What is an e-book? Is it really just a sales tool, to fill with affiliate links and send out to every email address you can find? What happened to putting value into these electronic publications? In protest to the thousands of useless, ugly and pirated e-books I’ve put this list together of real e-books that offer real value. Oh yeah, and they’re all free.
Now of course, the purpose of these books is to build relationships, inform and establish the authors as experts - they are free after all. Each book has been carefully chosen to avoid blatant sales pitches and each offers valuable information on each topic.
Linked titles go directly to the pdf download. You’ll need Adobe Acrobat to read these files. It’s a free program.
The Five Buck eBook
Chic Thompson is one of the brightest minds in the world of innovation. If you're looking for a keynote speaker on innovation, there are none better. His e-book, "Yes, But..." is a classic or how to bullet-proof your idea from the nay sayers. Learn how to "Nay-Say Proof" your idea
279 Days to Overnight Success
Ann Holman of Ann Holman Company provides 6 books to our set: Hang On! is a breakdown of 35 words that have implications in life and in work. More than half the source words were provided to her via Twitter.
The Zero Hour Workweek
Well, I guess this one is free. Author Jonathan Mead invites visitors to “Steal My Free e-Book” The Zero Hour Workweek is a 60 page story of the author and six other people who have broken the 9-5 mold and now live life how they want to.
50 Guerrilla Marketing Tactics You Should Be Using
This short (just 6 pages) and to the point e-book highlights 50 great ides. 50 Guerrilla Marketing Tactics You Should Be Using It does have a few affiliate links (of the authors) and I decided to include this because of the quality of the ideas.
The Bootstrapper's Bible, and 11 More by Seth Godin
The Bootstrapper's Bible is Seths favorite, by his own admission. The prolific (13 books in print, by my count) and talented Godin wrote this manifesto in 2004 and remains extremely current today. Seth is a bestselling author and entrepreneur.
Here are some other great e-books by Godin.
- UNLEASHING THE IDEAVIRUS One of the most popular e-books of all time.
- Who’s There – On blogs that work
- Knock Knock – on web sites that work
- WHAT MATTERS NOW
- Brainwashed seven ways to reinvent yourself
- How to Sell a Book (or Any New Idea) (step 1 is the hard part)
- Flipping the funnel One book in three flavors.
- Marketing Mismatch: When New Won't Work With Old (Riffs on Meatball Sundae)
- 7 Tips for Amateur Type Designers Not an e-book, but never mind it's free, worth adding it to your collection of e-books
- Do Less
Set of 35+ Free Guides from MakeUseOf
In a successful attempt to one-up everyone else, tech site MakeUseOf has published a set of more than 35 guides (or e-Books) with the social cost of a single Facebook "like". Check out the full set of MakeUseOf guides.