The Art of Community provides good coverage of community, helping readers to think about building a community and the tasks and work involved in doing so.
Jono writes well making the book a good read, presenting his experience and thoughts very clearly and coherently. The book makes good use of examples and is definitely readable. It struck me as useful in my early stages of thinking about community (myself being earlier in thinking than the community I’m getting into), and had information and examples pertinent to much bigger communities as well. I’ve highlighted and bookmarked many pages in iBooks for my future reference, as I expect that the topics will come up in future communities that aim a part of. Many other parts matched and confirmed my experiences and conversations that I’ve had with different people about community in the past. In particular the comments around programmers and mailing lists rang true.
Overall I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the book to anyone who is interested in the topic. The Art of Community provides good information and food for thought around building communities.