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You know, we use ad-blockers as well. We gotta keep those servers running though. Did you know that we publish useful books and run friendly conferences — crafted for pros like yourself? E.g. our upcoming SmashingConf Barcelona, dedicated to smart front-end techniques and design patterns.

Introducing The Smashing eBook Library

The Smashing Library grants you immediate unlimited access to all Smashing eBooks, released in the past and in the future, including digital versions of our printed books. The yearly fee of $99 covers the immediate access to the complete Smashing library with 38 eBooks1 — you save up to 70% off the regular eBook prices! We think that’s a reasonable price for a total of 60 quality eBooks during the first year.

The Smashing eBook Library Link

Web design is an ever-changing industry, and to keep getting better at your craft and stay up-to-date with what’s going on, you need to invest a lot of time and effort in getting reliable, good quality content. Wouldn’t it be great to receive the most valuable and useful eBooks on the best design practices and coding techniques automatically every month? Well, grab a seat—we’ve got quite a sweet deal coming your way!

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The eBooks contain thoroughly edited and curated ad-free articles written by our well-respected authors—already published on Smashing Magazine or written exclusively for the eBook. We guarantee to deliver at least 24 quality eBooks a year. Even better—you can vote on the topics that you’d like to learn more about, and we’ll prepare eBooks that fit your needs best!

You’ll receive all new Smashing eBooks (at least 24) released during your subscription period automatically in your personal dashboard. This includes not only our regular Smashing eBooks but also digital versions of our upcoming printed books, and only costs $99 (€89) a year — it’s just two coffees a month.

With the Smashing Library subscription, you will be able to:

  • Immediate unlimited access to the complete Smashing Library with all published Smashing eBooks, including digital versions of the printed Smashing Books 1, 2, 3, 3⅓ (Check the overview of 36 eBooks4 included in the subscription).
  • Vote on the upcoming Smashing eBooks and topics in the magazine;
  • Get all new Smashing eBooks automatically in your personal dashboard—including the digital versions of all our upcoming printed books (e.g. The Mobile Book and Smashing Book 4);
  • Download the Photoshop/Illustrator/Fireworks Bundle545 immediately upon subscribing;
  • Receive all eBooks in all formats: EPUB, Kindle, PDF;
  • Save up to 70% off the regular eBook bundle prices.
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Available And Upcoming eBooks Link

Our eBooks are written by experts in the industry and go through a comprehensive quality review check by invited professionals from the industry. They contain both already-published and exclusive articles from Smashing Magazine’s well-respected authors and experts: Christian Heilmann, Paul Boag, Addy Osmani, Bruce Lawson, Rachel Andrew, Andy Clarke, Aarron Walter, Mike Rundle, Susan Weinschenk, Dmitry Fadeyev, Tom Giannattasio, Marc Edwards—just to name a few.

The eBooks will be useful for both beginners and seasoned professionals. The content is primarily intermediate and advanced level, but the eBooks cover basics as well. On average, each eBook has 20,000 words (or 175 pages in PDF).

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Already Available eBooks Link

Here is a brief overview of already available Smashing eBooks. You can find more details by clicking on the titles that you are interested in.

Title Number of eBooks
Mobile Design
4 eBooks
Mobile design practices, UX techniques and peculiarities of the Android and iOS platforms.
8 eBooks
Guide to the fundamentals of Web design: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery and Responsive Web Design.
Web Design
3 eBooks
Innovative Web design techniques and approaches, rules of thumb and guidelines for good Web typography.
5 eBooks
Effective design techniques and practical tips from experts on Photoshop, Illustrator and Fireworks.
UX Design
7 eBooks
A comprehensive guide for practical UX techniques and psychological insights into how users think.
3 eBooks
Understand the essential components of WordPress and learn how to use them effectively to quickly build advanced WordPress sites.
2 eBooks
Everything you need to know to improve your freelancing workflow: from pitching like a pro to handling your finances properly.
Smashing eBooks
6 eBooks
Digital versions of our best-selling printed Smashing Books. Exclusive insights from the experts of the industry.

Upcoming eBooks Link

We’ve got the following line-up of eBooks coming up in the next months:

Upcoming Titles Description
Web Typography
1 eBook
Best practices and modern techniques for handling type on the Web, including practical techniques and expert tips.
Business Bundle
3 eBooks
Practical insights into the creative process, marketing, customer service, copywriting and leadership.
UX & Game Design
2 eBooks
Overview of interaction patterns and game design techniques for better UX of your websites and apps.
WordPress Pro
2 eBooks
Techniques for building advanced WordPress themes and finding your spot in the new (and tough) WordPress economy.
JavaScript Bundle
3 eBooks
Best practices and recent coding techniques for better performance and maintenance of your JavaScript code.
Your topic
The topic you suggest and vote for in your personal dashboard.
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Getting Started Link

Getting started is easy. Just choose the subscription of your choice, proceed with the checkout and find your eBooks in your personal dashboard: that’s also where you can suggest and vote on the upcoming eBook titles as well as topics in the Smashing Magazine. New eBooks will be available for download automatically at the end of every month. You will be notified about new eBooks via email, of course.

