Yes, 2013 isn’t over yet, but after going through a mountain of ebooks published this year, I couldn’t wait until December to share the best of the best.

Blog posts and tweets are great, but the ebook format allows for more depth and examples, and gives a holistic perspective. As a topic, social media is broader and more complex than it was even a few years ago, and glossy overviews and simple mantras just don’t cut it any more. Publishers have responded to these trends with some excellent content.

On the whole, I’m thoroughly impressed with the free ebooks produced by companies and social media groups over the last year. They are sharing creative, new ideas for how to integrate social media into a larger marketing strategy and basing their recommendations on concrete examples and mounds of data.

Without further ado, here are the top 15 ebooks of 2013 (so far):

Everything You Need to Know About Social Media Ads

This ebook outlines social ad types, targeting options, and ad measurement. The examples feature larger companies, but this is still a helpful guide for small businesses new to social advertising.

Facebook for Business: What Every Page Manager Needs to Know

This ebook gives you a step-by-step introduction to small business Facebook strategy, highlights the tools available to page managers, and shows how you can use a Facebook page for lead generation. If you are new to Facebook or want to get more from your page, this ebook is for you.

58 Social Media Tips

Although a miscellaneous collection of ideas and social media tactics, 58 Social Media Tips has something for everyone, whether you are a social veteran or newbie.

101 Companies Rocking Social Media

This ebook an inch deep and a mile wide, but it’s a great place to  find a few social media role models and see how other companies use social media.

Definitive Guide to Social Selling

While technically a white paper and not an ebook, this is a good read. It introduces a social selling model where sales reps take a much more active role in finding and interacting with potential customers. Implementing this strategy might be a big change for your business, but it’s definitely worth considering.

Networking with Networkers: How to Get Started with LinkedIn

This ebook is a good high-level overview of LinkedIn for individuals, and tells how you can build cloat on the network with regular posts and endorsements.

Dentists: Grow Your Practice in the Digital Age

Likeable branded this ebook for dentists alone, but the content is applicable to doctors and anyone else with a local practice. It’s fairly basic, but it’s a good place to start if you want to attract patients with social media.

Crash Course on the Facebook News Feed

This ebook highlights major changes Facebook has made to its News Feed, and shows how to optimize posts and images for the new format.

2013 Social Media Marketing Industry Report

While technically not an ebook, this report is a fascinating look at how the social media industry is maturing and becoming more established part of interactions between companies and individuals.

How to Convert Fans and Followers into Customers

This is a solid introduction to how Facebook and Twitter can be used as a lead and customer source for small businesses.

Contagious Content: What People Share on Facebook and Why They Share It

This ebook analyzes the types of content that are effective on Facebook, and has solid suggestions on how to use these insights for your business.

10 Step Guide for Using Pinterest for Marketing

This ebook highlights Pinterest’s potential as a business tool and lays out the logistics for using it. All the suggestions are outlined in a very easy-to-consume format.

An Introduction to Google for Business

Google+ is still ignored by a lot of business, but this ebook will introduce the vocabulary of Google+, how to create a page and how to add Google+ plugins and content to your website or blog.

The Complete Guide to Instagram

This ebook makes a great case for Instagram business profiles. Solid design and great content.

7 Steps to Massive Success with Puzzle Promos

This ebook introduces the concept of “puzzle promos,” Facebook promotions that require entrants to like more than one Facebook page before entering. It includes some great example of how other businesses have used this technique, so it’s definitely worth reading.