The New Mobile Book Is Finally Here!

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Yes, our brand new Smashing Mobile Book1 has finally arrived, and it has almost reached your doorstep! If you’ve already pre-ordered the book weeks ago, then it’s really only a matter of days! Until then, the complimentary digital version is waiting for you in your Smashing Shop dashboard. And if you haven’t ordered just yet, make sure to get the book now!2

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At this very moment, all pre-orders are being shipped from Berlin, Germany, by airmail. Due to an unexpected huge amount of pre-orders in the past days, delivery of the new book orders will take a bit longer since we only have a limited amount of printed books in pre-sale stock.

Of course, we are printing extra copies in this very moment as you read this post. But unfortunately, the shipping of the new printed copies can only start in early January 2013. Still, you get the eBook automatically once you’ve ordered the printed book, so you can start reading right away!

eBook Is Now Available

The eBook of the Mobile Book is available for download immediately: PDF, ePUB and Kindle formats for your convenience. If you have pre-ordered the book, your eBook is waiting for you in your Download Area4. Also, keep in mind that the eBook is included in the Smashing eBook Library51145—our annual subscription with 70% discount on all Smashing eBooks.

And if you still haven’t ordered yet, you can get the Mobile book right now6, and start reading within a couple of minutes! You won’t be disappointed. Why? Let’s see why.

About the Book

The Mobile Book7

Our brand new printed Mobile Book features the most important things that you need to know as a designer, developer or mobile strategist to make your websites optimized for mobile. You’ll dive deep into the peculiarities of the mobile industry, explore responsive design strategy, design patterns and optimization techniques, learn about wireframing and prototyping for mobile as well as the guidelines for designing with gestures and touch. If you are looking for a good book on mobile, this is the one.

Table of Contents

When setting up the concept of the book, we worked hard to ensure a delicate balance between advanced knowledge and the current state of the art:

AUTHOR CHAPTER DETAILS
Jeremy Keith Foreword
Jeremy Keith has been around on the Web for a while and saw the emerging mobile medium from its earliest days. With his preface for the Mobile Book, Jeremy introduces us to this new facet of the Web and the new possibilities and challenges that the Mobile industry produces as a relatively young medium.
Peter-Paul Koch What’s Going on in Mobile?
This chapter provides a general overview of what’s going in the mobile industry today, who are its main players and how they influence each other. From a technical perspective, the chapter reviews the peculiarities of mobile networks and platforms, existing mobile browsers and guidelines for testing websites on mobile. You’ll understand the mobile market, how it works, what it involves and how it affects our daily work.

Chapter keywords: mobile value chain, operators, device vendors, fragmentation, Android, iPhone, Windows Phone, OS vendors, proxy browsers, open device lab, mobile network.

Stephanie Rieger The Future of Mobile
This chapter provides a glimpse of where the future of mobile might lead, and what technologies will lead us there. These include new low-power computer chips, new display technologies, new APIs and the growing penetration of near field communication (NFC). But more important than the technologies themselves is how they will need to work together, enabling new and exciting ways to do business, to connect with friends and family and to interact with the world around us.

Chapter keywords: connected devices, TVs, consumer customization, display technologies, RFID, NFC, Device APIs.

Trent Walton Responsive Design Strategies
The main components of Responsive Web Design(RWD) — flexible grids, flexible images, and media queries — are just the tip of the iceberg. And with the ever-increasing number of devices flooding the market, RWD is the most effective way to address them all at once. This chapter by Trent Walton features strategies, techniques and design workflow tips on building effective and bulletproof responsive designs.

Chapter keywords: image aspect ratios, resolution independence, breakpoints organization, vertical and em-based media queries, content choreography, image hierarchy, fluid type.

Brad Frost Responsive Design Patterns
As Responsive Design continues to evolve, we’re confronted with difficult problems about how to create adaptive interfaces that look and function beautifully across many screen sizes and environments. E.g. how do we handle navigation that’s four levels deep? This chapter features emerging responsive design patterns and explains how to use them meaningfully in your projects. Brad Frost provides useful tips and expert advice on various design elements covering everything from complex navigation to advanced data tables.

Chapter keywords: style guides, layout, navigation, conditional loading, progressive disclosure, background images, icons, maps, type, carousels, accordions, forms, tables.