We’re working hard on the new topics and are proud to be able to start you off with the recently released Photoshop/Illustrator/Fireworks Bundle545—that’s three brand-new Smashing eBooks to get started with.

Brand new eBook: Mastering Photoshop, Mastering Illustrator, Mastering Fireworks55

Why Subscription Model? Link

When we launched this little website over six years ago, we wanted it to serve one specific purpose: to deliver valuable, reliable, practical insights to people who were building websites just like we were. Time has passed, and many things have changed, yet our deep commitment to this initial idea has never been stronger.

It’s with this commitment that we are proud to announce our new undertaking, a little extra that will help us make your reading experience on Smashing Magazine better, cleaner and more valuable in every way. Meet The Smashing eBook Library56, an annual eBook subscription for our very own Smashing eBooks.

Smashing Magazine is and has always been free and independent, a publication deeply committed to quality work and professionalism in the best interests of the Web design community. We are proud of our thorough editorial work, based on principles that are postulated in our Publishing Policy5857. We don’t take the efforts of our contributors for granted. Every contribution deserves credit and respect, care and attention, acknowledgement and honorarium—which is why everybody involved in the editorial process always gets paid for their work, whether they want it or not.

Of course quality work doesn’t come at a cheap price. You know it, and so do we: Smashing Magazine strongly relies on the page impressions that its articles generate. At times, this reliance can collide with the editorial principles and guidelines that every Smashing Magazine article has to follow.

We have a thorough quality control system in place and we make sure that the article respects the rights of authors, designers, photographers and developers. No hidden advertisements
Smashing Magazine’s thorough Publishing Policy5857 clearly states the rules and guidelines of our editorial work. We never publish sponsored articles or paid content; all ads are always clearly marked as such.

We want Smashing Magazine to be all about you. We want to provide a better and cleaner reading experience on the website and we want to invest more in new formats and sections—practical guides, case studies, tests and benchmarks, new regular columns and Q&A, expert advice for newcomers and many others. We want to further improve and enrich the content in the magazine and deliver more valuable content available for free for everybody to use and learn from. And this is where we could use your help.

We never accept donations or gifts, but we produce printed books and eBooks that help us stabilize the financial viability of the website while delivering value to our customers at the same time. By offering you a valuable product, we hope to provide a tangible value for the money you pay when purchasing our products. And before you ask: yes, Smashing Magazine will always remain free. And with your help we want to make our little publication as smashing as we know it can be. How? Well, with the Smashing eBook Library59 of course.

Why Should You Subscribe? Link

The eBook subscription has many advantages:

Further your knowledge with quality eBooks! Link

Receive the most valuable and useful articles on best design practices and coding techniques automatically every month. Web design is an ever-changing industry, so if you want to learn how to get better at your craft and stay up-to-date with what’s going on, learn what techniques are emerging and what practices are changing, the Smashing Library is just what you are looking for.

Decide on the topics of the next eBooks. Link

With the Smashing eBook subscription, you’re more than just a customer—you are a part of the Smashing Team. You can vote on the topics of the upcoming eBooks and suggest topics that you’d like to see covered next. You will also be the first to receive access to all new Smashing eBook publications—up to two weeks earlier than everyone else.

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Save up to 70% off the regular eBook bundle prices! Link

You can save almost 70% on the eBooks with the subscription compared to buying each eBook bundle separately. Not only does it save you money, but it also saves you valuable time since you get everything in one swoop! It’s worth it—we care about quality content, we care about best practices and we care about delivering the most useful and valuable insights to you.

Immediate access to brand new eBooks. Link

You do not have to go through the check-out process for every eBook you would like to have—just log into your personal subscription dashboard and discover the latest and greatest bundles ready for download! The eBooks do not contain advertising and are DRM-free—available in PDF, EPUB and KINDLE formats. The best content, for the best price—just waiting for you to be downloaded onto your iPad, Kindle or any other eBook reader.

You support Smashing Magazine. Link

The high quality of the content on Smashing Magazine is held at the heart of what we do every single day. We’d love it to be only about the content for you, dear reader, not about the page impressions that articles generate. By subscribing, you help us stabilize our revenue which we need in order to operate on a long-term basis. We are dedicated to making your reading experience on Smashing Magazine better in every way—calm, convenient and user-friendly—day by day. We sincerely appreciate your support.

