About TED Books

Long enough to explore a powerful idea, but short enough to read in a single sitting, TED Books pick up where TED talks leave off. An 18-minute speech can plant a seed or spark the imagination; but many talks create a need to go deeper, to learn more, to tell a longer story. TED Books fills this need.

In September, we published the first TED Books in print. The wide-ranging series will cover everything from architecture to business, space travel to love. The first book in the series, The Terrorist's Son by Zak Ebrahim, tells the astonishing first-person account of an American boy raised on hatred and dogma – a son presumed to follow in his father's footsteps – and the man who chose a different path. The idea that reverberates throughout the prose: Everyone has a choice. Even if you're raised on hatred, you can choose tolerance.

This month we published the second book in the series, The Art of Stillness, which explores an unexpected truth from a celebrated travel writer: Stillness just might be the ultimate adventure. Pico Iyer reveals how stillness can act as a creative catalyst, and advocates for a way of living that counters the frenetic design of our modern lives.

Other upcoming TED Books include:

  • Architizer.com co-founder Marc Kushner on the future of architecture (in 100 buildings) — learn more
  • Pulitzer Prize winner Siddhartha Mukherjee (The Emperor of All Maladies) on new ways of looking at cancer
  • Swarthmore Professor Barry Schwartz (The Paradox of Choice) on why we work (Hint: It's not just for the salary)
  • Mathematician Hannah Fry on the mathematics of love
  • Business visionary Margaret Heffernan on the small choices that create huge organizational change
  • Social media thinker Zeynep Tufekhi on the invisible ways technology shapes us.