After coming across numerous lists of recommended UX books, I became a little frustrated trying to figure what books I should read first. While I noticed a few books that showed up on most lists, each list seemed to contain a lot of different recommendations, so how could they all be comprehensive, essential, must-read lists?
To remedy this, I decided compile a master list of every UX book list I could find and tally the number of recommendations for each book. This turned out to be an enormous task primarily because some of the lists were very long and almost every list had unique recommendations (and sometimes a lot of them).
You can view the list in a Google spreadsheet here: Monster List of UX Book Recommendations
By default, I have it sorted by number of recommendations, but obviously you can sort by title, author, or category. If you click the filter button, you can also filter by category.
A few things to note:
- Some list sources are probably more authoritative or trustworthy than others. If you’re curious, there’s a Lists tab that has links to all the lists I used.
- A book with more recommendations isn’t necessarily “better” than one with less. It’s just more popular or well established. Also, newer books aren’t well represented on most of the lists.
- I used the categories from UX Mastery’s book list and did my best to apply them to books from other lists that weren’t categorized. Some lists had certain books categorized differently, and some books seemed like they fit into more than one category to me. In those cases, I just added a second or even third category when it seemed appropriate.
How you can help improve the list:
- Did I miss a book list that I should add?
- Are there any categories that should be changed for or added to certain books?
- Do you have any other feedback? Let me know.