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5 The Referral Engine Audio and eBook Formats

My new book,The Referral Engine – Teaching Your Business to Market Itself, is now available in audio book and ebook formats.

You can start reading the Kindle, Nook and iBook (through iTunes store) formats right now

Or, you can start listening to my voice for 6 hrs and 50 mins with the audio version from Audible and on iTunes

I’ve also produced a handy guide for strategic partner networks, book clubs and mastermind groups that would like to go through the book together. This guides breaks down each chapter with key points, key questions and suggested action steps. You can get The Referral Engine Book Guide here

13 Duct Tape Marketing – Kindle edition

Duct Tape Marketing KindleI’ve been a huge fan of the Kindle since day one – it feeds my nature – reading 10 books at the same time – so imagine how happy I was when I finally got my publisher to move on getting Amazon what they need to make Duct Tape Marketing available in a Kindle edition.

You can grab it here

Now, if I could get them to agree to the audio and Spanish versions I would really be a happy camper!

6 Books as naked conversations

KindlePerhaps you’ve already heard about Amazon’s new ereader device called the Kindle

Given the amount of press, both good and bad, it has received, including about 3,000 words in Newsweek, I suspect maybe you’ve heard something about it.

On the surface it’s a way to store and read books, much like Sony’s Reader launched over a year ago. It uses a patented E-Ink technology that makes reading on the screen seem much like reading a book. Much of the talk about this product centers on the long running debate about whether people will ever give up books or magazines in favor of electronic devices.

I think that debate will rage for years, but the point that I haven’t hear enough discussion on is whether this type of device will actually impact the way books are created, much like blogs changed the way web sites were created.

The major difference between the Kindle and every other device that allows you to read books is that the Kindle is connected wirelessly to the web on a network that’s independent of hot spots.

Now, let’s say you overhear some folks discussing a book during your commute home. A few clicks later the book is on your Kindle, for around $10 bucks, and you’re reading as you’re riding the train. That should do well with our “instant gratification isn’t fast enough” culture.

Here’s where I think it gets interesting. For a small fee, a Kindle user can now go online and read daily newspapers, blogs and magazines. Much of this content is available already, some for free, but a Kindle user can take it all with them and read, much like the printed versions, asynchronously. (Yes, you can get the Duct Tape Marketing Blog Kindle edition)

But, here’s where I think it really get interesting. I believe we may see a shift in the way books are actually created, particularly non-fiction books. If I, as a marketing coach, wanted to add updates and lessons to a book about marketing, I could easily do this through an electronic device that’s always on. Authors could very easily enter into public conversations about their work and how to apply it much like we do now with our blogs and the readers of those blogs.

Think about the value that could be added to a book. In fact, if publishers don’t think about this as the next frontier of how books will stand out and be measured, look out. Eventually, right or wrong, everything ever written will be available like this, the secret will be finding ways to enhance the experience with interaction and with conversations that are open, transparent and relevant. (Sound familiar?)