How to Select a Business Book

It must have happened to most of us; standing in the business section corner of a bookstore, not sure which book to pick up for a good read. Being able to choose the right books which provide a good insight into the world of business is a herculean task. With so many different kinds of books available, it is sometimes difficult to make the right choice.

The problem is, business books are not story books, which can simply be bought for the fun of reading. Business books on one hand give inputs towards various business nuances, supported by hard facts and cases and on the other, establishes ways and means to inculcate skills to enhance your business acumen. So how does one get to select the right book? We hope that the following steps would help you avoid needless expenses towards run-of-the-mill books.

Ask yourself the following questions:

•What is the reason you are looking for a business book? If you know the reason you may want to ask yourself the next question.

•Do you want to read a book related to your business / field of work or you want to read something else?

•Do you want to read time tested authors or want to try something new?

Do a Content review: Every book has a small review on its jacket. The title may not be able to describe its content.

Check the Credibility of the Author: You may prefer an author who writes based on his experiences from his field of work (which in your case is the chosen trade), or even like books from academicians.

Check who is the target audience: A book for “everybody” may not appeal to you, as it may not contain field specific examples.

Do the chapter titles tell the story?: Check the chapter titles; do they reveal the context of the book. Intriguing titles increase curiosity to read further.

Check some part of the contents: E.g. The introduction is usually a summary of the entire book. Read the foreword to check whether the content is what you are looking for.

Check whether the book has real world examples: Flip the pages of the book, check out some of the case studies, do they depict a real world scenario?

Check the writing style: Though you may have selected the author(s) you want to read, but not all authors’ writing style may appeal to you. Just skiff through or read a random page to see if the writing style is appealing.

Is it the right time to buy the book?: Timeliness is Godliness here! Do you really require the book right now, or is it going to end up being a wasteful expenditure which you may make in order to read the book later. The book of the bookstore shelf may also end up being in your own house shelf without reading even a page. So first, be sure that you want that book.

Consult with peer group and internet reviews: Friends, colleagues, seniors and others, help a lot in getting you to make a purchase decision. So consult them, just in case they may have read a particular genre of book that you are seeking. Also connect to the internet for reviews of the business books or management books or other non fiction books that you intend to buy.

BIG Business Books Vs Small Business Books

Having recently completed The Knack as noted in my prior post, I pondered why I enjoyed the book so much. I’ve read many books recently including: The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman, Tipping Point by Gladwell, The Business of America by John Steele Gordon, Freakonomics by Levitt and Dubnar, The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki, Small Giants by Bo Burlingham, The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss, Blue Ocean Strategy by Kim and Mauborgne and From Good to Great by Jim Collins. I also read The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (OK but not great) and City of Thieves by Benioff (Excellent!), but this post pertains to business books. I tend to place books I select to read into four categories: Small Business Books, Big Business Books, General Thought Provoking Books, and Fun Reads. Thus this list would look like this:

* General Business/Thought Provoking: Tipping Point, The World is Flat, The Business of America, Freakonomics
* Big Business: From Good to Great, Blue Ocean Strategy
* Small Business: The Knack, Small Giants, The Art of the Start, The 4-Hour Work Week
* Just for fun: City of Thieves, The Lost Symbol, Mayflower

Although I enjoy all of these categories, I derive the greatest business benefit from books like The Knack, Small Giants and The Art of the Start. These books apply directly to small businesses like mine. My own book, Your Virtual Success is geared toward small business, home based business or businesses trying to go virtual. There is a lot of practical, pragmatic, hands on advice as opposed to strategic or organizational oriented advice. The Big Business books like those mentioned above seem geared toward large corporations and teams which are buried in the muck and mire of bureaucracy, far removed from my daily routine. So if you’re a small or emerging business, a would be entrepreneur or a home office based operation, read the The Knack or Small Giants (or even Your Virtual Success), and you’ll gain some valuable small business insights – hold off on Blue Ocean Strategy or From Good to Great. And just for fun, pick up (or download) a copy of City of Thieves it’s a great read, particularly when contrasted with The 900 Days.

Top Business Books You Must Read

When talking about books on business, you have a great deal of possibilities to choose from. While the quality of content may differ in each one of these books, there are particular written works on business that you simply cannot afford to miss. Here’s a list of some of the greatest business books ever written and why they are so very important for folks who are even remotely connected or interested in the business world.

‘Think And Grow Rich’ tops the list of best business books. Written by Napoleon Hill, this one is a real classic. In case you want to understand the secrets of some of the richest people in the world, then this one is a must read. This book is based on the findings of a twenty five year old study on 500 wealthiest folks in the world. In case you give this book a thorough read, you’re certain to find solutions to a lot of your business problems. Gift this book to your buddy and you’re bound to have a great deal of appreciation coming your way.

The contemporary world is all about selections. Whether its song collections at the local music store or weight loss supplement for losing weight; you always have a lot of preferences to choose from. In the latter scenario, certain world class and well-liked selections such as Caralluma Burn Appetite Suppressant stand out from the crowd of other weight loss products. ‘The Long Tail’ is a business book that examines these wide options and tells you how to choose the greatest one for yourself. Written by Chris Anderson, the book shows you how to capitalize on the ‘long tail’ of selections.

Timothy Ferris’s ‘Fourth Hour Week’ is another must read business book. There are a lot of entrepreneurs who want to outsource specific parts of their business, to ensure a smoother running of their organization and more time for private pleasures and interests. If you’ve a similar philosophy; this is the book for you. It shows you how to keep your business functioning smoothly and simultaneously have enough time to spend on external hobbies and interests.

In case you always turn back to the books to be your psychological and philosophical guide then go through the ‘Who Moved My Cheese’ written by Dr Spencer Johnson to provide you some motivation. The book makes it readable not only for the business person, but for all who need some sort of recluse. The book will help you cope with any and every troubles relating to free will, earning more, health and life. However, in case you need a good skin, then the book would not help, rather you’ll have to make use of effective products for skin care like Exposed Skin care System.

You can’t just afford to miss out on any of the specified books if you seriously want to stand out and refine your business expertise.