Search for books, people and lists
Read This Twice
HomePeopleBooksLibrariesSign In

Derek Sivers

Recommended Books

Derek Sivers is an American writer, musician, programmer and entrepreneur best known for being the founder and former president of CD Baby, an online CD store for independent musicians. A professional musician since 1987, Sivers started CD Baby by accident in 1997 when he was selling his own CD on his website, and friends asked if he could sell theirs, too. CD Baby went on to become the largest seller of independent music on the web, with over $100M in sales for over 150,000 musician clients.
169 books on the list
Sort by
Latest Recommendations First
Several Short Sentences About Writing book cover
Several Short Sentences About Writing
Verlyn Klinkenborg - Apr 09, 2013 (first published in 2012)
Goodreads Rating
Most of what you think you know about writing is useless. It’s the harmful debris of your education—a mixture of half-truths, myths, and false assumptions that prevents you from writing well. Drawing on years of experience as a writer and teacher of writing, Verlyn Klinkenborg offers an approach to writing that will change the way you work and thin...
Derek Sivers
Oct 20, 2021
@mapc LOVE this book!      source
Also recommended by
Sanjay Bakshi
Thinking, Fast and Slow book cover
Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman - Apr 02, 2013
Goodreads Rating
In the highly anticipated Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities—and also the faults and biases—of fas...
Derek Sivers
Feb 11, 2020
If you liked “Predictably Irrational” or “Stumbling on Happiness” or any of those pop-psychology books, well, this is the Godfather of all of their work. Huge thorough book gives a great overview of much of his work. Read the other quotes on Amazon about it.      source
Moonwalking with Einstein book cover
Moonwalking with Einstein
The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
Joshua Foer - Feb 28, 2012 (first published in 2011)
Goodreads Rating
The blockbuster phenomenon that charts an amazing journey of the mind while revolutionizing our concept of memory An instant bestseller that is poised to become a classic, Moonwalking with Einstein recounts Joshua Foer's yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top "mental athletes." He draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising...
Derek Sivers
Feb 11, 2020
For those fascinated with memory. Riveting page-turner about a journalist (with no particularly good memory) who went to cover a memory championship event. Intrigued and befriending some competitors, he starts practicing, and a year later wins the U.S. memory championship event himself. Inspiring dive into the subject of memorization.      source
Made to Stick book cover
Made to Stick
Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
Chip Heath - Jan 02, 2007 (first published in 2006)
Goodreads Rating
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The instant classic about why some ideas thrive, why others die, and how to improve your idea's chances--essential reading in the "fake news" era.Mark Twain once observed, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." His observation rings true: Urban legends, conspiracy theories, a...
Derek Sivers
Feb 11, 2020
Actually analyzing what makes certain ideas or stories more memorable than others! Fascinating. Apply this wisdom to your songs, bio/story, communication with fans, etc.      source
The Third Ear book cover
The Third Ear
On Listening to the World
Joachim-Ernst Berendt - Apr 01, 1992 (first published in 1985)
Goodreads Rating
The author draws on his studies of cultures around the world to demonstrate how dominance of the ear as the primary sense organ for gathering and processing information is directly linked to compassion and peacefulness...
Derek Sivers
Jan 20, 2020
My #1 most-gifted book is “The Third Ear” by Joachim-Ernst Berendt. Forever changes how you think of sound.      source
Prisoners of Geography book cover
Prisoners of Geography
Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World (1) (Politics of Place)
Tim Marshall - Oct 11, 2016 (first published in 2015)
Goodreads Rating
In this New York Times bestseller, updated for 2016, an award-winning journalist uses ten maps of crucial regions to explain the geo-political strategies of the world powers—“fans of geography, history, and politics (and maps) will be enthralled” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram).Maps have a mysterious hold over us. Whether ancient, crumbling parchments o...
