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10 Must-Read Books For IT Pros This Summer

Dive into a page-turner on how Google was built, the power of introverts, or how the Internet is killing our capacity for deep thought.
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How many hours per day do you spend staring at a screen?

Think about it. Digital interaction likely starts with checking email early in the morning and extends throughout a busy workday of more emailing, typing up documents, filling in spreadsheets, monitoring dashboards, and taking notes during meetings. And I doubt you put your screens away when you go home.

Maybe this summer would be a good time to put aside your smartphones, laptops, and tablets in favor of a book. Not a Kindle or another e-reader but a real, paper-and-ink book that you can take to the beach without fear of dripping water on it.

[ How do your non-technical skills stack up? Read: New IT Skills: Why Communication, Accountability, Initiative Are Hot Now.]

In the wide world of literature, there are plenty of titles written for the tech-minded reader. There are books that draw upon lessons learned by Google executives as they built their empire, explain strategies in maintaining employee happiness, and predict the future of human thinking in the Internet age.

There are countless biographies that tell the stories of tech legends like Steve Jobs, as well as the tales of lesser-known geniuses who built the Internet and the computers it runs on. In modern topics, there are books that explore the potential for big data and how it could reveal previously unknown insights on the human race.

Each of these aforementioned topics is the subject of one of these 10 books, our recommended reads for tech pros like you.

If you're in the mood for a page-turner, check out our list for some ideas. If you've read any of these titles, or have one to add, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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6/2/2015 | 5:50:50 PM
Re: finding time for "Must-Read Books"

@Kelly  Yes,   living on the East coast  ( I don't ) affords one the opportunity to read with trains and such, unfortunately other areas of the country are not so fortunate, that being said - enjoy and take advantage of it for sure.

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6/2/2015 | 5:48:21 PM
Re: finding time for "Must-Read Books"

@mpochan156    That is a good point, outside of technical material, I find it hard to sit and read anything without a return.  Though of course it can be argued that there is a large return in these types of books - I am sure many understand time is a real constraint.

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6/2/2015 | 5:45:37 PM
Re: finding time for "Must-Read Books"

Some really interesting reading material, thanks Kelly !  I will keep my eye out for these . Outliers: The Story Of Success really looks good for instance.

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6/2/2015 | 1:01:41 PM
Re: finding time for "Must-Read Books"
A good idea - I know how reading time can be hard to find! Not sure how many people out there take public transit to work, but commuting gave me plenty of time to read (and it makes the time fly by).
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6/2/2015 | 12:03:11 PM
Re: finding time for "Must-Read Books"
I usually eat lunch alone, and read. That is enough to get through two or three good tech books a year.
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6/2/2015 | 10:59:21 AM
finding time for "Must-Read Books"
I agree with the premise and its value, but other than vacation ( when work and work-related stuff should be put aside ) ... WHEN does anybody find time to read a BOOK ?  At least article like this take 10 minutes... I am seeking new ideas. 

- Ike 

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