Best Business Books

Does the daily whirlwind keep you from scheduling time to read some of the best business books? Consider listening to the audio book versions. Learning is the first step to transformation or innovation. Experts want to share their secrets with you.

This page includes lists and links to pages with summaries of books on... 



The Best Culture Books page has timeless books about how human nature plays out in organizations. If you are interested in improving your workplace culture you will want to read these summaries to see if there is something that you connect with. It includes the following books... 

The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups, by Daniel Coyle. 

First, Break All The Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently, by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman. 

The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else, by Patrick Lencioni. 

The Best Place to Work: The Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace, by Ron Friedman. 

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, by Simon Sinek. 

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't, by Simon Sinek. 


The Best Strategy Books page has summaries about priceless books that explain how to use strategy for organizations, including...

Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works, by A.G. Lafley and Roger L. Martin

Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Marketspaceand Make the Competition Irrelevant, by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne. 

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't, by Jim Collins. 

Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors, by Michael E. Porter.

Competitive Advantage: Creating and Sustaining Superior Performance, by Michael E. Porter. 

The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, and Jim Huling. Alright, this one isn't really a strategy book, but I incuded it because it is pretty awesome, and it is based on a combination of experience and data.


The Best Innovation Books page has summaries on how expert innovators have proven processes to create new products and markets, including...

The Lean Startup: How Todays Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation, by Eric Ries.

Driving Eureka: Problem-Solving with Data-Driven Methods & the Innovation Engineering System, by Doug Hall.

The Startup Owner's Manual: The Step by Step Guide for Building a Great Company, by Steve Blank.

Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers, by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur.

Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successfu Startup, by Bill Aulet. 

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future, by Peter Thiel with Blake Masters.

The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail, by Clayton M. Christensen.

The Startup Way: How Modern Companies Use Entrepreneurial Management, by Eric Ries.

Blue Ocean Shift: Beyond Competing. Proven Steps to Inspire Confidence and Seize New Growth, by Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne. 


Digital Marketing

The Best Digital Marketing Books page has summaries for some of the greatest books for general digital marketing including... 

Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen, by Donald Miller.  

Digital Marketers Sound Off: Tips, Tactics, Tools, and Predictions by Matt Chiera.  

Growth Hacker Marketing: A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing, and Advertising, by Ryan Holiday.  

SEO 2019: Learn Search Engine Optimization by Adam Clarke.  

Email Marketing Rules: Checklists, Frameworks, and 150 Best Practices, by Chad S. White.  

This Is Marketing: You Can't Be Seen Until You Learn To See, by Seth Godin.  


Social Media Marketing

The Best Social Media Books page has summaries of books by social media experts for specific social media platforms including... 

Crushing It: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence - and How You Can Too, by Gary Vaynerchuk. 

500 Social Media Marketing Tips: Essential Advice, Hints and Strategy for Business, by Andrew Macarthy. 

Social Media Marketing Workbook: How to Use Social Media for Business, by Jason McDonald. 

Facebook Marketing: The Guide on Facebook Advertising That Will Teach You How to Sell Anything, by Bryan Bren. 

Instagram Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Growing Your Following Fast, by Jeremy McGilvrey. 

YouTube Secrets: The Ultimate Guide to Growing Your Following and Making Money as a Video Influencer, by Sean Cannell and Benji Travis. 

LinkedIn Unlocked: Unlock the Mystery of LinkedIn to Drive More Sales Through Social Selling, by Melonie Dodaro. 

Books for Business Beginners

The Business Beginner Books page has summaries on books by experts who have created multiple businesses and they are happy to help, and share what they learned. These books include...  

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich, by Timothy Ferris. 

Will It Fly: How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don't Waste Your Time and Money, by Pat Flynn.

The E Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It, by Michael E. Gerber.

Expert Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Creating a Mass Movement, by Russell Brunson. 

Launch: An Internet Millionaires Secret Formula to Sell Almost Anything Online, by Jeff Walker. 

Choose: The Single Most Important Decision Before Starting Your Business, by Ryan Levesque.

What's your next step?

Whether you have not yet started an organization or you want to grow your current organization, doing some basic research could be very helpful. Libraries are often allowed to purchase subscriptions to valuable online business research resources, like Reference USA. Or you can find some practical digital solutions to help with keyword research, competitor analysis, website audits, backlink audits, paid online advertising, and more. Just check the Digital Marketing Solutions page.