Almost as good as Oprah's book club or the Prime Minister's summer reading list, we're once again bringing you recommendations for holiday reading from around the Studiosity office.
This time, we're focusing specifically on Kindle eBooks that we've been reading recently.
Enjoy the festive season with a good book - or ten! Reading ebooks is an easy and environmentally friendly way to absorb tonnes of knowledge, keep your brain entertained, and improve your vocabulary while you're at it.
We hope you like these as much as we did.
How To Fix The Future, by Andrew Keen
(Recommended by Jack Goodman, Founder)
Populism is on the rise around the world, and it's part of a backlash against the unprecedented levels of inequality that our tech-driven economies are generating. (In case you missed it, the co-founders of Atlassian (both in their 30's) have just bought the Fairfax family's historic estates on Sydney harbour for a collective $170-million.) Atlassian is big and powerful, sure, but it's a piker compared to Amazon, Google and Facebook, all of which are as big as some countries and certainly more powerful in many ways. This book offers a prescription for reigning in some of the power of these digital behemoths in order to protect our democracies and our personal freedoms. It uses as a framework the "trustbusting" work of people like Teddy Roosevelt, who oversaw the breakup of the big industrial monopolies of the 19th century. (Standard Oil, for example, was the empire build by John D. Rockefeller, and it was broken into 37 separate oil companies.) It's a good book, and it gives me a newfound appreciation for the bureaucrats in Brussels and why they're fighting so hard against Silicon Valley.
In Black + White, by Warren Mundine
(Recommended by Mike Larsen, CEO)
Warren Mundine's book In Black and White is an inspiring story of one man's mission to improve outcomes for his people. Mundine's focus on personal accountability and empowerment hasn't always made him popular, however his honesty, courage and tenacity are an inspiration to all Australians.
The Complete Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle
Bonfire, by Krysten Ritter
(Recommended by Evelyn Levisohn, Marketing Manager, APAC)
My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante
They're a Weird Mob, by Nino Culotta
Mort, by Terry Pratchett
Seven Ancient Wonders, by Matthew Reilly
Ice Station, by Matthew Reilly
Product Leadership, by Richard Banfield, Martin Eriksson and Nate Walkingshaw
(Recommended by Sherwin Huang, Product Designer)
- What it means to lead a product (often all the responsibility but none of the authority)
- Driving a product vision (it involves as much selling as it does design)
- Planning and processes (putting together a roadmap and keeping it alive, process is a necessary part of product design as it helps tame the chaos)
- Applying design thinking to how you interact with others