Here are 6 books everyone writing on the web should read.
By Kristina Halvorson and Melissa Rach
Like it says on the promo site, this is the go-to text for content strategy. Just go buy it.
By Meghan Casey
The Content Strategy Toolkit has to be the most concretely useful book on content strategy you can buy. This book lives up to what it says on the tin by providing you with real tools (of the conceptual sort) for developing a content strategy.
By Ginny Redish
As a wide-eyed and idealistic young writer with a love of long, complex sentences, this classic tome came as a little bit of a blow — and a revelation. I still haven’t totally learned to let go, but I’m on my way, and it’s all thanks to Ginny Redish. Seriously — this is a content specialist’s Don’t Make Me Think.
By Karen McGrane
Karen McGrane’s insightful Content Strategy for Mobile manages a rare feat for a book on a technical subject: it was simultaneously super useful in convincing others that a “mobile site” was d-u-m-b back when that was an argument people actually had and it remains super useful today.
By Sara Wachter-Boettcher
If the smartphone revolution taught us anything about content, it’s that content likes to move around and do unexpected things in unexpected places. And that we can’t ever make device-based assumptions about what people want — unless it’s “they’ll probably want it.” Content Everywhere is your handbook for the next content-related apocalypse.
By Donna Lichaw
The User’s Journey is one of those books that makes you slap your own forehead and say (out loud!), “Why didn’t I think of that?!” If the idea of mapping a person’s experience with a product to the classical story arc makes a whole lotta sense to you, you should buy this book.
Obviously, content strategists and copywriters have written reams of material on why content matters and what role it should play in the website and product development processes. This shortlist captures the articles that originally got me fired up about content on the web. Here’s hoping they’ll do the same for you.
Kristina Halvorson’s The Discipline of Content Strategy
Rachel Lovinger’s Content Modelling: A Master Skill
Steph Hay’s Content-First Design
Dan Mall’s Content & Display Patterns
Louder Than Ten’s Design Machines
37 Signal’s Copywriting is Interface Design from Getting Real
Google Ventures’ 5 Rules for Writing Interface Copy
Meghan Whalin’s UI content resources
Jonathan Colman’s Epic List of Content Strategy Resources
It’s certainly not all about content strategy on A List Apart, but when it is, it’s so, so good.
Again, Boxes and Arrows covers all sorts of digital design topics, but its content strategy articles are top-notch.
You’d definitely hope that the makers of a content strategy–centric tool would also have a stellar blog on the topic, and Gather Content pays off that expectation is spades.
Name notwithstanding, The Content Strategist tends to focus more on content marketing — but does it in a way that’s still super-applicable for any fan of content, particularly those who work in the hype-generation world.
It’s Medium, so mileage may vary on any given day, but I’m still consistently impressed by the volume and quality of stories on content strategy that find their way to Medium.
Shopify’s team shares a lot of incredibly useful insights on content strategy, particularly that breed that happens within digital products (i.e., mobile and web apps). And yes — before you ask — there’s a need for content strategy within products too.
There aren’t many popular design blogs that dedicate much time to content strategy, but UX Booth is a stellar exception to the trend — especially because their content tends to be rooted in real-world experience, rather than vague tips and best practices.
Features many thoughtful, in-depth pieces on content strategy that focus on practical techniques you can apply today.