Ebooks, Amazon Kindle and Apple iPad Statistics

Compiled these statistics about ebooks, reading, the Amazon Kindle and the Apple iPad the other day for a project and thought I’d share: Ebooks Ebook sales grew 177% last year. Source 53% of those who buy ebook readers state that they now read more books than they did before. Source 51% of e-reader owners increased…

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Frank Viola and the New Roman Road

Recently, I’ve been enjoying author Frank Viola’s blog posts, especially as he’s been engaging more and more with those who follow his writing on the Internet. If you’re not familiar with Frank (the author, not the baseball player), he’s the author of a series of some extremely thought-provoking and faith-stirring books including Pagan Christianity?, From…

The Roman Road

Book Review: Your Money God’s Way by Amie Streater

Your Money God’s Way by Amie Streater is a straight-forward treatise, written by the author to “change our thinking” about money. Her contention is that Christians especially have thought incorrectly about finances for way too long and it’s time to renew our minds with wisdom and what the Bible truly advocates. As a fan of…

Your Money God's Way
Rework by Fried and Hansson

Rework (Crown Business, 2010)

Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, founders of 37signals, is a compelling read, challenging the “old” way of business. This is a thoroughly enjoyable and quick read, with one nugget of goodness after another that will provoke the way you operate as a writer, and as a business person.

The other day I attended a meeting where the orchestrator stated they wanted a system of checks and balances in place so if something went wrong, it would be clear who caused the mistake.

Having just read Rework, I responded, “Yes, these checks and balances will help us cover our backs. But they will also create much more work for everyone. In this new millennium, the way of business has changed and today it’s about collaboration. It’s not about fault-finding. It’s about what we come up with together, understanding mistakes will be made, so we just move on from them. Implementing procedures just to pinpoint individual’s errors is now ‘old school.’”

Of course, the company is still putting the checks and balances into place because no one wants to get caught in a noose.

But I think this is a mistake. The way of business is changing and we need to change with it. That’s what Rework is all about. Some of my favorite points the authors make include:

  • Start at the Epicenter: When starting a new project, don’t look at what you could do or want to do—start with what you have to do. Focus on that first.
  • Out-teach Your Competition: Everyone tries advertising. But those who really get ahead teach their customers. Share what you know and they’ll come to you.
  • Emulate Chefs:Share everything you know. Don’t hold back. Good chefs put out recipe books—they aren’t scared someone will use their recipes and outshine them.

Other nuggets include “Pick a Fight” and “Due Dates Bring Clarity.” But my favorite is:

  • Hire Great Writers: “If you’re trying to decide among a few people to fill a position, hire the best writer. It doesn’t matter if that person is a marketer, salesperson, designer, programmer or whatever; their writing skills will pay off. That’s because being a good writer is about more than writing. Clear writing is a sign of clear thinking. Great writers know how to communicate. They make things easy to understand. They can put themselves in someone else’s shoes. They know what to omit. And those are qualities you want in any candidate… Writing is today’s currency for good ideas.”

Have you read ReworkWhat are your thoughts? Read any other books of similar nature? I’d love to hear about them!

My Consumerist Nature

Recently, I was listening to an interview with George Barna, one of the foremost authorities on statistics today. He was speaking about the changing nature of the church and how we as a people have turned into consumers of everything, including church. In other words, church has become a place we go to “consume” a…

Kathryn and Legacy on So You Think You Can Dance

Expanding with Social Media

Last post, I talked about Evolving with Social Media. In continuing with my “Social Media Manifesto,” containing some of the truths I’ve learned about social media over the past year, today I’m going to share what I’ve discovered about using social media to expand my brand as an author. These are all much easier to…

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Evolving with Social Media

Over the past year, I’ve been learning a lot about social media and how to use it to declare your brand to the world. Over the next few blog entries, I’m going to share what I call my “Social Media Manifesto”—what I’ve learned about social media as an author. Today I’ll start with: Social Media…

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