8 Innovation-Themed Books to Inspire and Educate

October 21, 2016

8 Innovation-Themed Books to Inspire and Educate

The great Dr. Seuss once said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” In short, learning is the key to success. Maybe we’re old fashioned, but we see high value in picking up a good book to unlock new worlds of possibility, novel ideas, and a refreshed desire to succeed – especially when you’re wading through a creative or innovative funk.

Depending on where you find yourself in the invention process, at least one of the 8 books below will undoubtedly aid your quest for knowledge, inspiration, and real-world advice.  

Our Favorite Innovation-Themed Books                       

Creative Intelligence - Harnessing the Power to Create, Connect, and Inspire by Bruce Nussbaum

A fairly recent publication printed in 2013, Nussbaum’s book insists that we are all innately creative and can learn to be even more so given the right tools, knowledge, and creative regimens. To solidify the claim, Nussbaum provides findings in anthropology, psychology, education, design, business, and anecdotal accounts from successful celebrities and entrepreneurs like Mick Jagger and Steve Jobs, and successful companies like Google, YouTube and Instagram.

If you’re not quite sure if you’re ready to purchase Creative Intelligence for yourself, check out the author’s website and blog to learn more about his theories and beliefs on creativity and how understanding the process can and will lead to innovation.

Lightning in a Bottle by David Minter and Michael Reid 

If you know you’ve got what it takes to rise among the ranks of successful inventors around the world then this is the book for you. The authors have 25 years of experience in the innovation field and helped establish well-known brands like Dole, Viacom and Sony. Intended for business and marketing professionals, anyone aiming to weed out sub-par ideas or products can benefit from the knowledge this book shares.

Throughout the book Minter and Reid discuss how nine out of ten ideas fail. However, the authors assure us that using their seven-step system for creating and harnessing ideas will increase the success rate to one out of two. According to BlogCritics’ review of the book, Lightning in a Bottle’s Chapter 5 alone - “Why 9 out of 10 Products Fail” - makes this book worth the money.        

Will It Fly? How to Know if Your Business Idea Has Wings...Before you Take the Leap by Thomas K. McKnight

Before risking your money and time on an idea, do yourself a huge favor and invest a few hours in reading this book that details 44 proven elements of success and combines them all into one incredibly useful analytical tool - The Innovator's Scorecard. 

Using McKnight’s method, the innovator gives a numerical score to each of the elements of success highlighted in the book, which includes, “Compelling un-served need,” i.e., does your product meet and fulfill a lack of something required, desirable, or useful; and “Good Competition” i.e., are there weak competitors that validate your market, yet can be beaten easily?

McKnight’s evaluation system reveals areas of both confidence and weakness in your product or idea and will become a staple of your innovator’s bookshelf.       

Patent It Yourself: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Filing at the U.S. Patent Office, 18th Edition by David Pressman Attorney and Thomas Tuytschaevers Attorney

Trust us - we KNOW the patent process can seem daunting to novice inventors. But with an effective game plan and insight from knowledgeable patent pros, you can successfully navigate the system and take the next step in your invention by submitting a patent through the United States Patent and Trademark Office. You’ll find all this and much more in Patent It Yourself, a 2016 bestseller on Amazon.com and an established patent resource guide for 30 years.

The authors answer common patent-related inquiries like how to best conduct an effective patent search, how to prepare a patent application, respond to patent examiners, and market and license your invention. This all-inclusive patent resource puts you in control of your ideas future! 

Inventing on a Shoestring Budget: Insider Tips for Bringing Your Product to Market Without Breaking the Bank! by Barbara Russell Pitts and Mary Russell Sarao

Even if you’re willing to go the full mile to patent, license, and market your bright idea, it’s always nice to save some hard-earned money in the process, right? This read is a great resource for the thrifty innovator with limited finances or anyone looking to hit it big with their idea while living within their means. Filled with tips on how to save your pennies during every phase of the invention process, this book pays for itself time and time again! Hear it straight from real-life inventors and entrepreneurs who utilized this invaluable resource and found success.  

The Mom Inventors Handbook - How to Turn Your Great Idea into the Next Big Thing by Tamara Monosoff  

Mothers have been innovators since the dawn of mankind, always finding unconventional ways to make life easier for their children, their families, and themselves. Thanks to Tamara Monosoff, there’s now a handbook made for creative moms who want to take their many great ideas to the next level.    

Monosoff’s 2nd version of the book published in April of 2014 contains insight on 3-D printing, videomarketing, do-it-yourself public relations, and personal accounts of 50 entrepreneurs who utilized her book and hit it big. The best part? Monosoff’s simple approach to detailing the innovation and invention process is perfect for any aspiring and novice entrepreneur, mom or not.  

How to Make Your Own Patent Drawings and Save Thousands: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply by Jack Koller 

The age-old adage of “a picture is worth a thousand words,” absolutely holds true in the invention process when referencing patent drawings. However, creating an effective and representative patent drawing can be incredibly expensive. Instead of dropping oodles of cash, pick up this guide to patent drawings with advice from some of the industry’s top patent drawers and artists on how to take control of the process and save tons of money.

Koller covers a full range of resources from the basics of drawing and recreating real-world objects on paper, to computer drawing using various software programs. After reading this book and putting it into practice, you might just become an inventor and full-blown artist!    

My inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla by Nikola Tesla

What better way to learn the secrets of inventing and innovation then to read a first-hand account by one of history’s brightest and most intriguing minds? Published in 1919 in the Electrical Experimenter magazine when Tesla was 63 years old, the autobiography walks readers through Tesla’s early life, his first trials at innovation, descriptions of some of his greatest inventions (with a bit of electrical engineer jargon to wade through), and his musings on mankind’s creative and innovative powers.

We may not all be electrical masterminds like Tesla, but we can certainly learn and mirror his zeal for knowledge, creating something new and interesting.                                       

The next time your creative juices feel stagnant, hunker down with a cup of coffee and one or all of these inspirational reads and remember that your innovative capacities are truly endless.

Simply turn the page and continue on the journey!

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