Our Favourite Smart Homes Books For All Levels

POSTED BY   Michele Baker
16th April 2018
Our Favourite Smart Homes Books For All Levels | TDMB Tech

Everything is getting smarter; our computers, our cities and, yes, our homes. Many of us have a smart home device or two already – an Amazon Echo or Google Home, perhaps? Some smart lightbulbs, or simply a smart meter provided by your electric company. We have put together this guide to some of the best smart home books available right now (and one that’s up for release later this year).

These range from easy guides for the curious consumer to hands-on manuals for those wanting to innovate with smart home devices themselves, as well as those with some knowledge wishing to learn more about the state of the industry and the applications of smart home technology.

If you want to see a really smart home in action, check out our podcast and accompanying article on the Unruly Future Home with futurist, Simon Gosling.

Indeed, on consultation, Simon has offered a couple more suggestions to add to your smart home reading list:


If we’ve missed any that you think should be included, as always please do get in touch. Email michele@thedigitalmarketingbureau.com and I’ll be more than happy to add your suggestion to this post.


Inside the Smart Home

Inside the Smart Home

by Richard Harper

Using clear and accessible language this book examines the growing field of ‘smart technology’ for the home. The author first introduces the field before exploring the various background issues, including how the home differs from other environments. He then shows how these background issues affect the design and usability of these technologies. A detailed case study looks at the use of handheld and wearable digital technology in sheltered housing. The last section examines what it is like to live in a smart home and why they have so far failed to reach the levels of success originally predicted. Invaluable reading for anybody interested in designing smart technologies for the home.


Smart Home Devices and what you need to knowSmart Home Devices and what you need to know: Internet, WiFi, Phone, TV and Structured Wiring in Concert with Smart Home Devices

by R. J. Castle

This book gives you step by step instructions on how to setup your Smart Home Devices successfully. If you are just getting your feet wet with Smart Home devices this is the book for you. If you want more advanced Smart Home device information this book is for you too.


The topics covered in this book include:

1) Setting up Internet Access for every location in your home.

2) Structured Wiring issues for Internet, Telephone, Cable & Satellite TV.

3) Controlling your Smart devices with a Smart Phone, Tablet or Smart Speaker (Voice Controlled Personal Assistant)

4) Garage Door controlled by your Smart Phone or Tablet.

5) Using Smart Sensors: Smoke Alarms, Window & Door Sensors & Motion Sensors.

6) Using Smart Controls: Smart Wall Switches, Smart Bulbs, Smart Outlets, Smart Locks & Smart Thermostats

7) Using Smart Cameras and Doorbells.

8) Using Smart Appliances

9) Personal Cloud Storage & Other devices


Smart Homes For Aging AdultsSmart Homes For Aging Adults: Learn How Technology Can Help You to Age at Home Longer, Safer and More Comfortably.

by Gerard O’Driscoll

This short book (the fourth in the Smart Home Automation Essential Guides series) is worth checking out if you are part of the older generation and want to see what you can do to help yourself.

The book reveals ten smart home solutions that play an important role in supporting aging adults.

This book is intended to be read by the following people:

  • Individuals that are 45 years of age and above, who want to be able to live at home safely, comfortably and securely for as long as possible.
  • Aging adults living alone who have a preference to live independently at home and delay or completely negate the need to move to nursing home facilities.
  • People who feel nervous, scared or lacking the necessary knowledge to allow home automation technology into their homes and lives.
  • Children living long distances from their aging parents who are worried and want to use senior focused technology systems to help them remotely monitor their loved ones.

This book explains 10 smart home automation and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and services that will allow you to face the many challenges associated with growing old gracefully and with dignity.

