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Congressional request for review of Amazon/Whole Foods deal

July 22, 2017

Congressional request for review of Amazon/Whole Foods deal

When I first wrote about Amazon’s proposed takeover of Whole Foods:

The largelthiest storket in the world! Why does Amazon want to buy Whole Foods?

I was questioned on a couple of things.

One was my quirky words. 🙂 I was trying to combine “largest store” and “healthy market” (sort of), but I’ll admit that even for me, that was a stretch. 😉

The other was that I was referring to it in indefinite terms…not committing to it happening.

Well, I’m not going to say now that it’s not going to happen for sure…I think the challenge I’ll write about below is not going to derail it. However, I still think it’s not 100% yet, although I do think it’s likely to happen.

Here’s one story on it:

Reuters article by Ginger Gibson

On what?

Twelve Congressmembers of the minority party have sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission asking for a more in-depth examination of the proposed Amazon/Whole Foods deal.

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union made the letter public:

http://www.ufcw.org/2017/07/21/amazonwholefoodsletter/

The two arguments in the letter seem…well, I’ll go with “unconvincing”.

The one has to do with the availability of healthy food to disadvantaged communities.

I’m sorry, but I just can’t see anyway that Amazon is going to make food less available than it is currently at Whole Foods. If anything, prices should come down (due in part to efficiencies, but also because of corporate philosophies). Delivery and access should also become easier for more people.

The other one is a concern about closing retail stores. I don’t see that that is specifically a problem (despite having been a manager of a brick-and-mortar bookstore, a gamestore and more).

I also think this deal will make it more likely that a brick-and-mortar store continues to be around, rather than less likely.

So, my guessed outcomes would be the opposite of what the letter suggests, on both of their issues.

Another thing that seems weird about this? Jeff Bezos hasn’t been a friend of the President…which should, essentially, align the Amazon CEO (Chief Executive Officer) with the people who signed the letter.

I’ll keep my eye on it, and I do think other challenges may arise, including other suitors and other legal questions.

What do you think? Will anything come out of this letter? Will something else derail the deal? Do you personally see a problem with the deal, and if so, what is it? Feel free to tell me and my users what yu think by commenting on this post.

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Why do Amazon-published books sell so well…at Amazon?

July 18, 2017

Why do Amazon-published books sell so well…at Amazon?

This might seem obvious, but that’s not necessarily so. 🙂

Why do books traditionally published by Amazon sell so well at Amazon?

Silly, right? Don’t Ford cars sell well at Ford dealerships?

Well, yes. I think that’s different, though. People go to the Ford dealership to buy a Ford car (unless they are buying one that was traded in). I don’t think people generally go to Amazon to buy an Amazon book…they go to buy a book. 😉

By the way, I need to clarify that I’m only talking e-books here. I’m also only talking about the ones traditionally published by Amazon, not those published using Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. Traditional publishing means that Amazon chooses the books to be published.

Let me also take a look: out of the top 20

Best-selling paid Kindle books in the USA Kindle store (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

how many are traditionally published by Amazon?

#1

#2

#7

#8

#9

#11

#16

#17

#18

#19

So, exactly half of them. Amazon doesn’t publish anywhere near 1% of the books in the Kindle store, so they are doing disproportionately well, at least at the very top.

Now, I’ll tell you why I don’t think they sell well just because they were published by Amazon. In my experience as a former brick-and-mortar bookstore manager is that people generally don’t care about who the publisher is. That’s not always true: some examples would be Penguin classics, Black Lizard mysteries, Prometheus for skeptical books (they others, too), Little Golden books…but for things like mainstream novels, I wouldn’t guess that 75% of the buyers cared.

Hm…most Amazon published-books, certainly these very popular ones, are genre titles, and people did care the publisher there. Harlequin for romance, for example, and Montlake, Amazon’s romance imprint was well-represented.

Still, Amazon doesn’t even surface an “aisle” for their own publishing.

Are the books simply better?

I’m not giving Amazon that one. 🙂 They can be good, but are they significantly better than the books from the Big Five?

One could assume that Amazon promotes them more on the site, and they do, to some extent. I wouldn’t say it’s obvious though…they aren’t shoving them in your face every time you log on, or even when you go to the storefront.

I suspect that what they do is some things other publishers could do…

That’s my thinking on it: low prices, quality production, including features like TTS. That doesn’t mean your book will sell as well as Amazon’s, but I think those things will tend to increase sales.

What do you think? Do you buy books just because they were published by Amazon? How many Amazon imprints can you name? What factors affect your decision to buy? Feel free to tell me and my readers by commenting on this post.

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Amazon announces “Digital Day” content sale December 30th

December 19, 2016

Amazon announces “Digital Day” content sale December 30th

Thanks to regular reader and commenter Roger Knights for the heads-up on this!

