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Peter Morville wrote one of the best introductions to digital IA, Information Architecture for the World Wide Web. His most recent book, Ambient Findability, is a pleasant and entertaining jaunt through specific aspects of IA such as wayfinding, faceted browsing, semantics, metadata, and information hierarchies. What I particularly like is that Morville weaves in contributions from others in the field such as Clay Shirky and Dave Wienburg. This collaborative approach stands in stark contrast to Steve Johnson’s book Everything Bad is Good for You, which tackled the question of popular culture’s effects on educational development and literacy while completely¬† ignoring Neil Postman’s critical contributions to the topic. I was appalled at Johnson’s ignorance, and wondered how his editor ever let him publish a book with such shoddy scholarship.

Although Ambient Findability lacks a certain depth of original thought, Morville’s willingness to do his homework in regards to the other movers and shakers in his field goes far towards redeeming the book in my eyes.

My stamp of approval: A-

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