I usually don’t eagerly await the publication of a new book. However, there is one I’m anxious to read, and that’s Blogger/Columnist/Author/Educator Jeff Jarvis’ book What Would Google Do?. It becomes available on January 27, 2009, just nine-days after the other event I’m eagerly anticipating—the inauguration of President-Elect Barack Obama.
Jarvis books is published by Collins Business, a division of HarperCollins.
I’ve followed Jarvis’ work for years, and I’ve learned at lot from him. One thing I really like about him is that he will admit when he is wrong. He was wrong about Iraq, and admitted it. See “The Iraq war and me.” He’s what I consider a true Internet intellectual. His motives and success have been questioned and lauded, at times, but the criticism doesn’t diminish his contribution to new ways of thinking about media and business one bit. See “The Good Life of a New-Media Guru” and “The Web Guru.” Also see Howard Kurtz’s “Jeff Jarvis, On the Inside, Blogging Out.”
I encourage everyone to purchase What Should Google Do?, conduct on and off-line discussions and make the book a best seller.
By the way, Jarvis and I don’t know each other, personally. I never met him when he worked at the Chicago Tribune and I’ve never spoken to him. I wrote the above simply because I appreciate the work he’s done.
By the way, another blogger I hold in equal esteem is Robert Scoble, “co-author of Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers with Shel Israel”. See his blog Scobleizer and Fast Company.TV.
Finally, I read a lot of blogs, daily, especially tech and media blogs, but Jarvis and Scoble keep me returning regularly to their work.