Welcome to "Book Bits," the Indie Business Book Club!

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As you know, I believe that great readers make great business leaders. Due in part to my love for books, there are few things I enjoy more than hosting my weekly radio show. Since 2005, I have featured interviews with people who share valuable expertise and insights to help small business owners succeed. While not all of my guests are authors, most are, and they include people like Paula Deen, Jack Canfield, and Warren Brown.

These days, there are lots of fun ways to enjoy books, including audio versions, e-books and of course traditional bound books. There are so many great books that I do not have time to read them all, no matter what technology I use. Many of you are telling me the same thing — you love books, but you just don't have time to read as much as you'd like.

Introducing “Book Bits”

I have decided to launch “Book Bits,” a book club that helps us get the most out of a book without having to read the whole thing at once.I'm not yet sure exactly how it will work, but here's what I am thinking.

At the end of a month, I will share one or two books that have either helped me grow my business, or that I think would help me do so. I will try to do this during the first part of the last week of the month so you have enough time to download, borrow, purchase or check the book out of the library.

I will blog some of the chapters in those books that I feel are most helpful for busy small business owners throughout the following month. I will include my own insights and ask you to share yours.

If you have a blog and would like to choose chapters of the books I select to share with your readers, let me know and I'll create a way for us to support and comment at each other's blogs..

I think this will encourage everyone to make reading a consistent priority. It will also be helpful for everyone because if you don't find the time to read the books featured in Book Bits, you can check here to learn from those who did get a chance to read the book, or part of it.

Let's Get Started!

A few weeks ago, I purchased Seth Godin's new book, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? (affiliate link). I really wanted to read it at the time, but never got around to it. Now, with you as an incentive, I have additional motivation to prioritize reading at least some of what I have heard is a fantastic book with great ideas for moving your business forward!

My hope is that this collaborative approach will encourage all of us to take the time to digest more of the information we need to be successful.

More importantly, I hope we hold each other accountable for putting what we learn to work in our businesses!

Question: What do you think of my first Book Bits choice? Feel free to suggest a chapter for us to get started!

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About Donna Maria Coles Johnson

Donna Maria is an author, podcaster, attorney, and the founder and CEO of the Indie Business Network, providing affordable product liability insurance and mentoring. Donna Maria teaches Makers and Creative Entrepreneurs how to use technology and community to build a profitable, sustainable business.