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Bill Gates Picks The Best 5 Books He Read in 2014

billgatesBill Gates has unveiled a list of his favorite books that he read in 2014.

Some of the titles were not published this year because “sometimes I fall behind and don’t get to a book until well after it’s been published.” Gates’ five picks include Business Adventures by John Brooks, Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, How Asia Works by Joe Studwell, The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion, and Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization by Vaclav Smil.

Here’s an excerpt from Gates’ blog post: “I didn’t really plan it this way. But as I look at the list of the best books I read this year, I see how a number of them touch on economics and business. That’s fitting, in a year when Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century put a big spotlight on inequality. In addition, with the Asian economies so much in the news, I wanted to read How Asia Works, which promised to explain why some of the continent’s countries grew so fast while others languished. And I got to brush up on an old favorite, the best business book I’ve ever read.”

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Marie Lu, Walter Isaacson, & Marilynne Robinson Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

The Young ElitesWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending October 12, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #2 in Hardcover Fiction) Lila by Marilynne Robinson: “Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church—the only available shelter from the rain—and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the life that preceded her newfound security.” (October 2014)

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Rick Horgan Named Executive Editor at Scribner

ScribnerRick Horgan has been hired to serve as vice president and executive editor at Scribner, an imprint at Simon & Schuster.

Here’s more from the press release: “In a distinguished career that has spanned decades, Rick Horgan has worked with more than 400 authors and edited—across a variety of genres—more than ninety national bestsellers, including the recently published The Good Spy by Kai Bird. Horgan’s books have won numerous awards and honors, such as the Pulitzer Prize for Tom Reiss’ The Black Count, and the PEN Literary Award for Marshall Jon Fisher’s A Terrible Splendor.”

Some of the authors he has worked with in the past include Bill Gates, Condoleezza Rice, Jay Leno, Maria Shriver, Pete Sampras, David Baldacci, Jeffrey Archer, and John Lescroart. With this new role, Horgan will acquire both commercial fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. In nonfiction, Horgan will focus on memoirs, politics, sports, current events, biographies, and business books.

John Green Partners With Bill Gates For a Clean Water Fundraising Campaign

John Green & Bill GatesAuthor John Green has partnered with other writers in the past. His newest collaborator isn’t a writer; it’s Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates.

According to Time, Green has launched a campaign on water.org with a fundraising goal set at $100,000. This will help thousands of people in Ethiopia gain access to clean water.

Should Green and the “nerdfighter” community prove successful, Gates has pledged to match the amount. Gates announced on Twitter that he was “happy to help reduce world suck!”

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Bill Gates Reviews His Favorite Business Book in WSJ

UnknownWhat is Bill Gates‘ favorite business book? Business Adventures by John Brooks, a 1960s collection of New Yorker stories which profiles different companies.

Warren Buffett recommended the book to Gates back in 1991, and Gates says that the book is still relevant today. He reviewed the out-of-print title in The Wall Street Journal today, pointing out that while business times may have changed, human nature has not.

Here is an excerpt: “Unlike a lot of today’s business writers, Brooks didn’t boil his work down into pat how-to lessons or simplistic explanations for success. (How many times have you read that some company is taking off because they give their employees free lunch?) You won’t find any listicles in his work. Brooks wrote long articles that frame an issue, explore it in depth, introduce a few compelling characters and show how things went for them.”

TED Talks Speakers Recommend Summer Reads

TEDTalksLooking for something good to read this summer?

TED Talks speakers Elizabeth Gilbert, Melinda Gates, Bill Gates, Rashida Jones, Clay ShirkyUzoamaka Maduka, Amanda PalmerStanley McChrystal and Blood Orange have put together their lists of recommended reads.

Check it out: “Summer: the season for cracking open a good book under the shade of a tree. Below, we’ve compiled about 70 stellar book recommendations from members of the TED community. Warning: not all of these books can be classified as beach reads. And we think that is a good thing.”

Bill Gates’ Reading List

billgatesEver wish you could read like Bill Gates? The entrepreneur has created a list of books on his virtual bookshelf which includes more than 130 books that he has read recently or is currently reading.

Books on the list include: Why Does College Cost So Much? by Robert Archibald and David Feldman; Interventions by Kofi Annan; The Cost of Hope by Amanda Bennett; World on the Edge by Lester R. Brown; and How to Spend $50 Billion to Make the World a Better Place by Bjorn Lomborg.

On his website, Gates includes images of these books along with the book’s description and sometimes his personal review. He also shares the status of if he has read the book yet. Readers can comment on his reviews, as well as on each of the book’s in the book’s listing page.

Google Founders Sergey Brin & Larry Page Star in Comic Book

Bluewater Productions has profiled the founders of Google for the latest installment of their business leaders comic book series, Sergey Brin and Larry Page: The Creators of Google.

CW Cooke wrote the comic and Greg Freeland II illustrated. The print version sells for $3.99 at the Comic Flea Market. eBook readers can access the digital edition on Nook, Kindle, or iOS tablet devices.

Will you read it? In the past, the indie comic publisher has released comic book biographies starring Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, Apple, Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Steve Jobs Stars in Another Comic Book

Bluewater Productions has released a new comic book biography called Steve Jobs: Founder of Apple. The 32-page comic features cover art by Joe Phillips, pencils by Chris Schmidt and a script by C.W. Cooke.

According to Bluewater, the comic was inspired by success of a successful comic profiling Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. Bluewater also has a comic book biography of Microsoft mogul Bill Gates slated for release in March. The title, Bill Gates: Co-Founder of Microsoft, was written by Martin Pierro and illustrated by Zach Bassett.

The Bluewater comic writing was completed prior to Steve Jobsdeath in October. Jobs now stars in Amazon’s most popular 2011 holiday book and two comic books. As we previously reported, Forbes published a 60-page graphic novel called The Zen of Steve Jobs.

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Gates: “Reading to Go Completely Online”

No doubt comments made by Bill Gates at Microsoft’s Strategic Account Summit online advertising conference in Seattle yesterday will ricochet around the blogosphere and back again, based solely on the title of this subject header alone. But the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s Todd Bishop reports that Gates went into considerable detail on his visions for the future – especially with regards to books:

“Reading is going to go completely online. We believe that as we get the smaller form factor, the screen has gotten good enough. Why is reading online better? It’s up to date, you can navigate, you can follow links. The ads in the online reading are completely targeted as opposed to just being run-of-print, where many of the readers will find them completely irrelevant. The ads can be in new and richer formats. In fact the only drawbacks of the digital form are the things associated with the device: how big is it, heavy is it, how many hours of power does it have, how much do I have to spend to buy it? But those are things that once you achieve that threshold, in terms of the convenience and the cost, then you see a dramatic change in behavior. Today, for people who read newspapers and magazines, even the most avid PC user probably still does quite a bit of reading on print. As the device moves down in size and simplicity, that will change, and so somewhere in the next five-year period we’ll hit that transition point, and things will be even more dramatic than they are today.”

Of course, keep in mind (as one P-I commenter does) that Gates also predicted in 2004 that spam would be eradicated “in the next two years,” so even mega-billionaires have their off-moments….