Amazon has just announced a new sale called

Digital Day (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

for December 30th, 2016 (Pacific time).

The timing makes a lot of sense: many people will have new devices, gift cards, and store credit from returns. An argument could be made that it could be a few days earlier (and December 25th and 26th will still be huge sales days), but it could be a quieter time. It’s a Friday before what will be a holiday weekend for many people…that may be a heavy internet use day.

You can sign up for e-mails at that Digital Day (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) site (I did), and they show some of what will be on sale there now. They mention e-books, although they are mostly showing visual media. One thing which is shown that might particularly appeal to readers of ILMK is

Texture (at AmazonSmile*)

That’s a subser (subscription service) for magazines…an “all you can read” access option. It’s not going to work on your Kindle EBR (E-Book Reader) but will work on at least modern Fire tablets.

I’m sure there will be good e-book deals, too…although that’s true every day. 🙂

Thanks, Roger!

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

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This is where I was tonight

October 11, 2016

One Murder More nominated for three awards

August 16, 2016

One Murder More nominated for three awards

My readers have been following the progress of my sibling’s first book:

One Murder More (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

I write about it in part because I support my family, sure, but I also think it’s informative about the publishing industry.

OMM has had  a number of milestones, including appearing in Amazon’s tightly curated physical bookstore.

It has an average of 4.7 stars out of 5 with 89 customer reviews, which is very high.

An early enthusiastic blurb was from New York Times bestselling author, John Lescroart.

It’s currently ranked 459,158 in the USA Kindle store. That’s out of 4,717,502, which puts it ahead of about 90% of the titles.

Now, it’s been nominated for three (!) awards at the major mystery writers’ conference:

Killer Nashville

To give you a sense of the conference (which runs this Thursday, 8/18, through Sunday), the Guests of Honor include Janet Evanovich.

You can see the nominees for the 2016 “Silver Falchion” (a falchion is a type of sword) awards here:

http://www.killernashville.com/2016-killer-nashville-silver-falchion-finalists/

The three categories in which One Murder More is nominated are:

  • Best Fiction First Novel
  • Best Mystery/Crime
  • The Judges’ Choice

That’s impressive to me…especially the Judges’ Choice which has a different selection process.

Kris will also be part of Session 59, Turning Headline News into Fiction, on Sunday at 12:45 in the Sycamore room.

To celebrate these honors, I’m going to give away the Kindle edition of One Murder More (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) to the first three (for the three awards) of my readers who comment on this post asking for one. You’ll need to be somewhere you can get a Kindle gift from the USA, and I’ll use the e-mail address you use when you post (which is not visible to the public) to send you your gift. As you may know, if you get a Kindle gift and already have that book, you can contact Amazon to change to a store credit instead.

If One Murder More does win any awards at the Killer Nashville conference this weekend (virtual fingers crossed), it will be interesting to see how that impacts the book’s progress. I think that “award-winning” can be an influential statement to make on a book’s product page, but if it happens, we’ll be able to see if the sales ranking changes (although we won’t know for sure that the award mattered, of course).

Congratulations, Kris!

What do you think? Does it matter to you if a book is “award-winning”? Does it matter if you haven’t heard of the award before? Do you pay more attention to judge-selected or peer-nominated awards? What about reader-voted? Are you going to Killer Nashville, or have you been in the past? Feel free to let me and my readers know what you think by commenting on this post (and ask for a copy of OMM, if you like).

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.

Note: other of my family members have published books, including another sibling. You can see more information at I know these authors!

 

Should the President be reading indies?

August 15, 2016

Should the President be reading indies?

“Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.”
–Arthur C. Clarke

I like that we get to see the President’s reading list..and just to be clear, that would be any President, not particularly the current one.

It tells the country and the world that the President of the USA reads recreationally…not a small message to send.

When I saw this year’s list, though, I was struck by one thing in particular. Here’s  the list, as reported by the White House

here

What stood out to me?

While they aren’t all from Big 5 publishers (Grove isn’t one), they are all traditionally published.

Now, that’s not really a surprise. These books are well known, and I’m sure a President doesn’t have much time to browse. 🙂

However, it could have really had an impact on an indie (independently published book) if the President had selected one.

I’m sure there are people who could have made a recommendation. 😉

I don’t have anything against mainstream published books. It’s just that it seems like this is a missed opportunity.

I was curious: in terms of the Kindle store, the highest any of these was ranked was #19 bestseller at time of writing. It’s a different situation in p-book (paperbook) bestsellers, and I would guess that at least some of the time, the President reads e-books…

One other comment: all of these publishers are headquartered in the USA. Penguin (a British company) merged with Random House, but the HQ is in New York. There are hundreds of indie books published in the USA Kindle store every month, and I would be sure the vast majority of those, if they make any money at all, are under USA tax jurisdiction, and tend to contribute to the USA  economy.