  • Smart doorbells
  • PERS
  • Smart security alarm
  • Smart fire & CO detectors
  • Water leak detection sensors
  • Smart bulbs and lighting control
  • Energy monitoring
  • Smart cameras
  • Digital wellness devices
  • Multi-room music systems


Home AttitudeHome Attitude: Everything You Need To Know To Make Your Home Smart

by John R. Patrick

Home Attitude is your practical guide to take advantage of the many benefits of home automation. You will be amazed at what the future will bring, but even more about what’s possible today. Futurist John Patrick points the way for all of us. John Patrick’s latest book in his growing Attitude Series provides an excellent overview of how a hands-on homeowner can build an automated home which is energy efficient, secure, and just plain fun. Patrick clearly explains the many benefits of an automated home, its key building blocks, and how to get started. Whether you’re interested in simply reducing your utility bills, or building the home of the future, Home Attitude will help make it possible today.

John Patrick is a renowned visionary and evangelist for what is possible when the Internet, technology, and people intersect. Home Attitude brings John’s insightful principles and thought leadership intimately into our homes. This is a must read for anyone feeling their home is falling behind the technology trends of our time.


Building Smart Homes with Raspberry Pi ZeroBuilding Smart Homes with Raspberry Pi Zero

by Marco Schwartz

The release of the Raspberry Pi Zero has completely amazed the tech community. With the price, form factor, and being high on utility―the Raspberry Pi Zero is the perfect companion to support home automation projects and makes IoT even more accessible.

With this book, you will be able to create and program home automation projects using the Raspberry Pi Zero board. The book will teach you how to build a thermostat that will automatically regulate the temperature in your home. Another important topic in home automation is controlling electrical appliances, and you will learn how to control LED Lights, lamps, and other electrical applications.


ESP8266 Home Automation ProjectsESP8266 Home Automation Projects: Leverage the power of this tiny WiFi chip to build exciting smart home projects

by Catalin Batrinu

With this book, you will learn to create and program home automation projects using the ESP8266 Wi-Fi chip. You will learn how to build a thermostat to measure and adjust the temperature accordingly and how to build a security system using the ESP8266. Furthermore, you will design a complete home automation system from sensor to your own cloud. You will touch base on data monitoring, controlling appliances, and security aspects.

By the end of the book, you will understand how to completely control and monitor your home from the cloud and from a mobile application. You will be familiar with the capabilities of the ESP8266 and will have successfully designed a complete ready-to-sell home automated system.


Emerging Technology TrendsEmerging Technology Trends – Frequently Asked Questions: Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Smart Homes, and more

by Aditi Agarwal

This book covers frequently asked questions about Emerging Technology Trends such as Blockchain, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Artificial Neural Networks, Deep Learning, Augmented Reality, Connected Homes, Quantum Computing, and more.

The book is organised into five sections, written in the pattern of frequently asked questions and answers. The first section is focused on Blockchain technology and widely known Cryptocurrencies, including but not limited to Bitcoin.

The second section emphasizes on Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Feature Learning, Artificial Neural Networks, and more.

The third section details the FAQs on another emerging technology i.e. Augmented Reality. The next section discusses the significant concepts and smart products that are changing the way we live today. Connected Homes or Smart Homes is a buzzword everywhere.

The fifth section powers you with the unlimited possibilities with 3D Metal Printing, Quantum Computing, and Balloon Powered Internet.


Essential Guide to Smart Home EntertainmentEssential Guide to Smart Home Entertainment: Use Smart Homes to Increase Your Families Enjoyment Levels: Volume 2 (Smart Home Automation Essential Guides)

by Gerard O’Driscoll

The Essential Guide to Smart Home Entertainment mini book addresses readers who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of the following fun focused systems!

  • Next generation Multi-room Music systems – both wired and wireless versions
  • Multi-room HDTV distribution system around your house using Cat6, wireless or Powerline technologies
  • Wi-Fi to IR solutions, such an addition allows you use a smart phone or tablet to control your home cinema devices.

Written by international smart home automation expert and bestselling author, Gerard O’Driscoll, this book includes technical illustrations, examples of how smart homes are helping people, insights from Gerard and details of some awesome free smart home training workshop.


