Despite what we may think, never have so many books been published. The available literature supply is immense, perhaps with less circulation, and also we have never read so much, despite having other leisure proposals such as social networks or streaming platforms, to cite just two examples.
And it is that although mergers have taken place in the publishing sector and there are big names in publishing, every so often small publishers emerge that win the favor of the reader with original proposals or with specific themes.
The fact is that we do not have enough time to read everything that is published. Hence, like so many other things in life, we must prioritize, decide in which order we will read the list of books to read that grows every week.
To help you a bit, we take a look at Read This Twice, an online proposal that compiles reading recommendations from important figures on the Internet, businessmen, actors and actresses, musicians, politicians… In our case, we highlight figures who have made or make it possible Internet as we know it.
Of course, keep in mind that the recommendations are in English, so the recommended books may or may not be translated into Spanish.
The name of Bill Gates is known by practically everyone. One of the founders of Microsoft and largely responsible for how home computing was for decades. Today he is dedicated to philanthropy with his wife, Melinda Gates. Both invest part of their fortune in educational projects, scientific research and improvements for underdeveloped countries.
His list of recommendations include Why We Sleep , by Matthew Walker, Prepared , by Diane Tavenner or The Moment of Lift, written by his own wife, Melinda Gates. His recommendations abound in books on science, pedagogy, history and the occasional novel.
Another important figure in computing and innovation is Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, NeXT and, in large part, responsible for Pixar revolutionizing computer animation.
Although he has not been with us for years since his death in 2011, his list of recommended books includes The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen and Only the Paranoid Survive by Andrew Grove. The list abounds in books related to oriental spirituality that partly characterized Jobs’s way of being.
If we start by mentioning Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, we cannot ignore Linus Torvalds. These three names are responsible for the three most popular desktop operating systems, namely: Windows, macOS, and Linux.
Unfortunately, on the list of recommendations of Linus Torvalds, father of Linux and Git, and developer of the Linux kernel, there is only one book, but what a book: C Programming Language by Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie, the manual on the language C more important, in part because it was written by one of its creators, Dennis Ritchie, also the father of the UNIX operating system.
Another highly influential name on today’s Internet and one that requires no introduction. Mark Zuckerberg is the founder and current owner of Facebook, one of the social networks with the most users. In addition, he controls WhatsApp and Instagram after his purchase years ago.
What does Zuckerberg recommend us to read? For starters, David Deutsch’s The Beginning of Infinity and Jon Gertner’s The Idea Factory . Politics also has a place on his list of recommendations, with titles like Why Nations Fail , by Daron Acemoglu, or Henry Kissinger’s memoir, World Order . In the selection there are also books on philosophy, technology and science fiction.
We have mentioned Bill Gates, but it is also worth talking about Satya Nadella , who is currently in charge of Microsoft.
His recommended books include books on macroeconomic analysis such as The Narrow Corridor , by Daron Acemoglu, Prosperity , by Colin Mayer or The Great Convergence , by Richard Baldwin. On the list there are also books on history, psychology and some other guide for our day to day, such as Nonviolent Communication , by Marshall Rosenberg.
The founder and owner of Amazon, the controversial Jeff Bezos, curiously started selling books online. Currently, his business covers the sale of any product you can imagine, he has renewable energy facilities, investigates how to transport objects with automated drones and has his own server infrastructure for companies.
In his list of recommendations to read we find inspiring books such as The Goal , by Eliyahu Goldratt, The Innovator’s Solution , by Clayton Christensen or The Innovator’s Dilemma , by the same author. His recommendations deal mainly with science, technology and business, although he also recommends the occasional science fiction classic like Dune, by Frank Herbert.
Jimmy Walles is the co-founder of Wikipedia, one of the most ambitious non-profit projects in the history of humanity and which has given rise to other similar movements to democratize access to information, culture and knowledge.
In Read This Twice he recommends two books: Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin and The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.
One of the founders of Twitter and current CEO, Jack Dorsey, recommends us some quite different books.
We find, for example, an art book, The Art Spirit , by Robert Henri, the inspiring biography of an NFL great, Bill Walsh, entitled The Score Takes Care of Itself, a business book such as Principles by Ray Dalio and even the book that started the paleolithic diet fad: The Paleo Solution , by Robb Wolf.
Larry Page is one of the founders of Google. On his list of recommended books, only the autobiography of Nikola Testla appears, one of the most renowned scientists in recent years after the review of his biography, forgotten for decades. The title of the book is My Inventions .
The other founder of Google is Sergei Brin. On his recommendations, two interesting books such as Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson, and * “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!” *, the autobiography of Richard Feynman, Nobel Prize winner in Physics and one of the most important scientists in the world. twentieth century.
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