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Computing Books published by Penguin Books

The following is a list of Computing Books published by Penguin Books in the Centre for Computing History collection. It is not an exhaustive list of and other books may have been published. If you have a book that you would like to donate to our collection, please view our donations page.

There are 10 Computing Books published by Penguin Books in our collection :
Order By : Title - Release Date - Publisher
A Dictionary of Computers Date: 1970 A Dictionary of Computers

Publisher: Penguin Books
Author: Anthony Chandor

Accidental Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions Date: 1996 Accidental Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions

Accidental Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions, Battle Foreign Competition and Still Can't Get a Date
by Robert X. Cringely
Paperback: 358 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Reprinted 1996
Language English
ISBN-10: 0140258264
ISBN-13: 978-0140258264
Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm Review
Robert X. Cringely manages to capture the contradictions and everyday insanity of computer industry empire building, while at the same time chipping away sardonically at the PR campaigns that have built up some very common business people into the household gods of geekdom. Despite some chuckles at the expense of all things nerdy, white and male in the computer industry, Cringely somehow manages to balance the humour with a genuine appreciation of both the technical and strategic accomplishments of these industry luminaries. Whether you're a hard-boiled Silicon Valley marketing exec fishing for an IPO or just a plain old reader with an interest in business history and anecdotal storytelling, there's something to enjoy here.

In his new conclusion, Cringely looks at the likely near-future of the PC industry, arguing that most of the major companies are facing a need to dramatically reformulate their mission in the light of engineering developments already in the works. He offers a new paradigm for the development of the industry as it moves from its early "start up" phase into a more mature, more competitive era. --Jake Bond

Product Description
This work looks at the business of computing in the US, as computer science, as a business, and as a collection of extraordinary and eccentric characters. After automobiles, energy production, and illegal drugs, personal computers are one of the largest manufacturing industries in the world, and one of the great success stories for American business. This book is linked to a Channel 4 television series entitled "The Triumph of the Nerds".

Publisher: Penguin Books
Author: Robert X. Cringely
Platform: silicon valley

Bill Gates - The Road Ahead Date: 1st January 1995 Bill Gates - The Road Ahead

Audio Cassette
He built one of the most successful companies in the world. Now he gives us his vision of what the future holds.
Bill Gates, the chairman, chief executive officer and cofounder of the Microsoft corporation, is the principal architect of the "information super-highway" that will shape the future. It will affect everyone as well as businesses of every type in ways more pervasive than people recognise. In this book Bill Gates explains the "information super-highway", what it is, what it isn't, how individuals and institutions can prepare for it, and how these emerging technologies will transform human existence in unprecedented ways.
Includes a question and answer section with Bill Gates.
Running Time : 3 Hours

Publisher: Penguin Books

Platform: Microsoft

Getting the Most from Your BBC Micro Date: 1st November 1984 Getting the Most from Your BBC Micro

by Clive Willamson
(The Penguin Personal Computer Collection)
Published November 1, 1984 by Penguin Books .
Soft-back Number of pages    208
Open Library     OL10096019M
ISBN 10     0140078126
ISBN 13     9780140078121

Publisher: Penguin Books
Author: Clive Willamson
Platform: BBC Micro

Getting the Most from Your Lynx Date: 30th August 1984 Getting the Most from Your Lynx

The Penguin personal computer collection
by Steven Jedowski
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Penguin (August 30, 1984)
ISBN-10: 0140078118
ISBN-13: 978-0140078114

Publisher: Penguin Books

Platform: lynx

Inside the Personal Computer - An Illustrated Introduction in 3 Dimensions Date: 1984 Inside the Personal Computer - An Illustrated Introduction in 3 Dimensions

This pop-up book explores various aspects of the personal computer as it was in 1984.

From the blurb:

'This sensational new book teaches you everything you need to know in a fun-filled three dimensional tour through the personal computer.  Open the book and a computer pops out of the page to guide you through the inner workings, from input to output...By the end of your guided tour, you'll literally know the computer inside out.'

Publisher: Penguin Books
Author: Sharon Gallagher
Platform: PC

Legacy: One Family, a Cup of Tea and the Company that Took on the World Date: 29th August 2019 Legacy: One Family, a Cup of Tea and the Company that Took on the World

Published 29/08/2019

Legacy charts the rise and fall of one of the most influential dynasties in British history through the lives of five astonishing generations; both sweeping and intimate, it is a story of sacrifice and selflessness, betrayal and personal tragedy, and Empire and its cost. Included in the story is a brief account of the origins and development of LEO, the decision to found LEO computers Limited as a subsidiary company, and the later decision to dispose of the subsidiary. The book allows the reader to peek behind the scenes at the way the members of the family which ran Lyons operated .

Publisher: Penguin Books
Author: Thomas Harding

The Acorn Guide to the Electron Date: 1983 The Acorn Guide to the Electron

Publisher: Penguin Books
Author: Neil Cryer, Pat Cryer
Platform: Acorn Electron

The Age of Automation Date: 1965 The Age of Automation

by Leon Bagrit
92 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451606264
Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 0.4 inches

Leon Bagrit was generally recognised as being extraordinarily prescient in his thinking.  For instance, in this book 'The Age of Automation' he predicted:
‘It is now possible to envisage personal computers, small enough to be taken around in one’s car, or even one’s pocket.  They could be plugged into a national computer grid, to provide individual enquirers with almost unlimited information.’
‘Perhaps the most far-reaching use of the new generation of computers will be in the retention and communication of information of all sorts within a national, possibly a world-wide, information system.
‘In many industrial and commercial applications we are moving steadily away from large, centralized computers towards much simpler decentralized units, systems of small, cheap, special-purpose units, rather like building bricks.
‘Car drivers could be told immediately about traffic hold-ups and road works and given alternative routes….’

Our copy of this book was kindly donated by Richard Herbert of the Herbert Group in Haverhill, Suffolk. Leon Bagrit workerd for Herberts for many years and was responible for two of the company's patents

Publisher: Penguin Books
Author: Leon Bagrit
Platform: bagrit

The Beginners Guide to Word Processing on the BBC Microcomputer Model B in VIEW Date: 1985 The Beginners Guide to Word Processing on the BBC Microcomputer Model B in VIEW

Publisher: Penguin Books
Author: Marlene Teague, Janet Sandy
Platform: BBC Micro

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