Scott’s Lightroom 3 Book: Spiral-Bound Edition!

Scott Kelby's Lightroom 3 Book for Photographers

Scott’s Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers is now available in a very limited spiral-bound edition! All the details, including a coupon code for NAPP members to receive the book for free when they renew their membership for two years, are over on the store.

Speaking of Scott’s Lightroom 3 Book… After reviewing three different books on the program, new Lightroom user Daniel Bailey chose Scott’s book to help him quickly get up to speed with the software and blogged about it. Thanks Daniel!

  1. Spiral bound is the BEST idea I have seen for computer books. It’s not like we are reading novels. It’s nice to be able to put the book on the desk for reference. Too bad I already bought “the other guy’s” LR book :)

  2. HI.

    I was going to buy this until I got to the checkout and found out shipping to the UK is half the cost of the book.

    Any chance of the spiral bound being available through


  3. Great idea, I agree all your publications should be available this way. The normal paperback approach means I’m always worried about pages falling out because I have tried to lay the book out flat whilst following steps on my computer. It’s also much easier to turn the pages!

    Hope this is adopted for all those books that it’s possible to format this way.

  4. If you have another book that you wish were spiral-bound, here in LA Office Depot will do it for you. It costs a few dollars, but it’s sure worth it.

    I’m off to renew my NAPP membership and get this book!


  5. Glad to see this option — it’s essential to make such a big book practical. Kinko’s does a great job spiral-binding (among other things!). AND…even better…Kinko’s adds frosted or clear covers on front and back. My SK books will probably outlive me.

  6. I bought two LR3 books, I won’t mention the other because after reading a chapter in that one, I immediately got Kelby’s book. The information is straight forward and easy to understand. I love that it’s a quick read and I’m able to pull it off the shelf when needed. Besides, who wants to read a think manual when we should be out there creating images.

  7. Thanks for the mention, Scott! I’ve been spending the past two days loading thousands of images into Lightroom and editing photos from a recent shoot with your book right there at my fingertips. Like I said in my blog post, I could have figured most of this stuff out by playing around with the program, but who’s got time for that? Would have liked the spiral bound version, but the bound version is big enough that it stays open pretty well on its own.

  8. I’m torn on the idea of spiral-bound books:
    – I love the idea, as I nearly break the binding to my books trying to get them to stay open while I study them (yes, I consider it studying). Having a book spiral-bound would allow the book to stay flat when open. It would also allow the book to be turned inside out (leaving the ‘cover’ to be whatever page that was last read).
    – On the flip side, I can’t imagine trying to find a book on a shelf full of spiral-bound books. I’ve got several technical books (photography, graphic design, web design, etc.) and that would just be a nightmare (unless I was fortunate to have a ‘photographic’ memory).

    I’d have a tough time taking my books to Kinko’s (or similar) to have them re-bound. At my income level, these books are a huge investment for me—having one of these places screw them up would really suck.

    Also, spiral binding tends to take more room on the inside margin. So, questions: A) Scott, was your book reformatted to make room for the spiral binding, or was it initially designed that way with spiral binding in mind? B) Those of you who have gone to Kinko’s to have book re-bound, did you find that the inside margins were either too close to the binding, or the binding actually interfered with the text (no inside margin)?

    1. KC, I’ve had eight books spiral-bound by Kinko’s, seven of them Scott’s. Inside margins are close to the binding but in no case is there any interference. Kinko’s was always very careful to examine the margins beforehand and slice off as little as possible. Hope that helps.

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