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!

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  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. This is too funny. I had a post on my blog about doing this to my photography and instructional books. Here’s the link to the post from March 15th 2009.

  3. Next time can we have the choice of binding when the book is first released. I would always choose spiral and pay the difference.

  4. 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


  5. 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.

  6. I’d love to get one, but my Lightroom 3 book is autographed by the man himself! I can’t part with that! :-)


  7. I lead a photowalk this past year and never got the code for the book. Did I get overlooked?

  8. 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!


  9. this book is on amazon right now for $30, free shipping.

  10. 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.

  11. I take all of my books to kinkos and have this spiral binding done. Costs $5 and well worth it !

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Spiral bound has it’s advantages … but is the book available digitally yet for the iPad?

  15. Thats pretty sweet dude! The spiral idea is great! Do they sell your new CS5 book at the store like that anywhere?

  16. Nuts, my renewal is in August. Oh well, I can’t get it for free but I’ll see if I can get it. Can we get the CS5 book like this also?

  17. but can you also get it for free if it’s your birthday?
    cause I just upp’d my membership =)


  18. This is a great idea! Spiral binding is definitely the way to go for those of us who actually have the book as a desk reference. In my view, this should be a standard option on all the Kelby books.

  19. 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)?

    • 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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