Books on Building Online Community

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List compiled by Nancy White of Full Circles Associates. She asked her community: What books have you found useful for learning about/practicing building online communities?



  1. Anklam, P.2007: NetWork: A practical guide to Creating and Sustaining Networks in the World and at Work
  2. Figallo, C. 2002: Building the Knowledge Management Networks - Best Practices:Tools and Techniques for Putting Conversation to Work

John Wiley, New York NY

  1. Kim, A.J. 2000: Community Building on the Web. Peachpit Press, Berkeley, CA
  2. Mader, S. 2008: Wikipatterns. Wiley Pub, Indianapois, IN
  3. O'Keefe, P. 2008: Managing Online Forums: Everything You Need to Know to Create and Run Successful Community Discussion Boards, AMACOM, New York
  4. Powazek, D.M. 2002: Design for Community: The Art of Connecting Real People in Virtual Places. New Riders, Indianapolis, IN
  5. Preece, J. 2000: Online Communities: Designing Usability, Supporting Sociability. John Wiley, NY
  6. Renninger, K.A. & Shumar, W. (Eds). 2002: Building Virtual Communities: Learning and Change in Cyberspace. Cambridge University Press