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Best Robots Books: The Ultimate List

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Robots books.

1. The Robots of Dawn (The Robot Series) (1994)

 Best Robots Books: The Ultimate ListA millennium into the future two advances have altered the course of human history: the colonization of the Galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain. Isaac Asimov’s Robot novels chronicle the unlikely partnership between a New York City detective and a humanoid robot who must learn to work together.Detective Elijah Baiey is called to the Spacer world Aurora to solve a bizarre case of roboticide. The prime suspect is a gifted roboticist who had the means, the motive, and the opportunity to commit the crime. There’s only one catch: Baley and his…
Author(s): Isaac Asimov

2. I, Robot (2008)

 Best Robots Books: The Ultimate List  I, Robot, the first and most widely read book in Asimov’s Robot series, forever changed the world’s perception of artificial intelligence. Here are stories of robots gone mad, of mind-reading robots, and robots with a sense of humor. Of robot politicians, and robots who secretly run the world—all told with the dramatic blend of science fact and science fiction that has become Asimov’s trademark.  The Three Laws of Robotics: 1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm….
Author(s): Isaac Asimov

3. Ralph Masiello’s Robot Drawing Book (Ralph Masiello’s Drawing Books) (2011)

 Best Robots Books: The Ultimate ListThis easy-to-follow guide makes it simple for robot lovers and aspiring artists alike to learn how to draw robots. In step-by-step illustrations, beloved author/illustrator Ralph Masiello shows kids how to use circles, ovals, and other shapes build the body of a basic robot. Then it’s off to the warehouse for spare parts where artists can use dials, switches, and antennae to make their design one of a kind. Bonus challenge steps show artists how to add claws, armor, and other fantastic features. The simple shapes and sequenced steps will encourage both confidence and creativity for…
Author(s): Ralph Masiello

4. House of Robots (2015)

 Best Robots Books: The Ultimate ListIt was never easy for Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez to fit in, so he’s dreading the day when his genius mom insists he bring her newest invention to school: a walking, talking robot he calls E-for “Error”. Sammy’s no stranger to robots; his house is full of a colorful cast of them. But this one not only thinks it’s Sammy’s brother . . . it’s actually even nerdier than Sammy. Will E be Sammy’s one-way ticket to Loserville? Or will he prove to the world that it’s cool to be square? It’s a roller-coaster ride for Sammy to discover the amazing secret E holds that could…
Author(s): James Patterson , Chris Grabenstein , et al.

5. Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future (2016)

 Best Robots Books: The Ultimate ListWinner of Best Business Book of the Year awards from the Financial Times and from Forbes”Lucid, comprehensive, and unafraid…;an indispensable contribution to a long-running argument.”–Los Angeles TimesWhat are the jobs of the future? How many will there be? And who will have them? As technology continues to accelerate and machines begin taking care of themselves, fewer people will be necessary. Artificial intelligence is already well on its way to making “good jobs” obsolete: many paralegals, journalists, office workers, and even computer programmers are poised to be replaced by robots and smart…
Author(s): Martin Ford

6. Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (The MIT Press) (2018)

 Best Robots Books: The Ultimate ListDriverless cars are hitting the road, powered by artificial intelligence. Robots can climb stairs, open doors, win Jeopardy, analyze stocks, work in factories, find parking spaces, advise oncologists. In the past, automation was considered a threat to low-skilled labor. Now, many high-skilled functions, including interpreting medical images, doing legal research, and analyzing data, are within the skill sets of machines. How can higher education prepare students for their professional lives when professions themselves are disappearing? In Robot-Proof, Northeastern University president Joseph Aoun proposes…
Author(s): Joseph E Aoun

7. National Geographic Readers: Robots (2014)

 Best Robots Books: The Ultimate ListDiscover the coolest robots of today and tomorrow in this colorful, photo-packed book. In this inviting and entertaining format, kids will learn about the science behind these amazing machines. This Level 3 reader is written in an easy-to-grasp style to encourage the scientists of tomorrow!National Geographic supports K-12 educators with ELA Common Core Resources.Visit for more information….
Author(s): Melissa Stewart

8. Robot Coloring Book! Discover This Collection Of Coloring Pages (2018)

 Best Robots Books: The Ultimate ListRobot Coloring Book! Discover this Robot coloring book. Kids can enjoy using this book at home or at school. This book provides plentiful coloring pages so kids can never get bored while doing this constructive activity. Coloring can help build good motor patterns and skills which kids can benefit from. With a wide unique variety of robot coloring pages, kids will have endless fun. Grab a copy of this book!…
Author(s): Bold Illustrations