Dave Olsen Optimization For Mobile
Although Responsive design per se has provided a great fundamental concept for designing mobile-optimized websites, the core ideas that make up these concepts pre-date the mobile revolution. In this chapter, Dave Olsen reviews what it takes to optimize mobile experiences in terms of performance. How do we keep responsive websites lightweight? What do we need to know about caching, lazy loading, latency? How can we start using RESS? Device detection or feature detection? Also, how do we develop and test our websites for performance? This chapter answers all these questions and more.

Chapter keywords: mobile performance, latency, localStorage, lazy loading, Data URI scheme, JS frameworks, RESS, browser detection, feature detection.

Dennis Kardys Hands On Design for Mobile (UX Perspective)
Mobile requires us to rethink the way we create, develop and build experiences for our users. In this chapter, you’ll look at some of the more glaring pitfalls to conventional processes, specifically as they pertain to how we design—and how we communicate design—for an increasingly mobile-accessed Web. You’ll learn about implementing and selling processes that support a realistic understanding of what it means to design with mobile in mind.

Chapter keywords: psychology, contextual interviews, collaborative design workshops, design studio methods, sketching, wireframing, convergent prototyping.

Josh Clark Designing With Gestures and Touch
Among the many new opportunities of the mobile medium are the capabilities of mobile devices. One of the major interaction changes, however, involves gestures and touch. In this chapter, Josh Clark explains how we can use them to improve the mobile user experience and provides concrete examples of implementations in real-life applications.

To ensure the quality of the book’s content, the chapters have been reviewed by a number of active members of the mobile design community such as Scott Jenson, Bruce Lawson, Lyza Danger Gardner and Bryan Rieger—just to name a few. It wasn’t easy to bring together such a stellar line-up of experts, but a compromise wasn’t an option.

Sample and Technical Details

  • Download the free sample (PDF, 8.0 Mb)8
    The full chapter “Responsive Design Strategy” by Trent Walton.
  • 336 pages, 16.5 × 24.0 cm (6.5 × 9.5 inches).
    Real quality hard cover, with stitched binding and a ribbon page marker.
  • Delivery only via airmail from Berlin, Germany.
    $5 worldwide shipping (check worldwide delivery times9).

The Mobile Book10
The Mobile Book. Large preview11

Extra eBook: Addendum

Initially, we wanted to cover all popular mobile topics within the printed book, but because some chapters took more time to write and review than planned, we decided to release them in an addendum to the printed book. All buyers of the Mobile Book will get the Addendum for free in January 2013. The eBook will provide insights into design and development for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, as well as introduce developing and debugging techniques for advanced HTML5 Web applications and explore UX patterns on these platforms.

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Our new Mobile Book5013 is available as a printed book, single eBook or as a part of the Smashing eBook Library51145.

What Reviewers Say About The Mobile Book

A few reviewers have had the chance to read the book a few days before its release, and share their views in a non-committal way. The result is very clear: the book is worthwhile. Should you get it? Yes! Let’s see why:

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“I got my hands on an early copy of The Mobile Book16, by Smashing Magazine. I’ll cut to the chase and just say this: It’s fantastic. You should own it. Really.”

Christopher Butler17

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“The standard, the reference book for Mobile. I worked for a mobile web publishing company for 18 months and the depth of knowledge provided by the experts in this book is extraordinary. It blew me away. This book provides a diplomatic, comprehensive guide to understanding “Mobile”, delivered by people who have a real passion for the Mobile endeavours in our community.”

Ben Howdle19

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“I’ll cut to the chase for those deliberating a purchase: it’s well worth the cover price. The eBook edition is a steal! This book establishes a mindset of understanding and exploring the medium. It embraces the breadth of its domain and will set you on an exciting path.”

David Bushell21

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“As somebody who spends a lot of time tinkering and tweaking websites to make them work better, I thought this book was bloody brilliant. There is so much depth and information packed into its 336 pages that I think it will become the book for the mobile Web.”

Ian Nuttall23

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“Every chapter is full of golden nuggets of information and the standard of writing is, as you would expect from a Smashing Magazine book, impeccable.”

Craig Lockwood25

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“It’s essential reading for those involved with the design and development of web/app based output. The essays within will encourage you to consider how people interact with mobile technology and help you to produce mobile friendly solutions to your projects.”

