Bethan Palmer Bethan is a Java developer and product manager for JPedal and JDeli at IDRsolutions. She has spoken at conferences including JavaOne/Code One, DevFest and NetBeans days. She has a degree in English Literature.

6 Things To Read On Your Summer Holiday

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Reading Here at IDRsolutions we are always looking for new things to read. Recently we have read lots of books and blogs that we found especially interesting and informative.

We thought it would be useful to share these with you in case you are stuck for something to read over the summer. So this month we will be reviewing some of our favourite reads, and adding them to our Book Review Series Index.

Here are our top 6 recommendations:

1. Disrupted by Dan Lyons

As well as being a page turner, Dan Lyons’ book Disrupted is an interesting insight into startup culture and the way the tech industry operates. We were particularly interested to read this as we were one of the first UK customers of HubSpot.

2. Signal v. Noise

After seeing Jason Fried speak at the Business of Software conference, we have been keen followers of the Signal v. Noise blog. We have also started using Basecamp.

3. Meatball Sundae by Seth Godin

Meatball Sundae is a popular marketing book which explains how marketing has changed and how to make the most of the new opportunities available. It offers 14 key new ideas and trends.

4. Foundr

If you have an interest in starting your own business, you should probably get a copy of Foundr. It is full of useful tips from people who have done it themselves. It covers a bit of everthing: how to get started, product development, working as a team, marketing, branding and finance.

5. The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman

The premise of The Personal MBA is that you can save the time and money involved in getting a real MBA and read this book instead. It covers a wide range of topics including general business principals, marketing, sales, finance, the psychology of working with yourself and with others, among other things.

6. Rest by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

In this book Pang argues that getting enough rest, and resting in the right way, is essential to being productive and doing your best work. If you are interested in becoming a more productive worker you should read this book.

What are you reading this summer?

 

IDRsolutions develop a Java PDF Viewer and SDK, an Adobe forms to HTML5 forms converter, a PDF to HTML5 converter and a Java ImageIO replacement. On the blog our team post anything interesting they learn about.

Bethan Palmer Bethan is a Java developer and product manager for JPedal and JDeli at IDRsolutions. She has spoken at conferences including JavaOne/Code One, DevFest and NetBeans days. She has a degree in English Literature.

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