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HP Officejet Pro 8600 All-in-One Wireless Color Printer with Scanner, Copier & Fax
HP Officejet Pro 8600 All-in-One Wireless Color Printer with Scanner, Copier & Fax
Price: CDN$ 149.97
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1.0 out of 5 stars Too many problems, July 11 2014
This person said it best, so I'll copy and paste:

"In the beginning you are going to love it. It prints in nice colours and then HP's Marketing Department takes over:

The black cartridge is low. You go out and buy a new one. You change it in the machine and then it says: the color CYAN needs to be exchanged as well. This supposedly relates to the printer head. So here you go again. After the $30 for the black you travel again to the nearest store to pay $25 for cyan. You go back home, and while you install cyan you remember that your cyan cartridge wasn't empty at all. AND THIS IS TRUE!!. HP wants you to buy cartridges, see! Because when you changed cyan, the printer will tell you that yellow needs to be changed as well!"

On top of that, HP support won't even talk to you if your warranty has ended.

Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs
Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs
by Brian Halligan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 18.77
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Practical, Sept. 20 2012
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Inbound Marketing was specific, to the point, and practical. It discusses what you need to concentrate on to get people to find your business, and goes into the perfect amount of detail. A must read.

Clout: The Art and Science of Influential Web Content
Clout: The Art and Science of Influential Web Content
by Colleen Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 26.45
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent overview... but lacks any specifics, Sept. 20 2012
Clout is more of an intro to the types of content, how to plan for content, what to do when you hit roadblocks, etc., but it does a poor job of providing anything specific with respect to creating content. The part of this book that actually discusses creating content (framing, social proof, etc.) is limited to about 20 pages, while the rest is left to other things surrounding the subject of content.

If you're looking for an overall intro to content, this book is a decent read. If you're looking for specific strategies for content creation, find something else.

The Upside Of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home
The Upside Of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home
by Dan Ariely
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 22.04
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Behavioural Economics (in a good way), Feb. 21 2011
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If you're familiar with behavioural economics (Freakonomics, Predictably Irrational, etc.), then you know what to expect -- no surprises here. Great read.

Decoded
Decoded
by Jay-Z
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 25.08
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, Feb. 21 2011
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This review is from: Decoded (Hardcover)
Decoded takes you through the life of Jay-Z in a pretty entertaining way. He talks about a different theme in each chapter (politics, drugs, etc.) and has lyrics of some of his songs at the end of each chapter that relate to those themes. He also has notes on those lyrics telling you about his thought processes and references behind his words.

The only downfall of the book is that he doesn't go into enough detail about the rap game. I would've liked to have heard his thoughts about specific rappers (and other musicians), but he rarely mentions names and only talks superficially when names do come up. The vast bulk of the book chronicles his life in the drug game, so if you think that will entertain you (like it did me), then this book is for you.

He also does a great job of bringing the book to life through the design. Pages are colorful and filled with pictures, quotes and designs. Decoded does an amazing job here.

One last thing -- get his songs on your ipod and listen along when you go through the lyrics at the end of each chapter. The ability to interact brings the book to life even more.

Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers
Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers
by Alexander Osterwalder
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 26.30
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing New, Feb. 21 2011
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This book is self-described as a way to "design tomorrow's enterprises" by "defy(ing) outmoded business models", but there's really nothing new here. It simple goes through the standard business modelling process, but does so with pictures for each part of the process.

If you're new to business models and are looking for the fundamentals, this is a good book; it does show you the elements you need to consider. But if you're considering this book as a new way to look at business models, don't buy it. Yes, the illustrations are nice and they do a great job of design, but don't let that fool you -- there's nothing new here.

The Art Of The Start
The Art Of The Start
by Guy Kawasaki
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 21.94
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Intro to Starting a Business, July 27 2009
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This review is from: The Art Of The Start (Hardcover)
I wasn't a big fan of Guy Kawasaki after reading the 'Rich Dad, Poor Dad' books because I thought these books were just sales pitchces for his other books; I tried 'The Art of the Start' anyway and was pleasantly surprised.

Although the book doesn't go into much in-depth detail, it does a very good job of highlighting the important aspects of starting a business (although the title says its about starting "anything", it's pretty much about a business as it goes into getting venture capital, pitching investors, etc.). This book is a great start to learning about entrepreneurship.

The downside is that Kawasaki again uses his books to sell himself -- this time to promote his venture capital firm and highlight his experience at Apple (some of his Apple references are good examples of what he talks about, but some are just a stretch to talk about his experiences and successes there).

All in all, a good starters book for learning about the various aspects of entrepreneurship.

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