The 2015 Small Business Book Awards, now in their 7th year, celebrate the best business books that entrepreneurs, small business owners, CEOs, managers, and their staffs should read. They are sponsored by Small Business Trends, an online publication for small business owners, entrepreneurs and the people who interact with them.

There are two parts to the Small Business Book Awards: the Judged Winners, which are chosen based on merit; and a Community Choice group of winners chosen by the popular vote.

The 2015 Judged Winners:

EconomicsAccounting for the Numberphobic: A Survival Guide for Small Business Owners

ManagementNurture: The Team Development Manual for First-Time Managers

Social MediaKick Ass Social Commerce for E-Preneurs

StartupThe Tech Entrepreneur’s Survival Guide

TechnologySEO Like I’m 5: The Beginner’s Guide to Search Engine Optimization

MarketingBrand Famous: How to Get Everyone Talking About Your Business

Motivation: Motivate Your Team in 30 Days

ResourcesTwo Sentence Business Plan

The 2015 Community Choice Winners:

Overall Community Choice WinnerSHINE: Stand Out. Get Noticed. Be Brilliant

MotivationAsk More, Get More: How to Earn More, Save More, and Live More…Just by ASKING

EconomicsThe End of Employer-Provided Health Insurance

Social MediaThe Little Big eBook on Social Media Audiences

Startup: Heavyweight Marketing: Knockout Strategies for Building Champion Brand

TechnologyDigital Branding: A Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Strategy, Tactics and Measurement

ManagementDecide:Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress, and Lead by Example

MarketingHow to Get Inside Someone’s Mind and Stay There

Resources: Stephanie Barko, Literary Publicist

This is beyond clever. Caitlin Schiller of Blinkist Page19 (tag line: Insights from the world’s best business books, past page 18) introduces a new way of reading business books in her post entitled: Introducing Blink-ku: The World’s Best Nonfiction Books in Verse. Here, she writes: “Do you believe that brevity is the essence of wit?… Then treat your practical nature and your poetic soul to the latest in lyrical learning. Launching April 1st, Blink-kus immortalize the vital energy of the world’s most impactful nonfiction books in a maximum of 14 lines.”

Blink-kus are presented for various classics such as The 80/20 Principle, Getting Things Done, The 4-Hour Workweek, and Thinking Fast and Slow. Here is her Blink-ku for How to Win Friends and Influence People:

“Little Tom Rule of Thumb” (after Mother Goose)

To crush any workplace trial

 And be seen as wholly worthwhile

 The key to success

 is not hard to guess

 Say “thanks!” and remember to smile

All Blink-kus are worth the read! Be sure to check out the installment plan options and note the launch date!

In the book on supply market intelligence I recently wrote with Kelly Barner, we cover research tips to use for more efficient searching and better results, regardless if you are using Google or commercial for-fee databases. We stress that research is about careful reading and paying attention to detail. Careful reading requires one to be disciplined. At times, this can be difficult to achieve, especially if stress and time restraints are involved. College students and business professionals know all about researching when there is limited time. Hopefully these quotes will refresh and inspire, and will help with an upcoming research paper, or next project at work.

“The educated person is one who knows how to find out what he does not know.” ―George Simmel

“Anyone could be seduced by research when the results poured in. The trick was to love it when the results weren’t forthcoming, and the reasons why were elusive.”
―Lisa Genova, Still Alice

“Do research. Feed your talent. Research not only wins the war on cliche, it’s the key to victory over fear and it’s cousin, depression.” ―Robert McKee, Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting

“You’d be amazed how much research you can get done when you have no life whatsoever.” ―Ernest Cline, Ready Player One

“’Google’ is not a synonym for research.” ―Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol

“Be bold in research.” ―Khalid Masood

“Researching books gets you into nothing but trouble.” ―Sara Sheridan

Above quotes from Goodreads


“Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought.” ―Albert Szent-Gryorgyi

“The trouble with research is that it tells you what people where thinking about yesterday, not tomorrow. It’s like driving a car using a rearview mirror.” ―Bernard Loomis

“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ―J.R.R. Tolkien

“Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.” ―Mark Twain

“Searching is half the fun: life is much more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party.” ―Jimmy Buffett

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” ―Carl Sagan

Above quotes from FCG Media Solutions post


“All I’m armed with is research.” ―Mike Wallace

“Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.” ―Wernher von Braun

“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.” ―Zora Neale Hurston

Above quotes from Qualtrics Insights post written by Sam Lloyd


Photo Credit: Biblioburro colombiano by Musgo Dumio-Momio (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0). Not included in post.

Photo Credit: Biblioburro colombiano by Musgo Dumio_Momio (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0). Not included in post.

Ebook Friendly’s Piotr Kowalczyk has compiled a heartwarming collection of mobile libraries (or book vehicles). “From donkey-drawn trolleys to huge ships, you’ll see here outstanding vehicles that are designed to carry the most important cargo in the world – wisdom.”

ARL-FUW-Infographic-r4-232x300From the Fair Use Week website: “Fair use is an important right that provides balance to the copyright system and supports the constitutional purpose of copyright to ‘promote the Progress of Science and the useful Arts.’ The Fair Use Fundamentals infographic explains what fair use is, why it is important, who uses fair use, and provides some examples of fair use.”

Sara Goo, writing for Pew Research Center’s Fact Tank, reports on findings from Pew’s recent results from a national sample of adults asked to select among a list of 10 skills: “Regardless of whether or not you think these skills are good to have, which ones do you think are most important for children to get ahead in the world today?…The answer was clear. Across the board, more respondents said communication skills were most important, followed by reading, math, teamwork, writing and logic. Science fell somewhere in the middle, with more than half of Americans saying it was important.” Read the full report here.

What Skills Kids Need to Succeed
Also interesting: “While all Americans were most likely to cite communication and reading skills as most important for today’s kids, women were more likely than men to say this…On the other hand, men were more likely than women to say that science and math skills were most important.”

Image Credit: Reading Politics, by Grant, Creative Commons Attribution License

Image Credit: Reading Politics, by Grant, Creative Commons Attribution License

Michael Rosenwald’s (The Washington Post) recent article entitled, Why Digital Natives Prefer Reading In print. Yes, You Read That Right., explains why most college students still like to read from traditional print books. “Textbook makers, bookstore owners and college student surveys all say millennials still strongly prefer print for pleasure and learning, a bias that surprises reading experts given the same group’s proclivity to consume most other content digitally. A University of Washington pilot study of digital textbooks found that a quarter of students still bought print versions of e-textbooks that they were given for free.”

Naomi S. Baron, an American University linguist who studies digital communication, and author of Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading In a Digital World, discovered that students read more carefully when reading in print (and takes them longer). University students’ prefer print because “readers tend to skim on screens, distraction is inevitable and comprehension suffers.”

The article reveals that Pew found the highest print readership rates are “among those ages 18 to 29, and the same age group is still using public libraries in large numbers.”

My favorite quote is from Cooper Nordquist, a student studying political science: “I can’t imagine reading Tocqueville [900-plus-page Democracy in America] or understanding him electronically…That would just be awful.”


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