With the growing popularity of smartphones and tablet devices, our readers keep asking us for more convenient ways to read Smashing Magazine’s content online and offline. We are listening, and we’ve been making our content available as digital eBooks in our shop. The eBooks contain selections of articles that were published on Smashing Magazine in 2010 and 2011, as well as some exclusive articles. The previously published articles have, however, been revised, polished and carefully edited and prepared for the eBook versions (in PDF, ePUB and Mobipocket formats).
We are glad to present the three new eBooks that were released just recently.
Professional Web Design, Volume 2 (eBook #7)
This eBook is the second part of the best-selling eBook #1. It contains 20 articles that cover current Web design trends, responsive Web design, user experience design, HTML5, usability and prototyping. The eBook describes existing and upcoming trends and explains how Web design could evolve in the coming months and years. It also touches on what Web designers should be ready for to keep abreast of new challenges and opportunities.
Download the eBook:
Professional Web Design, Volume 2 is available in PDF, ePub and Mobipocket formats. It is, as always, DRM-free and costs just $9.90.
Getting The Hang Of Web Typography (eBook #6)
Getting the Hang of Web Typography is dedicated to Web workers who deal with typography in their daily lives but have no special training for this distinct craft. This eBook gives you the necessary background on macro- and microtypography, helping you to choose suitable fonts and use modern techniques such as Web font embedding. It’s a valuable book that will help you create rich, sophisticated websites with beautiful and elegant Web typography.
Download the eBook:
This eBook is available in PDF, ePub and Mobipocket formats. It is, as always, DRM-free and costs just $9.90.
Check Out Our Free eBook!
If you would prefer to try out an eBook first instead of buying a “pig in a poke,” please feel free to download our free eBook “The Lost Files.” Initially, the Smashing Book 2 was supposed to contain more chapters, but because most of our contributors delivered (much) more content than the book’s size could accommodate, we couldn’t include them all. So, we released four chapters as a free bonus eBook, called “The Lost Files.”
To download your free copy, just register an account in the Smashing Shop, and go to My Profile → My Downloadable Products. You don’t have to buy anything: registration is free and takes just few seconds.
You can also get the latest five books in the Smashing eBook series by buying them as a bundle. All books are available in PDF, ePUB and Mobipocket formats:
- Smashing eBook Bundle — eBook numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 — for $39.50
Why Would Anyone Buy An eBook?
Good question. While so much content is available online for free, eBooks tend to feel a bit more permanent, secure and reliable and are often much better optimized for reading than Web pages. eBooks are usually carefully edited, organized and prepared. Compared to printed books, eBooks present many advantages:
- Immediately available
You can purchase, download and start reading eBooks within minutes. You do not have to travel to a bookstore to buy them, nor do you have to wait days or weeks for them to arrive by mail.
You can carry all of your books with you on a laptop, smartphone or eBook reader, without worrying about weight. Also, being so small in file size, they are much more convenient for reading offline and on smartphones.
Modern eBook formats (ePUB, Mobipocket) are designed with reflowable text, which means that the presentation of content is optimized for the display it is being viewed on.
With built-in search functionality, you can easily search for keywords and even long passages of text.
Digital books are able to contain audio and video, which can complement or add to the message of the authors.
- Adjustable font size
Users of eBook readers can easily increase the font size of books and sometimes even change the font itself, which makes the format ideal for the elderly and people with disabilities. Also, with the emergence of high-resolution displays, digital text can appear very sharp and crisp on the screen, very much like ink on paper.
- Bookmarks, highlighting and notes
Advanced eBook readers automatically remember where you’ve stopped reading whenever you close a book. They also allow you to bookmark pages, highlight favorite passages and make notes.
- Built-in dictionary
Some eBook readers offer a built-in dictionary, which are especially helpful to non-native speakers.
- Text-to-speech functionality
The latest eBook readers have built-in text-to-speech functionality, which is particularly useful on small mobile devices. Rest your eyes after a long day in front of the computer.
All Smashing eBooks: Overview
Here is what we have to offer. All eBooks are available in PDF, ePUB and Mobipocket formats, and they are free of DRM.
|Smashing eBook Bundle — #3, 4, 5, 6 and 7||$39.50|
|The Lost Files, an extra free goodie for Smashing Book 2||free!|
|eBook #7: Professional Web Design, Volume 2||$9.90 (new!)|
|eBook #6: Getting the Hang of Web Typography||$9.90 (new!)|
|eBook #5: How to Create Selling E-Commerce Websites||$9.90|
|eBook #4: Mobile Design for iPhone and iPad||$9.90|
|eBook #3: Mastering Photoshop for Web Design||$9.90|
|eBook #2: Successful Freelancing for Web Designers||$4.95 (reduced price)|
|eBook #1: Professional Web Design||$4.95 (reduced price)|
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