Dave Hughes27

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“This book has something for all levels of expertise. [..] It doesn’t patronise, it doesn’t talk over your head either, it teaches. It is an important book of its time, don’t hesitate in picking it up29.”

Jordan Moore30

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“Earlier I mentioned that you should add this book to your shelf, in reality, you’ll probably want to keep it on your desk.”

Joshua Johnson32

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“In general I think this book is a great addition for a company or agency library. As a specialist, it can leave you with a few chapters that are very much beyond your reach and can leave you with dangerous “knowledge” but a team reading the applicable chapters and then pooling their knowledge and learnings can use this book to go into the mobile future kicking and screaming. And kicking arse.”

Christian Heilmann34

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“The Mobile Book provides a detailed and well curated overview and reference for designers getting to grips designing for, and working with, the ever changing world of devices and responsive design.”

James Young36

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“The Smashing Mobile Book is a good read about the current and future mobile landscape and how we can better design and develop for it. If you’re interested in mobile you should get this book.”

Steven Bradley38

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“The Mobile Book serves as a complete guide to all things mobile, but also as a testament to the adaptability and power of this developing market and those who work to shape and make it what it is today. The wave of our connected futures.”

Robert Bowen40

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to buy the new Smashing book. We welcome all suggestions and advice that could improve Smashing Magazine’s user-friendliness. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the brand new Smashing Mobile Book:

Questions
What are the costs for shipping to my country?
The shipping cost for one book or a bundle is $5 — wherever you are in the world. We ship everywhere worldwide. We are paying a share of the shipping costs ourselves to make it possible for anyone to purchase the book. Our prices are transparent: we don’t have any hidden costs, and we won’t confuse you with tricky calculations. What you see is what you pay!
What about delivery times?
All books will be shipped via air mail to keep delivery times as short as possible. You can find the anticipated delivery time for your country in the delivery times overview45. Please note that we will start to ship the books early-mid December 2012.
Will the book be available in other languages?
Maybe in future, but we have not made arrangements for that yet, so don’t hold your breath.
Is the Mobile Book available as an eBook?
Yes, the book will be available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle (Mobipocket) formats, and you can pre-order the eBook bundle46 now.
Is “Mobile Book” the “Smashing Book #4″?
No, “The Mobile Book” is a new series that we are starting here at Smashing Magazine. It is not Smashing Book #4 — it has a different design, layout and concept than other Smashing books. However, the Smashing Book #4 will be published in May 2013 — please stay tuned!
What payment methods are accepted?
We accept PayPal, VISA, MasterCard and American Express. We use a secure connection, with 256-bit AES encryption and a green GeoTrust Extended Validation SSL CA certificate.
Is there a money-back guarantee?
Yes, absolutely! No risk is involved. Our 100-day full money-back guarantee keeps you safe. Don’t hesitate to return your purchase. You’ll get your money back—no ifs, ands or buts about it.
I have a question that is not covered here.
Please leave a comment below, or get in touch with us via the contact form47 or via @SmashingSupport on Twitter48. We would love to help you in any way we can!

Thank you for your support, everybody—we truly appreciate it. And we hope that you’ll love the Mobile Book just as much as we do!