Derek Sivers
Oct 15, 2019
The world's cultures and politics are this way because of geography : oceans, rivers, mountains, deserts, farmable land, etc. Fascinating for me because I'd never looked at this world this way before.      source
Culture Shock! Finland book cover
Culture Shock! Finland
A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette
Deborah Swallow - May 30, 2008 (first published in 2001)
Goodreads Rating
Whether you travel for business, pleasure, or a combination of the two, the ever-popular "Culture Shock!" series belongs in your backpack or briefcase. Get the nuts-and-bolts information you need to survive and thrive wherever you go. "Culture Shock!" country guides are easy-to-read, accurate, and entertaining crash courses in local customs and eti...
Derek Sivers
Oct 05, 2019
Surprisingly insightful. Much better than expected. An outsider’s insights into Finnish culture. I read it on my way to Finland, and swooned at the description of what sound like my kind of people. My experience in Finland mostly matches the book’s description, except I was in louder central Helsinki, so the anti-social silence was not on display. The book has a list of spectrums of culture which could be a good framework to categorize various countries’ cultures.      source
This Is Marketing book cover
This Is Marketing
You Can't Be Seen Until You Learn to See
Seth Godin - Nov 13, 2018
Goodreads Rating
Real marketing isn't about racking up clicks and tweets; it's about connection, empathy, and making a difference. Over the past quarter century, Seth Godin has taught and inspired millions of entrepreneurs, marketers, leaders, and fans from all walks of life, via his blog, online courses, lectures, and bestselling books. He is the inventor of count...
Derek Sivers
Aug 02, 2019
A must-read for every entrepreneur. A holistic, generous, human, emotional, long-term, story-driven approach to your business. The world would be a much better place if businesses were led this way. You'll have a competitive advantage if you do this, since so few do.      source
Also recommended by
Deke Bridges
Everything Is F*cked book cover
Everything Is F*cked
A Book About Hope
Mark Manson - May 14, 2019
Goodreads Rating
From the author of the international mega-bestseller The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck comes a counterintuitive guide to the problems of hope. We live in an interesting time. Materially, everything is the best its ever beenwe are freer, healthier and wealthier than any people in human history. Yet, somehow everything seems to be irreparably and h...
Derek Sivers
Jul 27, 2019
Philosophy made relatable. Great points about taking feelings seriously, pain as the speed of light, humanity as an ends not means, and democracy acknowledging human nature. Sections on Nietzsche and Kant are fascinating, not academic. The second half grabbed me the most.       source
Pre-Suasion book cover
A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade
Robert Cialdini - Jun 05, 2018 (first published in 2016)
Goodreads Rating
The acclaimed New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller from Robert Cialdini—“the foremost expert on effective persuasion” (Harvard Business Review)—explains how it’s not necessarily the message itself that changes minds, but the key moment before you deliver that message.What separates effective communicators from truly successful persuade...
Derek Sivers
Jul 23, 2019
An interesting look at a single topic: what someone encounters beforehand greatly affects the influence of what comes after. Priming.      source
Stubborn Attachments book cover
Stubborn Attachments
A Vision for a Society of Free, Prosperous, and Responsible Individuals
Tyler Cowen - Oct 16, 2018
Goodreads Rating
Growth is good. Through history, economic growth, in particular, has alleviated human misery, improved human happiness and opportunity, and lengthened human lives. Wealthier societies are more stable, offer better living standards, produce better medicines, and ensure greater autonomy, greater fulfillment, and more sources of fun. If we want to con...
