Big Update to Shawn’s eBook, ‘Delight is in the Details’

Our own editor Shawn Blanc has released a huge update to his awesome ebook about creativity, Delight is in the Details. Everything you loved about the original version is still in there, along with a ton of new content and … (More)

Skottie Young’s ‘Daily Grind’ Sketchbook

You comic book aficionados out there are probably already familiar with Skottie Young’s illustration work. If not, a good starting point is the charming Fortunately, the Milk, a book he worked on with Neil Gaiman. This morning, Skottie released his … (More)

Tar Field Notes

Take three Pitch Black Field Notes notebooks, bind them together with a rubberized, tar-like substance, add a double-wrapped cord closure and a small tarred-cord bookmark, and you’ve got Tar Field Notes. The stats: 144 pages total 50-lb Finch Opaque Smooth … (More)

MacSparky’s ‘Presentations’ Field Guide is Now Available

In case you missed the news back when David Sparks’ new Field Guide on presentations was available for pre-order, here’s a friendly reminder that the book is now live on the iBookstore. You can watch the trailer here. What I … (More)

Ugmonk T-Shirt + Offscreen Mag Bundle

I guess it’s a t-shirt kind of day. Ugmonk has partnered with Offscreen Mag to create a limited-time bundle featuring their iconic Mountains tee and a single Offscreen issue of your choice (#5, #6, #7, or #8). Two of our … (More)

Presentations — A MacSparky Field Guide

This morning our friend David Sparks announced the newest book in his excellent Field Guides ebook series. It’s called Presentations. In a nutshell, this guide will teach you how to make your presentations not suck. With a primary focus on … (More)

DDC Stuff Sheath

Photo credit: Robert Occhialini The DDC Stuff Sheath—designed by the fine folks at Draplin Design Co.—is a simple leather sheath that protects your Field Notes notebook and other bits of paper bouncing around in your pocket. As the embossing on … (More)

Camp Trip Notebooks

As I’ve said, you can never really have too many notebooks. These Camp Trip Notebooks from Trails of Escape in particular are great tools for planning and journaling your next outdoors excursion. The cover lets you fill in a trip … (More)


I rarely need a book light at home because my wife is nearly as much of a night owl as I am. The times when I do require one are more specific—for example, on a long road trip when it’s … (More)


Here at Tools & Toys, we don’t think there is such a thing as having too many notebooks in one’s life. Here’s another one you should add to your collection (especially if you’re an aviation nerd): FLIGHTBOOK. Inspired by the … (More)

Field Notes — ‘Coal x DDC’ Edition

Coal Headwear has teamed up with Draplin Design Co. to produce a special, limited-edition Field Notes set that is timed perfectly for both the 4th of July and the World Cup. This beautiful Americana-inspired 3-pack is of the graph paper … (More)

‘Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac’ by Andy Affleck

The recently-released third edition of Andy Affleck’s ebook Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac brings the book into the current era of podcasting. It now covers: Recording and editing with GarageBand 10 and Audacity New information about recording Skype … (More)

‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’ by Neil Gaiman

This weekend my wife and I each had the pleasure of starting and finishing Neil Gaiman’s popular 2013 novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. In stark contrast with his lighthearted children’s book Fortunately the Milk, Ocean is … (More)

Field Notes — “Arts and Sciences” Edition

This season’s entry in the Field Notes COLORS lineup is the new “Arts and Sciences” edition. At 4.75″ x 7.5″, these notebooks are noticeably larger than the standard 3.5″ x 5.5″ Field Notes. Rather than shipping as a three-pack of … (More)

Ride North

Ride North is a Kickstarter project by photographers Sebastiaan de With and Stuart Philkill. They will soon be embarking on a motorcycle road trip from San Francisco to Alaska, and documenting the entire journey. The Kickstarter is not intended to … (More)

Magnote Magnetic Notebooks

Just when I thought nobody could possibly innovate in the notebook space, along comes a Kickstarter project to prove me wrong. Magnote magnetic notebooks look like simple notebooks on the surface, but their covers and spines are comprised of neodymium … (More)

‘Console Wars’ by Blake J. Harris

When I was a kid, nothing caused more heated arguments between me and my friends than our game consoles of choice. As a Sega fanboy at the time—and a hardcore PlayStation enthusiast later—I was always in the minority at school. … (More)

Epic! — eBook Subscription for Kids

Epic! is one of the cooler subscription services I’ve seen in a while. For $5 a month (the first month is free), your iPad gains unlimited access to a huge, highly curated library of eBooks for kids 12 and under. … (More)

‘The Obstacle is the Way’ by Ryan Holiday

The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday that uses the tenets of stoicism to give you an interesting perspective on life’s challenges. Rather than feeling utterly defeated at every wrong turn, Holiday wants you to view such obstacles as … (More)

‘Maker Dad’ by Mark Frauenfelder

Mark Frauenfelder—editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools—recently published an awesome book for geeky dads called Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects. As the name suggests, the book contains a bunch of … (More)

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