Dead tree web 2.0 reading list

by Dave on March 10, 2008

in Reading

There are a number of books out there which are covering a lot of the stuff I am interested in with regard to the web and collaboration. It might be worth coming up with a reading list – how about a challenge to read them all by the end of the year?!

These aren’t necessarily all web 2.0 specific books: some cover background and the history of the technology too.

1. Here Comes Everybody – Clay Shirky

2. We-think: The Power of Mass Creativity – Charles Leadbeater

3. A Brief History of the Future: Origins of the Internet – John Naughton

4. Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything – Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams

5. Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder – David Weinberger

6. The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual – Christopher Locke, Rick Levine, and Doc Searls

7. The Long Tail: How Endless Choice Is Creating Unlimited Demand – Chris Anderson

8. Accidental Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions, Battle Foreign Competition and Still Can’t Get a Date – Robert X Cringely

9. Naked Conversations : How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers – Robert Scoble and Shel Israel

10. The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet Is Killing Our Culture and Assaulting Our Economy – Andrew Keen

Are there any classics that I have managed to miss? Or are some of my picks utter dross that shouldn’t be touched with a bargepole?

Disclosure: the links to Amazon are associate links, which provide a bit of money towards Palimpsest, the arts and politics discussion forum I run.

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1 Paul Caplan March 10, 2008 at 1:05 pm

Gonzo Marketing by Christopher Locke.

2 Peter Smith March 10, 2008 at 1:20 pm

I’m currently reading Cluetrain and Miscellaneous. So far, good reads both!

Other books on my “to read” list:

The Big Switch, Nicholas Carr
Everyware, Adam Greenfield
Now Is Gone, Geoff Livingston
Wealth of Networks, Yochai Benkler
Code 2.0, Lawrence Lessig

3 Jeremy Gould March 10, 2008 at 1:37 pm

Its more focused on the creative process of building good user experiences online, but I do like the Elements of User Experience by Jesse James Garrett. If you didn’t know already, Clay Shirky: https://www.thersa.org/events/detail.asp?eventID=2507

4 Dave March 10, 2008 at 1:45 pm

@ Paul and Peter – thanks for the suggestions!

@ Jeremy – that sounds very interesting. Are you going?

5 Tony Molloy March 11, 2008 at 8:31 am

Some others that might fit the bill

Purple Cow, Seth Godin
Meatball Sundae, Seth Godin
The New Influencers, Paul Gillin
The Cathedral and the Bazaar, Eric Raymond
The Laws of Simplicity, John Maeda

6 stevieflow March 4, 2009 at 6:32 pm

gmail going off last week reminded me of Age of Access by Jeremy Rifkin. A few years old, and disputed, but worth a look

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