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Just like the mobile workforce it serves, coworking is still a fairly new industry. Even the most established coworking spaces are still learning what makes their community work and adapting to the needs and talents of their members. Shared learning is what makes coworking unique, so it only makes sense that those with a little bit of expertise would share it with the world! Whether you’ve been coworking for a day or a year, these books familiarize you with the unique benefits, challenges, and opportunities present in this global community.
By Beth Buczynski - Thursday, 29 September 2011

I'm Outta Here

by Drew Jones, Todd Sundsted & Tony Bacigalupo

If you’ve ever wished you could have been there when coworking was brand new, this is the book for you. "I'm Outta Here! How coworking is making the office obsolete" is a book about the people and places that kicked off the workplace revolution in the US. From a single space in San Francisco at the beginning of 2006 to over 70 spaces in 2008, this book demonstrates why so many talented workers continue to turn their backs to the traditional office and said, "I'm outta here!": $10 on lulu.com.


Coworking: Building Community as a Space Catalyst

by Angel Kwiatkowski & Beth Buczynski

This is the first book ever written specifically for those who want to start a coworking space. A useful hands-on and thought-provoking resource for coworking space catalysts, this book is based on the proven principle of “community first, space second.” Starting any business is hard. Starting a business when the concept has only been around for a handful of years is even harder. If you want to become a coworking space owner, this book will help you build a lasting community: $39.99 on coherecommunity.com. Also available as Kindle version on Amazon.com.


Forecasting Coworking: Architectural Strategies...

by Cassie Hibbert, Ted Kimble & Justin White

This manual is intended to help facility owners, current coworkers, and those new to coworking in order to get the most out of your space. The authors discuss what to look for in selecting the location of a new building and common problems of coworking facilities that result from combining autonomy and social interaction: $6.99 on lulu.com.


Coworking: How Freelancers Escape the Coffee Shop Office

by Angel Kwiatkowski & Beth Buczynski

The only book written specifically for coworkers by coworkers, this is your guide to the who, what, where, why, and how of coworking. With tips for finding and participating in a local coworking community, and personal stories from coworkers around the world, this book will help you escape the coffee shop or home office, and embrace the diverse community of independent workers that’s growing all over the world: "Coworking: How Freelancers Escape the Coffee Shop Office and Tales of Community from Independents Around the World."


Working in the "UnOffice"

by Andrew Tang & Genevieve DeGuzman

The newest book to arrive on the coworking scene, this guide helps readers select the right space, adjust to the coworking environment, and master the art of networking among the mix of personalities. It includes candid conversations and interviews with 33 entrepreneurs and independents and 19 coworking space founders in the US. You can learn their secrets to "accelerated serendipity" as they recount their inspiring stories of how coworking became the driving force behind critical business decisions and breakthroughs: $4.99 on nightowlspress.com.

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