What do you think? Were you surprised by any of the President’s choices? Do  you think picking an indie or lesser-known book would have been a good  thing? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.

 

 

 

Today’s KDD: Up to 75% off over 20 top-rated Kindle books

August 14, 2016

Today’s KDD: Up to 75% off over 20 top-rated Kindle books

Today’s

Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

has many well-known authors and some well-known books. 🙂

This is a one day sale, and as usual, do check the price before tap that Buy button…the prices may not apply in your country, for one thing.

Today’s books include:

  • Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  • What We Find by Robyn Carr
  • Unfinished Business by Nora Roberts
  • Afterburn & Aftershock by Sylvia Day
  • Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreigtt
  • The  Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter
  • The Empty Throne by Bernard Cornwell
  • The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck
  • Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty
  • The Fireman by Joe HIll

Enjoy!

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.

 

Shop through your Echo device and get a great deal on a Tap today

July 8, 2016

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160708005141/en/

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I love my Kindle blog

Barnes & Noble outsources NOOK development, cloud management

April 8, 2016

Barnes & Noble outsources NOOK development, cloud management

It’s the end of an era.

In this

press release

Barnes & Noble announced that they are outsourcing “…cloud management and development support for NOOK software” to

Bahwan Cybertek (BCT)

a very experienced company in many countries and with major partnerships, including with Oracle and Microsoft.

As a result of this, B&N will be shutting down a couple of offices, in Santa Clara and Taiwan, at the end of this July.

This could  be a very good thing for NOOK owners…and by extension, a good thing for Kindle owners.

It was always a risk for Amazon to do hardware and software…and a bigger risk for Barnes & Noble. It’s just not their area of expertise…you know, like publishers trying to figure out how to price books for consumers. 😉

Amazon had muuuuuch bigger resources to bring in people with the expertise, and in other ways to find the resources.

Barnes & Noble just didn’t.

Turning over this work to BCT will conceivably mean a more mainstream, reliable approach. It’s possible it will be less innovative, but that’s not necessarily the case.

Yes, it means that the development will not be driven by a bibliocentric company…but tech companies do things all the time for other industries.

If, and I’m just speculating, it makes for a better NOOK line, that could drive Amazon to better Kindle/Fire products through competition.

My guess is that it might make the Amazon devices even more out of the box…while still needing to be competitively reliable.

We’ll see what happens.

By the way, to give a sense of scale, Barnes & Noble says

“In the first quarter of fiscal 2017, the company expects to record severance charges and transition related costs of approximately $6 million.”

I think Amazon sneezes six million dollars. 😉

Overall, I feel good about this. It seems to mean that NOOK users will not be hurt…that the platform won’t simply disappear, but will not only survive but thrive.

How does this affect the Barnes & Noble stores, and the NOOK Books?

Certainly, in the short run, it helps them. The NOOK has been a major anchor on the stores, and this cuts that ballast loose. It lets B&N concentrate on other things…like games and toys.

What do you think? Is this a good decision by B&N? What does BCT get out of it? Will this make a difference for Kindle/Fire owners? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

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Amazon’s 100 Leadership & Success Books to Read in a Lifetime

February 25, 2016

Amazon’s 100 Leadership & Success Books to Read in a Lifetime 

Amazon sent me an e-mail that they have added their latest “100 books” list:

Amazon’s 100 Leadership & Success Books to Read in a Lifetime (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

This list really intrigued me!

While I consider myself an eclectic reader, books about understanding your own behavior (and that of other human beings), especially in business situations, are amongst my favorites.

This is a sort of fuzzy categorization…you don’t usually see a section for “Leadership & Success” in a brick-and-mortar bookstore (I’m a former manager of one), and they make the point in their e-mail to me that there are “surprise adds”  in this list.

They were nice enough to send me a version I can copy and paste (although I tweaked the formatting):

