Every publication tries to live up to its name and PublishingTrends.com is no exception: our focus is on industry trends. In a recent People Magazine on what’s “In” and “Out,” we talked about how YA novels are moving from an obsession with vampires and werewolves, to one with angels and demons. Over the years, we have asked industry seers to contribute various “Trendspotting” pieces about the industry to our newsletter — and in 2011 we started a new blog, PublishingTrendsetter.com, which distills cutting edge information for young book professionals.
A new pair of trends is cornering the self-help business book market, and because they juxtapose entrepreneurialism with an appreciation for the current economic conditions — the pillars of today’s workplace — we think they’re worth noting.
Both trends saw their genesis in a book published by Crown last Fall, The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. Many in the media industry saw Ries attempt to reinvent publishing in talks he gave at Tools of Change.
The logical next step in this nascent trend was Mark Nager‘s Startup Weekend, about — yes — “How to Take a Company From Concept to Creation in 54 Hours,” which came out last November. Earlier this year LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman published The Start-up of You, about developing career goals, which elicited this blurb Mike Bloomberg: “Whatever career you’re in — or want to be in –The Start-Up of You holds lessons for success.”
Meanwhile, in April O’Reilly published Ash Maurya‘s Running Lean (part of a new “Lean Series” curated by none other than Eric Ries) and next Fall comes The Lean Entrepreneur. So it’s no surprise that Portfolio just published a book called The Ultra Lite Startup, about launching a business with absolutely nothing.
But probably the book that speaks loudest to publishers is another O’Reilly book, Todd Sattersten‘s Every Book is a StartUp, which takes the agile startup approach in allowing readers to buy copies and give feedback for a final version due out at the end of the summer. Given O’Reilly’s interest in entrepreneurs (the company hosts an annual Startup Showcase), and their clear appreciation for all things lean, perhaps it’s not too late to change the title to what all publishers can relate to: . Now that’s a title that might outsell sex.