Thanks to my Sony ebook reader I've been reading a lot lately. I've been fortunate to have been recommended great books, so now I'll pass along the favor and recommend them to you.
Gang Leader for a Day
I first heard of Sudhir Venkatesh's work when I read Freakonomics. The gist of it is that he decided to study gangs, so he headed to Chicago's most dangerous projects and wandered through them. The gang members caught him, held him overnight, and rather than killing him, allowed him to tag along for SIX YEARS while he studied them.
This book is his firsthand account of his time with the gang, the hustlers of the projects, and the crooked cops that come by to shake the residents down.It's an absolutely fascinating read which gives a clear look at life inside a gang.
(Side note: if you are in a gang and will let me come check it out, please email me. Seriously.)
In his recent video with Kevin Rose, Tim Ferriss recommended a bunch of books. I got a few of them that I hadn't read yet, including this one. It's written by the guys from 37 Signals, authors of web apps that people rave over, about how to build web apps.
As Tim says in the video, it's amazing if you're in the process of building a web app, but still great even if you're not. They push the less is more philosophy for software writing, but it also extends to other areas.
The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing
This book just made it on to my "must read before starting a business" list. I have a genius marketing/businessman friend who has been giving me advice for years, including urging me to read this book. Now I see why. Using a bunch of real life examples it talks about things like the importance of being first in a category (or creating a new category if you can't be first).
Made in Japan
Made in Japan, written by Sony's founder, Akio Morita, is an interesting and thorough account of basically everything Sony ever did up until the book was written in 1986. That makes it extremely dated, but the silver lining to its age is that you can see how Sony has veered from the course he set and is now failing to dominate certain markets (like the cell phone market).
Akio is a very informal writer, which makes you feel as though you know and care about him by the end. His embedded coverage of Japanese culture and a history are interesting as well.
Sudhir Venkatesh's first book (i believe), "Off The Books", is really good too. Opened my eyes to a lot of things, especially because i live in a ghetto part of philly that operates similarly to the ghetto sudhir talks about. Read it for a sociology course about 'money.'
i'd recommend Muhamad Yunis' Banker to the poor too, excellent book about social entrepreneurship...and life in general.
Im glad to hear you are still enjoying your Sony reader. I am still considering purchasing either that or the Kindle, I just haven't decided if I am willing to spend the money yet
Are you limited any by your ebook reader? Can you read it anywhere? I usually read pdf's on my glossy screen macbook, the glare is terrible. I just wouldn't mind reading outside, in the dark and generally anywhere.
I'm the kind of guy who's so dependent on his laptop that it makes sense to always have the best one for my needs. I'm willing to go to extraordinary lengths for a good laptop, because it's probably the one item I own that directly impacts my productivity.
I've had my trusty Sony Vaio Z12 for two years now, which is a personal record for laptop longevity. Until very recently, no other laptop existed that was so powerful and light that also had a full 1920x1080 high-gamut panel (for non-nerds, that's a really amazing screen). However, ever since Asus announced their UX31A and UX21A, I've been ready to switch. The UX31A is similar to what I have now, but slightly less powerful and way thinner. The UX21A is a lot more exciting to me because it's an 11.6" screen model, which means that it's 15% lighter than what I have now, half the thickness, and can be kept in my backpack when I go through airport security.
The only problem? Asus is taking their sweet time releasing the UX21A in the US. The UX31A has been out for a month, but no word on it's smaller sibling.
The solution: buy the Japanese version. You may not know that Japan tends to get laptops before the US gets them, and for some reason, they tend to have better specifications. For example, in the US the UX21A has a 1.7gHz processor, but in Japan it has a 1.9gHz processor. Eleven percent faster. It also comes with a matte screen, which I prefer to the glossy ones sold in the US.
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