I like to read when I’m on vacation. Actually, I like to read all the time. I get through many books in a year and find that I really like learning this way. I do read fiction, but also read many non-fiction books.
Here are a few books I'd suggest you consider for your summer reading list:
1) Technical Blogging: Turn Your
Expertise into a Remarkable Online Presence by Antonio
Improve your blogging skills if you’re already a blogger or learn how to blog if you’re not. Antonio is an expert and lays out everything you need to know in terms of blogging, settings for your blog, how to promote your blog… and even how to make money blogging. I’ve been blogging for years, but think I’ve double the number of views since using the techniques in this book.
2) From Idea to Print: How to Write a Technical Book or Article and Get It Published by Roger Sanders.
Writing will help you build your reach, whether you are writing blogs, articles, or books. But, make sure you do it well. Writing poorly may give people the wrong impression about what you know. Did I learn anything from this book? Yes! I learned a very effective way to edit my own material AND I learned how to decipher an author contract.
Get Bold: Using Social Media to Create a New Type of Social Business by Sandy Carter.
Sandy’s book provides lessons on doing social media both right and wrong so you gain valuable perspective on techniques using the most critical communication vehicles in social networking. She also provides a shortcut on how to get started, patterning on successes in various companies and more than 50 case studies.
4) I'm about half way through the centennial book "Making the World Work Better: The Ideas that Shaped a Centry and a Company" by Kevin Maney, Steve Hamm, and Jeffrey O’Brien. I'm reading it a bit at a time to savour the stories. You’ll be surprised at some of the inventions that IBM was behind.
5) Quickly update your product knowledge by reading a Flashbooks by various authors. We have books about DB2 V10 for LUW, DB2 for z/OS, Big Data, Data Governance, Analytics, and Cloud. Is there something for you? Download these free flashbooks and read them on your computer or tablet.
There have also been a few articles published that I’d recommend:
- Which distributed edition of #DB2 10.1 is right for you? Read this popular article.
- Top 6 Articles for Information Management on developerWorks.
Enjoy your summer and the books that you read!