Derek Sivers
Apr 15, 2019
Subtitle “A Vision for a Society of Free, Prosperous, and Responsible Individuals” gives a hint of its contents. I love these kinds of books: full of well-considered, smart, rational and surprising ideas from an economist.      source
Also recommended by
Vitalik Buterin
Surviving AI by Calum Chace
Atomic Habits by James Clear
Watching the English by Kate Fox
The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain de Botton
The Story of Philosophy by Will Durant
How to Live by Sarah Bakewell
12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson
The Courage to Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi
Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke
Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
Drive by Daniel H. Pink
The Lessons of History by Will Durant
When by Daniel H. Pink
Getting the Love You Want by Harville Hendrix
Perennial Seller by Ryan Holiday
A Guide to the Good Life by William B. Irvine
Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
Innumeracy by John Allen Paulos
Principles by Ray Dalio
Sum by David Eagleman
Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark
How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler
The Dip by Seth Godin
Happy by Derren Brown
Seeking Wisdom by Peter Bevelin
The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
Au Contraire by Gilles Asselin
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
Grit by Angela Duckworth
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber
The Gardener and the Carpenter by Alison Gopnik
Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t by Steven Pressfield
Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
The Inevitable by Kevin Kelly
Peak by Anders Ericsson
Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger
Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart by Gordon Livingston
Living Beautifully by Pema Chodron
Deep Work by Cal Newport
Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches by Marvin Harris
The Geography of Genius by Eric Weiner
The Truth by Neil Strauss
Quiet by Susan Cain
The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster by Darren Hardy
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving-Kindness by Pema Chodron
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
A Mind for Numbers by Barbara Oakley
Poor Charlie's Almanack by Peter D. Kaufman
When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
Smartcuts by Shane Snow
Superhuman By Habit by Tynan
Mindwise by Nicholas Epley
Zero to One by Peter Thiel
Fluent Forever by Gabriel Wyner
A Geography Of Time by Robert V. Levine
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
When Cultures Collide by Richard D. Lewis
The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday
The Antidote by Oliver Burkeman
Decisive by Chip Heath
Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon
How to Learn a Foreign Language by Paul Pimsleur
Choose Yourself! by James Altucher
Give and Take by Adam Grant
The Bed of Procrustes by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams
The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking by Edward B. Burger
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal
The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin
Wired for Story by Lisa Cron
Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield
So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport
No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs by Dan S. Kennedy
Mastery by George Leonard
The Pragmatic Programmer by David Thomas
The Little Book of Talent by Daniel Coyle
What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
The Developing World by Fredrik Härén
You Are Not So Smart by David McRaney
Do the Work by Steven Pressfield
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
Willpower by Roy F. Baumeister
The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr
What Got You Here Won't Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
The Practicing Mind by Thomas M. Sterner
Fail-Safe Investing by Harry Browne
Poke the Box by Seth Godin
Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky
The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman
4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss
Mindset by Carol S. Dweck
Art & Fear by David Bayles
Start Small, Stay Small by Rob Walling
Hackers & Painters by Paul Graham
Making a Good Brain Great by Daniel G. Amen
Switch by Chip Heath
On Writing by Stephen King
The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
I Will Teach You to Be Rich, Second Edition by Ramit Sethi
Business Stripped Bare by Richard Branson
The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin
How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer
Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes and How to Correct Them by Gary Belsky
Influence by Robert B. Cialdini
Overachievement by John Eliot
Ignore Everybody by Hugh MacLeod
The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky
Management of the Absurd by Richard Farson
The Time Paradox by Philip Zimbardo
Emergency by Neil Strauss
Personal Development for Smart People by Steve Pavlina
Tribes by Seth Godin
The Culture Code by Clotaire Rapaille
How to Talk to Anyone by Leil Lowndes
Crowdsourcing by Jeff Howe
Brain Rules by John Medina
Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
The Magic of Thinking Big by David J Schwartz
You, Inc. by Harry Beckwith
How to Get Rich by Felix Dennis
The Ultimate Sales Machine by Chet Holmes
The Four Pillars of Investing by William Bernstein
The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin
The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
The Smartest Investment Book You'll Ever Read by Daniel R. Solin
Wikinomics by Don Tapscott
The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki
Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky
The Culting of Brands by Douglas Atkin
Meatball Sundae by Seth Godin
Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz
Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracy
The Innovator's Solution by Clayton M. Christensen
Small Is the New Big by Seth Godin
The Art of Profitability by Adrian Slywotzky
Getting Things Done by David Allen
The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber
The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
A Geek in Japan by Hector Garcia
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less by Nicholas Boothman
Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut
Power Schmoozing by Terri Mandell
Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins
Tricks of the Mind by DERREN BROWN by