In “Reading List,” we ask ecommerce professionals to name some of their favorite books and blogs, and tell us why they read them. For this installment, we corresponded with Seth Boylan, owner and operator of Xpert Fulfillment, an order fulfillment company.
Boylan has 10 years of experience in the fulfillment and logistics industry. He also has a background in marketing and sales. As the insurgence of the “.com” market expanded, Boylan launched Xpert Fulfillment, realizing that the market would likely grow and wanted to be in on the ground floor. He enjoys his time off by driving racecars.
Seth Boylan’s Top Books
4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
“The 4-Hour Workweek is a worldwide best-seller and revolutionized the way many people juggle work and life. Whether you agree with this or not, what is good is that it opens you up to new ideas. You can adopt the parts of it that you like and reject those you don’t.”
Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin
“It’s the simplest ideas that are the most powerful and Seth Godin conveys some simple ideas that are very powerful. I like the way he takes complicated ideas and simplifies them. This is one of the few books I have read more than once.”
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
“Spending a lot of time working, it’s important to escape and nothing offers better escape than Game of Thrones. It’s a very long read and reading a couple of chapters is a great way for the mind to relax.”
Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
“This is a fantastic book that explains many of the decisions that humans make. Choice and the decision making process is a massive part of business and so understanding this better helps at work.
Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
“Hsiesh is the CEO of Zappos and what he did there was nothing short of remarkable. He has some very powerful insights and I definitely felt smarter after reading this.”
Seth Boylan’s Top Blogs
“The hardest thing when it comes to Quora is dragging yourself away from it. There is so much good knowledge and information on it that a 5-minute visit often blows out into 30.”
“Similar to what I wrote above about the Purple Cow, Godin’s blog posts are straight to the point and always make me think.”
“The great thing about LinkedIn Today is that you don’t have to go looking for the posts — they come straight to you. From Gary Vaynerchuk and Craig Newmark to Jeff Weiner, they are all there.”
“If you want to be on top of the Zeitgeist then you need to be visiting BuzzFeed. Check the posts out there before everyone posts them to Facebook.”
“If you want to stay on top of the latest technologies, then you need to be going to Gizmag.”