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A worthwhile read,
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This review is from: Ambient Findability: What We Find Changes Who We Become (Paperback)
This book is written in an easy to read, conversational style, almost in the tone of an extended blog post.
While not especially technical, this book does provide a strong starting point for the topic of information architecture, with particular regards to the relationship between different types of data. The content has been well researched, and the ample references and links can be regarded as a jumping-off point for delving into this broad topic in more detail.
Personally, I found it worthwhile spending time going with the author through various topics and reasoning, thinking about how these may be applied to my own projects, or perspective. Having said that, I already have a significant background in the topic, as such some of the book's perceived shortcomings may have been solely based on the fact that it is aimed at a different audience than myself.
I recommend this book for any web developer/designer's bookshelf, as I believe more "designers" and "programmers" should start considering themselves "interface developers", and therefore should have an appreciation for how their work will interact with their software user's lives.
One expectation I had of the book, considering it is from O'Reilly, was that it would have concrete development examples, which this book does not. It is more of a general discussion of the topic of information architecture, wayfinding and interaction.