For this round-up we’ve teamed up with our friends at Geefts.com. Here’s a selection of must have books, that are perfect for designers, internet marketers or social media ninjas.

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The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You


The Filter Bubble ($14.91) is an outstanding book–a compelling and important argument, delivered persuasively through real reporting, analysis, telling anecdote and hard data.
One of Eli Pariser’s central points is that personalized internet services–Google, Facebook, advertising–can put you into a “you loop”, in which they show you what you think you want, and then you wind up wanting those things more because you see them more often. Invisibly, your momentary impulses (click on this, ignore that) shape your reality, and your reality shapes what you respond to.

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Design As Art (Penguin Modern Classics)


How do we see the world around us? “The Penguin on Design” ($10.88) series includes the works of creative thinkers whose writings on art, design and the media have changed our vision forever. Bruno Munari was among the most inspirational designers of all time, described by Picasso as ‘the new Leonardo’. Munari insisted that design be beautiful, functional and accessible, and this enlightening and highly entertaining book sets out his ideas about visual, graphic and industrial design and the role it plays in the objects we use everyday. Lamps, road signs, typography, posters, children’s books, advertising, cars and chairs – these are just some of the subjects to which he turns his illuminating gaze.

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Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions


Apple’s former chief evangelist leads businessfolk down the path to enchantment.
The entrepreneur’s entrepreneur is back with his 10th book, Enchantment ($14.46), this time tackling the tricky art of influence and persuasion. Kawasaki (Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to Outsmarting, Outmanaging and Outmarketing Your Competition, 2011, etc.) transforms the otherwise exhausted and overwrought tropes of how to win friends and influence people with a complete makeover here, whether he’s talking about wardrobe choice or tips for effective swearing.

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Gary Vaynerchuk on The Thank You Economy


The Thank You Economy ($13) is much more than saying “thank you.” The Thank You Economy represents a much bigger movement. This book could easily have been called The Humanization of Business or Manners Marketing.
I feel that we’re living through the biggest culture shift of our time. The internet, itself, is 17-years-old. It’s just hitting the social part of its life. It’s just like growing up. As you get to 13, 14 and 15, you want to go out and go to parties. That’s what’s happening right now! The internet is growing up.

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Batman: The Killing Joke (Deluxe Edition)


The Killing Joke” ($9.50) is widely considered to be the be-all-end-all of Joker stories, so what better way to pay homage to the greatest comic book villain of all time near the eve of his re-unveiling in The Dark Knight than by reviewing his definitive story? This is the comic that (sort of) revealed the origin of The Clown Prince of Crime, humanizing him to an extent never before, and truly examined -with pictures rather than words- the antagonistic symbiosis that exists between Joker and his arch nemesis, The Batman. A beloved Gotham regular will never be the same and another will be put through hell before this story is done. Oh, and there are creepy little henchmidgets as well. Gotta love the henchmidgets.

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Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup


TechStars is a mentorship-driven startup accelerator with operations in three U.S. cities. Once a year in each city, it funds about ten Internet startups with a small amount of capital and surrounds them with around fifty top Internet entrepreneurs and investors. Historically, about seventy-five percent of the companies that go through TechStars raise a meaningful amount of angel or venture capital. Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup ($19.17) is a collection of advice that comes from individuals who have passed through, or are part of, this proven program. Each vignette is an exploration of information often heard during the TechStars program and provides practical insights into early stage entrepreneurship.

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Graphic: Inside the Sketchbooks of the World’s Great Graphic Designers


We are constantly surrounded by design—in advertisements, in books and magazines, on the Internet, on television—and each graphic element we see was carefully constructed through a designer’s very personal process. Yet only the finished article is presented. Rarely do we gain insight into how visual solutions have been reached or the exploration, experimentation, and ideas behind them. In this ambitious publication, Graphic: Inside the Sketchbooks of the World’s Great Graphic Designers ($37), some one hundred of the world’s leading graphic designers and illustrators open up their private sketchbooks to offer a privileged glimpse into their creative processes. The result is a visual tour de force.

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The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything


The Art of the Start ($18.50) will give you the essential steps to launch great products, services, and companies—whether you are dreaming of starting the next Microsoft or a not-for-profit that’s going to change the world. It also shows managers how to unleash entrepreneurial thinking at established companies, helping them foster the pluck and creativity that their businesses need to stay ahead of the pack. Kawasaki provides readers with GIST—Great Ideas for Starting Things—including his field-tested insider’s techniques for bootstrapping, branding, networking, recruiting, pitching, rainmaking, and, most important in this fickle consumer climate, building buzz.

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Mini Modern Classics Box Set (Penguin Classics)


The short story is we’re going to change the way you read. 2011 is the fiftieth anniversary of ‘The Penguin Modern Classics‘ ($142). To celebrate we’re publishing fifty mini ‘Modern Classics’. They’re full of the best short fiction by the greatest writers of the last 100 years (or so), from Beckett to Saki, Nabokov to Kafka and Updike to Wodehouse. Conveniently priced and temptingly sized, each book is a quick literary hit, a satisfying shot of storytelling. And though they don’t take long to read, they’ll stay with you long after you turn the final page. These are now available together in a stylish designer box set – 50 great works in one collection.

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75 Years Of DC Comics: The Art Of Modern Mythmaking


Call it a superbook: this extraordinary volume runs to 720 pages and almost 15 pounds. It reproduces over 2,000 iconic images from the full history of DC Comics, the creators of Superman and Batman, among many others. (If you’re even considering spending more than $100 on a book about comic books, you probably already knew that.) The production values on this book are superlative, and the collection is curated and richly annotated by Paul Levitz, a longtime comics writer as well as DC’s former president and publisher.

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