I am quite often asked what are really good digital or emerging technology books to read.

Here are the books that I keep pulling off the (virtual) shelf and getting inspiration from (in no particular order). Some of these books have been around since pre-2000 but are still great reads and have more often than not predicted trends with amazing precision. There are also some really thought-provoking concepts in some of these books.

If you’ve not read some of these, or seeking some inspiration, then well worth getting a copy and sitting back for a lazy Sunday afternoon. (I’ve also added their Twitter handles as most of them are interesting to follow as well.)

  1. The Innovator’s Dilemna – Clayton Christensen (@claychristensen)
  2. The Singularity is Near – Ray Kurzweil (@KurzweilAINews)
  3. The Spiritual Age of Machines – Ray Kurzweil (@KurzweilAINews)
  4. The Long Tail – Chris Anderson (@chr1sa)
  5. The World is Flat – Thomas Friedman (@tomfriedman)
  6. The Wisdom of Crowds – James Surowiecki
  7. Wikinomics – Anthony D. Williams, Don Tapscott (@dtapscott)
  8. Macrowikinomics –  Anthony D. Williams, Don Tapscott (@dtapscott)
  9. Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
  10. Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell
  11. The Power of Pull – John Hagel (@jhagel), John Seely Brown (@jseelybrown)
  12. The End of Business as Usual – Brian Solis (@briansolis)
  13. What’s The Future of Business – Brian Solis (@briansolis)
  14. Crossing the Chasm – Geoffrey A. Moore (@geoffreyamoore)
  15. Science of Social – Michael Wu (@mich8elwu)
  16. The Age of Context – Robert Scoble (@scobleizer), Shel Israel (@shelisrael)
  17. The Future – Al Gore (@algore)
  18. Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson (@WalterIsaacson)
  19. Start with Why – Simon Sinek (@simonsinek)
  20. Change by Design – Tim Brown (@tceb62)

So, I’m sure that I’ve probably missed a few books from this list. What are your favourite digital business books?

I’m always reading new books so would be glad for some tips.


  1. Dylan Smith says:

    Steve: two of my favourite books:

    1. The Second Machine Age: by @amcafee & @erikbryn
    2. Zero to One: by @peterthiel

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