Monday, October 13, 2014

Final Book Selection

The Google Boys: Sergey Brin and Larry Page In Their Own Words (August 12, 2014)

Upon reading the assignment, I immediately knew I wanted to choose a book that focused on the modern technologies that has allowed information to be made widespread and available to people all around the world. More specifically, I was focused on reading a book from the innovators perspective, on how today in our information society, people are able to rely on others whether it be through the Internet, newspapers, or anything else for answers as well as advice on anything. As a result, after doing my fair share of research, I have decided to read The Google Boys: Sergey Brin and Larry Page In Their Own Words, which was published in August of 2014. This recent novel, which is 160 pages, is priced on Amazon for just $9.79, and goes in depth with Google’s founders on how they have truly changed the world. It is a compilation of their quotes, advice, and legitimate life lessons that allow the reader to see the mindset of how Google emerged.

            In the midst of deciding upon which books to choose, I also found some very interesting other novels that I considered. Specifically, I looked at The Tao of Twitter, Revised and Expanded New Edition: Changing Your Life and Business 140 Characters at a Time, along with Rise of the Machines: Human Authors in a Digital World, which are also relevant to today’s growing dependence on social media and our information society. All of these books were rated highly on Amazon and critiqued as being informative as well inspiring. Prices were similar to the book I ended up choosing, and these others were a little bit longer in length. The reason I ended up choosing the book based on Google’s owners was because of how significant this company is in my life. Undoubtedly, everyday I use this search engine to research things for school, entertainment, or just random questions I have that I want to get accurate information on rapidly.

            After doing research on my selected book, CNN Money and an editor for “The Washington Post” both explained how this novel on Google is hard to put down once started, and is inspirational. It has not been rated on Amazon yet, and was not near the top 100 best sellers, but I am still very excited to read it. Looking forward, I am really interested in going in-depth with this book on Google, especially from an author who has also written on Steve Jobs and Stephen King, all with great reviews. This should be a good project.

1 comment:

  1. I think you took a similar approach to this assignment as I did! I am also really interested in modern technology versus technology of the past. It will be curious to see how our research diverges and at the same time has similar ideas! I really think it will be cool to get a better look at something our generation is so dependent on.