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If you are interested in corporate or educational licenses or have any questions, please feel free to ask us on Twitter69 or via email at support [at] smashinglibrary [!dot…] com —we’d love to help you out! We sincerely appreciate your support.

FAQ & Support Link

Of course, you don’t need an eBook reader to read the eBooks—you can read the PDF version on your computer, but the EPUB and Amazon Kindle formats for your eBook readers or tablets are available as well. We’ll renew your subscription automatically at the end of the year so you won’t miss any eBooks, but if you decide not to continue, just cancel the subscription at least four weeks before the end of your subscription.

Don’t worry: you’ll still have access to your eBooks after your subscription has expired! You can always change your preferences in the dashboard. You can find more details in the Subscription Terms and Conditions70 as well as in our Smashing Library FAQ71.

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Vitaly Friedman loves beautiful content and doesn’t like to give in easily. Vitaly is writer, speaker, author and editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine. He runs front-end/UX workshops, webinars and loves solving complex UX, front-end and performance problems in large companies. Get in touch.

  1. 1

    Stuart Gamblen

    November 27, 2012 8:51 pm

    Good news, more great web design resources. The typography, business and WordPress Pro books sound particularly interesting. Might have to come back treat myself when I have a few spare quid.

    Love the illustrations throughout the article. Who did these?

  2. 3

    Will there be educational pricing?

    • 4

      Smashing Support

      November 29, 2012 11:19 am

      Thank you for your interest! We offer only educational subscription licenses at the moment. For further details please contact stephan [at] smashinglibrary [dot] com.

  3. 5

    edu pricing would be great!

  4. 6

    Very understandable move to increase the financial viability of the site.

    I think this is a pretty good deal, a lot of content for a reasonable price. The problem I have is not money, it’s a lack of time to absorb so much content.

  5. 7

    Man, you people pay too much $$$ for coffee….

    Oh, and Smashing Mag just rocks!!!

  6. 8

    Good initiative!

    Hopefully it will help you financially and you guys return good value stuff back to the community!

    One remark though: you do realize that for most of us it’s cheaper to pay in USD due to the (current) exchange rate (89 US dollars = 68.8748 euros)? It might make sense to adjust the EUR price a bit more, so people will actually pay with Euros instead Dollars. It would avoid exchange costs for you as well.

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      Smashing Support

      November 29, 2012 11:31 am

      Hi Randy, Thank you for your thoughts. The Euro price is not equivalent to the US$ price, since Customers of the Euro zone have to bear the VAT, which is added to the net price of the subscription option.

  7. 10

    I love Smashing Magazine! And this is just what I needed :)
    As stated before: Educational pricing would be great! (And fair.)
    Thank you!


  8. 11

    Will I still be able to purchase books individually or in bundles versus having to subscribe? I like to own my books.

    • 12

      Smashing Support

      November 29, 2012 6:14 pm

      Hi Ron, You will still be able to purchase books individually or in bundles.

  9. 13

    Smashing Magazine rocks!

    I have purchased several of your books and the content is always useful and presented well. Any chance “loyal purchasers” could get an additional discount?



  10. 14

    Dear Smashing,

    First off, thanks! It’s an attractive offering. However, I want to offer the Smashing eBooks via our library!? Individual access is nice, but really wouldn’t work for students. Can you think of some library license granting access via IP-address or College account?

    Jaroen (subject librarian).

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      Smashing Support

      December 1, 2012 11:20 am

      Dear Jaroen,

      Thank you for your interest. For further details about educational subscription licenses please contact markus.seyfferth [at] smashingmagazine [dot] com.

  11. 16

    Thanks! I’ve been wondering how to do such things.

  12. 17

    Michael Conaton

    December 2, 2012 10:45 pm

    Hi Smashing Guys!
    With this subscription, I can download all the books in PDF?


  13. 18

    Bought all your books, waiting for delivery, all good.

    Now can this article, please, disappear from the top slot?

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    Eugene Finlon

    December 3, 2012 6:40 am

    IE ça CRAINT!!!

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    Can I read this eBooks on my NEXUS 7 although I dont have GooglePlay-Bookstore available, because I live in Austria.

    Or better: is it possible to download everyone of these books and then bring it on my tablet?


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    I’m great to smashing magazine.

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    Will you offer discount to those who have already bought many books?

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    is there any specific price/licence for companies? I mean, if the company I work for would pay this 99€ a year, could they *share* eBooks within the employees? Well, I think you get what I mean…. no?

    • 24

      Smashing Support

      February 5, 2013 4:23 pm

      We have a specific company license program. Please contact us via email at
      orders [at] smashingmagazine [dot] com

  19. 25

    Hey, UI designers – I would love a little “Already subscribed?” link on this page, ahem.


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