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Press Release: October 7, 2008

New Manga Cartoon Guides Teach Science and Technology: Groundbreaking Educational Manga Book Series—New from No Starch Press

The Manga Guide to Statistics San Francisco, CA, October 7, 2008No Starch Press, publisher of geek entertainment classics like Steal This Computer Book, Hacking: The Art of Exploitation, and The Cult of Mac, is launching a new Edu-Manga series this winter. Translations of best-selling Edu-Manga guides from Ohmsha, Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan, this landmark series combines authentic Japanese comics with serious educational content.

The Manga Guides cover essential scientific and technical subjects like Statistics, Physics, Molecular Biology, Calculus, Electricity, and Relativity. "Manga is an amazing way to teach technical topics," says No Starch Press founder William Pollock. "Reading manga about Statistics is like listening to a live lecture—a bit of an odd lecture, perhaps, but a compelling one. The learning comes naturally and effortlessly as readers progress through each story."

The English translations of these Japanese best sellers retain their Japanese character (look for wisecracking fairies and examples about ramen noodle prices) while remaining eminently readable and clear. The lead title in the series, The Manga Guide to Statistics (9781593271893, November 2008), will be followed by The Manga Guide to Databases (9781593271909, December 2008) and The Manga Guide to Calculus (9781593271947, March 2009). No Starch Press projects at least eight titles in this new series by the end of 2009.

Whether readers are comic book geeks or students seeking new ways to penetrate difficult subjects, the Manga Guides are sure to both entertain and teach.

For more information, to request advance samples or review copies, or to schedule an interview, contact Travis Peterson at No Starch Press (, +1.415.863.9900, x300), or visit

Sample pages from The Manga Guide to Statistics:

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Additional Resources
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For more information on The Manga Guide to Databases, click here.

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About No Starch Press
Founded in 1994, No Starch Press is one of the few remaining independent technical book publishers. We publish the finest in geek entertainment—unique books on technology, with a focus on Open Source, security, hacking, programming, alternative operating systems, and LEGO. Our titles have personality, our authors are passionate, and our books tackle topics that people care about. See for a complete catalog.

About Ohmsha
Founded in 1914, Ohmsha, Ltd. is a science and engineering book publisher based in Japan. In addition to publishing dozens of titles a year in Japan, Ohmsha is also active in foreign projects, including co-publications with major publishers in Europe, North America, and Asia, and joint ventures with major international publishers. With the aim of contributing to the development and progress of science and technology in Japan, Ohmsha established The Promotion Foundation for Electrical Science and Engineering in 1951; through this foundation, the OHM Technology Award is given every year to those who have made significant contributions to the field of electrical engineering.

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