What Are Our Online Retailers Reading?

We’ve compiled a list of some of the books that our successful online retailers say have, or currently is, helping them through their journey of owning a business, overcoming challenges and learning and applying the lessons of others.

So if you find you have the time to curl up and get cracking on a new book over the next few days, here’s some inspiration for your next read.

Lana Hopkins, Founder and CEO of Mon Purse

“Reading interesting stories is something I’m truly passionate about as I find that there are always people on each and every side of the world who can inspire me. One of those such people, Duncan Clark and his Alibaba story. The book, The House That Jack Ma Built was one of those reads that made me stop and think, and then want to continue creating.

I’m also reading, Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance. What has stood out to me the most is how both stories speak about engineering, innovation and disrupting the manufacturing industry. Alibaba has crept up as Amazon’s biggest competitor, creating a mini war. And there is nothing wrong with healthy competition.”

 

Andre Eikmeier, Co-Founder and Joint CEO of Vinomofo

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“The last book I read was Peter Drucker’s The Effective Executive, which was written in the 60s, but still so bang on. It is targeted directly at the “executive”, or leader, and steps out how to become effective. It also calls out bad habits and ego-feeders, and there are inspiring case studies in it as well.

Now I’m reading Scaling Up by Verne Harnish. It’s the bible for scaling companies. It’s validating all my problems and my beliefs! It’s an absolutely awesome, and a highly recommended read to every company outgrowing their startup days.”

 

Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of Amazon

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The CEO of arguably the most disruptive retailer in the world, Jeff Bezos, has been widely quoted saying that he learns more from novels than non-fiction. His favourite book is sited as The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Another one of Bezos go-to books is autobiography Sam Walton: Made in America by Sam Walton, which is an American success story about Walmart’s founder. In the book, Walton expands on the principles of discount retailing and brings light to his core values surrounding frugality and bias for action, including being willing to try lots of things and make many mistakes.

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