Back at the end of June I posted about three books I had bought to read on my holidays. The three books were:
- David Weinberger’s Everything Is Miscellaneous
- Andrew Keen’s The Cult of the Amateur and
- Don Tapscott’s Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything
In my naivety I brought another couple of books along as well, just in case I managed to finish the three above! I’d obviously forgotten what it is like to be on a beach holiday with young kids. You have to be watching them the whole time, if not playing with them, and after the beach you are wrecked. Bottom line, I didn’t get nearly as much reading done as I had hoped.
In fact of the three books above, I only managed to read Wikinomics. I have started Everything is Miscellaneous (and it looks to be really good too) but having briefly skimmed Andrew Keen’s Cult of the Amateur, I decided it wasn’t worthwhile reading. On the upside, the Cult of the Amateur proved to be a fantastic book for killing mosquitoes – the weight of a hardback and the flexibility of a softback.
As for Wikinomics, I can’t recommend it highly enough. For me, it is the business book of 2007. It is a fascinating walk through incredible changes which are happening as a result of the new openness in the web today. Some examples from the book include:
- MIT’s OpenCourseWare project, whereby anyone can access the university’s entire curriculum online, free
- how Procter and Gamble CEO AG Lafley has stated that Proctor and Gamble aims to source 50% of its innovations externally by 2010 and
- how IBM spends about $100m annually on Linux development but that it gets about $500m worth of development from that investment
If you haven’t read it, go out and get it now. Seriously. Do.