"Mac OS X Snow Leopard Bible" by Galen Gruman and Mark Hattersley: More and more people are buying Macs than ever, and it's amazing how many people we know have converted their families to be Mac-based. If you're about to make the switch, this tome -- written by InfoWorld's Galen Gruman and Macworld U.K.'s Mark Hattersley -- will get you up to speed on the OS that InfoWorld rates as the best. Paperback: $39.99, Kindle: $31.99 | Get more details.
"Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server for Dummies" by John Rizzo: This is a great guide to setting up Apple's inexpensive server in both Mac-only and cross-platform environments, whether for work use or if you're thinking of getting Apple's Mac Mini with Snow Leopard Server for home use as a media server.) Paperback: $29.99 | Get more details.
Good tech-practices books
It's hard to step back and assess your core practices, but doing so can lead to fundamental improvements across the board. These three books all let you take that step back, and the first two are also enjoyable reads to boot -- books that don't feel like homework.
"Bricklin on Technology" by Dan Bricklin: Dan Bricklin invented the first successful business app for PCs, VisiCalc, and has been active in tech innovation ever since. His observations on technology are a great way to refine, and perhaps reinvent, your thinking. Paperback: $29.99 | Get more details.
"Wrench in the System" by Harold Hambrose: Software development, whether in-house or vendor-based, often results in unsatisfying products. Harold Hambrose explores why that is the case, and how you can reset your app dev approaches to get the results you intended all along. Hardcover: $45.00 | Get more details.
"Service Management For Dummies" by Judith Hurwitz et al.: Judith Hurwitz and her colleagues are earnest, down-to-earth consultants who give the straight dope on service management, the art of running your tech ops to actually server your clients well. Paperback: $29.99, Kindle: $16.49 | Get more details.
Deep technology books
Like Star Trek's Scotty, some engineers love to curl up with a technical manual. If you're that kind of technologist, the four recommended books here will give you plenty of pleasure. Note that the first three recommended books are written by InfoWorld's expert contributors.