Internet of Things Reading List

The "Internet of Things" covers a huge range of subjects from embedded operating systems and micro-controllers to wireless protocols. Below we have organized a list of books from general overviews of the topic to using an Arduino or a Raspberry Pi to start developing your own connected prototype.



Shaping Things

By: Bruce Sterling
Description: "Shaping Things is about created objects and the environment, which is to say, it's about everything," writes Bruce Sterling in this addition to the Mediawork Pamphlet series. He adds, "Seen from sufficient distance, this is a small topic." 

$20.95 (MIT) 
$13.20 (Amazon) 

Meta Products

- Building the Internet of Things
ByWimer Hazenberg, Menno Huisman
Description: "Meta Products discusses the rise of the Internet of Things, a twenty-first century phenomenon in which physical consumer products (meta products) connect to the web and start communicating with each other by means of sensors and actuators. A must-read for trendwatchers, product design agencies, R&D departments, and anyone interested in the next wave of consumer technology."

Free Online
$27.10 (Amazon)


Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing

ByAdam Greenfield
Description: Smart buildings, smart furniture, smart clothing... even smart bathtubs. networked street signs and self-describing soda cans. Gestural interfaces like those seen in Minority Report. All of these are facets of the ubiquitous computing author Adam Greenfield calls "everyware." In a series of brief, thoughtful meditations, Greenfield explains how everyware is already reshaping our lives, transforming our understanding of the cities we live in, the communities we belong to--and the way we see ourselves.


$22.94, Kindle $15.39  (Amazon) Reviews: 4/5 14 customers

Trillions -

 Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology
ByPeter Lucas, Joe Ballay, Mickey McManus
Description: "We have literally permeated our world with computation.  But more significant than mere numbers is the fact we are quickly figuring out how to make those processors communicate with each other, and with us. We are about to be faced, not with a trillion isolated devices, but with a trillion-node network: a network whose scale and complexity will dwarf that of today’s Internet. And, unlike the Internet, this will be a network not of computation that we use, but of computation that we live in."

$22.94, Kindle $16.99 (Amazon) Reviews 4/5 from 11 customers
$22.99 (Itunes)




Internet of Things with the Arduino Yún

By: Marco Schwartz
Description: "Internet of Things (IoT) is currently a growing trend in the technology space, and the Arduino Yun is the perfect board to get started with building IoT projects. This book covers many of the powerful features of the Arduino Yun via four exciting projects.

The main focus of this book is to teach everything you need to know to build complex projects using the Arduino Yun, organized around the fields of home automation, security, and robotics."

$22.99 All editions (Packt)
$27.00 (Amazon)

Building Internet of Things with the Arduino

(Volume 1)
ByCharalampos Doukas
Description: "In Building Internet of Things with the Arduino, you’ll learn the basic concepts and features of the Internet of Things and build projects utilizing the Arduino platform. You’ll discover fundamental concepts of cloud computing, sensor reading and connecting the Arduino to the Internet, using both wired and wireless interfaces and Android phones."

$27.00 (Amazon) Reviews: 4/5 with 11 reviews
$30.00 (Create Space) 

Making Things Talk - Using Sensors, Networks, and Arduino to see, hear, and feel your world

ByTom Igoe
Description: "Building electronic projects that interact with the physical world is good fun. But when devices that you've built start to talk to each other, things really start to get interesting. Through a series of simple projects, you'll learn how to get your creations to communicate with one another by forming networks of smart devices that carry on conversations with you and your environment."

$23.20, Kindle $15.12 (Amazon) Reviews 4/5 from 10 customers
$34.99, Ebook $27.99 (O'Reilly) 

Second Edition

Environmental Monitoring with Arduino

- Building Simple Devices to Collect Data About the World Around Us
ByEmily Gertz , Patrick Di Justo
Description: "This inspiring guide shows you how to use Arduino to create gadgets for measuring noise, weather, electromagnetic interference (EMI), water purity, and more. You’ll also learn how to collect and share your own data, and you can experiment by creating your own variations of the gadgets covered in the book."

$7.99 (O'Reilly) $4.99 Ebook
$7.19 (Amazon) 

Building Wireless Sensor Networks

- with ZigBee, XBee, Arduino, and Processing
Rob Faludi
Description: "Get ready to create distributed sensor systems and intelligent interactive devices using the ZigBee wireless networking protocol and Series 2 XBee radios. By the time you're halfway through this fast-paced, hands-on guide, you'll have built a series of useful projects, including a complete ZigBee wireless network that delivers remotely sensed data."

