<firstimage=”http://www.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/800px-Lawrence_Lessig_February_2008.jpg” />Love social networking? Want to learn more? Don’t you just wish you could go to all the great seminars around the world? Listen to all the great minds in social media. Well, if that’s not possible then you’re about to meet the next best thing.
Do you love books? Love getting free stuff? Yeah, me too. That’s why I’ve decided to share with you all a selection of excellent books on social media that are all available to read for free. Here’s a selection of completely free ebooks which come highly recommended by social media professionals. They’re yours to read for free whenever you like. So, quit your random surfing for a while and get stuck in to reading something worthwhile.
Cory Doctorow’s “Content” is possibly one of the most important books in social media right now. If you really want to get a grip on copyright law as it stands right now, then this book is for you. If you want to do better than that and try to see what should be done about copyright law, then you absolutely must read this book. See where I’m getting at? Read this completely free ebook now.
Get “Content” for free here.
The Cluetrain Manifesto
“The Cluetrain Manifesto” by Levine, Locke, Searles and Weinberger is still a guiding light for businesses online. Written in 2000, these pioneers hit the nail on the head, claiming that consumers would have a greater voice online and that marketing spin would be less effective on the internet. They aim to reminder businesses that they are talking to human beings, not just a market demographic.
Get “The Cluetrain Manifesto” for free here.
The Future of Reputation
“The Future of Reputation” by Daniel Solove is a must-read insight in to how we perceive privacy and how this is evolving. It discusses how the internet has changed the shelf-life of rumour and how a person’s reputation can be ruined forever by a single event that was shared online.
Get “The Future of Reputation” for free here.
The Wealth of Networks
Yochai Benkler’s “The Wealth of Networks” is considered a vital book in social media research. Readers, however tend to take on a love-hate relationship with it. It’s a dense read, filled with academic prose. But, if you can enjoy that sort of writing you will uncover many great ideas about social networks and how they interact. It will change the way you view the internet.
Get “The Wealth of Networks” free here.
The Art of Community
“The Art of Community” by Jono Bacon is a newcomer to the must-read social networking book list. It’s the perfect book for any online community manager who wants to ensure they work with their community towards the best possible outcome for their group.
Get “The Art of Community” free here.
The Future of Ideas
Lawrence Lessig’s “The Future of Ideas” is a timely exploration in to how the internet has fostered a wide array of creativity and how big business from ages past is endeavouring to stifle that creativity. It’s a lesson I hope we all learn in time.
Get “The Future of Ideas” free here.
For good measure, there are many more social media books by Lessig available free to download. Check out “Free Culture” and “Code Version 2.0″ for some extra free reading.
What Matters Now
The last book we have for you today is “What Matters Now” by Seth Godin and a great number of others. This book is basically a compilation of essays written by over seventy smart professionals about how best to start thinking about the future. It’s not entirely about social media, but with thoughts from many of the minds big in social media, there’s plenty of good ideas for social media professionals.
Get “What Matters Now” free here.
If you’re keen for more free ebooks, check out this post on free ebooks to learn Linux. Also read up on how to use Google to co-ordinate your lifelong learning, how to use Goodreads to keep track of all the books you want to read and four great websites to get free eBooks.
With all of these completely free ebooks, please be generous and give back to the writers. They’ve made their work free because they want people to read it. So, share these links with people. If you love the book then consider buying a copy for yourself or a friend. And please, let us know in the comments which of these books you’ve enjoyed most!
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