Cool Tools is a highly curated selection of the best tools available for individuals and small groups. Tools include hand tools, maps, how-to books, vehicles, software, specialized devices, gizmos, websites and anything useful.
Tools are selected and presented in the book if they are the best of kind, the cheapest, or the only thing available that will do the job. This is an oversized book which reviews over 1,500 different tools, explaining why each one is great, and what its benefits are. Indirectly the book illuminates the possibilities contained in such tools and the whole catalog serves an education outside the classroom. The content in this book was derived from ten years of user reviews published at the Cool Tools website, cool-tools.org.
|Publisher:||Cool Tools Lab|
|Product dimensions:||10.80(w) x 13.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Kevin Kelly is Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. He co-founded Wired in 1993, and served as its Executive Editor from its inception until 1999. He is editor and publisher of the Cool Tools website, which gets half a million unique visitors per month. From 19841990 Kelly was publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Review, a journal of unorthodox technical news. He co-founded the ongoing Hackers' Conference, and was involved with the launch of the WELL, a pioneering online service started in 1985. His last book, What Technology Wants (Viking/Penguin October 18, 2010), asserted that technology as a whole is not just a jumble of wires and metal but a living, evolving organism that has its own unconscious needs and tendencies. He also authored the best-selling New Rules for the New Economy and the classic book on decentralized emergent systems, Out of Control.
Kevin Kelly's website is kk.org.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Cool Tools by Kevin Kelly might turn out to be my favorite book of 2014. Remember what it was like to get the "Wish Book" at Christmas time in the old days. (For the uninitiated, that's the Sears Christmas Catalog.) Then add in the flavor of the Whole Earth Catalog from the 1970's. It's been a long time since I paid money for a book, and this one is well worth the dollars.
I bought this with a B & N gift card and at first glance I was disappointed, thinking I'd just bought a catalog of catalogs - which in a way, it is. I get enough catalogs as it is... Then I spent some time with it, starting from the beginning (instead of using the index to view a specific topic) and the time spent learning the author's methodology made it more meaningful, especially "tool shopping strategies". The qr codes given with each topic are really useful, although I did find one (for LED light reviews) that didn't work. One nice thing for me was that it confirmed some of the catalogs I'm already using. But you know how when you're looking at a particular catalog and you get ideas for new (or existing backlogged) projects? Well, multiply that effect by about a hundred and you get how this book reads. And the quotes at the bottom of each page are a nice touch, e.g. "Eternity is very long, especially near the end" - Woody Allen. Overall, a nice addition to my coffeetable.
My husband read a review of this book in the NYT, and placed it on his wish list. When it arrived I was surprised at how big it is, but I frequently find him sitting at the counter reading this thing! He says there are fascinating things in it, and he ordered one for his son and one for his daughter! This was a "right on" Christmas present! :-)