Summer Reading List for the Tech Lover

I’m a voracious reader and love the downtime I get during the summer because it gives me an opportunity to catch up on my reading. While I read books spanning many different genres, I do enjoy a healthy number of tech nerd reads. Here’s a list of five titles I would recommend to fellow tech nerds looking for summer reads:

1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs was a unique individual with great vision. Whether you love or hate Apple and its products, you can’t deny the impact he had on the current environment in technology and business and the legacy he left behind. This book takes you through his life and provides insight into his creative genius and drive to succeed. It’s a hefty read, but definitely one I recommend!

If you’re super nerdy and are looking for the other side of the Apple story, you can also check out Steve Wozniak’s autobiography, iWoz.

2. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

This one doesn’t focus on technology specifically but it’s a thought-provoking read about what makes something go from niche to mainstream. As a tech nerd, this is certainly a question I ask myself on a regular basis when thinking about which technologies will really take off in the coming years.

3. Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution by Steven Levy

This is a classic for true tech nerds written by Wired senior technology journalist, Steven Levy. It profiles some of the most brilliant “hackers” of the computer revolution. Working underground, these eccentric geniuses found solutions to complex computer engineering challenges and helped shape today’s digital world. This book takes you from early computer research labs to the first home computer—definitely a worthwhile summer read.

 4. In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives by Steven Levy

Another gem for techies by Steven Levy, this book tells the story of one of the most successful tech giants of our time: Google. He also explores the corporate culture and engineering mindset. Levy wrote this book with the full cooperation of Google’s top management, including Larry Page and Sergey Brin, giving the reader an inside look at the company.

5. Ctrl Alt Delete: Reboot Your Business. Reboot Your Life. Your Future Depends on It. by Mitch Joel

In this book, Joel explores how technology has changed the business landscape and how we need to adapt the way we work and do business to keep up. He identifies five key movements that have caused this change and forced businesses to evolve.

BONUS Fall Read:

If you power through these titles this summer and find yourself craving more, The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson promises to be a good read. It’s scheduled to hit the shelves in October of 2014.


By Mike Agerbo

July 08, 2014