Smart Homes and Their UsersSmart Homes and Their Users

by Tom Hargreaves and Charlie Wilson

This book starts by developing a new analytical framework for understanding smart homes and their users. Drawing on a range of new empirical research combining both qualitative and quantitative data, the book then explores how smart home technologies are perceived by potential users, how they can be used to link domestic energy use to common daily activities, how they may (or may not) be integrated into everyday life by actual users, and how they serve to change the nature of control within households and the home.

The book concludes by synthesising a range of evidence-based insights, and posing a series of challenges for industry, policy, and research that need addressing if a smart home future is to be realised. Researchers will find this book provides useful insights into this fast-growing field.


How To Smart HomeHow To Smart Home: A Step by Step Guide for Smart Homes & Building Automation

by Othmar Kyas

This book explains state of the art smart home, building automation and Internet of Things technologies and demonstrates step by step how to apply them to real-world projects.

The toolset covered consists of tablets, smartphones, sensor-equipped devices, the Internet and the latest wireline and wireless building automation standards.

You will be introduced to technology basics, planning and design principles, security and privacy considerations as well as implementation details and testing philosophies. Expecting no specific know-how upfront, the book is suited for both – the professional consultant as well as the technology-loving hobbyist.

After explaining the big picture and the key concepts of state of the art home and building automation, the book will walk you through the implementation of a concrete building automation and control project in a step-by-step manner. At the end of each project phase, you should have a real, working solution on your desk, which can be further customized and expanded as desired.

No programming skills are required as prerequisite. Scripts are explained line by line, configuration settings step by step. Of course, if you have never written a short automation script or configured a DSL router, at some point your learning curve will be steeper than that of others. However, everything you learn will be based on open standard technologies, which you will be able to utilize in any other IT related project.


The Internet of Things How Smart TVs, Smart Cars, Smart Homes, and Smart Cities Are Changing the WorldThe Internet of Things: How Smart TVs, Smart Cars, Smart Homes, and Smart Cities Are Changing the World

by Michael Miller

Michael Miller shows how connected smart devices will help people do more, do it smarter, do it faster. He also reveals the potential risks—to your privacy, your freedom, and maybe your life.

Make no mistake: IoT is coming quickly. Miller explains why you care, helps you use what’s already here, and prepares you for the world that’s hurtling toward you.



The Smart Smart Home HandbookThe Smart Smart Home Handbook: Control Your Home With Your Voice

by Danny Winget and Adam Juniper

Though not released until November 2018, The Smart Smart Home Handbook promises to be a great consumer-level guide for implementing smart home technology. You can pre-order it on Amazon for dispatch when it is released.

Starting immediately with “The Stuff They Don’t Tell You,” the Smart Smart Home Handbook is a book designed to save its readers time and money, while still opening the possibilities of smart tech (from lighting to robot lawnmowers). It does this by explaining a little about the underlying technologies in human terms, before moving on to look them one by one.

The book also shares some experiences of families who have installed tech you might be considering, helping you ask – and answer – questions that won’t be in the glossy promotional videos (from “How good is Alexa with accents?” to “How will your spouse feel if she needs her phone to turn the lights on?”).

On the other hand, it will also introduce you to exciting possibilities you may not have thought of, from lighting that matches the TV screen to create a movie effect, to methods to let the delivery guy in from your desk at the office. Find out how to create programs and sequences.

Finally, the book will address the digital security concerns which retailers never do, and show you the best ways to ensure that you get all the advantages of smart home tech, with none of the risks of hackers.


Have we missed any?

If you think we’ve overlooked a smart homes book that’s really helped you get to grips with the smart home and internet of things, please do email me at michele@thedigitalmarketingbureau.com and I’ll be sure to add it to the list.

Oh, and if you happen to be in the business of smart home tech or anything related to the IoT, do check out our services and download our extensive ebook by clicking right here.

Our Favourite Smart Homes Books For All Levels

Michele Baker

Michele Baker is the Senior Content Strategist at TDMB. She began her journey into tech marketing via a Masters in Creative Writing, evolving from a prize-winning poet and short story writer to a futuristic content guru. Michele now writes endlessly about all aspects of technology, hosts the TDMB Presents… tech podcast, and speaks at numerous tech and marketing events.

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