The best books for your new ereader
Makers: The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson
Ex-Wired editor Anderson explores how open-source design and 3D printing are changing the face of manufacturing – with tinkerers improving technology from their sheds, and the manufacturing industry set to be rocked by the "long tail of things." Compelling stuff.
Available for both Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet (each costs £9.99), this iPad app from Cambridge University Press aims to inject the Bard’s works with some extra life through a truckload of additional goodies, ranging from images and commentary to full audio performances featuring a bevy of talented thesps such as Michael Sheen and Kate Beckinsale. Perfect for anyone studying either of the plays or just looking to develop a better understanding of them (makes you look more clever, innit?).
The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver
New York Times columnist Silver recently hit the headlines for forecasting the results of the US presidential election with an eerie degree accuracy, and here he explains the art of prediction: the ability to pick a clear signal out of a mass of noise. With data all around us, the book might just help you predict your own future all the more successfully.
Inside The Centre: The Life of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Ray Monk
A weighty, authoritative look at the life of “the father of the Bomb” (Oppenheimer led the Manhattan Project and thus was a key figure in the development of atomic weapons), Inside The Centre isn’t just a tale for science nuts – it’s a look at a man who had a vital role in shaping one of the most important, compelling periods of human history.
Dominion by C.J. Sansom
Sansom has followed up his Reformation-set Shardlake thrillers with this compelling alternative history novel which asks, "What if Britain had surrendered during WWII?" The answer is, a totalitarian state by the early 1950s. A smoggy, scary spy story that matches – or even bests – Robert Harris’s Fatherland in its vision of a Fascist-controlled Britain.