The Upcoming Smashing Book

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Our biggest and most important project of the year, the Smashing Book, has come in swinging. Eleven extensive articles have been written, as decided by our readers.1 They are at various stages of completion. Creating a book ultimately requires more effort and dedication than online articles because, in the end, nothing can be changed, and readers have to pay for a physical product.

We have tried to keep errors to a minimum; several correction cycles were required: hard times for our proofreader Andrew Lobo. The writing was done (in alphabetical order) by Adelle Charles, Alessandro Cattaneo, Andrew Maier, Chris Spooner, Darius A. Monsef (Colourlovers), David Leggett, Dmitry Fadeyev, Jacob Gube, Jon Tangerine (partial editing), Rene Schmidt, Steven Snell, Sven Lennartz and Vitaly Friedman.

The book will have 313 pages and 11 chapters, printed completely in color.

Also completed are almost a dozen color illustrations created by the Russian designers from the SoftFacade2 Icon Design Agency, one for each chapter, and the book cover3 by Brian Nelson that many of us have seen, also chosen by our readers. The back cover of the book will have a little surprise.

The book cover of the upcoming Smashing Book4
The book cover, designed by Brian Nelson. Larger version5.

What Is The Date Of Publication? Link

The book will be published in September this year. Whether at the beginning or end of the month, we cannot yet say. There will be an advance sale lasting several weeks, when everyone will have an opportunity to buy the book at a discounted price. Also, we have some ideas on how to deal with the shipping, so that no one is at too big a disadvantage.

The Smashing Book
One of the illustrations from the Smashing Book. The book will be printed completely in color.

Any Free Copies? Link

Of course, we will send some free copies to friends, colleagues and well-known publications, as any author or publisher would. We hope the appearance of the book will be talked about and written about on blogs widely.

To this end, we have reserved another 100 copies for review purposes. These are for magazines, blogs and other editorial publications in our industry. All publications, both small and new or old and large, are eligible to receive a free copy for review. But copies are limited. Simply head over to our email form, select “Book Review Copy” as your subject (this is important), type in your name, your postal address and the title and the URL of your blog / magazine / publication (this is important, too) – and that’s it!

Unfortunately, we have received way too many requests already – no requests are accepted any longer.

And we hope you’re looking forward to the Smashing Book’s release as much as we are!

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/03/26/the-smashing-book-second-round/
  2. 2 http://www.softfacade.com/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/08/the-smashing-book-vote-for-the-book-cover-now/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/images/upcoming-smashing-book/sm-book-logo-full.jpg
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/images/upcoming-smashing-book/sm-book-logo-full.jpg

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  1. 1

    Wow, good job!

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    very nice!

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  3. 3

    Will u publish it as pdf?

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  4. 4

    The Smashing Magazine logo really needs a redesign.

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  5. 5

    Can’t wait to see it, about how much do we think the book will cost?

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  6. 6

    I can’t wait the release! we’re all looking forward to purchase this book.

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  7. 7

    Can’t wait to see what’s in store… ;-)

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  8. 8

    Hmmm… when We can buy it? :P (btw. and where :P bicouse i’m from Poland :P ), soon as it takes to write and engineering work will certainly be useful for this book :)

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  9. 9

    W00p, looking forward to it

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    Smashing Editorial

    June 22, 2009 8:11 am

    The book will be published in September this year. Whether at the beginning or end of the month, we cannot yet say. There will be an advance sale lasting several weeks, when everyone will have an opportunity to buy the book at a discounted price. Also, we have some ideas on how to deal with the shipping, so that no one is at too big a disadvantage.

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  11. 11

    How I wish I was a reviewer! I would SO ask for a free copy!

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  12. 12

    Exciting!

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  13. 13

    Great, can’t wait.

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  14. 14

    Looking forward!!!!!

    Gids

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  15. 15

    I’m excited about the book. You’re website always been a good source for inspiration. Greetings from Holland.

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  16. 16

    I can hardly wait… lol

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  17. 17

    Looking forward to this book!

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  18. 18

    Really looking forward to this one!

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  19. 19

    :) I have birthday on September so I’ll make a great gift for myself :)))

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  20. 20

    Great, I’m looking forward to this!

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  21. 21

    I hope it’ll be also available in the Netherlands. Maybe via amazon

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  22. 22

    Glad to see you went with that cover design, it was by far the best option. Great work, I’m looking forward to purchasing a copy!

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    Smashing Editorial

    June 22, 2009 8:55 am

    The book will be available worldwide.

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  24. 24

    nice :)

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  25. 25

    11 chapters…. On what? I really enjoy this website and you cover many things.. what’s in the book?

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  26. 26

    I am really looking forward to the book. Price how ever maybe, I am buying it day one for sure.
    Can’t wait to flip through the pages!

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  27. 27

    plz plz……..
    provid us PDF

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  28. 28

    world wide…!
    even in nepal….?

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    Mary Malinconico

    June 22, 2009 9:30 am

    Great News…but what about pre-ordering the book? Are we going to get the book from you directly or from major resellers like Amazon? I want to reserve my copy so I get it right away…I am planning on using it for a class I am teaching in the Spring time if it meets my needs!

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    plz plz……..
    provid us PDF, too!!!

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  31. 31

    Good Job

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    Smashing Editorial

    June 22, 2009 9:53 am

    @Mary Malinconico (#29): there will be an advance sale lasting several weeks, when everyone will have an opportunity to buy the book at a discounted price. Please stay tuned.

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    Hey, I’d like to review the book, but my blog isn’t in English, It’s in Slovak. Is it problem or not?

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  34. 34

    I can’t wait to get my hands on it to dig for the treasures within. :D

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  35. 35

    Great resource!

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  36. 36

    Have you decided what the price tag will be?

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  37. 37

    Interesting. I will definitely get a copy to support SM. :)

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  38. 38

    Wow!! It’s sound interesting!!

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  39. 39

    I will get this book for sure, but I’m hoping for a .pdf for about the same price.
    Nice cover!

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    can’t wait!

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    Nicholas Z. Cardot

    June 22, 2009 11:33 am

    Very cool. I can’t wait!

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    Christopher Anderton

    June 22, 2009 11:52 am

    PDF, SMOEMOEF. A book like this should be read on paper. Can’t wait to order the book!

    Cheers from Sweden.

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  43. 43

    Why so much need for a pdf version..? An actual book is a lovely tactile thing.

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  44. 44

    A digital version (PDF, Kindle, iPhone) to go with the analogue would actually be awesome. Much easier to incorporate in presentations/brainstorms/etc, just hook up a laptop to a projector. Easier than passing around a book amongst 5-20 persons.

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  45. 45

    What is this going to contain exactly?

    Lists of pretty websites?

    Lists of tutorials?

    Lists of best practices?

    Basically lists of content that is not really yours. It works in a blog medium but I am interested how badly it will fail as a book.

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  46. 46

    Wow, o.O I can’t wait!!

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  47. 47

    Super excited for this to come out. It will be nice to have a book to reference to certain things, write in, highlight or just flip through. Its nice to come to smashingmagazine.com all the time but this will be handy!

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  48. 48

    Glad you guys went with this design.

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  49. 49

    Will it be available on amazon?

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    Will it be Top seller @ amazon?

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