The coffee table book for your iPad (when it finally shows up)

Even though the iPad isn't released in the UK until late April, it seems that plenty of people are working out ways of getting them from abroad ahead of time. If you're about to call in that favour from your Auntie Sue in Connecticut, it might be worth investigating on some of the newly formatted publications you'll be able to enjoy once you have it, like this latest one from Phaidon.

We like the look of Phaidon's iPad edition of their Design Classics coffee table book, which gives you instant access to 1,000 pieces of classic design, from Marcel Breuer to Dieter Rams, each beautifully presented and explained. It includes entries on everything from the paper clip and the cardboard egg box to the folding Polaroid camera and the iPod. Whether or not they've made room for a new entry on the iPad — well, you'll just have to wait until the end of the month to find out.

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Phaidon Design Classics iPad Edition is available at the App Store, $19.99