My reading summary for 2017 (with recommendations)

My reading summary for 2017 (with recommendations)

TL;DR No TL;DR today :) You either are interested in the recommendations or not really. I've promised not to make a typical year's summary, but I thought you guys may be interested in some book recommendations - frankly speaking I'm very happy with my book selection last year as it has turned out to be near to optimal: there were just few books I didn't rate positively & very few ones I didn't finish (just 2: "In Search of Certainty", "Hombres Buenos"). It may be a bit suprising, but ... there are no purely technical books…

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Why I don't want Netflix of (tech) books

Why I don't want Netflix of (tech) books

TL;DR Subscription-based distribution models tend to get more & more popular, but not for books, at least not yet. Many have an ambition of becoming "the Netflix of books" (see recent O'Reilly's announcement), but frankly - I don't like the idea. Specifics of books (especially educational ones), their "consumption model", our expectations towards them - all these details indicate that new, revamped model (to fix regularly declining sales) maybe should be based on something else, e.g. crowdfunding & self-publishing ... I believe you may have heard the recent news about O'Reilly stopping selling their own…

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Best books I've read in 2016

Best books I've read in 2016

Libromancer. Serial reader. Page devourer. Lego ergo sum. Yupp, I love reading & I there's no point in denying. In my case reading doesn't mean just grabbing whatever lies within reach - I'm very picky (& proud of that), so there's always a thorough pre-selection & research ritual involved :). Finishing a book ain't that simple either - I catalog bookmarks, excerpts, notes (for future reference) & ALWAYS write a book review (on Goodreads). This last thing is quite important, because learning something from a book is great, but sharing it with others who may be also interested is far, far…

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The best of 2015 - books I've read

The best of 2015 - books I've read

I've already published my summary post for 2015, but it surely deservers few supplements & here's the first of them: list of the best books I've read in 2015. Please, keep in mind that it doesn't imply that all of these were published last year, some of them are older but I've just read them in last 12 months. Before I get into the titles, two remarks: there's surprisingly little of fiction on the list - not only because I've read more tech / business books than fiction last year, sadly there were very few new notable titles released in s-f&…

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Credo of the bookworm

Credo of the bookworm

I'm a hopeless case of a typical bookworm - I don't read books, I just devour them. Fiction, non-fiction, tech: everything. In general people in the industry acknowledge the fact that we're supposed to keep learning or we're out of business (and books can help a lot here), but I keep hearing such statements every now & then: "Knowledge in books gets outdated before they reach the massprint. Internet is XXI century books' replacement." "As reading tech books is digging through theory, what you can achieve at most is absorb this theory - wouldn't it make sense…

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Stuff I've found on the web: succinct (but meaty) tech books for free

Free source of information isn't a thing yet - Internet is full of crap anyway. But a free source of valuable information is a completely different kind of story - the one we welcome with open arms. Usually. That's why Succinctly e-book series caught my attention. Well, to be frank, it may also have been because I had no clue what does this word mean ;> but as soon as I've found out it's nothing particularily abusive, it has appeared that books themselves are worth checking. So, to keep the long story short: Syncfusion has published some software development-related books…

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Why I don't care about Amazon Kindle Unlimited

Amazon's content offensive continues - Bezos & gang have just officially announced a new service - Amazon Kindle Unlimited. There's no need for long descriptions: AKU is pretty much Netflix equivalent for books. In theory, it's plainly awesome - I pay a monthly fee and in exchange I have access to tons of books (about 1 million, which is still quite far from all Kindle titles offered in Amazon TBH). Well, it's just a theory, because for now AKU is available only in US, but let's assume I can use it in Europe as well. The key point is, that…

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Switching to the Lean Mindset: meet the Poppendiecks

Have you heard about the Poppendiecks? Mary & Tom? I did, but somehow I've skipped reading their books until now. It's not like they've written zillion of them (because they've written just 3 AFAIK), but it seems that when they release something, they do a helluva good work - I've just read their latest book & I love it. "Lean Mindset" - their latest accomplishment - what is it about? It's about thinking on your own, about reasoning & common sense in IT. About collaboration, priorities, efficiency & proper setting of focus to build a right product. Some…

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