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Information Architecture for the World Wide Web

Louis Rosenfeld and Peter Morville
Published by O'Reilly Media
ISBN:0-596-52734-9
504 pages
£ 28.50
Published: 5th December 2006
reviewed by Lindsay Marshall
   in the March 2007 issue (pdf), (html)
bookcover  

I know that I have a habit of writing pithy (OK, short) reviews, but I think this one may turn out to be very pithy indeed.

How do you approach reviewing what is the standard text for a subject? It really doesn't matter what any particular individual thinks about it, the informed reader still has to know about the material it covers, warts and all. And, if the authors can keep up, the book need never go out of date. Thus the third edition of this book, taking in all the new trends in social tagging and such things, and there wasn't anything available that was as comprehensive as the second edition, so the authors are well ahead of the game. (Which since they pretty well invented the whole area as a discipline is fair enough.)

In fact, I'm not even going to attempt to describe the relevant examples, the excellent rules of thumb, and all the other goodness that is in the book. If you are involved in any way with building information delivery systems then you have to be familiar with this book. It would make an excellent textbook for a module in Information Architecture too -- its structure is, as you would expect, exactly right. Just go out and buy it, OK?

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