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Pre-Order Your Smashing Book #4: New Perspectives On Web Design

Update (Nov. 26 2013): The Smashing Book #4 is now available in the Smashing Shop1. It contains 13 chapters that focus on new perspectives on coding and Web design and is filled with lots of hands-on tips on common design problems and current practices. The book is as ambitious as it is beautiful — an unique, extraordinary artefact, filled with valuable insight for Web designers and developers.

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The Smashing Book #4 comes as one hardcover book and can be pre-ordered in the Smashing Shop3. The covers are designed by illustrator Anna Shuvalova.

New Perspectives On Web Design Link

The book features valuable insights into large-scale projects, adaptive interfaces, customer support, user psychology and typography. We will also uncover smart front-end strategies, obscure back-end techniques and find out what it takes to improve performance for faster and more robust websites and apps.

Table Of Contents Link

We’ve assembled a remarkable line-up of authors for the book. All of them are well-respected designers and developers who will share their practical insights, design strategies and hands-on tools as they explore new perspectives in Web design today.

About Coding: Link

Addy Osmani Finding and Fixing Mobile Web Rendering Issues
Harry Roberts CSS Architecture and Front-end Development for Today’s Web
Nicholas C. Zakas The Roadmap To Maintainable, Clean And Effective Code
Tim Kadlec Performance Optimization
Christian Heilmann The Vanilla Web Diet
Paul Tero How To Break The Web And Fix It (Back-end Techniques)
Mat Marquis The Struggles and Solutions In Responsive Web Design

About Design: Link

Aaron Gustafson Creating Adaptive Interfaces
Rachel Andrew Providing Good Technical And Customer Support
Nishant Kothary How We Think, Design And Code
Marko Dugonjić The Next Step For Web Typography
Bedrich Rios UX Through The Lens Of Video Games
Corey Vilhauer The Two Faces of Content Strategy

– One book, appr. 480 pages, 16.5 × 24.0 cm (6.5 × 9.5 inches).
– Quality hardcover with stitched binding and a ribbon page marker.
– For both newcomers and experienced Web designers and developers.
– To be delivered both from US and Germany.
– The eBook version is included in all buying options (PDF, EPUB, Kindle).

Footnotes Link

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  1. 1

    Daniele Leoni

    April 23, 2013 1:49 pm

    Hey guys,

    I always bought your books, but this time $70 is too much for me. I am really sure they’re worth the price, but this is not my best period. I wish you the best and I hope I can buy them later on the year!!

    • 2

      The price will also keep me from buying this. 70 dollars? Yikes. Maybe the eBook files for 10-15$, but not more than that.

      • 3

        The Smashing Team

        April 23, 2013 2:20 pm

        Hi Daniele and Tiia,

        Please note that the Smashing Book #4 will consist of 16 chapters, i.e. 2 books in a slipcase. If you’d only like to have the eBooks, then you can subscribe to the Smashing Library where you can download the Smashing Book #4 eBooks as soon as they’re published.

        Thank you for your support and understanding! :-)

        • 4

          30 dollars for E-books? *sputters tea*

          Just saying that it will be out of the reach of a lot of students (and there are a lot of cheapskates, but still..). Think they will stick to downloading it off The Pirate Bay.

          • 5

            In all honesty, it’s only $15 a book coming from a place that is well deserving of it. The economy may be rough but this is an investment in your career. Take it seriously, learn, grow, improve and the $15 will easily make it back to you! Keep it up The Smashing Team!

    • 6

      Dnyanesh Mankar

      April 23, 2013 3:04 pm


  2. 7

    Will you guys be including the names who pre-order the book in a special page like you did in the Book #3? :)

    • 8

      The Smashing Team

      April 23, 2013 3:05 pm

      Hi Victor,

      No, this time we’ve thought of something even better — stay tuned! ;-)

  3. 10

    Waau…books look really smashing. Bet they’re worth the money. Unfortunately, still too much for me. Maybe in future. Great work anyway!

  4. 11

    Helmut Steeman

    April 23, 2013 2:51 pm

    Isn’t it possible to (pre-)order only the ebooks #4?

  5. 13

    Price is a bit steep, and looking through the chapters you guys don’t really provide anything new. Most of this stuff has been covered over and over again since book #3 went out.

    Also with book number 4 you guys should have had chosen more advanced in depth topics. On Creativity, Inspiration And Getting Started is not really that. Most of your readers are advanced and keep coming back to you guys for that content.

    Another thing thing is the fact that you are pushing us 2 books. What if I’m only interested in design or just Coding? And $70 c’mon…

    • 14

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

      April 23, 2013 3:29 pm

      Dear Adrian,

      Well, here is the thing. The new book is different, and it will be more advanced, and more challenging. As we mentioned in the post, with the new book, we’d like to challenge you to look beyond what’s done usually, which is why the working title for the new book is “New Perspectives”. We’d like it to be a very forward-thinking, eye-opening book with innovative concepts and ideas being presented, discussed and developed further.


