2020 Book Reads: Agile, Innovation, and Transformation

Social, Agile and Transformation

For the second year in a row, I share with you all the books that I read as part of my GoodReads challenge.

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With an Upgraded Color E Ink Screen, This Could Be the Perfect E-Reader for Comic Book Fans

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When we reviewed the PocketBook Color last year, we loved the device and the fact that true e-readers could finally display color, but its six-inch screen made it hard to use for reading comic books and magazines which work much better on tablets.

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There's Finally a Good Color E Ink Tablet For Comic Books

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Portland’s Powell’s Books says it ‘must take a stand’ and will stop selling books through Amazon


Powell’s Books in Portland. Powell’s Books , the venerable independent bookstore in Portland, has had enough with Amazon and will no longer sell books through the tech giant’s marketplace. Amazon Books Portland Powell's Books

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Microservices: The Dark Side

Speaker: Prem Chandrasekaran

A few years ago, Barclays embarked on a journey to migrate its legacy services to a modern tech stack with the objective of achieving a high level of scale, resilience, and reliability. During the incremental, iterative move towards an ecosystem of focused, distributed services, it’s fair to say that the company discovered the challenges of distributing objects. Join us for an episode you can’t miss if you’re finding it a lot harder to architect in practice than in theory, and learn how you can shed light on the dark side of microservices.

How to Ensure Secure Distribution of Digital Books with DRM


Digital rights management, or DRM as it is commonly known, is a means to protect the copyright of your work online and ensure secure distribution of your digital books. You can secure distribution of your digital books by adding an extra layer of protection with DRM.

Humanizing Big Data – A Book Review

Eric D. Brown

The subtitle to the book is “Marketing at the meeting of Data, Social Science and Consumer Insight”… that should give you a good feel about the contents of this book. It isn’t a heavy duty data science book…it is targeted more at folks in the marketing world to allow them to better understand the types of data that they may encounter as well as understand how that data might be analyzed and used within their business.

6 Dr. Seuss books won't be published because of racist themes

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2, as some celebrated the birthday of late children's author Theodore Geisel, known famously as Dr. Seuss, the author's estate announced it will stop publishing six Seuss books featuring racist images. More about Dr Seuss , Social Good , Books , and Activism. On Mar.

The Story Behind the Ultimate Star Wars Lightsaber Book

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Star Wars fans are about to get a book all about lightsabers and they have Harry Potter to thank. It’s called Star Wars: The Lightsaber Collection, a slick, wide-format, hardcover book that features exclusive images and information on almost 60 different lightsabers in the Star Wars universe.


10 books for people new to protesting

Mashable VR

With her debut book, The Purpose of Power , Garza outlines her personal journey alongside her organizing work, providing a model of action for future organizers — even if they're not calling themselves that yet. More about Books , Gift Guide , Protest Books , Social Good , and Books.

How Big Data Can Tell You Which Book to Read Next


If you enjoy to read, but still haven't decided on your next book to cozy up with on that upcoming rainy day, your smartphone might be able to suggest one. Big Data Artificial intelligence BooksArtificial intelligence (AI) through big data is now able to rank literature for deciding which will be the next bestseller - a kind of recommendation […].

Architect Your Organization for Effectiveness, Productivity, and Joy

Speaker: Ron Lichty, Consultant: Interim VP Engineering, Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc.

As a senior software leader, you likely spend more time working on the architecture of your systems than the architecture of your organization. Yet, structuring our teams and organizations is a critical factor for success. In fact, the impact of software architecture parallels the impact of organizational structure. We are excited to welcome Ron Lichty, co-author of a seminal book on managing software teams and a well-known speaker, he’ll speak to organizing for effectiveness, productivity and joy.

Razer Book 13 laptop is a productivity laptop from a gaming brand

Venture Beast

Razer is launching its Razer Book 13 productivity laptop with Intel 11th Gen Intel Core processors in a very thin case. Read More.

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Digitization of Books – Reasons And Benefits of Going Online


Therefore, as an educational institution, the only plausible way for you to bridge this gap and yet stay competitive is to – digitize your books. What is Book Digitization? Reasons Why Educational Institutions Must Digitize Their Books.

