For those of you eager to make sure that you get the Foundation’s next book before the first printing sells out , it is now available for pre-order at the Blender e-shop. Sure, you could wait until it’s available from Amazon.com or your local big box book seller, but buying directly from the e-shop costs less and helps the Foundation more.
“Essential Blender” will get you working with modeling, materials and texturing, lighting, particle systems, several kinds of animation, and rendering. In addition, there are chapters on the new mesh sculpting tools and the brilliant compositor. For users familiar with other 3D packages, there are separate indices that reference topics using your application’s terminology.
There really is something for everyone in this book: new to 3D, new to Blender, and even for old Blender loyalist from the NaN days.