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Footnotes

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  2. 2 https://shop.smashingmagazine.com/the-mobile-book.html
  3. 3 https://shop.smashingmagazine.com/the-mobile-book.html
  4. 4 https://shop.smashingmagazine.com/downloadable/customer/products/
  5. 5 https://shop.smashingmagazine.com/smashing-library-complete.html
  6. 6 https://shop.smashingmagazine.com/the-mobile-book.html
  7. 7 https://shop.smashingmagazine.com/the-mobile-book.html
  8. 8 http://provide.smashingmagazine.com/the-mobile-book-free-sample.pdf
  9. 9 https://shop.smashingmagazine.com/delivery-times/
  10. 10 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/mbook5.jpg
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  14. 14 https://shop.smashingmagazine.com/smashing-library-complete.html
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  17. 17 http://www.newfangled.com/the_smashing_mobile_book_review
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  19. 19 http://twostepmedia.co.uk/notes/technology/smashing-magazines-the-mobile-book/
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  21. 21 http://dbushell.com/2012/12/05/the-mobile-book/
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  23. 23 http://www.opendesigns.org/the-mobile-book/
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  25. 25 http://www.craiglockwood.co.uk/design/the-mobile-book/
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  27. 27 http://blog.ammomagazine.co.uk/?p=453
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  29. 29 https://shop.smashingmagazine.com/the-mobile-book.html
  30. 30 http://www.jordanm.co.uk/post/37744019682/book-review-the-mobile-book-by-smashing-magazine
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  32. 32 http://designshack.net/articles/reviews/review-the-mobile-book-by-smashing-magazine/
  33. 33 http://christianheilmann.com/2012/12/12/quick-review-the-mobile-book-by-smashing-magazine/
  34. 34 http://christianheilmann.com/2012/12/12/quick-review-the-mobile-book-by-smashing-magazine/
  35. 35 http://www.welcomebrand.co.uk/thoughts/the-mobile-book-review/
  36. 36 http://www.welcomebrand.co.uk/thoughts/the-mobile-book-review/
  37. 37 http://www.vanseodesign.com/web-design/smashing-mobile-book/
  38. 38 http://www.vanseodesign.com/web-design/smashing-mobile-book/
  39. 39 http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2012/12/review-the-mobile-web-is-smashing/
  40. 40 http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2012/12/review-the-mobile-web-is-smashing/
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  45. 45 https://shop.smashingmagazine.com/delivery-times/
  46. 46 https://shop.smashingmagazine.com/the-mobile-book.html
  47. 47 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/contact/
  48. 48 http://www.twitter.com/SmashingSupport
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  1. 1

    Hi! Who’s the artist of these fantastic artworks in the book?

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    I pre-ordered the eBook but it’s not showing up in the “My Downloads” section. The only thing for me to download there is the “pre-sale info” pdf file.. Am i doing something wrong?

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      Vitaly Friedman (editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine)

      December 12, 2012 4:41 pm

      We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience! There is a bug in our shopping system — we have found a bug and fixing it right now. Please be patient and stay tuned. You should be able to download the file very soon. Please try again within the next hour. Sorry guys!

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  3. 5

    It says this is available as an e-book for people who pre-ordered, but my downloads page still has a message about pre-sale and not the e-book. Quit teasing.

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  4. 7

    Great news!

    But I can’t download my ebook. I bought during the pre-order and my “Downloads area” on SmashShop shows only “Mobile Book – pre-sale info”. Do I have to do something to get the real book? Or just wait?

    Thanks!

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  5. 8

    Nice! But I don’t see the book in the download page :/

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    The discount code doesn’t work :( Why ?

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      Vitaly Friedman (editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine)

      December 12, 2012 5:55 pm

      We had a temporary problem due to server overload; coupon code should be working!

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    Looking forward on getting this book. Hopefully it won’t one of those books where it tells you what you already know. Can’t wait, thanks SM!

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    I also cannot download my preordered e-book.

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    Benjamin Antoni Andersen

    December 12, 2012 4:25 pm

    You guys make the best books. Some time ago i bought the bundle with #1, #2 and #3 and I am half way through #2. It just gets better and better.
    I love how you keep it simple and at the same time cover everything needed. It’s very practical!
    When I have read through those three, I will certainly go for this one too!

    Ben.

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    Same here – only the presale info in my download area…

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    The coupon code doesn’t work…

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    Looks smashing :)

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    Vitaly Friedman (editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine)

    December 12, 2012 5:09 pm

    Good news: if you pre-ordered the Mobile Book, you should be able to download the eBook in your dashboard now. Sorry for the troubles, everyone!

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    Dear smashing team

    My bandwidth is not so strong..please divide the zip file into pdf, epub and mobi separately..moreover your downloads are not resumable..its seriously painful…i have to cancel download twice

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      Vitaly Friedman (editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine)

      December 13, 2012 12:39 am

      The files are divided! You can select which format you prefer and download only it!

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    I can see only a single zip file of 160 MB in my dashboard..i cant see separate links to pdf or mobi

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    Fantastic! Ebook purchased (would love hardcover but can’t afford it atm). Coupon code worked, immediately allowed me to download all versions individually or as zip. Transaction went EXACTLY as expected.

