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New Smashing eBooks: Professional Design, Web Typography, Lost Files

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 shop1. 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) Link

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:

  • Free sample: PDF, ePUB, Mobipocket (.zip, 5Mb)
  • Buy the eBook for $9.90

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) Link

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:

  • Free sample: PDF, ePUB and Mobipocket (ZIP, 4.8 MB)
  • Buy the eBook for $9.90

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! Link

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 22 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 Shop3, and go to My Profile → My Downloadable Products. You don’t have to buy anything: registration is free and takes just few seconds.

Lost-files in The Smashing Book 2 Is Available: Get Yours Now!

New Bundle Link

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? Link

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.
  • Portable
    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.
  • Adaptable
    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.
  • Searchable
    With built-in search functionality, you can easily search for keywords and even long passages of text.
  • Interactive
    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 Link

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
4 eBook #3: Mastering Photoshop for Web Design5 $9.90
6 eBook #2: Successful Freelancing for Web Designers7 $4.95 (reduced price)
8 eBook #1: Professional Web Design9 $4.95 (reduced price)

Thank you, guys. We sincerely appreciate your feedback and support.

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  1. 1

    Do you sleep sometimes? ^^

  2. 2

    Great stuff guys. After finishing the (literally) SMASHING book #2 I now got something more to read.

  3. 3

    nice book.. wish to have it one soon :)

  4. 4

    A great resource and interesting read.
    Spotted a typo on the free sample Typography article page 189 (16 in the PDF) ‘fount foundries’ Do i win a free prize?!

  5. 5

    Ok, is very interesting! Tks.

  6. 6

    Thanks, I will take “The Lost Files” ;-)

  7. 7

    Gordon @ Primate

    February 23, 2011 2:19 pm

    How do the PDFs look once converted to Kindle format?

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      Manuela Müller

      February 24, 2011 7:49 am

      The Kindle, i. e. Mobipocket files, look great. However, we don’t convert them from PDF but via ePub from our authoring tool. Just download the sample chapter and have a look for yourself:

  8. 9

    Excellent book(s) and eBook(s).

    I have bought so far; Successful Freelancing, Professional Web design 1 & 2, the Smashing Magazine Book (printed), and …selling Ecommerce Websites. Just waiting for the others to hit the $3 price tag… lol ;-p

    No, but seriously, I recommend these to any designer/developer who wants to understand better what it is they actual do, and wish to improve on their knowledge and techniques. So many of us out there now are self taught and can design and build nice looking websites, but never really have that educated understanding of why we do what we do. These help a lot. Thank you!

  9. 10

    Thank you for discount for the whole package of ebooks #3-7!

  10. 11

    How ridiculous is this??

    The Lost Files were first promised exclusively for buyers of Smashing Book #2, and now it’s being distributed for free..

    Defeats the purpose of calling something exclusive and then distributing it to anyone who bothers to register..

    Thoroughly disappointed SM..

    • 12

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

      March 7, 2011 12:20 am

      Praj, the “Lost Files” were never promised exclusively to buyers of the Smashing Book 2. It was always intended to be distributed for free, I am not sure why you thought that it would be available exclusively for the buyers?..


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