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The best books and podcasts on data science and AI for 2021


Data Science Artificial Intelligence Education Featured AI artificial intelligence Books data science PodcastsData science and AI are among the best (and highest paying) careers in the world right now, so it makes sense to keep increasing your knowledge, and learning from the best.

Former Amazon board member Tom Alberg reviews the new book, ‘Working Backwards’


He’s the author of the forthcoming book, “How Big Are Your Town’s Flywheels? They add to a small library of books that give us insights into Amazon’s operations, including John Rossman’s The Amazon Way on IoT. Amazon Book Review Books Jeff Bezos Tom Alberg Working Backward

An AI reporter’s favorite books of 2020

Venture Beast

A look back at nine books I read in 2020 to inform my work as a reporter covering artificial intelligence. Read More.

Leaked Specifications of Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 Give an Idea About its Key Features


Samsung is expected to launch its new lineup of the Galaxy Book Pro laptops. The Galaxy Book Pro laptops have already made an appearance on the Bluetooth SIG certification website. Latest News Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360

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Get 4-minute book summaries with this subscription

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TL;DR: Learn a little bit every day with a Four Minute Books lifetime subscription. 11, you can get access to hundreds of book summaries for only $39.99 — a 90% savings. More about Books , Mashable Shopping , Culture , and Books. Books Mashable Shopping Culture


100 best books of the year, according to Amazon

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The holidays are approaching, and though the majority of this year was an absolute nightmare, 2020 did deliver an impressive selection of superb new books. More about Amazon , Best Of 2020 , Best Of 2020 , Culture , and Books. Amazon Best Of 2020 Culture Books


Razer Is Trying to Break Out of Gaming with the Razer Book 13

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But now Razer looks like it’s finally getting serious about general productivity with the Razer Book 13. razer is making a non gaming laptop laptops windows producitvity consumer tech razer book razer book 13

Marcus Rashford launches book club for kids to promote literacy

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Not only has the Manchester United footballer successfully lobbied the UK government twice regarding free school meals for children — and got them to U-turn on their decisions twice — he's now launching a book club for kids. Sports Kids Football Literacy Book Club

Hadoop Security: New book by Ben Spivey and Joey Echeverria Is Exactly What The Community Needs


We hold Ben Spivey and Joey Echeverria in the highest regard, and are very pleased to give this book our highest possible endorsement. This practical book not only shows security architects how to protect Hadoop data from unauthorized access, but also how to limit the ability of an attacker to corrupt or modify data in the event of a security breach. Example case studies demonstrate how the book’s material is immediately applicable to your use cases.

New lawsuit accuses Amazon of e-book price fixing

The Verge

Amazon is facing a new lawsuit alleging that a deal between the company and five book publishers has created higher prices on e-books, The Wall Street Journal reported. Apple denied any wrongdoing in regard to e-book pricing.

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Just 10 books I really loved this year

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If there was any small silver lining to spending all this time indoors in 2020, it had to be the truly ridiculous amount of books consumed I caught up with royals, visited alternative versions of the past, went to art camp in Brooklyn, and even explored one very creepy haunted house (below).


Portland's Most Famous Bookstore Will No Longer Sell Books on Amazon

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One of Portland’s most beloved bookworm attractions, Powell’s Books, will stop selling books on Amazon this weekend, Aug. support your local bookstore amazon bookstores books online ordering

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E-Book Sales Rise as People Hunt Desperately for Stuff to Do

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E-book revenues are up by 15.2% entertainment_culture book formats mass media digital media bookselling nielsen bookscan the npd group e book publishing audiobookfrom 2019, hitting $1 billion last year, according to a report by the Association of American Publishers. December figures should reach at least $100 million if the organization’s estimates are correct. Read more.

Books by young inaugural poet Amanda Gorman become quick best sellers on Amazon


Upcoming books by inaugural poet Amanda Gorman. Online, those new fans were moved to buy the 22-year-old’s books and sing her praises on social media. On a day for the history books, @TheAmandaGorman delivered a poem that more than met the moment.