$34.99, Ebook $27.99 (O'Reilly)
$20.17, Kindle $15.39 (Amazon) Review: 4.5 with 24 Reviews

- Kit used in book from Sparkfun 

Getting Started with the Internet of Things

- Connecting Sensors and Microcontrollers to the Cloud
ByCuno Pfister
Description: "This hands-on guide shows you how to start building your own fun and fascinating projects. Learn to program embedded devices using the .NET Micro Framework and the Netduino Plus board. Then connect your devices to the Internet with Pachube, a cloud platform for sharing real-time sensor data. All you need is a Netduino Plus, a USB cable, a couple of sensors, an Ethernet connection to the Internet—and your imagination."

$24.99 , Ebook $19.99 (O'Reilly)
$15.72, Ebook $9.99  (Amazon) Reviews: 4/5 with 13 reviews

Business & Design


Smart Things: Ubiquitous Computing User Experience Design

ByMike Kuniavsky
Description: "Smart Things presents a problem-solving approach to addressing designers' needs and concentrates on process, rather than technological detail, to keep from being quickly outdated. It pays close attention to the capabilities and limitations of the medium in question and discusses the tradeoffs and challenges of design in a commercial environment."

$42.95 (Elsevier)
$33.84 (Amazon) Reviews: 4.5/5 from 15 customers

Designing the Internet of Things

 (Twitter Account, Book Blog)
ByAdrian McEwen, Hakim Cassimally
Description: "If you'd like to create the next must-have product, this unique book is the perfect place to start.
Both a creative and practical primer, it explores the platforms you can use to develop hardware or software, discusses design concepts that will make your products eye-catching and appealing, and shows you ways to scale up from a single prototype to mass production."

$15.81 (Amazon) 

Social Machines

By Peter Semmelhack 
Description: "Social Machines" is the first book for business people, marketers, product developers, and technologists, explaining how this trend will change our world, how your business will benefit, and how to create connected products that customers love."

$19.22  (Amazon)
$18.88 (BAM) 

People Analytics: How Social Sensing Technology Will Transform Business and What It Tells Us about the Future of Work

By: Ben Waber
Description: "Discover powerful hidden social "levers" and networks within your company… then, use that knowledge to make slight "tweaks" that dramatically improve both business performance and employee fulfillment! In People Analytics, MIT Media Lab innovator Ben Waber shows how sensors and analytics can give you an unprecedented understanding of how your people work and collaborate, and actionable insights for building a more effective, productive, and positive organization."

Price: $26.64 (Amazon) Reviews 5/5 from 7 reviewers

Built Environment


Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia

By: Anthony Townsend
Description: "We live in a world defined by urbanization and digital ubiquity, where mobile broadband connections outnumber fixed ones, machines dominate a new "internet of things," and more people live in cities than in the countryside.In Smart Cities, urbanist and technology expert Anthony Townsend takes a broad historical look at the forces that have shaped the planning and design of cities and information technologies from the rise of the great industrial cities of the nineteenth century to the present."

$21.82, Kinkle $14.99

City of Bits: Space, Place, and the Infobahn

By: William J. Mitchell
Description: "William Mitchell makes extensive use of practical examples and illustrations in a technically well-grounded yet accessible examination of architecture and urbanism in the context of the digital telecommunications revolution, the ongoing miniaturization of electronics, the commodification of bits, and the growing domination of software over materialized form."

$20.85, Kindle $13.19 (Amazon) Review 3.5/5 from 13 customers

Check In Check Out: The Public Space as an Internet of Things

ByChristian van t Hof, Floortje Daemen, Rinie van Est
Description: "The book charts this international trend, using case studies in Shanghai, Tokyo, London and Rio de Janeiro, as well as cities in the Netherlands. What are the consequences of an ultra-monitored society? When does the technology aid us and when does it restrict us? Who wields control over the technology? And who sits behind the contraptions that are tracking us? Expert authors tackle these questions and make recommendations for the future."

$30.00 (NAi)
$29.98 (Amazon) 



Internet of Things: A Hands-On Approach

By: Vijay Madisetti, Arshdeep Bahga
Description: "This book is written as a textbook on Internet of Things for educational programs at colleges and universities, and also for IoT vendors and service providers who may be interested in offering a broader perspective of Internet of Things to accompany their own customer and developer training programs."

