Coffee Table Books for Techies

Coffee Table Books for Techies

Taryn Williford
May 12, 2011

You know what makes a house a home for this literature-loving girl? Books. Tons and tons of books. Even when I have to make the inevitable switch to e-reading, I know at least one spot in my apartment will always be home to ink-and-paper pages: My coffee table. If you're a photo-book-loving techie girl like me, check out these cool coffee table books for techies.

Even if you'd prefer spending the night curled up with your gaming console over a copy of Emma, it's nice to keep a few big picture books on your coffee table for guests to flip through.

And if those coffee table books happen to be super-techie titles featuring gaming art and vintage computers? Well that's even better. Here's a few of our favorite techie photo books:

  • Core Memory: A Visual Survey of Vintage Computers documents 35 historic machines, such as the Eniac and Apple I, that are housed within the Computer History Museum in the Silicon Valley. ($22.86,
  • I am 8-bit: Art Inspired by Classic Videogames of the '80s features more than 100 original creative works of art inspired by everyone's favorite classic video games. ($17.21,
  • Digital Retro: The Evolution and Design of the Personal Computer offers a chronological look at the history of personal computers. It's packed with information about inventors programmers and designers, plus plenty of gorgeous shots of vintage computers.($29.99,
  • Camera: A History of Photography from Daguerreotype to Digital Turning the proverbial camera around, this book looks at the history of photography not through images, but through the cameras that take them. ($26.99,
  • Art of iPhoneography Packed with plenty of frame-worthy cell-phone photos, this book will also tech you how to upgrade your own awesome camera phone pics. ($15.84,
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