eBiz Facts is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn More

Best Business Books For Online Entrepreneurs

29+ handpicked reads to help build your online business

Best business books thumbnail

This is the ultimate list of best business books for online entrepreneurs.

You’ll find dozens of handpicked recommendations below, sorted into categories to help you find the most relevant book for your current situation. 

I’ve also included video summaries so you can learn the key lessons of each book in 10 minutes or less ⏩

Let’s start with a shortlist.

These are the three books I recommend every online entrepreneur to read:

🏆 Top 3 Best Business Books 🏆

Deep Work
The 4-Hour Workweek
The Millionaire Fastlane

Deep Work The 4-Hour Workweek The Millionaire Fastlane

jump to the full list

About This List

Niall Doherty

Hey, I’m Niall Doherty and I curate this list of best business books for online entrepreneurs.

Ever since quitting my last 9-to-5 job back in 2010…

  • I’ve been earning a full-time living online
  • And I’ve read an average of ~50 books a year

The majority of the books on this list are personal recommendations from my own library, while a handful are from other online entrepreneurs I trust.

I’m always looking for more great books to read and recommend. If you know of any I might have missed, let me know via the comments below.

  • Important: if you’d like to support independent bookstores, consider buying the books you see listed on this page via bookshop.org.

🧠 Best Book For Mindset

The E-Myth Revisited

  • Michael E. Gerber
  • Entrepreneurs and employees think very differently. This book explains that difference.
  • Video summary: youtube
  • Audio book: amazon ← free trial | youtube

Honorable Mentions

So Good They Can't Ignore You Thinking In Bets The 4-Hour Workweek

🤑 Best Book For Getting Rich

The Millionaire Fastlane

  • MJ DeMarco
  • Get rich quick does exist. Get rich easy does not.
  • Interview with the author: youtube
  • Audio book: amazon ← free trial

Honorable Mentions

I Will Teach You to Be Rich Rich Dad Poor Dad

💰 Best Book For Money Management

Profit First

  • Mike Michalowicz
  • Chris Ducker refers to this as the one equation you need to become profitable.
  • Video summary: youtube
  • Audio book: amazon ← free trial

🧱 Best Book For Business Fundamentals

The Personal MBA

  • Josh Kaufman
  • Business school condensed into <500 pages.
  • Video summary: youtube
  • Audio book: amazon ← free trial

👩‍💻 Best Book For Freelancers

Book Yourself Solid

  • Michael Port
  • Corbett Barr credits this book with 10xing his freelance rates.
  • Interview with the author: youtube

📢 Best Book About Marketing

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

  • Robert B. Cialdini
  • Learn the six universal principles of influence and how to use them.
  • Video summary: youtube
  • Audio book: amazon ← free trial

Honorable Mentions

Purple Cow The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing Growth Hacker Marketing

💰 Best Book About Sales

The Ultimate Sales Machine

  • Chet Holmes
  • Learn twelve key strategies. Implement them with pigheaded discipline and determination.
  • Video summary: youtube
  • Audio book: amazon ← free trial | youtube

Honorable Mentions

SPIN Selling To Sell Is Human

🏝 Best Book For Digital Nomads

The 4-Hour Workweek

  • Tim Ferriss
  • The book that started the digital nomad revolution, packed with key principles and mindset shifts.
  • Video summary: youtube
  • Audio book: amazon ← free trial | youtube

Honorable Mentions

How to Travel The World on $50 A Day Vagabonding

👋 Best Book For Leaving 9-to-5

The 4-Hour Workweek

  • Tim Ferriss
  • The book that started the digital nomad revolution, packed with key principles and mindset shifts.
  • Video summary: youtube
  • Audio book: amazon ← free trial | youtube

Honorable Mentions

The Art Of Non-Conformity

🧩 Best Book About Habits

Atomic Habits

  • James Clear
  • Habits are crucial to success. This is the ultimate guide to building good habits and breaking bad.
  • Video summary: youtube
  • Audio book: amazon ← free trial

Honorable Mentions

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Daily Rituals The Miracle Morning

✅ Best Book For Productivity

Deep Work

  • Cal Newport
  • How to develop the rare superpower of prolonged focus.
  • Video summary: youtube
  • Audio book: amazon ← free trial | youtube

Honorable Mentions

Essentialism Getting Things Done

😃 Best Book For Inspiration

Founders At Work

  • Jessica Livingston
  • Interviews with founders revealing how they built famous tech companies (Apple, Flickr, PayPal, etc).
  • Talk by the author: youtube

Honorable Mentions

The $100 Startup

🤝 Best Book For Networking

How to Win Friends and Influence People

  • Dale Carnegie
  • Simple, timeless advice for building better business and personal relationships.
  • Video summary: youtube
  • Audio book: amazon ← free trial | youtube

Honorable Mentions

Never Eat Alone

💪 Best Book About Leadership

Extreme Ownership

  • Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  • Leadership lessons from Navy SEALs, applied to business and life.
  • Video summary: youtube
  • Audio book: amazon ← free trial

Honorable Mentions

Start With Why

💡 Best Book For Idea Generation

Buy Buttons

  • Nick Loper
  • Packed with ideas and examples of online businesses and side hustles.
  • Interview with the author: youtube
  • Audio book: amazon ← free trial

