BOOK CLUB Compass reviews four new titles

THE EVERYTHING STORE: JEFF BEZOS AND THE AGE OF AMAZON - Brad Stone

One of the earliest forerunners of the Internet age, Amazon is now a cornerstone of online purchasing and merchandising. Brad Stone provides a fascinating glimpse into the dynamic role played by visionary Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in the company’s rise from upstart bookseller to Internet giant.

Until now, the key to the company’s success has remained a secret, but Stone reveals all in The Everything Store, taking advantage of unprecedented access to current and former Amazon employees and Bezos’ family members to gain a unique insight into Amazon. In this edifying account, readers discover how Bezos’ relentless pursuit for success and his vision to provide customers with ‘everything’ helped to change the way we shop.

392 pages, Little, Brown and Company, October 2013, US$28.00 (hardcover) • hachettebookgroup.com

NATURE’S FORTUNE: HOW BUSINESS AND SOCIETY THRIVE BY INVESTING IN NATURE - Mark R. Tercek And Jonathan S. Adams

Co-written by science writer Jonathan Adams and Mark Tercek, CEO of The Nature Conservancy and former investment banker, Nature’s Fortune presents the argument that forests, floodplains and oyster reefs are as important to future prosperity as technological or business innovation.

It is no secret that environmental concerns are of grave importance to both industry and the wider society, but Nature’s Fortune takes it one step further by arguing that to invest in the natural resources of the planet may be one of the smartest commercial investments available and can deliver serious business benefits. Once leaders understand how to account for nature in financial terms, they can incorporate that value into the organization’s decisions and activities, just as regularly as they consider other investments.

272 pages, Basic Books, April 2013, US$26.99 (hardcover) • www.perseusbooksgroup.com

THE GAMIFICATION REVOLUTION - Gabe Zichermann

Gabe Zichermann is CEO of gamification.co.uk and an expert in the field of game mechanics and the mentality of gaming as a way to improve employee engagement. Using specialist insight, Zichermann provides the basis for what is becoming an increasingly significant part of company plans – gamification.

Zichermann draws on case study examples from large global companies (Google, Microsoft) and the US Army as proof that the gamification revolution has the potential to become an element in any business plan. Given the impressive list of companies with which he has worked, Zichermann is in a strong position to identify the best way to capitalize on a medium that looks likely to blossom in the near future.

256 pages, McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing, April 2013, US$27.00 (hardcover) • www.mhprofessional.com

BIG BANG DISRUPTION: STRATEGY IN THE AGE OF DEVASTATING INNOVATION - Larry Downes And Paul Nunes

CEOs are all too aware of the cutthroat nature of the modern business world. But when a ‘Big Bang Disruption’ – a better or cheaper new product or service that undercuts all established offerings – occurs, they can be helpless to stop the bleeding.

Big Bang Disruptions have become increasingly common in recent years, pushing unprepared and vulnerable companies to the verge of collapse. Authors Larry Downes and Paul Nunes provide insights into the Big Bang phenomenon and identify the most effective strategies and techniques to combat it – or even to launch a Big Bang Disruption of your own.

304 pages, Portfolio, January 2014, US$29.95 (hardcover) • www.us.penguingroup.com

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