In “Reading List,” we ask ecommerce professionals to name some of their favorite recent books and blogs and tell us why they read them. For this installment, we corresponded with Konstantin Molchanov, promotion specialist at Simtech, creators of the CS-Cart shopping cart in Russia.
Konstantin Molchanov’s Top 5 Books
The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes.
“This book had a huge impact on me. It shows how two mutual excluding ideas can exist and be productively combined. It’s the way of Einstein and Buddha explained in a way anybody would find easy and delightful.”
Travels to New Guinea: Diaries, Letters, Documents by Nicholas Miklouho-Maclay.
“When this man first landed in New Guinea, he couldn’t speak the language of the native tribes and almost nothing did he know about their way of life. Nonetheless he managed to gain respect without a single shot — which is kind of abnormal for his time — and make friends with the aborigines. Especially useful for PR-specialists.”
“No doubt, reading lots of information about everything has to be useful.”
Dive Into Python by Mark Pilgrim.
“This is a great book about the most beautiful programming language in the world. It inspired — and still does — me in many ways.”
The Definitive Guide to Django by Adrian Holovaty and Jacob Kaplan-Moss.
“Another great book about the framework built over the most beautiful programming language — Python — in the world. Beautifully written and really inspiring.”
Konstantin Molchanov’s Only Blog
“There’s only one blog I regularly read and it’s in Russian. It belongs to the Russia’s most famous designer Artemy Lebedev. See the Google-translated English version here.”