These Are the Best Tech Books to Read in 2020

2020 has been a weird year so far, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been plenty to celebrate. That includes the release of some incredible tech books, from Anna Wiener’s Uncanny Valley to Joanne McNeil’s Lurking. If you’re looking for something to read in the coming weeks, these should keep you plenty busy.

These Are the Best Tech Books to Read in 2020

Uncanny Valley

Anna Wiener’s Uncanny Valley gives a glimpse of life in the technology industry, including some surprising revelations about what goes on behind the scenes. The book offers an excellent insight into the world of technology, though you may come away from it more disillusioned with the industry than you’d initially expected.

No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram

Instagram is a social media giant, so it was inevitable that a book like Sarah Frier’s No Filter would pop up eventually. If you’ve ever wondered how the photo-focused app came to be, then this is definitely worth your attention. It takes you on a rollercoaster ride from Instagram’s small beginnings to its purchase by Facebook, and all the drama that followed.

These Are the Best Tech Books to Read in 2020


Activism has played an essential role in 2020, so it makes sense that this book is one of the best this year has to offer. A collaboration between three communication professors, #HashtagActivism examines the role that social media and technology have played in modern activism. It’s an essential read for anyone interested in fighting for justice, especially at a time when leaving the house isn’t always possible.

These Are the Best Tech Books to Read in 2020


Many people are obsessed with social media, and in Joanne McNeil’s Lurking, we come to understand why that is. The book explores what it is that users crave and how sites like Facebook cater to that. It’s an interesting investigation into why the world has become so reliant on online spaces, and the way that social media has truly affected us all.

Here’s hoping the rest of 2020 offers us more tech books just as captivating as these.