Price: $47.49

Interconnecting Smart Objects with IP

- The Next Internet
ByJean-Philippe Vasseur & Adam Dunkels 
Description: "This book consists of three parts, Part I focuses on the architecture of smart objects networking, Part II covers the hardware, software, and protocols for smart objects, and Part III provides case studies on how and where smart objects are being used today and in the future. The book covers the fundamentals of IP communication for smart objects, IPv6, and web services, as well as several newly specified low-power IP standards such as the IETF 6LoWPAN adaptation layer and the RPL routing protocol."

$58.89, Kindle $55.95 (Amazon) Reviews: 4.5/5 with 20 reviews

The Internet of Things: Key Applications and Protocols

ByOlivier Hersent, David Boswarthick, Omar Elloumi
Description: "An all-in-one reference to the major Home Area Networking, Building Automation and AMI protocols, including 802.15.4 over radio or PLC, 6LowPAN/RPL, ZigBee 1.0 and Smart Energy 2.0, Zwave, LON, BACNet, KNX, ModBus, mBus, C.12 and DLMS/COSEM, and the new ETSI M2M system level standard. In-depth coverage of Smart-grid and EV charging use cases."

$90.93, Kindle $84.99 (Amazon)

The Internet of Things in the Cloud: A Middleware Perspective

ByHonbo Zhou (Presentation)
Description: "The Internet of Things in the Cloud: A Middleware Perspective provides a comprehensive introduction to the IoT and its development worldwide. It gives you a panoramic view of the IoT landscape—focusing on the overall technological architecture and design of a tentatively unified IoT framework underpinned by Cloud computing from a middleware perspective."

$89.96, Kindle $79.96 (Amazon) 

Architecting the Internet of Things

Edited ByDieter Uckelmann, Mark Harrison, Florian Michahelles (Postscapes Interview)
Description: "The authors in this book provide a research perspective on current and future developments in the Internet of Things. The different chapters cover a broad range of topics from system design aspects and core architectural approaches to end-user participation, business perspectives and applications."

$109.93 (Amazon) 
$119 Ebook (Springer) 

Internet of Things: Legal Perspectives

By: Rolf H. Weber, Romana Weber
Description: "The Internet of Things as an emerging global Internet-based information architecture facilitating the exchange of goods and services is gradually developing. While the technology of the Internet of Things is still being dis-cussed and created, the legal framework should be established before the Internet of Things is fully operable, in order to allow for an effective introduction of the new information architecture."

$97.73 (Amazon)

Rethinking the Internet of Things: A Scalable Approach to Connecting Everything

By:Francis daCosta
Description: "Machine-to-machine communications are typically terse. Most sensors and actuators will report or act upon small pieces of information - “chirps”.  Burdening these devices with current network protocol stacks is inefficient, unnecessary and unduly increases their cost of ownership. 

This must change.  The architecture of the Internet of Things must evolve now by incorporating simpler protocols toward at the edges of the network, or remain forever inefficient.   Rethinking the Internet of Things describes reasons why we must rethink current approaches to the Internet of Things. Appropriate architectures that will coexist with existing networking protocols are described in detail. An architecture comprised of integrator functions, propagator nodes, and end devices, along with their interactions, is explored."

$37.75 (Amazon)

From Machine-to-Machine to the Internet of Things: Introduction to a New Age of Intelligence

By:Jan Holler , Vlasios Tsiatsis , Catherine Mulligan , Stefan Avesand , Stamatis Karnouskos , David Boyle
Description: "This book outlines the background and overall vision for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications and services, including major standards. Key technologies are described, and include everything from physical instrumentation of devices to the cloud infrastructures used to collect data."

$74.96 (Elesevier)
$94.95 (Amazon)

Critique and Issues


To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism

By: Evgeny Morozov
Description: "In the very near future, “smart” technologies and “big data” will allow us to make large-scale and sophisticated interventions in politics, culture, and everyday life. Technology will allow us to solve problems in highly original ways and create new incentives to get more people to do the right thing. But how will such “solutionism” affect our society, once deeply political, moral, and irresolvable dilemmas are recast as uncontroversial and easily manageable matters of technological efficiency?"

$19.19, Kindle $14.99 (Amazon)  Reviews 4.5/5 from 8 customers