"I’m happy to announce that this year (Fall 2012) you will be able to buy my book: TheUnofficial LEGO ® Technic Builder’s Guide. The book, published by No Starch Press, focuses on explaining the theory and principles that rule the world of LEGO mechanisms, while providing plenty of practical examples. With over 300 pages printed in full color, showing more than 500 figures and 40 building instructions, the book should be helpful to any LEGO Technic enthusiast, regardless of his building skills.
While the book uses vehicular LEGO models as primary examples, the theoretical knowledge and working principles it describes can be applied to any sort of mechanism. The 20 chapters start simple for first-time builders, but quickly move to advanced material. The book covers subjects like:
gear wheels and gear ratios
levers and linkages
pneumatics and custom pneumatic devices
LEGO motors and their characteristics
suspension and transmission systems
the modern LEGO Power Functions system and its elements
reinforcing your builds
studfull system vs. studless system
methods of scaling and modeling of various vehicles, from bikes to helicopters and airplanes, including challenges and opportunities that come with different types of vehicles
What the book does not include are complete instructions for any models that I have built. Instead, it introduces you to a vast array of mechanisms and provides examples of how to use them in your own constructions.
Eric Albrecht (Blakbird), the world-renowned collector and expert on LEGO Technic, has provided technical review of the book, and it comes with a foreword by Fernando Correia, the TechnicBRICKs editor-in-chief.
Visit nostarch.com/technicbuilder to learn more. The book is available for pre-order worldwide from your favorite booksellers, including amazon.com and amazon.co.uk
The book will also be available as an ebook."
Personally I'm very interested in this book and I have high expectations in its content because I'm working in two related projects, one the beginners Technic guide in Hispalug (actually abandoned...) and the other a private project consisting of three LEGO construction manuals, the last of them will be focused on advanced Lego Technic ^_^