      Tim Kadlec and Brad Frost have been writing about performance budgets (aka “Performance First”). The guys behind TypeForm reinvented the way Web forms look and work like. Marko Drugonjic used Camera API and face recognition to change the font-size and contrast of type depending on how far away a user is from the screen. I’ve been in touch a couple of guys from a university near our headquarters who are developing a strategy and tools for designing richer multi-screen experiences for TVs, phones, tablets and desktops. Oliver Reichenstein applied the concept of responsive design to native apps.

      Tim Brown has been talking about Universal Typography that would adjust and work across the various screens beyond traditional media queries. Christian Heilmann has been talking about Vanilla Web Diet for Web apps. Addy Osmani and Paul Irish have developed a set of robust tools that can significantly boost a developer’s workflow but haven’t been adopted quite yet. But also internal processes — be it customer support, team management or personal workflow — are changing yet again.

      The books will push the existing boundaries quite aggressively and provide you with new insights and a visionary perspective about your work and our design processes.

      And yes, we will make a standalone eBook available of course, but we also want to orchestrate a beautiful, memorable experience that would shine through every single page as you gently flip it in your hands.

      For $70 you will get two hardcover books in a beautiful, unique slipcase plus eBook versions of both books (shipping costs included!). We strongly believe that the price justifies the quality content and design that you will get for this price, Adrian.

      • 15

        Thanks for your reply, Vitaly.

        After reading what you’ve said, about the topics you will cover, you got my interest:) Pre-ordered :)

      • 16

        Ejaz Siddiqui

        April 28, 2013 6:39 pm

        Hi Vitaly,
        Could you please inform us that when the Standalone books would be coming (Printed as well as eBook).

  6. 17

    I have bought all of your hardcopy books and I liked them a lot. I can’t wait to get my hands on #4.
    When does the shipping start?

    • 18

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

      April 23, 2013 3:53 pm

      Thanks Klevis — the books will be released in September/October. We’ll start the shipping the very moment when the books become available!

      • 19

        It’s too far away. However, You Only Live Once, just purchased it :)

  7. 20

    Benjamin Antoni Andersen

    April 23, 2013 2:27 pm

    I have recently bought all three of the old ones, and I have just finished the 1st chapter of Smashing Book #3. What I love about these books is that they don’t go too deep into the technical details, but give you more of an overview of what skills you could need to improve.

    Most of all, these books challenge the norm and make me think in new ways, which affects me everytime I sit down to code a website. Nice work. Thank you!

  8. 21

    Will #4 be available as part of the yearly library subscription?

    • 22

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

      April 23, 2013 7:00 pm

      Yes, absolutely! But only the eBooks, not the printed version.

  9. 23

    I kept reading your note as includes slipspace instead of slipcase, I was like what sort of technology will Smashing come out with next :P

    May I ask when these ship?

  10. 28

    Fresh food for our brains! Just for the after summer vacations… :) Thanks! Pre-ordered my copies.

  11. 29

    Carlos Varela

    April 23, 2013 7:47 pm

    Best web books ever. Hurry up I am waiting my books !

  12. 30

    What are the goodies that we’ll get if we pre-order? No offer on “Mobile Book + Smashing Book #4” purchase?

    • 31

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

      April 24, 2013 12:10 am

      Well, as mentioned in the post, for $299.00, you’ll get a printed and digital copy of Smashing Book #4, an annual subscription to the Smashing Library, a Smashing t-shirt, a Smashing laptop bag, and your very own Smashing-style caricature, created by our illustrator Ricardo Gimenes.

      And no, so far we don’t have an offer on Mobile Book + Smashing Book #4. Sorry.

  13. 32

    Gustavo Elizalde

    April 23, 2013 9:01 pm

    Is it free shipping only for USA? Or can the book be delivered to other countries?

    • 33

      Smashing Magazine is based in Germany not US, either way it is free shipping for everyone.

  14. 34

    Could we just have the e-books? And could it be more affordably priced?

    • 35

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

      April 24, 2013 12:04 pm

      Yes! The eBook option has been added to the overview.

  15. 36

    I haven’t even finished reading all of Addy’s books and he has written another. The guy writes masterfully. The design patterns book is incredibly useful and once his Backbone book goes to print it will be in instant classic!

    I devoured the first 3.5 books and the mobile book is a masterpiece. keep up the good work and creating relationships with the leading authors and creators. they do not get enough recognition imo.

  16. 37

    Jaakko Lehtonen

    April 24, 2013 8:07 am

    Just ordered the “Smashing Book #4 + Library”! Can’t wait to read all of your books!

  17. 38

    Nicklas Jarnesjö

    April 24, 2013 9:27 am

    Amazing! Ordered.

  18. 39

    I purchased the books, but in my downloads section I don’t see any link to download the ebooks. Are they out yet?

