About the guide to books on innovation and entrepreneurship
An interactive guide that helps you choose the best books for becoming innovative or entrepreneurial. That’s what I’ve been working on lately. This new resource is meant to help you quickly find the best book for your needs by distilling the most important information in an interactive table. Here’s a snapshot of the guide and what it provides:
- Picture of book cover
- Title of book
- Why you should read the book
- Link to Amazon reviews
- Link to my review
- Publishing date
The interactive feature of the table is ability to click on a column heading and sort the rows in ascending or descending order. For example, if you know the name of the author of a book but not the title, you can sort the Authors(s) column and it will display the last names of authors in order. You can then scan down the list to find the author you’re looking for. This sorting feature is most useful for the following columns:
- Publishing Date
Why read these books
The fourth column includes the top reasons I’ve identified in my review of each book as to why you should think about reading that book. I think this will be a nice way to quickly see if this book is right for you. I include this summary at the beginning of each of my reviews, but now these can all be viewed in one table.
Categories of books
So far I’ve used the following categories for the books I’ve reviewed. However, I may change these names in the near future:
Sub-categories (topics) for books on entrepreneurship:
- Career Development
Sub-categories (topics) for books on innovation:
- Generating Ideas
Suggestions on improving this guide
What would you suggest I add to the table to make it even more useful? I was thinking of also adding a snapshot of the rating of the book from Amazon.com such as this below. Would this be helpful?
Is there a column of data I should remove? Another idea I had was to not only catalog the books I’ve reviewed but also add top books I’ve heard are good from others that I won’t have time to review. On a related note, if I start adding all highly recommended books maybe I should create a separate table for each subcategory. I could keep all books in one table but then you’d have to flip through several pages of the table to get to the category of book you want to see. I could create one webpage and table per subcategory, although this starts to disperse the information over many pages which may make it a nuisance.
I would appreciate any suggestions you have! Please leave me a quick comment below.
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