Title Author
1 #GIRLBOSS Sophia Amoruso
2 A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (Oprah’s Book Club, Selection 61) Eckhart Tolle
3 Andrew Carnegie David Nasaw
4 Awaken the Giant Within : How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny! Tony Robbins
5 Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear Elizabeth Gilbert
6 Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street John Brooks
7 Change Your Brain, Change Your Life (Revised and Expanded): The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Lack of Focus, Anger, and Memory Problems Daniel G. Amen M.D.
8 Chicken Soup for the Soul 20th Anniversary Edition: All Your Favorite Original Stories Plus 20 Bonus Stories for the Next 20 Years Jack Canfield
9 Choose Yourself! James Altucher
10 Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion Gary Vaynerchuk
11 Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck Jon Acuff
12 Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us Daniel H. Pink
13 Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time Brian Tracy
14 Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future Ashlee Vance
15 Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ Daniel Goleman
16 Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less Greg McKeown
17 Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done Larry Bossidy
18 Find a Way Diana Nyad
19 First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently Marcus Buckingham
20 Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
21 Flying Without a Net: Turn Fear of Change into Fuel for Success Thomas J. DeLong
22 Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything Steven D. Levitt
23 Getting More: How You Can Negotiate to Succeed in Work and Life Stuart Diamond
24 Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity David Allen
25 Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In Roger Fisher
26 Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success Adam M. Grant
27 Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t Jim Collins
28 How to Win Friends & Influence People Dale Carnegie
29 How Will You Measure Your Life? Clayton M. Christensen
30 Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Revised Edition Robert B. Cialdini
31 Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading Martin Linsky
32 Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead Sheryl Sandberg
33 Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die Chip Heath
34 Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl
35 Meditations (Dover Thrift Editions) Marcus Aurelius
36 Mindset: The New Psychology of Success Carol Dweck
37 Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics Richard H. Thaler
38 Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Dr. Seuss
39 Outliers: The Story of Success Malcolm Gladwell
40 Personal History Katharine Graham
41 Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions Dan Ariely
42 Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking Susan Cain
43 It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership Colin Powell
44 Siddhartha Hermann Hesse
45 Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action Simon Sinek
46 Steve Jobs Walter Isaacson
47 StrengthsFinder 2.0 Tom Rath
48 Stumbling on Happiness Daniel Gilbert
49 Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction Philip E. Tetlock
50 Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else Geoff Colvin
51 The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing:  Violate Them at Your Own Risk! Al Ries
52 The 48 Laws of Power Robert Greene
53 The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich Timothy Ferriss
54 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change Stephen R. Covey
55 The Alchemist Paulo Coelho
56 The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World (Art of Happiness Book) Dalai Lama
57 The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere (TED Books) Pico Iyer
58 The Art of Strategy: A Game Theorist’s Guide to Success in Business and Life Avinash K. Dixit
59 The Art of the Start 2.0: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything Guy Kawasaki
60 The Art Of War Sun Tzu
61 The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine Michael Lewis
62 The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable: With a new section: “On Robustness and Fragility” (Incerto) Nassim Nicholas Taleb
63 The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism Olivia Fox Cabane
64 The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right Atul Gawande
65 The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know Katty Kay
66 The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done (Harperbusiness Essentials) Peter F. Drucker
67 The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America, Third Edition Warren E. Buffett
68 The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter, Updated and Expanded Michael D. Watkins
69 The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt T.J. Stiles
70 The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable Patrick Lencioni
71 The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) Don Miguel Ruiz
72 The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are Brene Brown
73 The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work Shawn Achor
74 The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun Gretchen Rubin
75 The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers Ben Horowitz
76 The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business Clayton M. Christensen
77 The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing. A Book of Practical Counsel (Revised Edition) (Collins Business Essentials) Benjamin Graham
78 The Last Lecture Randy Pausch
79 The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses Eric Ries
80 The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing Marie Kondo
81 The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) Hal Elrod
82 The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play Neil Fiore
83 The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business Charles Duhigg
84 The Prince (Dover Thrift Editions) Niccolò Machiavelli
85 The Prophet (A Borzoi Book) Kahlil Gibran
86 The Road Less Traveled, Timeless Edition: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth M. Scott Peck
87 The Road to Character David Brooks
88 The Secret Rhonda Byrne
89 The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams Deepak Chopra
90 Thinking, Fast and Slow Daniel Kahneman
91 Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. Ron Chernow
92 Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts–Becoming the Person You Want to Be Marshall Goldsmith
93 Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson Mitch Albom
94 Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders L. David Marquet
95 Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance Jonathan Fields
96 Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives Dan Millman
97 What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful Marshall Goldsmith
98 Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength Roy F. Baumeister
99 Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person Shonda Rhimes
100 Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future Peter Thiel

I’ve actually written about a few of these before…here’s one instance:

A book I’m reading now: Thinking, Fast and Slow

Let’s see…of these, I’ve read:

  • Freakonomics
  • How to Win Friends & Influence People
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
  • Predictably Irrational (I highly recommend this one)
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  • The Art of War
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (worth reading)
  • The Last Lecture
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

There are a few others about which I’m not sure. 🙂

Off the top of my head, I’d also recommend

  • Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales
  • The Man Who Lied to His Laptop by Clifford Nass
  • Brain Rules by John Medina

Interestingly, I would guess I was more influenced by fiction than by any of these. 🙂 I still look at the Doc Savage oath from time to time, which says in part: “Let me strive, every moment of my life to make myself better and better, to the best of my ability, that all may profit by it. Let me think of the right, and lend my assistance to those who need it with no regard for anything but justice…”

What do you think of the list? Are there others you would recommend? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

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