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The Smashing Book: Already Got Yours?


Have you gotten your copy of The Smashing Book yet? If not, it may still be worth spending $29.90 $22,90 for this printed book (+ free eBook). The book shares technical tips and best practices on typography, usability, UI design, marketing and color usage. It contains interviews with high profile designers and developers. And you will also get a peek behind the curtains of Smashing Magazine. You can buy the book now1, it is available and can be shipped right away!

Smashing Book Around The World Link

Many things have been happening with and around The Smashing Book in recent weeks. You must have read or heard that it would fall apart immediately upon being opened (okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration). In fact, the pages loosened quickly, and the reading experience was anything but ideal (the adhesive binding was the culprit). The verdict from many users was thus: brilliant content, very poor binding. And yes, let’s face facts: we indeed did a poor job in our first attempt at offline publishing, but we are willing to learn from our experience and do it better the next time. In fact, the next time has already come.

We have thoroughly monitored the feedback and heard your complaints, which is why we have produced a Corrected Edition of the book, with stable, high-quality stitched binding. Nothing will fall apart here… guaranteed. And the price remains the same.

The release of the Smashing Book has been very exciting. We’ve seen many photos2, videos3 and even unboxing galleries4. We have even seen the books being explored by cats, pancakes, cactuses and babies!

Photo by Remworks6

Photo by Eddie Ebeling8.

Photo by Julien Bob10 (the cat’s name is Monsieurbleu).

Photo by Danielle Wu12.

A Word On The Shipping Link

We are of course not a postal service, and because we are located in Germany, we had to rely on the German postal service (Deutsche Post) to deliver the books to you. This usually works fairly well, but the first weeks in December certainly weren’t our preferred shipping time. Logistics companies were already busy with the Christmas season, and so delivery of our books went very slowly. And because we have been shipping the books worldwide, delivery times have varied significantly. No wonder it took as long as a couple of weeks for the books to be delivered, slowed down as they were by the holidays.

It’s truly astonishing what can happen to books when you ship a large number of them. There are hundreds of stories: the labels got messed up, damaged, loosened or stuck together; the book was delivered but is sitting in the apartment of a neighbor who has gone on vacation; the mail carrier delivered the book to the wrong house or misread the label; the label has a printing error; my address has changed; the book was left sitting in a delivery container; the postal service sent the book to the wrong state and is in the process of rerouting it; the book is being held up in customs. The list goes on and on. Every day we learn of a number of such cases. If you purchased your book a long while ago but still haven’t received it, please send your order details to our support team at We’ll be in touch right away and will investigate.

Was It Worth The Wait? Link

Well, we can’t answer that question because we are obviously biased. But our readers and book reviewers can answer that question for us. Many book reviews are out there, sharing both positive and negative impressions.  What do other readers say? Here are a few snippets:

“The advice is pitched at what I would call intermediate-to-advanced level. It’s aimed at web designers, doesn’t include any coding details, and focuses on notions of good practice. Elegant solutions for common problems are offered on almost every page. The book has also been written by a group of professional designers – so they know what they’re talking about.” — Roy Johnson13

“The Smashing Book is a great, really great book for everybody who is interested in design and web-development. Especially the typography and learning from the experts chapters where inspirational resources to me. The content is great but I believe the layout of the pages should be as a book. Support the Smashing Magazine Book by ordering your copy and I hope SM will continue the concept of bringing the content by book.” — Sander Baumann, Designworkplan14

“The book is basically all of SM’s best articles condensed into a book. This is what you’d expect, as it would be hard to top what they have on the website already. The content is very detailed, perhaps even too much in some cases, but it is like a ‘bible of web design’ covering all the things you should know.” — Lee Munroe 15

“I think the Smashing Book is a perfect book for web designers and developers of all levels, and I am excited that it lives up to the hype. It provides very comprehensive information that is both useful and essential for designers and developers who want to make the quailty of their websites improve.” — admixweb16

“I think the book is a great buy for the price. For all you people still waiting for it to be delivered, it’s worth it!” — ThatDeadPixel17

“Overall, this is a great effort from the Smashing Team and all the authors. The book features good web design theory and many practical techniques backed up by real world examples in the form of colourful screenshots. This book will not become obsolete in the short term, and should be placed in everyone’s library. Overall score:  8.5/10 – A Smashing Book!” — Hixdesign18

Please note that all errors and inaccuracies are being collected in the Errata, which can be found through our Smashing List of Links19 (only a few errors have been found so far).

Buy The Book Now! Link

The Smashing Book is a printed book about best practices in modern Web design. The book shares technical tips and best practices on coding, usability and optimization and explores how to create successful user interfaces and apply marketing principles to increase conversion rates. It also shows how to get the most out of typography, color and branding so that you end up with intuitive and effective Web designs. And lastly, you will also get a peek behind the curtains of Smashing Magazine.

