Thanks again to all who responded to my call for books that might benefit PR folks interested in learning more about how public relations might function in the emerging social web. I’m going to share your recommendations with participants in Academic Impressions’ Advanced PR Institute, which begins tomorrow, in addition to the four books suggested by my co-presenters and me.
Here are your contributions to the list:
Kevin Guidry suggests we consider portions of Yochai Benkler‘s book, The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom (wiki | PDF version of the book). “It’s a hefty tome,” Kevin writes, “but it’s a tour de force of the impact of the Internet on…everything.” Kevin also mentions James Suriowiecki’s The Wisdom of Crowds as a possibility.
Colin Fast offers two recommendations:
1. The New Rules of Marketing & PR, by David Meerman Scott. “Picked it up recently based on positive reviews from many of the 2.0 folks I follow. Still reading, but I’ve already picked up a few useful bits of advice. It’s very tactical, which might provide some balance to the more theoretical books on the list.”
2. Citizen Marketers: When People Are the Message, by Ben McConnell and Jackie Huba (better known, perhaps, for their Church of the Customer blog). “This is a great introduction to the world of social media. Would probably be better as part of a remedial reading list for those who haven’t already been playing in this space.”
Boyd Neil suggests a couple of older books: Connected Intelligence, by Derrick De Kerckhove, and Steven Johnson’s Interface Culture. He also recommends any of Lawrence Lessig‘s books, and I would have to agree.
Heather Yaxley suggests that, rather than talk about books, we “have a ‘speed-dating’ style list of blog posts to visit and ideally, engage with.” Interesting.
Karen Miller Russell, who teaches PR at the University of Georgia, notes that she’s using The Long Tail and The New Rules of Marketing and PR in her class next semester. But I’m also including a couple of chapters from Andrew Keen, The Cult of the Amateur, to provoke some discussion.
Gary Schlee adds his support for The New Rules…
Abigail Hunter gets the last word: “But does anyone think it strange that in this day of incredible technology, we are still reading BOOKS written on PAPER? Are we not ignoring the technology we are trying to exploit? The greatest info I have received, BY FAR, on promoting my online ventures has come to me online. It’s the most up-to-date, and the ability to contact the author (and get a reply!) is far greater. I came across James Brausch (www.jamesbrausch.com) which gave me more info than any of the above books – simply because it’s always up-to-the-minute and focused on what I’m trying to do.”
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OK. I’m off to Austin for the conference. I’ll blog or tweet from Austin when I can. Until then, be safe.