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by David Garland in David's Blog

There is nothing like a good book.

It doesn’t matter if you read it old school style (paperback), on your Kindle or iPad, listen to it, or maybe even watch and read with something like Vook. The funny thing, is of the over 150 innovators, authors and forward-thinkers I’ve interviewed on RISE since 2008, almost every one reads. Is it a coincidence that they are also super successful? The best books seem to do a few things really well:

1. Inspire thinking: A “Huh…..I never saw it that way” moment. Or a new way of looking of things.
2. Cause change: I can trace back certain books that caused a change in how I looked at things or influenced me to edit something in my business or life. I bet you can to.
3. Create hunger: A call to action. Something worth talking about and doing.

Obviously, there are many types of books out there. Personal memoirs with takeaways you can use. How-to books offering a step-by-step guide. Inspirational stories and many more.

As John Jantsch, author of The Referral Engine (Affiliate link) said to me in our interview (paraphrased), books offer one of the best values out there. Where else can you get one, two or maybe more ideas for around $20?

The other neat thing about the social web, is there is now an opportunity to connect with your favorite authors one-on-one. I’ve added their Twitter accounts to the list so you can hunt them down.

And while this list is no where near comprehensive, here are some of my favorites that you should pick up (note: these are all Amazon Affiliate Links). Must-read books for entrepreneurs in no particular order:

Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk

A shot in the arm for those looking to cash in on their passion.

Connect with Gary on Twitter

Interview with Gary Vaynerchuk

The Whuffie Factor: By Tara Hunt

An interesting look at “social currency” influence and community on the web.

Connect with Tara on Twitter

Interview with Tara Hunt

Trust Agents by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith

Nothing better than a little trust, right? Chris and Julien lay out the social web in a unique way to help your business.

Connect with Chris and Julien on Twitter

Interview with Chris Brogan

Get Seen by Steve Garfield

A fantastic look at understanding and getting started with online video.

Connect with Steve on Twitter

Interview with Steve Garfield

Inbound Marketing by Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah

Sick of push marketing? You will love this book. A better way to market.

Connect with Brian and Dharmesh on Twitter

Interview with Brian Halligan

Engage by Brian Solis

An incredibly comprehensive guide to maximizing the social web.

Connect with Brian on Twitter

Interview with Brian Solis

Linchpin by Seth Godin

Are you indispensable? Are you wasting your time or using it to “ship” and spread your ideas?

Check out Seth’s blog on Twitter

Interview with Seth Godin

The New Rules of Marketing & PR by David Meerman Scott

Say goodbye to the old school.

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Interview with David Meerman Scott

The Referral Engine by John Jantsch

The art and science of referrals for your business.

Connect with John on Twitter

Interview with John Jantsch

Drive by Daniel Pink

What motivates you and others? It might not be what you think…

Connect with Daniel on Twitter

Interview with Daniel Pink

The Go Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann

A simple tale of giving that will have an impact on how you do business.

Connect with Bob on Twitter

Interview with Bob Burg

The Zen Of Social Media Marketing by Shama Kabani

Tips and strategies with Shama…who not only talks the talk but walks the walk

Connect with Shama on Twitter

Interview with Shama Kabani

The Wealthy Freelancer by Steve Slaunwhite, Pete Savage, and Ed Gandia

If you are in the business of doing projects for other people, this is a must read.

Connect with Steve, Pete and Ed on Twitter

Interview with Pete Savage

Your Business Brickyard by Howard Mann

We can get all caught up in the fancy tools, but as an entrepreneur, if you don’t have the basics down, you might be in trouble.

Connect with Howard on Twitter

Interview with Howard Mann

Power Friending by Amber Mac

A great look at social media for beginners AND more advanced folks. Amber also has a great personal story.

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Interview with Amber Mac

Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi

Networking is about being sketchy. Being connected is the key to business.

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Interview with Keith Ferrazzi

Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

A refreshing look at entrepreneurship. Seriously, ridiculously refreshing.

Connect with Jason and David on Twitter.

Interview with David Heinemeier Hansson

Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

The approachable master of Zappos tells his story with a zillion takeaways for your business.

Connect with Tony on Twitter

Interview with Tony Hsieh

Six Pixels of Separation by Mitch Joel

How entrepreneurs can jump all over the opportunity of our changing, more connected world.

Connect with Mitch on Twitter

Interview with Mitch Joel

The 4-Hour Workweek (Expanded Edition) by Tim Ferriss

Even if you have the original, the expanded version is worth nabbing because of the great new stories of folks applying the principles of the original.

Connect with Tim on Twitter

Interview with Tim Ferriss (coming THIS FALL on RISE)

The New Community Rules: Marketing On The Social Web by Tamar Weinberg

Looking to build a community? One of the masters Tamar Weinberg guides you through it.

Connect with Tamar on Twitter

Interview with Tamar Weinberg

What about some more? What did I miss? What are some of your favorites?

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1 Comment
  1. Patricia L. says:

    Great list 🙂 My fav The Whuffie Factor, by Tara Hunt. I would also suggest to add to the list a new book published just a few months ago called Potemkin, Inc. by Philippe Joly. Check for more info.

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