I was in my local Barnes and Noble this afternoon with my family browsing books and found a table covered with must-have books. I felt a bit guilty about noting the titles in my smartphone to download online later. I do realize that brick-and-mortar bookstores must pay their overhead somehow, and I would hate to lose them, but I really prefer reading on the Kindle or listening via Audible downloads.
These are the books I found:
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr. Carr is the author of the Harvard Business Review article in 2003, IT Doesn’t Matter, which is worth reading.
I Live in the Future & Here’s How It Works: Why Your World, Work, and Brain Are Being Creatively Disrupted by Nick Bilton.
Then there is Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur. This one is going to have to be in print because it seems to demonstrate business strategy development using graphics. Not something they are likely to release in audio or e-book. I should have just purchased it in the store, but waited to read reviews at home before I decided to order it.
Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human by Richard Wrangham argues that cooking food was critical to the evolution of ape to man. Certainly not a business or IT book, but I am fascinated by human evolution and early human culture. This should be a nice compliment to Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors by Nicholas Wade which I listened to recently.
The book I had to start with today is Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead by Charlene Li, co-author of Groundswell. I’m not sure what this book is about, but I enjoyed Groundswell so much that I can’t pass this up. I have downloaded the Audible version of this book, and will start listening to it as I walk the dogs immediately after I finish this blog.
Kindle and Audible allow me to “read” many more books than I could read otherwise. The Kindle goes with me everywhere, and its text-to-speech option allows me to listen to books while I’m driving when that book is not available through an audio format. The Kindle lets me take dozens of books with me without causing a backache, while Audible lets me listen to books on my iPod, Kindle, or computer which lets me get to books while walking dogs or driving.
Have any of you read the books on my list above? Have any other recommendations? Let me know.