Beach reads for techies 2013

IT folks talk about what they plan to read this summer -- and on which device. (Print, your days are numbered.)

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How will you feed your head this summer?

With Summer 2013 getting underway at last, even the hardest working IT managers are making plans for some well-deserved time out of the office. Computerworld checked in with 10 tech leaders to find out where they're going (Napa, anyone?) and what books they're downloading onto their Kindles, iPads and Androids (and, yes, two hearty souls are even lugging print books along).

Click through to find out what your colleagues are reading this summer, then use the comments tab to share your own recommendations.

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Proteus Duxbury

Director Technology Strategy, Virtual Health Services
Catholic Health Initiatives, Denver

Vacation plans: We will be camping and hiking in the Rockies.

Reading plans: George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones, so I can see what all the fuss is about; The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business by Clayton Christensen; and The Lean Startup: Hot Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation To Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries.

Healthcare technology is a crowded space right now, and only a tiny percentage of consumer-facing apps and solutions gain traction. Hopefully I can get some inspiration from these books.

Text-delivery medium of choice: Kindle app on the iPad.

Quiet book cover

Marina Lubinsky

Senior Vice President and CIO
Oakwood Worldwide, Los Angeles

Vacation plans:  Two glorious weeks in Tuscany.

Reading plans: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain.

Text-delivery medium of choice: iPad and

Cats\' Paws and Catapults book cover

Seth Rogers

Information Management Branch Chief
Oregon Army National Guard, Salem, Ore.

Vacation plans: I’ll be flying a small airplane (Cessna 182) to Sonoma Valley to spend a few days relaxing and hitting choice wineries.

Reading plans: The Soldier and the State: Theory and Politics of Civil-Military Relations by Samuel P. Huntington. I’m very interested in ensuring I know why I believe what I do, especially as it relates to the military and the unique mission the National Guard holds. And Cats’ Paws and Catapults: Mechanical Worlds of Nature and People by Steven Vogel.

Text-delivery medium of choice: I read on my iPad in iBooks, Newsstand and occasionally via podcast in iTunes U.

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Nora Denzel

Board of directors
Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, Palo Alto, Calif.

Vacation plans: Biking around southern Italy.

Reading plans: On China by Henry Kissinger, The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen and Hadoop Real-World Solutions Cookbook by Jonathan Owens.

Text-delivery medium of choice: iPad and Audible on iPhone. 

Robert B. Parker\'s Wonderland book cover

Barry Porozni

The Reinvestment Fund, Philadelphia

Vacation plans: A few long weekend trips. The great thing about living in Philadelphia is that places like New York, D.C., and Chicago are a quick drive or flight.

Reading plans: The New Digital Age by Schmidt and Cohen, and Robert B. Parker's Wonderland by Ace Atkins. It’s part of the Spenser Private Eye series, a throwback to the tough-guy-doing-the-right-thing private eye.

Text-delivery medium of choice: Kindle Fire, hard to beat the quality of the display, especially the anti-glare e-ink.

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Steven Snyder

Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Boston

Vacation plans: Our home on 30 wooded acres with a back patio overlooking a reflecting pond.

Reading plans: Innovation X: Why a Company’s Toughest Problems Are Its Greatest Advantage by Adam Richardson. I am interested in innovation within organizations and departments within those organizations. And Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. This book was given to me by someone whom I respect who knows how I think.

Text-delivery medium of choice: I like my books. Often when counseling a staff member or chatting with a friend, I will grab one of my highlighter-infused books and send them off with it.

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Jed Moffitt

Director of IT Services
King County Library System, Issaquah, Wash.

Vacation plans: Taking my 23-year-old son to Japan and then taking my other two sons to hang with their college friends for three days to see the Dave Mathews Band at the Columbia River Gorge in Washington.

Reading plans: The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant. The gist is the irony of ranger who has to kill a tiger because it’s now a man-eater, knowing that the tiger was fully in its rights to do what it did.

Text-delivery medium of choice: I pretty much read everything on Kindle these days. It’s obscenely convenient.

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Matthew J. Ripaldi

Senior Vice President
Modis, Houston

Vacation plans: Honeymooning in May on Grand Cayman Island, then Napa Valley in August for wine tours.

Reading plans: The New Digital Age by Schmidt and Cohen, Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey.

Text-delivery medium of choice: iPad, always the iPad.

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George Kather

YRC Freight, Overland Park, Kan.

Vacation plans: Taking the RV down to the lake, getting on a pontoon boat and driving it out into the middle of the lake.

Reading plans: The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership by Martha Heller. Offers insights into how to change the forces that work against every CIO. The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business by Patrick M. Lencioni. His focus is on making your organization healthier by tapping into intelligence that is currently untapped. And a re-read: Get-Real Leadership: A Practical Approach That Delivers Relationships, Respect and Results by Harry S. Campbell.

Text-delivery medium of choice: Books, because I like to mark them up.

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Marie Goodart

User experience design consultant
UX QA Design LLC, Bremerton, Wash.

Vacation plans: Santa Cruz

Reading plans: All of my fun reads are too embarrassing to name. For work: UX for Lean Startups: Faster, Smarter User Experience Research and Design by Laura Klein, and A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction (Center for Environmental Structure Series) by Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa and Murray Silverstein.

Text-delivery medium of choice: Audio book on my Android.

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