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The Book of Books: 500 Years of Graphic Innovation
The Book of Books: 500 Years of Graphic Innovation
by Mathieu Lommen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £27.30

5.0 out of 5 stars Immaculate publishing, 28 Dec 2012
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This book contains a fantastic selection of the history of Western book design. It is beautifully produced and the text is concise and informative. It is a beautiful book about beautiful books and constitutes extraordinary value. Of all the books I possess, there is none I am more pleased to have.


The Green Guide For Business: The Ultimate Environment Handbook for Businesses of All Sizes
The Green Guide For Business: The Ultimate Environment Handbook for Businesses of All Sizes
by Chris Goodall
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.22

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, 28 Dec 2010
I don't share all Goodall's eco-presuppositions, but I did find this a well written book. Goodall's exposition is clear and rooted in realistic examples. I've read a number of other 'green' business books and rate this much higher (because better informed and more balanced) than the others.


Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers
Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers
by Alexander Osterwalder
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.31

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost a great book, 31 Oct 2010
Very communicative and visually attractive. Really a great textbook, though it doesn't look like a textbook at all. It's very clear about it's central framework for thinking about business models. I find it quite persuasive on the link between business thinking and design.

I say this is 'almost'a great book because there are a couple of drawbacks. The format and weight of the book make it physically quite difficult to read - you can't easily read it on the train, say, or in bed. And a few sections - such as the parts where the authors seek to graft on other people's thinking, such as 'Blue ocean' strategy - feel undeveloped.

Nevertheless, the most communicable, adaptable, and memorable approach to business models that I've seen.


How to Do Better Creative Work (Prentice Hall Business)
How to Do Better Creative Work (Prentice Hall Business)
by Steve Harrison
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Sharp, 31 Oct 2010
This book is one of the most stimulating I've ever read about creative industry. Although focusing on advertising and marketing, it has valuable insights for people working in other creative industries. The author uses his considerable experience to provide very nuggety advice about such matters as defining a brief and formulating a proposition. Equally valuable is his finely tuned sense of where things can go wrong - and how to avoid typical pitfalls. I like the fact that Harrison is not afraid to stick his neck out and argue some unpopular or unfashionable views.


Of Didcot and the Demon: The Cricketing Times of Alan Gibson
Of Didcot and the Demon: The Cricketing Times of Alan Gibson
by Anthony Gibson
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of humour, 30 Oct 2010
Read this in small stages, a few pages at a time. Like sipping good cider. Surprised how well the writing has lasted. In fact, it seems almost to have improved with age. Very fresh, very entertaining - full of humour. One of the most amusing books on cricket I've ever read.


Africa: Crude Continent: The Struggle for Africa's Oil Prize
Africa: Crude Continent: The Struggle for Africa's Oil Prize
by Duncan Clarke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.91

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly ambitious, 12 July 2010
This is an extraordinary book - not least because of the vast scope. It provides a picture of the oil industry throughout the continent, set in historical and political context. It covers not only the well-known areas, such as the Niger Delta, and the well-known multinationals, but also the smaller companies (even the minnows) and the places that have only recently started to show up on the oil industry's radar.

The paperback has an extra chapter in which the author reflects on the reception of the first edition and also surveys recent developments.


Smart Green: How to Implement Sustainable Business Practices in Any Industry - and Make Money
Smart Green: How to Implement Sustainable Business Practices in Any Industry - and Make Money
by Jonathan Estes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.78

4.0 out of 5 stars Justifies the title, 4 July 2010
This is the best book I've read on 'green business' so far. It is fluently written. For me, the core of the book are the chapters on strategy, which contains a 7-tier model, and measurement (metrics, analytics etc.) These chapters are much crunchier than much writing on this subject.


Start Your Own Green Business (Startup Series)
Start Your Own Green Business (Startup Series)
by Rich Mintzer
Edition: Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 4 July 2010
I bought this book because I thought that if it offers 101 idea, some of them would eb applicable to my business. In fact, however, I've made very little use of it. In part, this is because much of the specific information is American. But I also found a lot of the advice rather generalised and lacking in rigour.


Beating the Commodity Trap: How to Maximize Your Competitive Position and Increase Your Pricing Power
Beating the Commodity Trap: How to Maximize Your Competitive Position and Increase Your Pricing Power
by Richard Anthony D'Aveni
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Straightforward presentation of strategies, 28 Mar 2010
I had very high hopes of this book, having read upbeat reviews in the press in advance of publication. The book didn't quite live up to expectation. It isn't the most exciting read - and why did the publishers give it such a boring cover? That said, I did find the argument very clear-headed and the material well organised. The author's use of the price-benefit mechanism has certainly enlightened my understanding of business strategy.


New Product Development For Dummies
New Product Development For Dummies
by Geoffrey Nicholson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful introduction, 28 Mar 2010
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Wide-ranging, accessibly written and clearly organised. I'm not sure the Dummies format helps the authors - they seem a bit insure who they're writing for - but overall I found the book v. constructive.


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