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Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything
Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything
by Don Tapscott
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars do not bother, 2 Mar 2010
My expectations: a profound book with insights on how mass collaboration changes "everything". Due to the high rating, I expected it worth reading.
What I got: a shallow, extremely (!) poorly structured book which touches an important trend. Some good (and thoroughly repeated) examples, even enlightening ones, many quotes type CEO-bla-bla. But the book suffers from too many repetitions and no real punchline. A balanced, critical discussion about the importance of wikinomics is absent, the authors seem totally in love with their creation "wikinomics" and loose their critical sense.
This book could and should be condensed to 20 pages (it's over 300 pages long!) without substantial loss of content.

All this being said: If you are interested in the web, "wikinomics", open source, and related trends, you are looking in the wrong place. There must be something better, but I do not yet know one yet. In a different book, "Hackers and Painters", by Paul Graham, there are a couple of pages where the author touches these topics: much more enlightening. Graham's book is brilliant, thoroughly readable, though technical in some chapters, and provides you with INSIGHT. It's not meant to touch the same topic as "Wikinomics", but the few pages where there is overlap are so much better...


Game Theory: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Game Theory: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Ken Binmore
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not for the novice, 3 Aug 2009
Imho this book does not teach you game theory unless you already have some basic knowledge of the discipline. The author does not introduce the basic concepts, it is up to the reader to distill them out of the text. Nash equilibrium is introduced on page 11 without any thorough examples. After having read 56 pages (some of them full of interesting remarks), I gave up, wondering whom this book is intended for.

I am used to reading scientific litterature but this book is by far the most unuseful I have read. Maybe it suffers from not being technical enough.


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