Thursday, May 17, 2012

Book Review: The Art of Community: Building the New Age of Participation (Theory in Practice)

Book Review: The Art of Community: Building the New Age of Participation (Theory in Practice) by Jono Bacon: Publisher- O'Reilly: ISBN- 13: 978-0596156718

The Art of community building is a book from practitioner. Though Jono’s book talks talk about community focused around open source project but his experiences are readily transferable to any form of community. Book takes reader one step at a time to exhaustive understanding of on line community creation and maintenance. The ideas and practical advices elaborated in book are applicable to not only online and open source community but to non on line, business oriented communities as well. For any community manager this book is bible. Great book to lay foundation of a thriving community.

Disclaimer: I did not get paid to review this book, and I do not stand to gain anything if you buy the book. I have no relationship with the publisher or the author. I got electronic format of book from publisher for review.

Further reading: There are several books on similar topic. Managing Online Forums: Everything You Need to Know to Create and Run Successful Community Discussion Boards , Design to Thrive: Creating Social Networks and Online Communities that Last, Online Communities Handbook: Building your business and brand on the Web, Community Building on the Web : Secret Strategies for Successful Online Communities, 18 Rules of Community Engagement: A Guide for Building Relationships and Connecting With Customers Online, The New Community Rules: Marketing on the Social Web.

One can get more information about book and related topics from:
1. Book’s web presence http://www.artofcommunityonline.org/
2. Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Community-Building-Participation/dp/05961567153.
Publisher -- Oreilly http://shop.oreilly.com/product/9780596157234.do 4. Jono’s site: http://www.jonobacon.org

5. Review ( 1st edition): http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue64/bremner-rvw

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