As the new year begins, it's a great time to step back, whether to explore new ideas or refamilarize yourself with old ones. To that end, InfoWorld has uncovered a range of books that will stimulate your mind, whether to help you do your work better or simply engage you with new ideas. Many are written by InfoWorld contributors, and many others recommended by our contributors.
We've organized these recommendations into loose collections, to make perusing our virtual display table easier. We've also provided links to online bookstores for easy purchasing, though we hope you'll use a local bookseller in your area first. Note that prices are list prices; books are often sold at a discount of 20 to 30 percent from these prices. And if you insist on continuing to stare at a screen, we note which books are available for the Amazon.com Kindle e-reader.
Personal tech books
If you want to put your day-to-day work aside and instead want to delve into the tech you use yourself, these four books may be right up your alley. There's an exposé, two fun how-to's, and a more serious how-to.
"The Myths of Security: What the Computer Security Industry Doesn't Want You to Know" by John Viega: John Viega exposes the many myths about security, including the failure of antivirus software, why a lot of security conventional wisdom is both wrong and dangerous, and how the security industry preys on your fears. He ought to know, as he's a security vendor himself. Paperback: $30.00, Kindle: $14.39 | Get more details.
"How to Be a Geek Goddess" by Christina Tynan-Wood: Face it: You spend a lot of time doing tech support for your family and friends. And chances are that if you're reading this, you're a guy, whose technobable probably mystifies or at least frustrates the women in your life. InfoWorld's Gripe Line blogger, Christina Tynan-Wood, has put together this female-friendly, somewhat cheeky guide to personal tech that could help bridge the gender gap. Paperback $24.95 | Get more details.
"iPhone Fully Loaded, 3rd Edition" by Andy Ihnatko: Andy Ihnatko is a seriously twisted dude who happens to know his stuff when it comes to having fun with technology. This book is no typical iPhone how-to; instead, it's all about how to have fun and get cool stuff on your iPhone, full of Ihnatko's trademark humor. The new edition won't be out until mid-January, but it's worth the wait (we've seen an advanced copy). Paperback: $19.99 | Get more details.