Visiting my local public library has always been a joy for me. I don’t drive over there as often as I should, but then again I don’t read as often as I should either. [smiles] When I do go, I tend to over do it and have to renew the books I get, sometimes once, sometimes twice. I love having that option and love that I can browse books for hours without the hustle and bustle of a book store and no pressure to buy anything.
This last time I went, I was bound and determined to get something that will be helpful to my business. I grabbed many books… too many. That basket was HEAVY!! After flipping through them and deciding on the creme de la creme, I still managed to come home with 6 books. Nevermind the 3 that were already sitting at home.
My book list…
- The Complete Guide to Light and Lighting in Digital Photography by Micheal Freeman
- Photographing Arts, Crafts and Collectibles by Steve Meltzer
- Subliminal Persuasion by Dave Lakhani
- Success Built to Last by Porras, Emery and Thompson
- The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapman
- Craft Business Basics by Terri Anderson
My intention was to improve my photography skills, write better descriptions for my products and run a tighter ship, business wise.
So far I’ve read 90% of The Handmade Marketplace and about 15% of Craft Business Basics. I found The Handmade Marketplace immensely helpful in all aspects of my current endeavor. Really! But I don’t recommend Craft Business basics. It’s a quick read as it’s a very short book and the lines are double spaced, but after reading the forward, the intro and the first chapter, I’m pretty sure the advice in this book is better found somewhere else.
I’ve also looked through the photography books and applied some of the techniques to my recent picture taking. They were immensely helpful and easy to understand.
Now, the self help style books aren’t necessarily my style. But I thought I might learn a thing or two about communication, including self talk. I haven’t opened them yet. I hope they’ll be helpful.
So, I obviously recommend hitting up your local public library for your books. The more people that visit the library, the more the state realizes they need funding and stops cutting it. Currently, across the nation, libraries are being closed due to lack of funds. This is a travesty and needs to stop. Your visits can help!
Happy book browsing!