9. Mia Marcotte and the Robot (2019)

 Best Robots Books: The Ultimate ListMia Marcotte is a 9-year-old girl with a secret dream—to be an astronaut and fly to Mars. So when a field trip to the space center is promised for a successful participation in the school science fair, Mia is thrilled. The only problem: her attempt to build a mini-rocket in her backyard ends in a flop. But it also leads her to an extraordinary encounter—with Aizek, a curious robot who wants to learn imagination. Will Mia and her new friend be able to help each other get closer to their dreams?With short chapters and illustrations on nearly every page, this chapter book is perfect for a wide range of ages….
Author(s): Jeanne Wald, Saliha Calıskan

10. Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot (Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot #1) (2014)

 Best Robots Books: The Ultimate ListMeet Ricky Ricotta, a little mouse with a big problem!Ricky Ricotta lives in Squeakyville with his mom and dad. Ricky has a hard time making friends at school, and the neighborhood bullies are always picking on him. If only Ricky could find someone to be his best buddy and keep those creepy bullies away!Meanwhile, on the other side of town, a mad scientist named Dr. Stinky McNasty has created a Mighty Robot who is as gentle as he is powerful. Dr. Stinky plans to make the Robot destroy Squeakyville, but there’s one little thing in his way: Ricky Ricotta! When Ricky rescues the Robot, an unlikely friendship begins. And Ricky discovers…
Author(s): Dav Pilkey, Dan Santat

11. The Wild Robot (2018)

 Best Robots Books: The Ultimate ListWild RobotAn engaging tale that explores many important themes. We can only hope that Roz serves as the template for all future robots. Peter Brown’s illustrations are as marvellous as ever!’ Coralie Bickford-Smith, author of THE FOX AND THE STARWhen robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. She has no idea how she got there or what her purpose is – but she knows she needs to survive. After battling a fierce storm and escaping a vicious bear attack, she realises that her only hope for survival is to adapt to her surroundings and learn from the island’s…
Author(s): Brown Peter

12. RioBotz Combat Robot Tutorial (2009)

 Best Robots Books: The Ultimate ListCombat robotics is a sport that is practiced world-wide. It attracts all kinds of participants, especially people interested in technology, engineering, machine design, computer science, new technologies and their trends. The competitions involve one-on-one duels between radio-controlled robotic vehicles in a bulletproof arena. RioBotz is the Robotic Competition team from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The team is formed by control, mechanical and electrical engineering undergraduate students from the University. This 374-page tutorial tries to summarize the knowledge learned…
Author(s): Marco Antonio Meggiolaro

Best Robots Books: The Ultimate List

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some robots books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

ROS Programming: Building Powerful Robots

Author(s): Anil Mahtani et al.
Publisher: Packt Publishing, Year: March 2018, Size: 60 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2344203

Designing Autonomous Mobile Robots

Author(s): John Holland (Auth.)
Publisher: Newnes, Year: cop. 2004, Size: 12 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1017075

Interplanetary Robots: True Stories of Space Exploration

Author(s): Rod Pyle
Publisher: Prometheus Books, Year: 29 Jan 2019, Size: 10 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2322203

Desire in the Age of Robots and AI: An Investigation in Science Fiction and Fact

Author(s): Rebecca Gibson
Publisher: Palgrave Pivot, Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2400760

Advances in Human Factors in Robots and Unmanned Systems: Proceedings of the AHFE 2019 International Conference on Human Factors in Robots and Unmanned Systems, July 24-28, 2019, Washington D.C., USA

Author(s): Jessie Chen
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 23 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2408577

Motion Control of Biomimetic Swimming Robots

Author(s): Junzhi Yu, Min Tan
Publisher: Springer Singapore, Year: 2020, Size: 9 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2411600

Metrics of Sensory Motor Coordination and Integration in Robots and Animals: How to Measure the Success of Bioinspired Solutions with Respect to their Natural Models, and Against More ‘Artificial’ Solutions?

Author(s): Fabio Bonsignorio, Elena Messina, Angel P. del Pobil, John Hallam
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2467663

AI Technology for Underwater Robots

Author(s): Frank Kirchner, Sirko Straube, Daniel Kühn, Nina Hoyer
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 7 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2469615

Optimal Path and Trajectory Planning for Serial Robots: Inverse Kinematics for Redundant Robots and Fast Solution of Parametric Problems

Author(s): Alexander Reiter
Publisher: Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden;Springer Vieweg, Year: 2020, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2471383

Autonomous mobile robots and multi-robot systems : motion-planning, communication, and swarming

Author(s): Kagan, Eugene
Publisher: Wiley, Year: 2020, Size: 16 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2480208

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are really chart-busters according to USA Today, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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