I haven't come to any conclusions yet regarding taking Freeform Peyote to a digital format and would still love your feedback whether you've used craft books in a digital format, what you're looking for in a digital craft book, and what formats its usually in (epub, pdf, kindle, etc). There are so many options out there, it's a bit hard to know where to start (or if it even makes sense to do so).
Karl Blossfeldt", features his black and white plant photography. His close-up photographs take on abstracted, sometimes alien shapes and often resemble wrought iron. Which is funny, since it's actually the other way around; his forms have inspired generations of artists, including metal workers - Blossfeldt lived from 1865-1932. My copy came from a used book store and I think I picked it up for $5.00. It's a lot more on Amazon, but it's definitely one I'd recommend keeping an eye out for, and definitely worth checking out from the library if it's there.
Reptiles up from one of the bargain tables at Barnes & Noble a couple of years ago. Even if you don't like snakes and reptiles, it's worth looking through this book. I don't have it in front of me, but I'd guess the book is at least 14" tall, and most of the photographs take up the full page, with a number of two-page spreads. The colors and patterns are exquisite, and reptile scales look so much like bead work, the translation is almost automatic. Searching through Amazon for the book, I came across a number of other titles by the same photographer, Paul Sarosta that look equally interesting.
Ocean Soul by Brian Skerry, is a brand-new book that I picked up last week after his National Geographic lecture by the same name. I'm a sucker for fish books with great photos, and this coffee table book definitely lives up to that requirement. Unlike Archipelago or The Deep, two of my favorite sea-creature inspiration books, most of the photographs in Ocean Soul show the animals in their natural environment as one of Brian's self-proclaimed goals it to act as an underwater journalist for the denizens of the sea. The book is also wider ranging than most of my collection, both in creatures featured, and in geographic locations, which makes sense as Brian has more than 20 National Geo articles to his name.
And here's my reader question: what are some of your favorite inspiration books, and why?