1. Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition
With Anonymous and LulzSec dominating the headlines over the past year, Steven Levy's iconic book discusses the original hackers amidst the birth of the first home computer and goes all the way back to the late 50's. The likes of Steve Wozniak and Bill Gates are amongst the subject matter up for discussion, while the updated version now includes major players such as one Mark Zuckerberg who claimed to have followed a similar set of rules when building his business empire.
2. The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That is Connecting the
So how did Mark Zuckerberg did the reclusive head of the world’s leading social networking site become a figure recognised across the globe as the mind behind Facebook? David Kirkpatrick's book analyses the rise to power of young Zuck the billionaire whose social networking website not boasts over 400 million users and can claim more than 20% of internet users. This is book looks at Facebook not just as a place to share your life, but also as a tool to help people connect.
3. Replay: The history of Video Games
If you love video games, this definitive rendition of the birth of the largest entertainment industry in the world should be on your ebook reading list. Tristan Donovan delves into the paralleling rise of technology with the demand for increasingly complex interactive video game entertainment and will take you back to a time when arcades were in every town and games were so much simpler.
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4. All the Rave: The rise and fall of Shawn Fanning's Napster
You’ve seen Timberlake do his best Fanning impression in the Social Network and now here’s the book that delves deep into the first free music website that the music industry declared war against. Menn had unprecedented access to both Fanning and upper echelons of Napster and captures Fanning’s character, which inspired a generation of music lovers to realise that paying ridiculous amounts for records wasn’t the only option, paving the way forward for piracy and stringent copyright laws.
5. I'm Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59
One place that you are simply not going to walk into a job, Douglas Edward’s tells his story of how he went from a standard, everyday journalist to working at one of the soon to be major players in the notorious Silicon Valley: the technological behemoth that is Google. Edward’s story provides a light hearted tale coupled with a rather interesting insight into the intricate world of Google.
6. The Kickstarter Revolution: A Guide to Successful Crowdfunding
The crowd-funding website is set to launch in the UK later this year, but if you want to get the heads up on what Kickstarter is all about, Nathaniel Hansen pens this book on the inspiring tale of the reality and benefits of crowd funding to achieve a goal through a community. Hansen also reveals his guide to achieving crowd funding success through sparking passion in a community. Originally unsure whether to fund his documentary through the relatively unknown company Kickstarter, three weeks and eleven thousand dollars soon changed all of that.
7. The Many Behind The Microchip: Robert Noyce & the invention of Silicon Vall
Brilliant inventor, skilled entrepreneur and Intel co-founder, Robert Noyce’s impact on micro computing and the creation of the Sillicon Valley hub of technology was huge. The book manages to capture the man who was first to patent the microchip technology whilst also providing an insight into arguably one of the most important and influential industries today.
8. Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography
From the author who also penned books about Einstein, Benjamin Franklin and Henry Kissinger, author Walter Isaacson turns his attention to the Apple founder and CEO who recently passed away. Having spoken to Jobs’ family members, Apple colleagues and his closest competitors over three years of compiling the book, this is an essential read not only for tech lovers, but those who can’t leave the house without their iPod.
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9. When Tech Goes Bad
What better reason to pack the Kindle in your bag than to read more from T3's literary glitterati as we compile the greatest technological gaffes. From the humourous to the outrageous, we've chronicled the moments when tech fights back, goes wrong and inevitably goes bad over eleven chapters. There’s over 110 tales to tuck into whether you are crammed into a tube carriage or lying on the beach...
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10. The White House Games
After Twitter and Facebook played a pivotal role in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya's attempts to take on dictator-led government rule, Say Dozeman's political fiction novel takes inspiration from the 'Arab Spring' or 'The Facebook Revolution' where social media helped bring the power to the people. Calling the smartphone the new true information powerhouse, the book paints a picture of a world where politics is treated like a reality show, but technology helps the common man truly have his say.
Price: £3.08 | Buy the White House Games