    It’s like you guys want to build a good reputation or something ;-)

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    Great, thanks! Now I have something to read during Christmas :)

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    Is there anyone who can sort the problem..i cannot see the mobile book as separate files..either pdf or mobi..they are in a combined zip..the book is released and i cant even read it

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      Dear Rahul,

      The issue should be resolved hours ago. Please try again (and empty your cache first!). Thank you!

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    Just purchased it.

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    Thanks! I had no problem. Amazing book.

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    Hello Vitaly

    Sorry for being aggressive, but i still cant download the file. I don’t store cache of browser but i did clean just in case. The zip file is of 160 MB and what i presume all the pdf, epub and mobi are zipped into one. I purchased this book when there was a discount of 20 percent, what i did notice your server does not support resume, if download stops. Is there anything you can do,,,??

    Thanks

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      Rahul, that’s very weird. Please try again: the .zip-file is actually much smaller than 160 Mb! If it still doesn’t work, don’t worry, just tweet your order number at @SmashingSupport on Twitter and we’ll find another solution for you as soon as possible!

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    I purchased and downloaded the pre-ordered “The Mobile Book” e-book successfully. But there wasn’t a listing for “Extras: The Mobile Platforms”. Will that additional e-book be coming later, soon, or did I miss something? Thanks so much!

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    I have one comment about the .mobi version – the font color is grey, not black, mimicking probably the print edition. However Kindle e-ink devices don’t have a truly white background, rather greyish so having a grey font as the main font of the book is not a good idea.

    And 75MB size? OMG. Takes quite a chunk of space of my Kindle.

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      Please double check the file: the Mobi-file is smaller, it’s 34 Mb, and according to our tests it doesn’t have a grey text. Could you please send us a screenshot at editor at this domain in case you keep experiencing any issues?

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        I’ve re-downloaded the file from another browser (from which I’ve never accessed the smashingmagazine.com before) but it still is one 160MB zip with 75MB mobi inside. It’s still the same file that I already have.

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    I just ordered the printed book + eBooks package. I can download the 4 Smashing Mobile Bundle-books, but I don’t see the digital version of The Mobile Book that was supposed to be included as well. It is not in My Downloads, am I looking in the wrong place?

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    I was wondering if you could give estimated dates of shipping (ordered on 10/12/2012) and is there a way to track the Mobile Book, can’t wait to read it!

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      We started to ship the pre-ordered books. Unfortunately, due to the high quantity of pre-orders we cannot give any detailed information concerning the exact shipping date of your order. It is just being mailed, no tracking ID in order to avoid a delivery delay. Since there is not signature needed, the package will be dropped in your letterbox.

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    I ordered full bundle.. eagerly waiting for printed version.. !
    And one more thing .. this is my first book which I purchased online and that too from other country (I’m from India :D)..
    nice job guys.. truly appreciated!

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    The operations in this book are amazing! I would highly everyone to get this book and enjoy its beauty throughout America! This book represents true excellence in the schools of designing!

    jeff gonzalez

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    Big surprise in my postbox today. Just one word “WooOOW”! Really nice work guys ! Look forward to reading it…

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    Hic, too expensive for a student in vietnam.
    How i can get this book free? lol. I understand the answer is No way.
    But yes, this book is very good.
    A lot of thing I can learning, but I must to wait until enough money to buy it.

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  30. 48

    I purchased the bundle, and read a little bit the ebook version, but can’t wait to get my hands on the printed cover.

    Has the shipping begun?

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  31. 50

    Have the pre-orders shipped yet? I ordered mine the 7th December, still haven’t heard or seen a thing.

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  32. 51

    Hi, we have started to ship the pre-ordered books in December. Unfortunately we experience some extreme delivery delays by the post services due to a mail surge as a result of Christmas and New Year holidays. For more detailed information about your order please send an email to orders[at]smashingmagazine.com

    Cheers,
    Richard

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  33. 52

    I bought the kindle version of the mobile book. How do I get the addendum? I don’t have an account with you.

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  34. 54

    Hello!

    I still haven’t received my book (The mobile book), which I ordered in Oct 2012. Are you shipping it any time soon?

    Thank you!
    Regards, Ann

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      Hi Ann,
      We are very sorry for the long wait. All pre-ordered Mobile Books have already been sent out. I have sent you an email to investigate about your shipment.
      Kind regards,
      Inge
      (Smashing Support Team)

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