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The Best Social Media Books - 2013

I own a small blogging site and I have every intention of making it world famous. To that end I read all I can on social media. These are the books that I've found the most helpful, insightful and worth my time

Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion

I can't stand wine and yet this book is so good Gary Vaynerchuk sold me on wine and everything else he is selling.  If you want to see passion up close and personal this is the book for you.

Groundswell, Expanded and Revised Edition: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies

My introduction to social media and I still refer to it even now.

Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World

My new favorite social media author.  Michael Hyatt is honest, open with all the tools he uses to build and maintain his platform and quick and to the point. Highly recommend to anyone building a platform.

Return On Influence: The Revolutionary Power of Klout, Social Scoring, and Influence Marketing

Mark Schaefer is the man!  I bought this book because I liked "The Tao of Twitter" so much.  I still read his blog daily.

Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers and Ig...

I truly believe if I implemented everything they suggest in this book I would be on the Mount Rushmore of Social Media.

Likeable Social Media: How to Delight Your Customers, Create an Irresistible Brand, and Be Generally Amazing on Faceb...

I liked this book so much Dave Kerpen is the only author I follow on Instagram.

ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income

Problogger is blogging nirvana and this quick read is a must-read for the newbie blogger.  And the experienced one I would guess.

The Tao of Twitter: Changing Your Life and Business 140 Characters at a Time

This book opened my eyes to the power, the beauty and the role of Twitter in social media.

The Zen of Social Media Marketing: An Easier Way to Build Credibility, Generate Buzz, and Increase Revenue

For me the chapter on video was worth two times the price of the book.

The Dragonfly Effect: Quick, Effective, and Powerful Ways To Use Social Media to Drive Social Change

Great case studies on using social media to effect social change.