DK, Oh Yeah!

by Marina M.

Most people will say there’s an author or two (or thirty) that they favor. Others will share their genre preferences. Sometimes–SOMETIMES–you can even pin somebody down to reveal their one true favorite book. For right then, at least. Because favorite books change with the season, the mood, the color of your hair, etc. But rarely do you get anybody to mention a favorite publisher. Well, I’m here to break that pattern. I’m a huge fan (HUGE!!) of the books published by Dorling Kindersley (or DK as their logo states).

There are a ton of titles under their Eyewitness Travel imprint but I’m not going to venture into those. (Well, maybe I’ll throw in one. We’ll see.) But what I really love are those visually effusive books that are iconic to DK. This obsession started way back when I was in school. Not college. Like, back in middle school! It was actually with a total binge of their Eyewitness videos (and maybe–no, definitely–a dog breed or horse breed encyclopedia).

Really, this feeds into my love of books with beautiful visuals. And infographics! A while back I highlighted some interesting, or curious (if you will), map books. Hmmm, as much as I love perusing these image-filled books I’m surprised I haven’t highlighted them more often. Oh, well, better late than never to rectify that.

DK publishes so many books that cover a plethora of subjects. I had a really hard time figuring out how I wanted to pursue the wide array of options before me. (I may have gone slightly overboard in placing holds on several, uh, let’s say close to 30, titles.) The following are just the tip of the iceberg.

A feast for the eyes

When I think of DK, my first thought are of the visual guides. Definitive, as they are called. Since the visual guides were my initial introduction to DK I’ll probably always jump to that connection. These are packed with tons of images and brief descriptions. But not necessarily any specific how-to offerings.

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Step by step, oh baby!

DK also has a variety of how-to books. From cooking to gardening to crafts. And probably some other stuff. But those are my three main interests. As with all DK books these guides have an amazing amount of visual components. But they also offer the steps and guidance expected from your typical how-to book. I’ve found that most of the DK-published how-to books have a comprehensive section at the beginning on how to best use the book.

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Let’s get graphic

DK’s line of graphic guides have the same visual explosion on all the pages but have a majority of computer created designs as opposed to the photographic illustrations that populate the visual guides. They’re just as appealing to look at but they have the feel of an infographic.

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DK has so much more than I just highlighted (including those Eyewitness Travel guides that requires a post of their own) so explore our catalog and find the perfect Dorling Kindersley (or their various imprints and brands) title for you. Please share your finds in the comments below so I can add to my current pile.

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4 responses to “DK, Oh Yeah!”

  1. Jo Meador says:

    I love DK books. An artful treasure of information.

  2. Gloria says:

    Oh yes! As a kid, my daughter was hooked on DK dogs! And now she is a vet!
    Personally I have been partial to their Mushroom and Astromony handbooks! So clear and helpful.

    • Marina M. says:

      That’s a great story, Gloria! If I had had the aptitude for all the sciences I’m sure that my love of the DK dog, cat, and horse encyclopedias would have pushed me in that direction, too.

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