Bookshelf: Social and New Media

I was just looking at some of the searches that landed in one of the top posts in this blog – Social Networking Book Sites. I wrote that post quite a long while back and it constantly came up as top. Some of the common searches that ended at my blog includes “social media books, new media and social networking”


That post is not exactly about books on social networking but more of online cataloging sites (such as Shelfari and the Library Thing) that allow users to catalog their books, connecting with other book lovers and share reviews/book lists.

I did a quick Google search on the keywords “social networking books” and true enough, that blog post came up third in the first page of results. I have received a couple of emails from a few folks who surfed in and asked if i could recommend any books on social networking/ social media. I replied two of them and then I got really busy and didn’t manage to get to the rest. So, I thought, I might as well list down a couple of books that I personally thought are pretty cool. Walter Lim recommended a few too (via Facebook).

Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the way businesses Talk with Customers – by Robert Scoble

Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything – by Don Tapscott & Anthony D. Williams

The New Influencers: A Marketer’s guide to the new social media – by Paul Gillin

Now is Gone: a primer on new media for executives and entrepreneurs – by Geoff Livingston and Brian Solis

Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies – by Charlene Li & Josh Bernoff

Join the Conversation: How to engage marketing -weary consumers … – by Joseph Jaffe

Connected Marketing: The Viral, Buzz and Word of Mouth Revolution – by Justin Kirby & Paul Marsde

I am sure there are alot of other good books out there. I am currently reading Seth Godin’s Meatball Sundae that Walter gave quite a good review on.

The book that I am trying to get my hands on now is – Presentation Zen – by Garr Reynolds.

Book Description
FOREWORD BY GUY KAWASAKI — Presentation designer and internationally acclaimed communications expert Garr Reynolds, creator of the most popular Web site on presentation design and delivery on the net — presentationzen.com — shares his experience in a provocative mix of illumination, inspiration, education, and guidance that will change the way you think about making presentations with PowerPoint or Keynote. Presentation Zen challenges the conventional wisdom of making “slide presentations” in today’s world and encourages you to think differently and more creatively about the preparation, design, and delivery of your presentations. Garr shares lessons and perspectives that draw upon practical advice from the fields of communication and business. Combining solid principles of design with the tenets of Zen simplicity, this book will help you along the path to simpler, more effective presentations.

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7 thoughts on “Bookshelf: Social and New Media

  1. I’ve only read about half the books there (shame on me!), how about The Long Tail? Not particularly social media-esque, but I think it’s good to understand how everything is being democratised and where the power is shifting to!

  2. Geoff, I got Now is Gone, even before it came to local bookstores! Love it!!

    Daryl, honestly? I didn’t really read The Long Tail. I read about it online and heard alot of presentations about it but didn’t pick up the book.

    There are alot of other great books that I didn’t include in this list as they are either too “marketing” or too “business-y”.

    The other books that i contemplated adding in were “Wisdom of crowds” and “revolutionary wealth” that Kevin got for me some time back. check them out if you haven’t yet. 🙂 Happy reading!

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  4. I initially thought the Long Tail was just about the Long Tail concept, but reading the book I found a lot that lays the foundation of society online today. Democratisation of media, sharing, the amateur-professional thing etc. Haven’t gotten down to Wisdom of Crowds yet, definitely should soon.

  5. Hi Priscilla, came across your blog via Twitter.

    One social media book I really enjoyed reading: The New Rules of PR and Marketing by David Meerman Scott.

    Btw, I really like your blog.

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