Top Two Business Books

The top two books in the business category on Amazon’s sales rankings right now are not owned by most libraries.

The Lean Startup, coming in September, is by Eric Ries, who is called “the face of the lean startup movement.” He’s even trademarked the concept and promotes it constantly at tech conferences. Several blogs call the concept the “next big thing” in business (Fast Company’s Expert Blog, Forbes’s Rethink, SmartMoney’s Encore).

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
Eric Ries
Retail Price: $26.00
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Crown Business – (2011-09-13)
ISBN / EAN: 0307887898 / 9780307887894

Crown is a Random House imprint, so the book will also be available from OverDrive.

The number two book (number 1 last week), is also aimed at entrepreneurs. Anything You Want by CD Baby founder Derek Sivers is published by Seth Godin’s “cut out the middleman” Domino Project, which he launched with Amazon in December. It’s promoted with this engaging video, “I Miss the Mob,” sure to appeal to anyone who has dealt with MBA types or business consultants. Personally, I could watch it all day long.

Talk about a lean startup; Sives began CDBaby.com, a distributor of independent music, in 1998 with $500 and grew it with no outside investors. Ten years later, he sold it for $22 million. He didn’t pocket the money himself, however. It all went to a charitable trust for music education.

The book is available through library wholesalers. It is also on audio from Brilliance and downloadable from OverDrive.

Anything You Want
Derek Sivers
Retail Price: $14.99
Hardcover: 88 pages
Publisher: The Domino Project – (2011-06-29)
ISBN / EAN: 1936719118 / 9781936719112

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