    • 40

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

      April 24, 2013 12:03 pm

      Both printed books and eBooks will be released in September/October (as explained in the article). In fact, the chapters are being written this very moment. So please be patient and stay tuned!

      • 41

        Thanks for the fast reply. I just thought that the ebooks were out already.

      • 42

        preordered but whaaaaaaat, do I really have to wait so long. :-)
        I can’t await getting them in my hands. I already feeling the nice printed hardcover in my hands and seeing me sitting at my desk reading, reading and enjoying… Keep up the great work!!!

  19. 43

    Georg S. Kuklick

    April 24, 2013 11:44 am

    I baught nearly all your books. Only the digital version.

    I don’t need a Printversion.
    I don’t want a Printversion.
    I don’t buy a Printversion.

  20. 44


    Yesterday there was one version that had the printed books and the smashing library (20% off). Is this offer still available somewhere? I was interested in buying that.


  21. 46

    Can’t wait to buy this. I’m your True Fan Smashing.

  22. 47

    Is there a last day for the pre-order?

  23. 48

    This is actually the first cover for Smashing books I like. Did you switch a book cover designer?

  24. 49

    Is there a chance of printed only books and a bit more affordable price coming along? I really don’t need those ebooks.

  25. 50

    I all the time used to study article in news papers but now as I am a user of net therefore from now I am using net for articles, thanks to web.

  26. 51

    Hi, I read your blogs on a regular basis. Your story-telling style is awesome, keep doing what you’re doing!

  27. 52

    kirsty hudson

    April 26, 2013 11:06 pm

    I’ve pre ordered mine, cannot wait till they are sent out , im part designer part developer so im excited to get hold of these!

  28. 53

    Spyros Rallis

    April 27, 2013 10:04 am

    Seventy bucks for the print version! C’mon! I don’t have any doubts that the material will be worth the price, but $70 is still TOO much. Many, and I mean, MANY, people will miss out. Including me, unfortunately.

  29. 54

    “The release of this book is expected to be in September or October 2013.” Thats WAY too long. You cant reveal an exciting book and then let us wait so long :p I am looking so forward to this.

  30. 55

    ¡Excellent! Express shipping to Uruguay…

  31. 56

    Trevor Phillippi

    April 30, 2013 5:02 am

    Can’t wait for these to come out!! Question, though, is there a discount for pre-ordering like there has been in the past or will these prices persist until release? Thanks!

  32. 57

    Hi, i have a question in my mind that is all versions of SMASHING BOO(#1, #2, #3, and #4) are related with each other. I mean is it necessary to read previous versions of smashing to understand this 4th version. Please make me clear about this so that i can pre-order for “THE SMASHING BOOK #4”.

  33. 58

    I sent a mail twice now with a request for perhaps purchasing the smashing laptop bag and t-shirt separately but with no response. I already have a year’s subscription and will definitely be downloading these ebooks when they arrive but I REALLY want that shirt and laptop bag also! I have received smashing cat and he’s already had quite a ride to Europe and back to South Africa. I support Smashing Magazine 100% but please guys respond to my query. I really want to support you!!! Thanks :)

    • 59

      Inge Emmler

      May 3, 2013 8:10 am

      Hi Adele, Unfortunately your emails did not reach me. I will send you an email with details. Thank you for your support! Kind regards, Inge (Smashing Support Team)

  34. 60

    I had pre-ordered all previous printed books. Just pre-ordered the #4 ! Eagerly waiting for it now :-)

  35. 61

    Question here? If I pre order it ( 149 $ ) when my subscription starts? Immediately or when I receive books ;)

    • 62

      Inge Emmler

      May 3, 2013 8:22 am

      Hi Alex, Thank you for your question. The subscription of your Smashing eBook Library would start immediately.
      Kind regards,
      (Smashing Support Team)

  36. 63

    I might buy them but $70 is pricey

  37. 64

    I always loved to read your books but most probably as the rate of your book has increased a lot so i have decided that from now i would like to buy smashing PDF that worth $20.

  38. 65

    William from Lagos

    May 25, 2013 2:18 am

    Hey guys. Has the offer which includes the bag, shirt and caricature sold out? How can I purchase the bag and t-shirt separately. @Inge send me details too

    • 66

      Inge Emmler (Smashing Customer Support)

      May 29, 2013 10:48 am

      Hi William, Thank you for your interest in our Smashing Book #4 Fan Bundle: Unfortunately the bag and t-shirt can not be purchased separately, sorry. Kind regards, Inge

  39. 67

    Hi there.

    Its been a while I pre-ordered Smashing Book 4. May I know when are you going to release the books?

  40. 68

    Hey..we preordered the book in April but haven’t heard from you since. When is it going to be available?

    • 69

      Did they ever reply to you privately regarding the book? I would like to purchase them as a gift but I do not want to purchase them if they will not be released by Christmas. Also as I am purchasing them for a web designer, would anyone be able to recommend any additional resources, books, technology, products, or accessories that a web designer would appreciate as gifts?


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