My LEGO book collection
Having just stuffed the DK Minifigure book onto my Billy bookshelf, I thought I'd post this picture of my collection, and reflect on the LEGO book phenomenon as it is today.
One of the first LEGO books to be published by a publisher other than the LEGO company was 'The World of LEGO Toys', in 1987. There was then a long wait for the next one, Dorling Kindersley's The Ultimate LEGO Book, published in 1999. For a few years DK had a monopoly on publishing licenced LEGO books, although there were literally hundreds of unofficial ones published by others on Mindstorms, which had just been released, and I guess we have that product partially to thank for making books about LEGO as popular as they are today.
Nowadays, several publishers are creating licenced books, including DK, Ladybird and Scholastic, the latter two concentrating their efforts on story and activity books for young readers, and many others have an impressive catalogue of LEGO titles, most notably No Starch Press.
Walk into any bookstore in the UK or the USA and there is usually a large area dedicated to LEGO books, and indeed some bookstores in the UK such as Waterstones have started to sell LEGO sets as well as books. Clearly they are big business, and I hope they continue to be because us LEGO book aficionados have never had it so good.
What's also great about the rapid rise in LEGO book popularity and numbers is that it's enabled many AFOLs to become involved in creating them, myself included.
There are still many more great books to come in 2013 including, from No Starch, Beautiful LEGO (see my review in a couple of days), Megan Rothrock's LEGO Adventure Book volume 2, and Pete Reid and Tim Goddard's LEGO Space, which I've heard great things about.
Don't forget that we maintain an index of LEGO books that are of interest to AFOLs complete with handy links to Amazon to enable you to fill the gaps in your collection :)