The intelligent reader’s guide to smart technology

Vancouver Public Library offers array of guides to the internet of things

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Recommended reads


Things, meet the internet. Thermostats, pet feeders and even toothbrushes are just a few everyday items joining the online revolution – the so-called internet of things, a network of connected devices. Learn more about IoT, as it’s abbreviated, with these recommendations from the reading and information experts at Vancouver Public Library. Find the titles via

The Internet of Things: How Smart TVs, Smart Cars, Smart Homes, and Smart Cities Are Changing the World by Michael Miller

So what is the internet of things, exactly? Michael Miller’s concise primer introduces the basic benefits and risks, starting with a straightforward definition of what IoT is. He digs deeper and presents answers to a host of related questions: How does it work? How will it affect me? What’s real, and what’s just hype? Can I really save money with a smart home?

Can We Make the Digital World Ethical? A Report Exploring the Dark Side of the Internet of Things and Big Data by Peter Warren

Sure, there are positives that IoT can bring to businesses and consumers, author Peter Warren notes – but what about the challenges? Warren and his co-authors probe, as they seek to start a dialogue on the possible dark side of the technology, the implications of remote, internet-based controls for household gadgets and utilities.

IoT Foundations: Monetizing IoT by Bruce Sinclair

It’s somehow fitting to use the internet to better understand IoT. This 45-minute introductory video, streaming on, focuses on IoT’s business applications and various models that might be used to monetize them. After this segment, dive deeper into IoT with other videos in the series. Connect to (free) with your library card at

The Amazon Way on IoT: 10 Principles for Every Leader from the World’s Leading Internet of Things Strategies by John Rossman

Former Amazon executive John Rossman argues that digital technology can reinvent customer service through everything from algorithms to drones, and his book is a useful resource packed with observations and advice for any company keen to develop an IoT strategy. Get this title as a downloadable audiobook – great for listening on your commute.

Industry 4.0: The Industrial Internet of Things by Alasdair Gilchrist

Alasdair Gilchrist believes it’s essential that industry adapt to using smart technology. We’re at the dawn of a fourth industrial revolution, he suggests, which will radically transform manufacturing and production. His ebook (bonus: always available) looks at how he sees IoT transforming the foundations of everything from health care to space travel.