As soon as I heard about this book being published, I pre-ordered it via Amazon.
I was one of those (as Andy Clarke mentions) who has their order cancelled by Amazon. What gives? I thought, and contacted @Malarkey on Twitter to find out how else to buy it.
A quick direct response (thank you!), and I scurried off to the (beautifully designed - naturally) website that accompanies the book. Order placed, excitement high.
Christmas Eve (joy!) and Hardboiled Web Design finally smacks through the letterbox. For a book, it's a ruddy thick box - and no wasted space - it's all book. The packaging and exterior labels are quite gorgeous in their own right.
As to the book? It's wonderful. The paper stock, typography, layout, colour production are all perfect.
As to the content? It's an (and I hope I won't offend the author here, I mean it as a compliment) incremental revelation, a web development revolution. It gives us designers and developers the backing to push forward with principles such as progressive enhancement and graceful degradation - but from the point of view that differences in browsing (and browser capabilities) should be celebrated - not shamed.
That's what 'hardboiled' is all about - giving the tools and techniques to push forward with the new web standards, ensuring that our work can be viewed across *all* browsers, even if that work looks radically (and intentionally) different from one browser to the next.
If you design or develop web content in any capacity, then this book is a must-have.