Book Reviews

I love reading. You’ll find here reviews and notes of some of the books I’ve read. (Check here for a complete list of books.)

Chokepoint Capitalism, by Cory Doctorow and Rebecca Giblin

I’ve been following Cory Doctorow’s fiction and non-fiction writing for several years now, so I knew what to expect of this book. Aside from the book’s considerations about specific industries, I found the concrete examples of abuse by current tech monopolies illustrating. One thing is to know, for example, that Amazon’s Audible controls both the supply and demand sides of the audiobook market. Another thing is to learn that at one point, Amazon was—according to the book— actively encouraging it’s customers to “return” their audiobooks for a reimbursement so Amazon didn’t have to pay the authors. Read more...
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The Earned Life, by Marshall Goldsmith

The Earned Life, by Marshall Goldsmith Marshall Goldsmith has been recognized as one of the Top Ten Business Thinkers in the World and the top-rated executive coach at the Thinkers50 ceremony. The Earned Life is a book that offers a simple approach that accommodates both our persistent need for achievement and the inescapable “stuff happens” unfairness of life. We are living an earned life when the choices, risks, and efforts we make in each moment align with an overarching purpose in our lives, regardless of the eventual outcome. Read more...
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Imaginable, by Jane McGonigal (book notes)

Imaginable by Jane McGonigal is a book about the future. More precisely, a book about engaging with possible futures. Why should we engage in a simulation of the future? What’s its use? The future is un-seeable, unknowable, and that’s fine, because it means it’s not defined until it actually happens. The gift of the future is not about trying to predict it. Read more...
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