I like to read, and there’s something special about reading a book.
Compared to reading on a screen that is. Even if the screens are really good today, there is still something about reading on paper that I like more.
I do read fiction from time to time, but I also really enjoy reading books that go under the popular science genre. Books about business, logic, people, and technology in general. Think about it like this, if it could be a cover story in Wired Magazine it probably fits the genre.
I'm also a big fan of reading books about everything related to web technology. Below is an updated list of some of the books that I've read lately, it's the ones I think is good enough to recommend to others.
Books about business
Company of One by Paul Jarvis
A book about starting a small company and not always pushing for growth. A small, calm company can be the perfect thing too. Read more about Company of One.
Anything you want by Derek Sivers
The story of Derek Sivers and his CD Baby business that took independent music artists to the online stores in the early days of e-commerce. Read more about Anything you want.
The Mom Test by Rob Fitzpatrick
A book about “[h]ow to talk to customers & learn if your business is a good idea when everyone is lying to you” and a good introduction to customer conversation. Read more about The Mom Test.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
A different book on self help and personal growth where the focus is on not avoiding all problems but putting yourself in a position where you deal with better problems and focus on the things that really matter. Read more about The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck.
It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
Sort of a follow up to “Rework” and a guide on how to structure a company to get rid of most of the stress and crazy hours what seems to have become the norm in certain companies. Read more about It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work.
Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
David and Jason describes their approach for an alternative way to run a business and to get work done. Probably more controversial in an American business landscape, but still a lot of good points and thought provoking ideas. Read more about Rework.
Great web development books
Going offline by Jeremy Keith
Take the thing you built on the web and make it work offline. After years and years of promises we’re finally bridging the gap between the web and native apps. This is a perfect introduction to the subject. Read more about Going offline.
Web Typography by Richard Rutter
A complete guide to web typography and how to implement OpenType features and other best practices on the web today. Read more about Web Typography.
Other interesting things
Atomic Habits by James Clear
How to change your habits, one step at a time. And how to make change that lasts. Read more about Atomic Habits.
Permanent Record by Edward Snowden
Edward Snowden’s autobiography from 2019 where he describes his childhood, education and his work in the intelligence industry and what led up to when he leaked a lot of classified information about digital surveillance on nation state levels. Read more about Permanent Record.
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
Interesting book about why some things trends and takes off and why others, even better ideas, do not. Read more about The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference.
The Biggest Bluff by Maria Konnikova
We get to follow along on Maria’s journey into the world of poker, from a complete novice to a professional poker player. Beside her she has one of the greatest poker players of all time, Erik Seidel. Her angle is to find out how much we can change the odds in life when certain parts always are based on pure chance. Or, as she puts it on her web page, “[c]an we learn to play our best game even in the face of mounting odds?” Read more about The Biggest Bluff.
An Ugly Truth by Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang
The book’s sub title is “Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination” and this is a critical look into how Facebook has been handling things during the last few years based upon hundreds of interviews done by the New York Times reporters Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang. Interesting and intimidating. Read more about An Ugly Truth.