It’s a paperback: 313 pages, full-color images on coated paper, available worldwide. Shipping is $5,-. 100-day 100% money-back guarantee. You can find more details about the book in our shop. Smashing Book: It’s Out Now!20

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  1. 1

    Yesterday is finally arrived!

    I’m so happy!

    The book is fantastic!

  2. 2

    I would love to have the poster – please please please give it to me and I will hang it on my wall! :) Thank you, guys!

  3. 3

    Poster giveaway?!? Sign me up! I would frame the poster and put it in my office to contrast with my black and white Edward Gorey prints.

    *fingers crossed

    • 4

      Oh, and I am not supposed to know about it, but my wife was planning on getting it for my birthday (next week) and I MAY have spied the Smashing “S” in my closet last night.


  4. 5

    Stefan Moldoveanu

    January 27, 2010 3:53 am

    Preordered the book, got it in December. Great investment and a pleasant reading as well!

  5. 6

    Guus van Velthoven

    January 27, 2010 3:54 am

    Great book guys. SMASHING!

  6. 7

    Two of my favourite things at the minute :)

  7. 8

    i would like to have the poster so i could put it on the wall beside my desk as i may get inspired by them

  8. 9

    Currently the only thing I have hanging in my room is a cork-board for my notes. My room echoes due to the lack of things on the wall.
    This would certainly be an awesome addition to the room, if I managed to snag one.

  9. 10

    I would love to have the poster too :-) And I want to buy the book next week too.

  10. 11

    I’d put it under my pillow. Next morning i know everything about webdesign.

  11. 13

    got it – and it’s technicaly hard to read thanks to bad DTP. The interial margin distance is way too small!

  12. 15

    I deserve the poster. I ordered the book in august and i’m still waiting….

  13. 16

    Im still waiting for my book. It’s been 2 months now. Why????????

  14. 17

    I got it few days after New Year 2010. Amazing book with great content. Thanks!

  15. 18

    The poster would inspire me both offline aswell as online. Since discovering your site it has been a constant daily inspiration for someone who doesn’t come from the design background. It’s been a real benefit for someone with a more technical training in coding to have this resource inspire me to explore and develop the designer in me.

    Thanks you again Smashing, you have made the difference…

  16. 19

    I got mine yesterday! It’s awesome! People from the office are all jealous, hehehehe. Please guys, send me the poster!!! I’ll hang it on my cubicle and my boss will give me a promotion, for sure!


  17. 20

    Ordered 4 days back. Eagerly waiting for it. I am in India my friend is carrying it from US.
    I will proudly stick the poster on my laptop.


  18. 21

    Preordered the book but i haven’t received it yet! ¬¬
    (i’m from brazil)

  19. 22

    I’m currently writing my thesis on posters, so I would simply hang this on my wall as inspiration and a reminder of how much great knowledge I’ve applied reading the articles here during this time.

  20. 23

    I love the book, have read it almost every week after I finally got my pre-order at the end of last year. Good shit, may I say.

    That’s why I really need a copy of your poster. I want to smash it apart and spread around the town. Every publicity is.. you know.

  21. 24

    Great book, now I have the book for a few weeks and I like it! beautifully written and clear! What I would do with that poster. I’ll put it on the wall in our student house between a poster of Clockwork Orange and the posters of Harry Potter 2, haha

  22. 25

    My copy of the Smashing Book arrived early in December and I read it twice since then.
    I used some of the tips for my business and tried others for myself.

    At the moment I borrowed it to a friend who is working with Photoshop for years and he really likes it, because it is so amazing!

    I’d like to hang the Smashing Book Poster over my desk in my new room, so I can look at it when I design.

    Thanks for your work, SM!

  23. 26

    Dimensions too small :-( But its content is so big :-)

  24. 27

    I have the book and would love the poster for my office :-)

  25. 28

    Bring this terrific Smashing Poster to an austrian fan of smashing mag! Yeah! If i get one I’m gonna take it to our local snowy mountain and make a picture of it :)

  26. 29

    I bought my Smashing Book in the pre-sale period but I haven’t received it yet, although I did receive an email telling that my book was shipped on 12/02/2009. Maybe it’s important to notice that I’m from Brazil.

    • 30

      Florian (Customer Support)

      January 27, 2010 4:52 am

      Brazil is indeed one of the countries with the longest delivery times. Unfortunately, groundmail to Brazil is expected to take 30-50 days. You’re now at the end of this spectrum, so you should receive your Smashing Book soon. If not, please contact us via so that we can fix the problem.

  27. 31

    I’ll use the power, beauty and truth of the poster to bridge the sectarian divide here in Northern Ireland.

  28. 32

    The poster would be up on my wall making the other posters look less awesome ^_^

  29. 33

    I will order the book probably next week and I do want a SmashingBook poster.

  30. 34

    There is a lot of uselles and ugly posters on my wall… I would like to start the change of it with a perfect poster!

    ps.: still waiting for my book… I hope it arrives this week!



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