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Netflix Is Turning the Redwall Books Into an Animated Movie and Series

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Leaks Suggest New 'Galaxy Book Pro' Windows Laptops with S-Pens Are on the Way

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The Expanse's 9th and Final Book Is Titled Leviathan Falls

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We’ve known for some time that the Expanse book series (written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck , known together as James S.A. What we haven’t known is the title of that book, or when to expect it—until today.


Lil Nas X is dropping a children's book starring a pony called Panini

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Namely, a children's book. On Tuesday, Lil Nas X announced that Random House will be publishing his book C is for Country next year, and that it's now available for pre-order. i’m dropping the best kids book of all time soon! Books Children S Books Lil Nas X Entertainment


The Insider Guide to Frankfurt Book Fair 2019 – Vol. 2


The city would be teeming with business executives, publishers, book agents, and the likes flying in from far and wide to attend the annual trade show for books – Frankfurter Buchmesse. Known as the largest trade show in the world, the Frankfurt Book Fair , will be home to all the important people of the publishing industry for 5 days in the month of October. Or are you a book enthusiast who just wants to experience the energy at this event?

This online training can help you self-publish your book

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TL;DR: The Complete 2021 Self-Publish Your Book Bundle will teach you everything you need to get a book into the world. Self-publishing a book is totally possible. More about Publishing , Online Learning , Mashable Shopping , Entertainment , and Books.

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Finally Some Good News: September Is Overflowing With New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books

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Movies are slowly trickling back into theaters, but a far safer option is to pick up one of September’s new books instead.

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Zynga beats Q4 2020 expectations with bookings of $699 million, up 61%

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Zynga beat analyst expectations as it reported its highest-ever bookings and revenues in the fourth quarter ended December 31. Read More.

Microsoft Surface Book 3 Review: Big Specs, Big Price

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Aside from a couple USB port changes, you might not be able to tell the difference between Microsoft’s latest Surface Book and its past iterations. microsoft surface book 3 review microsoft reviews laptops surface book surface book 3They look nearly identical side-by-side. Same keyboard layout. Chassis color. The screen/tablet portion still disconnects from the base. Even the clamshell hinge still has… Read more.

Star Wars Legend Alan Dean Foster Says Disney Is Withholding Book Royalties

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Celebrate Grand Admiral Thrawn's 30th Birthday Next Year With New Books, Fancy Books, and Old Books (on T-Shirts!)

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The Insider Guide to Frankfurt Book Fair- Vol.1


The Frankfurt Book Fair is back! If there’s one occasion which brings all the who’s who of the publishing industry at one place, it’s the Frankfurt Book Fair , or as the Germans call it – Frankfurter Buchmesse. With a 500-year-old history, this event is considered to be the world’s largest trade fair for books. For a book enthusiast, these five days may seem too less, so we’ll help you make the most out of it by providing you all the information you need about FBF 2019.

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Author hides short story in 1000 copies of his book, Twitter turns detective

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If you're going to sign 1000 copies of your new book, you might as well make the most of that inevitable wrist ache. To mark its publication, independent London bookstore Goldsboro Books released 1000 signed and exclusive first editions to members of their monthly book club.


My Top Books 2019: Digital Transformation, Entrepreneurship, AI

Social, Agile and Transformation

One of my 2019 new year resolutions was to read more books. I signed up for GoodReads and stated a reading challenge with a modest goal of finishing twelve books. I finished twenty-four, and many of these books are great reads for entrepreneurs, CIOs, and other digital transformation leaders. What makes a good book? My favorites have a strong focus, come from a unique perspective, are easy.

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Driving Digital by Isaac Sacolick – a book review

Eric D. Brown

Note: I received a free copy of this book for review. The short review: Excellent…the best book I’ve read on the subject. The long review: I’ve read a number of books on digital transformation over the years. Don’t get me wrong – there’s lots of theory in this book about WHY companies need to transform their organization but just as importantly (or maybe more importantly) there is more discussion of HOW to drive this transformation.

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