Support women-authored tech books

Originally posted Dec 4, 2015

Looking for a gift for the designer or developer in your life? How about supporting women authors while you're at it? Here is a non-comprehensive list of great women in tech-authored books. Most have print and digital versions available, and I listed the prices that I could find at the time of this writing.

Front-End

CSS Secrets by Lea Verou ($33.99 digital, $43.99 print + digital)

Going Responsive by Karen McGrane ($22.50 print + digital)

Front-end Style Guides by Anna Debenham ($2.99 Kindle)

Lean Websites by Barbara Bermes ($4.29 print)

JavaScript Cookbook by Shelley Powers ($42.99 digital, $54.99 print + digital)

I wrote Designing for Performance ($26 digital, $33 print + digital). All proceeds are donated to various charities focused on supporting underrepresented people in tech.

User Experience

A Web for Everyone by Sarah Horton & Whitney Quesenbery ($39 print + digital)

Badass: Making Users Awesome by Kathy Sierra ($23 print)

Lean Customer Development: Building Products Your Customers Will Buy by Cindy Alvarez ($20 print)

Colour Accessibility by Geri Coady (£3.00 digital)

Programming

Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby by Sandi Metz ($32 print)

Living Clojure by Carin Meier ($31.99 digital, $43.99 print + digital)

Head First Java by Kathy Sierra ($27 print)

Exercises in Programming Style by Cristina Videira Lopes ($38 print)

Geocoding on Rails by Laila Winner and Josh Clayton ($29 digital)

Definitive XML Schema by Priscilla Walmsley ($56 print)

How Do Calculators Even Zine by Amy Wibowo ($15 print, $8 digital)

Learning Node by Shelley Powers ($29.99 ebook)

Hello Web App by Tracy Osborn (digital + print: $29.95)

Sysadmin

Linux Networking Cookbook by Carla Schroder ($35.99 digital, $49.49 print + digital)

Unix Shells by Example by Ellie Quigley ($38 print)

UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook by Evi Nemeth and others ($53 print)

Essential System Administration by Æleen Frisch ($38 print)

MongoDB: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition by Kristina Chodorow ($33.99 digital, $43.99 print + digital)

Introduction to Linux by Machtelt Garrels ($35 print)

How Does The Internet Zine by Amy Wibowo ($15 print, $8 digital)

Algorithms & Data Structures

Distributed Algorithms by Nancy Lynch ($140 print, $72 Kindle)

Learning JavaScript Data Structures and Algorithms by Loiane Groner ($45 print)

Probabilistic Graphical Models by Daphne Koller and Nir Friedman ($110 print)

Content Strategy, Information Architecture

Content Strategy for Mobile by Karen McGrane ($22.50 print + digital)

Content Everywhere by Sara Wachter-Boettcher ($39 print + digital)

How to Make Sense of Any Mess: Information Architecture for Everybody by Abby Covert ($20 print)

Nicely Said: Writing for the Web with Style and Purpose (Voices That Matter) by Nicole Fenton and Kate Kiefer Lee ($19 print)

Just Enough Research by Erika Hall ($22.50 print + digital)

Design

Designing for the Digital Age by Kim Goodwin ($37 print)

Design for Kids by Debra Levin Gelman ($39 print + digital)

Geometry of Design Kimberly Elam ($13 print)

Web Design in a Nutshell by Jennifer Robbins ($32 digital, $44 print + digital)

Designing Connected Products by Claire Rowland, Elizabeth Goodman, Martin Charlier, Ann Light, Alfred Lui ($43 digital, $55 print + digital)

Games or Native Apps

Game Localization by Minako O'Hagan and Carmen Mangiron ($54 print)

iOS on Rails by Diana Zmuda and Jessie Young ($39 digital)

The Gourmet iOS Developer's Cookbook: Even More Recipes for Better iOS App Development by Erica Sadun ($29 print, $18 Kindle)

I co-wrote the book Building a Device Lab with another great woman in tech, Destiny Montague. (£3.00 digital)

Hardware

Interconnections: Bridges, Routers, Switches, and Internetworking Protocols by Radia Perlman ($61 print)

JavaScript Robotics: Building NodeBots with Johnny-Five, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and BeagleBone more than half authors are non-male-identifying ($23 print)

Mastering mental ray: Rendering Techniques for 3D and CAD Professionals by Jennifer O'Connor (rent print from $15)

Literal Twitter Bot Zine by Amy Wibowo ($15 print, $8 digital)

Tech Industry

Effective DevOps by Jennifer Davis and Katherine Daniels (Early Release digital $29.99)

Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age by Virginia Eubanks ($18 print)

Thinking in Systems by Donella Meadows ($12 print)

Founders at Work by Jessica Livingstone ($13 print)

Git for Teams by Emma Jane Hogbin Westby ($42.99 digital, $54.99 print + digital)

Managing Chaos by Lisa Welchman $39 print + digital

Practical Empathy by Indi Young ($39 print + digital)

Lean Branding by Laura Busche ($26 digital, $33 print + digital)

Looking for a gift for a young adult in your life? Check out Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets, a collection of sci-fi stories featuring brainy young heroines. All revenues from sales of this anthology will be donated to a scholarship fund through the Society of Women Engineers. (I wrote the foreword!) ($14 print)

Additionally, here's a whole list from O'Reilly in honor of the most recent Ada Lovelace Day.

Lara Hogan

I'm an engineering leadership coach and consultant. Previously VP of Engineering at Kickstarter, Engineering Director at Etsy.

I champion engineering management as a practice, getting comfortable giving presentations, and celebrating career achievements with donuts.