🧘‍♂️ Best Book For Mental Health

A Guide to the Good Life

  • William B. Irvine
  • A practical guide to Stoicism. Helpful for staying sane while riding the entrepreneurial roller coaster.
  • Video summary: youtube
  • Audio book: amazon ← free trial

Honorable Mentions

Search Inside Yourself

😔 Best Book For Tough Times

The Obstacle Is The Way

  • Ryan Holiday
  • Practical stoic philosophy and stories to help you through the dark days.
  • Video summary: youtube
  • Audio book: amazon ← free trial | youtube

Honorable Mentions

The War Of Art The Messy Middle

😱 Best Book For Overcoming Fear

Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway

  • Susan Jeffers
  • This book helped me overcome shyness and follow my dreams.
  • Video summary: youtube
  • Audio book: amazon ← free trial

🤫 Best Book For Introverts

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

  • Susan Cain
  • How to thrive as an introvert “in a world that can’t stop talking.”
  • Author TED Talk: youtube
  • Audio book: amazon ← free trial

🚀 Best Book For Startups

The Lean Startup

  • Eric Ries
  • Considered a must-read by some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley.
  • Video summary: youtube
  • Audio book: amazon ← free trial

Honorable Mentions

Zero To One The Hard Thing About Hard Things

📈 Best Book For Business Growth

Traction – Get a Grip on Your Business

Honorable Mentions

Getting Everything You Can Out of All You've Got

⚖️ Best Book For Negotiation

Never Split the Difference

  • Chris Voss, Tahl Raz
  • Practical and counterintuitive negotiation tactics from a former FBI hostage negotiator.
  • Video summary: youtube
  • Audio book: amazon ← free trial

📔 Best Biography

Elon Musk

  • Ashlee Vance
  • A well-researched and insightful look at “the real life Tony Stark.”
  • Video summary: youtube
  • Audio book: amazon ← free trial

Honorable Mentions

GIRLBOSS Losing My Virginity Steve Jobs Anything You Want

🎨 Best Book For Creativity

The War of Art

  • Steven Pressfield
  • Suffering a creative block? Struggling to fulfill your potential? Read this book.
  • Video summary: youtube
  • Audio book: amazon ← free trial

Honorable Mentions

Big Magic

🤔 Best Book For Hiring

Who: The A Method for Hiring

🧮 Best Book For Accounting Basics

Accounting Made Simple

  • Mike Piper
  • The essentials of accounting explained in less than 100 pages.

✍️ Best Book For Copywriters

The Copywriter's Handbook

  • Robert W. Bly
  • Pro copywriter Danny Margulies lists this as his top recommendation for copywriters just starting out.
  • Interview with the author: youtube
  • Audio book: amazon ← free trial

📲 Best Book For UI/UX Design

Don't Make Me Think

  • Steve Krug
  • A classic book on user interface design, with lots of practical examples.
  • Video summary: youtube

📖 Best Fiction

The Alchemist

  • Paulo Coelho
  • The story of a shepherd boy who follows his dream.
  • Video summary: youtube
  • Audio book: amazon ← free trial

Best Business Books FAQs

How can I save money on these books?

Below are a few things you can try.

Note that some of these require you to spend money to save money, which can be a slippery slope. Carefully weigh the pros and cons of such offers so you don’t get taken advantage of.

Check your local library

Library browser extension

Or, better yet, install this free browser extension and it will show you instantly which books on Amazon are available at libraries near you.

Sign up for Kindle Unlimited

Kindle Unlimited business books

You’ll find a few books on this page available on Kindle Unlimited, which is a subscription service from Amazon that lets you read unlimited books for a low monthly fee.

Last I checked, these books from the above list were available on Kindle Unlimited:

The downside of Kindle Unlimited is that you’re only renting the books. You never own them. So if you stop paying your subscription, the books disappear off your Kindle.

Sign up for Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime free delivery

If you read a lot and prefer paper books to Kindle, you can sign up to Amazon Prime for a low monthly fee and get free shipping plus a bunch of other benefits.

Sign up for Rakuten

rakuten amazon cash back promotion

Buy your Amazon books via Rakuten and they’ll give you up to 5% cash back.

Plus, you get a $10 Amazon gift card once you sign up and spend $25 within 90 days.

How can I read more books?

You can see my two best tips for that in this short video:

Another thing that might help you read more: join a book club or start your own.

We do a monthly book club inside our private Freedom Business Builder community.

What’s the best business book you’ve read?

Or is there a book missing from this page that I should add?

Let me know in the comments below.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on email
About The Author

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

3 Comments

  1. A good list. I’ve read 7 of them myself.

    My recomendation for marketing would be: Building a Storybrand by Donald Miller. I’ve probably learned more about marketing and connecting with customers from that book than any other resource. Arguably the best book on marketing and the author has a great podcast worth listening to.

    1. I have Building A Storybrand in my Amazon basket and was checking this list to see what else I can buy! Currently reading Atomic Habits, it’s awesome. For content writers, I’d recommend Everybody Writes by Ann Handley and The Freelance Content Marketing Writer by Jennifer Goforth Gregory. Both are great at explaining how to write for your audience and set up a freelance writing business.