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InformIT Editors' Picks for Summer Reading 2012

From beer and barbecuing to sweet-talking Siri, we've got you covered this summer with tons of great titles that will entertain you at the beach or in your backyard!


Hack This: 24 Incredible Hackerspace Projects from the DIY Movement

Learn about revolutionary new “hackerspaces” from John Baichtal in this full-color guide to the DIY underground. Projects include robotic grilled-cheese sandwich makers, kung-fu fighting robots, and even a twitter-monitoring Christmas tree. Do it yourself!

Leader Know Thyself

Leader, Know Thyself

Summer vacation is a time of self-restoration for many people—a break in the continual stress of everyday living. Use this opportunity to bolster your own leadership potential and develop a plan to meet your ideals and aspirations. Leader, Know Thyself is a guide to finding your own Leadership ID and using your strengths when you encounter resistance.

Mobile MBA

The Mobile MBA: 112 Skills to Take You Further, Faster

Learn all the essentials of an MBA—and more—with this user-friendly crash course. Jo Owen will guide you through this common-sense “MBA” for a lot less than you’d spend on the real thing!

My iPad

My iPad, 4th Edition

Back by popular demand, My iPad has been updated for iOS 5.1 and includes full-color, step-by-step instructions for making the most of your device. Learn how to manage the content on your iPad, find and purchase apps, shoot movies in iMovie, organize your music collection, and much more…

Talking to Siri

Talking to Siri: Learning the Language of Apple’s Intelligent Assistant

Sweet-talk Siri into doing almost anything! Two Apple tech experts show you how to make the most of Siri’s voice recognition technology to recognize and stay in touch with your family, become your own personal DJ, organize your life and commitments, and even answer math and science questions.

The Devil's Deal: An Insider's Tale of How Money is Made

The Devil’s Deal: An Insider’s Tale of How Money is Made

How safe is your money? Learn who is taking risks with your money and what they’re doing with it from someone who has witnessed the audacious and shady practices of the financial underworld.

My Xbox: Xbox 360, Xbox Kinect, and Xbox Live

My Xbox: Xbox 360, Xbox Kinect, and Xbox Live

This summer, make sure you know how to uncover all the cool features on your Xbox, Xbox360, or Kinect that no one told you about! You’ll learn everything from the basics of getting acquainted with your Xbox’s controller and hub, to finding great stuff in the Microsoft Game, Music, and Video Marketplaces in this colorful, fully illustrated guide.

Pictures of the Mind

Pictures of the Mind: What the New Neuroscience Tells Us About Who We Are

Using masterful narrative and imagery, Miriam Boleyn-Fitzgerald catches readers up on the most recent brain research—and the findings are astounding. Find out how to influence your own intellectual abilities and emotional make-up, and learn about revolutionary new breakthroughs in disorders of the mind.


Shrimp: The Endless Quest for Pink Gold

Whether you’re planning on taking a trip to the coast or just barbecuing in your backyard, shrimp can be a delicious part of your summer! "Shrimp: The Endless Quest for Pink Gold" will take you on a grand tour of the history of this small ocean creature, ranging from microbiology to its economic influence. Read this book and you’ll never feel the same way about shrimp again: you’ll love it even more.

Beer is Proof God Loves Us

Beer Is Proof God Loves Us: Reaching for the Soul of Beer and Brewing

If beer features in your summer plans, you’ll want to get your hands on this book. Domestic, international, and craft beer drinkers alike will all get something from this lighthearted and enjoyable book by Charlie Bamforth, Professor of Brewing Science at UC Davis. Learn about the past, present, and future of brewing. Cheers!

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