displaying books with these whimsical bookends

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 …

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Classics and educational books for kids (and kids at heart) created with Playmobil figures

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 …

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In addition to leaping tall buildings with a single bound, Superman can keep your books from falling over

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 …

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Microsoft releases Future Visions science fiction anthology

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 …

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Don’t settle for boring bookends

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, …

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The perfect cookbook for geeks like us

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 …

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Inspire a new generation of gadgeteers with this fun children’s book

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 …

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JK Rowling has written a new Harry Potter story – wait, don’t get too excited

I’m a big fan of the Harry Potter books. I’m not a crazy fan, I just really enjoyed the books and movies. So much so that I’ve yet to find another book series that I’ve liked better. I was bummed after watching the final movie because there would be no more books or movies to …

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Be inspired by Beautiful LEGO – New from No Starch Press

If looking at your little brother’s LEGO creations never inspired your imagination, this new book from No Starch Press sure will. Beautiful LEGO by Mike Doyle is a 280 page coffee table book that features LEGO sculptures from dozens of artists. From abstract to life-like, the models featured in the pages of this book are …

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Unlock your inner Jedi with Vault Edition of The Jedi Path book

Now, I know what you are thinking, how does a book rate a mention on a gadget site? It does when the book is The Jedi Path:A Manual for Students of the Force and comes in a mechanical vault. This Vault Edition of the Jedi Path comes with: hardcover version of the book letter tracing the …

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