As well as blogs, tweets and reports that are published online, I spend quite a bit of time reading books too. They are often great for the bigger picture stuff which requires a bit of thought and chewing over.
Here’s a list of some of the stuff I’ve been reading recently – I’ve marked them as either DT (dead tree, ie a real paper book) or K (meaning I have it on my Kindle). It’s all in no particular order.
- Causewired – Tom Watson (K)
- Rework – Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson (DT)
- The Mythical Man-Month – Frederick P Brooks Jnr (K)
- Web 2.0 Architectures – James Governor, Dion Hinchcliffe, and Duane Nickull (K)
- FruITion – Chris Potts (K)
- Enterprise Architecture as Strategy – Jeanne W. Ross, Peter Weill, and David C. Robertson (K)
- Enterprise 2.0 Implementation – Aaron C Newman and Jeremy G Thomas (DT)
- Open Government – Daniel Lathrop and Laurel Ruma (K)
- The Little Innovation Book – James A Gardner (K)
- Systems Thinking in the Public Sector – John Seddon (DT)
- The Art of Community – Jono Bacon (DT)
The Kindle has really changed the way I read techy books. I now won’t buy a work related book in paper form unless I have to – they just seem to suit the Kindle really well. I won’t switch to the Kindle for novels just yet, I don’t think, but for some reason the digital form suits non-fiction rather well.
(Disclaimer – where I have linked to Amazon, I have used associate links, meaning I get a few pence if you buy the book via the link. All the money I make from these goes towards the running of Palimpsest, a book group forum I host.)