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Holiday Reading: Free eBooks and Good Blogs

Hello again!

'Tis the season of giving, and hopefully most of you will have a little more time to do some reading, so I thought this would be a good time to share the following links with you.

Free eBooks

In the last few months we've seen a bunch of good free eBooks come out. I'm not sure how this trend started, but I suspect this TechZingLive interview with Jason Cohen might have something to do with it. 🙂

Here are four eBooks I think you might like, which are all free:

Do you know any other good eBooks along these lines? Don't be shy and post the links in the comments if you do! 🙂

My favorite non-tech blogs

I follow A LOT of blogs, mostly tech and business stuff. It's all good and useful, but the echo-chamber makes me a bit queasy after a while.

That's when I like to look at these:

  • Letters of Note - these are always entertaining
  • Today and Tomorrow - crazy digital art, designy furniture and artsy animated GIFs (remember those?)
  • Strange Maps - for map nerds like me
  • The Big Picture on A view of our World through gorgeous, always though-provoking pictures
  • Indexed - I just started following this one recently. Very smart stuff, plus I have a soft spot for hand-drawn things 😉
  • Minimal - not at the same level of the ones above, but quick to read

What are your favorite "escape from the technosphere" blogs?

Mariah's Bycicle, 12/19/2009
Have a great holiday break everyone, happy reading!

Peldi for the Balsamiq Team

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  1. Although not tech books, all of my writings (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) are available as free .PDF downloads at

    You can also find my two “Warble McGorkle” novels in various formats at — search either for “Warble McGorkle” or my nom de plume when writing fiction, “Blackbird Crow Raven”

  2. Great Saas Sales Advice: 3 eBooks all by Joel York

    SaaS Success-Top Ten Dos and Don’ts

    SaaS Sales Management Tips

    SaaS Model Economics 101

  3. I enjoyed Steve Browne’s book “Traction”, an introduction to the whole “sales thing” for startup entrepreneurs