Kevin Kelly's favorite books

  • Holy Bible

    Holy Bible

    Hendrickson Publishers
    King James Version

    "If you are looking for a Bible that's easy to use and to give away, this is the Bible for you " The world is hungry for eternal truth. When we spread God's Word, we're helping to fulfill the Great Commission. Now you can reach more people with this handy, budget-friendly edition. With no frills or extras that increase the page count or the price, this economy KJV Bible is the ideal choice for a basic introduction to Scripture, for daily devotions, worship, prison ministry, evangelistic outreach, missions, or any occasion when you want to read and share God's Word. Special Features - Complete KJV text - Simple, straightforward presentation - Convenient size - Affordable price--keep a supply on hand

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    It is probably the most amazing thing you havent read yet.

    Jun 5, 2016 — Source

  • So Good They Can't Ignore You

    So Good They Can't Ignore You

    Cal Newport

    Cal Newport's clearly-written manifesto flies in the face of conventional wisdom by suggesting that it should be a person's talent and skill - and not necessarily their passion - that determines their career path. Newport, who graduated from Dartmouth College (Phi Beta Kappa) and earned a PhD. from MIT, contends that trying to find what drives us, instead of focusing on areas in which we naturally excel, is ultimately harmful and frustrating to job seekers. The title is a direct quote from comedian Steve Martin who, when once asked why he was successful in his career, immediately replied: "Be so good they can't ignore you" and that's the main basis for Newport's book. Skill and ability trump passion. Inspired by former Apple CEO Steve Jobs' famous Stanford University commencement speech in which Jobs urges idealistic grads to chase their dreams, Newport takes issue with that advice, claiming that not only is thsi advice Pollyannish, but that Jobs himself never followed his own advice. From there, Newport presents compelling scientific and contemporary case study evidence that the key to one's career success is to find out what you do well, where you have built up your 'career capital,' and then to put all of your efforts into that direction.

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    Is a book that I'm recommending. This changed my mind because I bought into the New Age California dogma of follow your bliss, one will follow

    Aug 29, 2014 — Source

  • Shantaram


    Gregory David Roberts
    A Novel

    Having escaped an Australian maximum security prison, a disillusioned man loses himself in the slums of Bombay, where he works for a drug mafia kingpin, smuggles arms for a crime lord, forges bonds with fellow exiles, and finds love with an elusive woman. A first novel. Reprint.

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    I actually recommend that if people are going to try this, you actually to get the Audible version and listen to. It runs on and on, but it'd be one of those books that you wish will never end.

    Aug 29, 2014 — Source

  • Future Shock

    Future Shock

    Alvin Toffler
    Social Science

    Predicts the pace of environmental change during the next thirty years and the ways in which the individual must face and learn to cope with personal and social change

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    Is still worth reading.

    Jun 5, 2016 — Source

  • The Essential Rumi

    There is nothing that I enjoy more than at night reading

    Jun 5, 2016 — Source

  • What the Dormouse Said

    What the Dormouse Said

    John Markoff
    How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry

    Most histories of the personal computer industry focus on technology or business. John Markoff’s landmark book is about the culture and consciousness behind the first PCs—the culture being counter– and the consciousness expanded, sometimes chemically. It’s a brilliant evocation of Stanford, California, in the 1960s and ’70s, where a group of visionaries set out to turn computers into a means for freeing minds and information. In these pages one encounters Ken Kesey and the phone hacker Cap’n Crunch, est and LSD, The Whole Earth Catalog and the Homebrew Computer Lab. What the Dormouse Said is a poignant, funny, and inspiring book by one of the smartest technology writers around.

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    I would also recommend John Markoffs book with this really trippy title

    Jun 5, 2016 — Source

  • The Qur'an

    It's an amazing book.

    Jun 5, 2016 — Source

  • It's All Too Much

    It's All Too Much

    Peter Walsh

    Are your counters covered with appliances you had to have but rarely use? Are your cupboards stuffed with clothes that you hope to fit back into or that you paid a fortune for but only wore once? Have you been hanging on to that hideous teapot your mother gave you 10 years ago only because she gave it to you? Every time you go shopping do you come back with bags of more stuff because that pillow/blouse/cd/mixer will be the one thing that changes your life and then it doesn't change your life because you have nowhere to put it? In It's All Too Much,organisational guru Peter Walsh challenges you to answer a very simple but scary question: Does the stuff you own contribute to the life you hope to achieve or does it get in the way of your vision? Peter helps you assess the state of your home without any sugar coating and will teach you how to confront and conquer the stuff that is holding you back by identifying the purpose of each and every object in your home and assessing your reasons for holding onto it. He shows you how to identify which room is the heart of your home and then shows you why it is so important to keep that space clean and clear of clutter - if the heart of your home is clogged what does that say about you? He then helps you go room by room to ask the important questions: What is the room? What's its purpose? What is this item? Does it contribute positively to the life you want? The answers to these questions will help you understand your priorities and fix your relationship with your stuff. And in gaining this understanding you can start to clear out the clutter!

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    I thought it was so valuable, that in this really huge book I did called Cool Tools

    Jun 5, 2016 — Source

  • The Adventures of Johnny Bunko

    I've given that away to young people because it's, for me, the best summary of ... Again, it's not how to become successful; it's how to become indispensable, too.

    Aug 29, 2014 — Source

  • Regional Advantage

    Really good book

    Jun 5, 2016 — Source

  • Peopleware

    A hugely underappreciated book. I remember all kinds of things from it.

    Jul 28, 2020 — Source