4 Awesome Books for Commodore 64 Enthusiasts

February 20, 2012

Did you grow up in the Commodore 64 era? You know, the 1980s! I did, and if you're like me then you look back with fond nastalgia on those good old days of playing classic computer games and writing BASIC programs.

If you still love the Commodore 64, or are just getting in to retro computing, you will most likely enjoy these cool books.

So, without further ado, here are four great computer books that are about the vintage computing goodness of the Commodore 64. Enjoy!

  1. Commodore: A Company on the Edge by Brian Bagnall. This is the definitive history of Commodore International in all its glory. Spanning the time from the mid 1970s when the PET came out to the early 1990s this book is loaded with tons of first-hand accounts from Commodore employees. Be careful though, you may get sick when you read about all the politicking that went on at Jack Tramiel's company, and you'll definitly feel at least a twinge of anger when you see how Commodore blew its enormous advantage in the PC industry. This is one fabulous and fascinating read for anybody who grew up using a Commodore computer.
  2. The Commodore 64 Book - 1982 to 199x by Andrew Fisher. A former writer for some Commodore magazines reviews and talks about over 200 of the best games for the Commodore 64. A beautiful coffee table book for any Commodore fan!
  3. Commodork: Sordid Tales From A Bbs Junkie by Rob O'Hara. The author tells his own personal tales and adventures of growing up during the time of bulletin board systems and copyfests. The Kindle edition of this book is really cheap!
  4. A Commodore 64 Walkabout By Robinson Mason. Published in 2011, this book explores the old and the new of the Commodore 64 scene. The author says "this book was written for people new to some or all aspects of the C64 scene or those eager to return to it after many years." (digital version only)

Do you know any other cool books about the Commodore 64? If so, let me know and I'll add them!

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-Rusty