Choosing Biz Books

I have been reading a lot of books lately. I am searching for new ideas. With books, the writer has room to expand on a thought and give it substance. I am finding I don’t retain much from the popular snippet style of journalism in most newspapers and magazines.

The next problem I run across is which books to read. The number of business titles published in 2002 was in the thousands (8000?). I don’t have the money or the time to get through all of them. I am sure many of you have the same problem.

Here are my thoughts:

  1. I buy almost everything from Amazon. The reviews give you an idea of what people think about the book. As they get to know me, they start to give better suggestions for other things I may like. I also like that I can purchase either new or used books. Check out the best biz titles for 2003 as rated by the editors and the customers.
  2. Check out Jack Covert Selects from 800-CEO-READ. This Milwaukee-based company specializes in business titles for corporations and individuals. I find Jack’s reviews are through, honest, and outside the mainstream. This month he recommends:

  3. If you are a regular reader, you’ll know I am partial to Fast Company. They started a book club in October and each month they let readers vote on five books. Here are the choices thus far:

    Also, John Moore posted a Best of Marketing Books list for 2003 on FC Now.

  4. Check out All Consuming. The site is a combines of data from Technorati, Amazon,, and Alexa to show the popularity of books on blogs. Since business blogs are still relatively new, there isn’t a ton of feedback yet. I think it will grow into another word of mouth source for recommendations.
  5. Finally, I hope the Business Blog Book Tour becomes another trusted source for reading suggestions. We have lined up a great set of stops for the tour. I plan to annouce the first author after the holidays.

3 thoughts on “Choosing Biz Books

  1. One thing I do is keep in mind that I am reading for knowledge and/or pleasure. If a book doesn’t interest me and I am half way through, I just put it down. Sometimes I skip a chapter or two that don’t seem interesting. There is always this feeling that I have to pick it up and read it cover to cover, so I fight that and try to remember that my time is valuable and should be treated that way. I still probably read about 80% of books cover to cover, but cutting a little bit of useless stuff out here and there surely helps me get through a few extra titles a year.

  2. I am new to the internet and I am surfing here and this is very interesting reading. I did a search in the search engines on “company blog” and I found your web blog.
    I am a Lawyer in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and thus my interest in searching for a company blog on the WWW.
    I just wanted to see how the rest of the world thinks and see what trends and technology are happening in the world. I also was interested in a blog for myself which might possibly lead to a blob for my law firm, you never know, that is if I can understand the technology of operating a blog. The different things discussed on a website found by searching for “company blog” in the search engine is very amusing reading to this Halifax Lawyer.

    Respectfully yours
    B. J. Stephens, LL.B.
    A Halifax Lawyer

  3. I am a professional Halifax Lawyer too. What a coincident.What Street is your accounting law practise located? Is it in the local area? How long have you practised law?
    Technology is wonderful, you go into the www millions of miles and back again to talk to a local neighbour next door. lol
    I will be back to see what you say.
    Take care

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