Recommended Books for Sale
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These books cover the following topics: internet, design, open source,
game theory and globalization.
Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual
A must-read to understand the impact of the Web. It is simple, but enlightening.
Communications transparency is critical and this book allows you to understand why! Your
customers have more access to information, and they are looking for honest, straightforward
information, not PR-speak. They are also talking to each other, and learning from each other.
How should a business leverage this opportunity, rather than run for
Nonzero : The Logic
of Human Destiny |
This book discusses the evolution of humankind, through trade, and the non-zero sum impact of
trade. Very straightforward and logical understanding of how some civilizations evolved more
effectively than others. Great reading, especially within the context of globalization and books
such as Lexus (see below).
Businesses are told that the closer they are to their customer base, the better they will be able
to serve their customers, and therefore ensure their own survival. This book investigates a flaw
that logic, especially in business environments where technology can change the product offering
over time. When a disruptive
technology is introduced into the marketplace, it often spells
doom (in the long run) for the market innovator.
Stakes, No Prisoners : A Winner's Tale of the Greed and Glory of the Internet Wars.
If you can get past the author's arrogance, you will get some great insights into the development
of a product during the heights of the Internet evolution and the decisions that needed to be
made to ensure commercialization of the product. The book does a good job of discussing the
evolution of the internet, and the mistakes of Netscape and the problems that Microsoft poses as
Social Life of Information
A good discussion on the social impact of information. How media can
as a community platform ... this runs counter to the idea that each person
wants to design their own set of information, based on their individual
needs. We seek common ideas and discussion points ?
Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Ever get confused when accessing a web site, well the site's designers
likely have read this book. It is a very thorough, and down-to-earth view
of effective web design. KISS! Effective design is all about
information, and this allows us to understand how it can be done on the
web. A minimalist approach perhaps, but effective.
If web design is not bad enough, what about technology design. This
discusses our obsession with feature evolution at the cost of usability,
very interesting ideas.