Reading List

As Jeff mentioned in the previous post, I’m scheduled to be on a panel at the Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society Symposium this Friday, May 9, where I’ll be talking with Calgary super-producer Spencer Estabrooks about finding an audience for your work online (check out his spectacular web series One Hit Die here).

While I cannot say definitively how the discussion will go (if I learned one thing in high school, it’s that the only thing you can count on in social situations is getting swirlied and jammed in a locker), there is one thing that is indisputable – I will mention like 8,000 books, because I have a personal believe-y that any problem, no matter how gigantic, somewhere, has a book that can solve it. I will also heavily plug the web app that Samsonite and I have in the works.

So after the jump, find a list of some books I am likely to recommend on the topic of internet distribution, business models and audience acquisition.

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

Tribes by Seth Godin

Business Model Generation by Alex Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur

Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind by Biz Stone

The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success by Rich Karlgaard

Tough Shit by Kevin Smith

Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure by Tim Harford

Start With Why by Simon Sinek

I’ll probably also mention some of my favorite websites for learning more about coding, design, analytics and the web in general:

lynda.com (Lynda is a great resource on everything from coding, to editing, to lighting and shooting. I’ve been a subscriber for years).

teamtreehouse.com (Treehouse is the best resource there is for learning to code – and if you have an Edmonton Public Library card, you can get a free account).

codeacademy.com (This is a super addictive site for learning to write a variety of programming languages).

If I missed something here, just tweet at me and I’ll send you a link to whatever the hell I was talking about.