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.
My friend Elisia first showed me an ebook reader, the Kindle she bought as soon as they came out. The quality of the screen was jaw dropping - it wasn't anything like a computer screen, but instead actually looked like paper. As amazed as I was with the device, I had no intention of buying one. The form factor was clunky, it seemed like a superfluous device, and it couldn't natively display PDF files, which is the format I tend to read (and publish) in.
A couple months later I was wandering around in the Sony Store and I saw their ebook reader, the PRS-505. It had the same amazing screen that the kindle had, but was much smaller, less than a third of an inch thick. When I found out that it could also natively read PDF files I was tempted to buy it, but was still concerned that it was just a useless toy.
Six months later my friend Vince brought a Sony PRS-505 on the trip to Morocco that he joined me on. I found myself asking to borrow it constantly, just about any time he wasn't using it. If he fell asleep on the bus I'd carefully slide it away from his grip and read on it.
GET THIS GIFT TO YOUR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.
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