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Books From The Domino Project

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Me and The Man at a Seth Godin event in Salt Lake City

Sometimes authors send me books so that I will read and review them. I love getting these books, especially when they’re a surprise.

A couple of months ago a package showed up at my door. I get a lot of books sent to me, but this was the first time I received a book from the Domino Project.

If you haven’t heard of The Domino Project, it is the brainchild of Seth Godin and part of a collaboration with Amazon. It is a refreshing spin on the publishing industry, if I may be allowed a gross understatement. The emphasis is on sharing ideas (no surprise for Godin fans) and releasing books–called “Manifestos”–quickly after they are finished, rather than waiting for months or years or centuries or eons or epochs.

Read more about it here.

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Self Reliance, Domino Project edition

The book was small–all of the Domino Project books are, at least so far. Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson. I hope you’ve read the essay. I’ve read it many times, but had never seen it presented quite like this.

Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson

It contains all of Emerson’s text, but is presented in large letters with fancy fonts. It looks good. I’m not very good at describing things visually, so I won’t say more than that. Apply that cop out to all of the other creatively formatted books in this list.

It essentially converts the essay into a series of big fat paragraphs that will appeal to people who do most of their reading online and are no longer accustomed to dealing with massive chunks of text on one page.

It’s a beautiful book. If you’ve read it, you might agree that in this case you can finally judge the book by its cover.

Anything You Want by Derek Sivers

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Anything You Want by Derek Sivers

This was the second book to arrive in my mailbox. When I reached into the mail a beetle ran out over my wrist. I took this as an evil omen, but the book was enjoyable and should prove useful to many entrepreneurs who can apply its suggestions.

Sivers is the founder of CD Baby. His book is about following your passion and turning it into mountains of cash and glory. But it’s not trite, as that previous sentence might make it sound. There is something slightly different in each success story, no matter how many overlapping elements there are.

Sivers’ story fascinated me. One thing, however, that I can’t get around: The picture on the cover freaks me out a little. The child’s head doesn’t look like it’s enjoying itself very much. Every time I see it I wonder if they ever let him out.

Do The Work by Steven Pressfield

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Do The Work by Steven Pressfield

Pressfield is the author of the quit-procrastinating-if-you-want-to-be-an-artist book The War of Art. Do The Work is an expansion and a companion to the work. I saw it on the cart of new books yesterday at the library and read through it in about an hour.

If you enjoyed his thoughts on resistance from The War, you’ll find plenty of helpful material in Do The Work.

Get out of your own way. Get it done. That sort of stuff, but well-said.

Poke The Box by Seth Godin

Alas, nobody has used The Secret to manifest this one into my hands yet, but I have read it.

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Poke The Box , the first Manifesto from the Domino Project

Poke The Box is Seth being Seth. That’s a good thing for me.

It’s basically 96 pages of advice for people who want to get things done, make things happen, change the world, etc…but who may find themselves stalled, afraid, or not knowing how to jump in.

If you need a pep talk you can find it here.

I look forward to updating this list every time a new book comes out. Love him or hate him, Seth is always up to something.

Oh, and the books are highly, excruciatingly affordable, so if you are intrigued by any of this, any of the book covers in this post lead to delightful Amazon sales pages.

Josh

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  • cinderkeys July 8, 2011, 7:18 pm

    As an aside, I design book covers, and I kinda had the same reaction to Derek Sivers’s cover. Looking closer, the kid does kind of seem like he’s amused, but I don’t think he’ll stay amused if you leave him there too long.

    Thing is, the people who know and likes Sivers will eventually read this book (it’s on my list) regardless of what the cover looks like. The intriguing question is, will people who come to the book cold be repelled by the cover, or be so freaked out by it that they HAVE to look inside to see what it’s about. If the latter, success!