Reading list

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Inspired by a chat with Dave Briggs and his dead tree web 2.0 reading list post I’ve come up with a list of books I’m intending to get round to reading in the next few months. Well, soon. Sometime.

I’ve split them into handy categories as I have a few non-web 2.0 / university related tomes to get through too. If you’ve read any of them and have an opinion on them or whether they were interesting/helpful/utter dross I’d love to hear it.

Web 2.0 / social web / online / thesis

  1. Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives‘ by John Palfrey.
  2. ‘Grown up digital: How the net generation are changing your world’ by Don Tapscott
  3. The accidental billionaires: Sex, money, betrayal and the founding of Facebook‘ by Ben Mezrich
  4. The future of the internet: and how to stop it‘ by Jonathan Zittrain. Recommended by Paul Canning.
  5. Outliers: The Story of Success‘ by Malcolm Gladwell
  6. Tribes‘ by Seth Godin
  7. Know me, like me, follow me: What social networking means for you and your business‘ by Penny Power
  8. Throwing sheep in the boardroom: How social networking will transform your life, work and world‘ by Matthew Fraser and Soumitra Dutta
  9. ‘Corporate conversations – a guide to crafting effective and appropriate internal communications‘ by Shel Holtz
  10. Collaborative advantage: How organisations win by working together‘ by Elizabeth Lank

General reading

  1. Small Favour‘ by Jim Butcher. I am hooked on this series about Harry Dresden, the only professional wizard in Chicago. The writing does get better as the books go on but hasn’t hit good yet. Still love the stories. And the (cancelled by the network like every show I love) TV series was pretty darn fine.
  2. Thank you for the days: A boys’ own adventures in radio and beyond‘ by Mark Radcliffe. He’s one of my top five voices on the radio and at various points I have aspired to be him, to have a pint with him or to co-present with him.
  3. Gig: The life and times of a rock star fantasist‘ by Simon Armitage. I just fancied this from the title and had some birthday money spare.
  4. The Olivetti chronicles: Three decades of life and music‘ by John Peel. Because I am one of those people who still miss John Peel and music journalism is/was my first love.

Let me know if you have any recommendations.

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7 thoughts on “Reading list

  1. Cluetrain is still relevant but the Zittrain book made me even more radical/evangelical against the cult of Apple and other corps as it delineates the potential for the destruction of the internet’s ability to innovate as we have known it.

    I fortunately retain a spark which suggests the internet’s historic robustness against all comers, however having leaned from Nielsen about the power of the mass to shift the norm I remain fearful about the mass experience.

  2. Thanks Paul. I think I am going to head for Zittrain as soon as I’ve finished Born Digital as I am more than intrigued from your recommendation of it. Will let you know what I think once I’ve read it!
    May also be time to re-read Cluetrain ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Might I suggest The Black Swan as an alternative (or follow up) to Gladwell’s outliers. Nassim Nicholas Taleb looks at large-scale unpredictable events which are responsible for the majority of things and makes the point that the impact of unpredictable outliers is so great that (in the areas where they can occur) any form of prediction is bunk.

    I don’t agree with everything he says, but I think I can accept the broad thrust of his argument…

  4. All suggestions gladly received – thanks Jack!
    I’ll check it out – might be interesting to read both as a comparison / contrast. The need for a geek book club grows ever stronger ๐Ÿ™‚

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