Business Book Review FAQs

Small Business Trends has one of the largest collections of professional reviews of small business and entrepreneur books.

As of January 2015, we have reviewed over 500 business books, spanning 6 years. New book reviews are published each Saturday and Sunday morning.   We also periodically create best book lists, based on reader popularity and our Editors’ picks.

In addition, we produce the Small Business Book Awards, presented annually in the first quarter of each year.

Guidelines For Submitting Books for Review

  • Eligibility:  We review only business-related books. All books must appeal to a small-business or entrepreneur audience.  All formats and types of publishing are eligible, including: ebooks, print books, self-published books, and traditionally-published books. To get a feel for the kinds of books we review, please browse our Business Books section.
  • Ethics policy:  Neither Small Business Trends nor individual reviewers request or accept payment for reviewing books or adding books to our top book lists, from any third party.
  • Editorial staff:  Our Book Editor is Ivana Taylor. Our Assistant Book Editor is Pierre DeBois. The Editors are assisted by a team of reviewers.
  • Review copies:  Some of our reviewers prefer electronic review copies, and some prefer hard copies. If your book is in NetGalley, that’s even better.

How to Submit Your Book for Review

To submit a book for review, email us at: [email protected]. Put the words “Book review” in the subject line.

Why The Focus on Books?

It fits naturally with our mission to provide news, resources and advice to help small business owners and entrepreneurs.  With conferences and higher education so pricey, books are an affordable way  that small business owners, managers and entrepreneurs continue lifelong learning.

Supporting these books is also how we give back to the community.  Small business books are a niche often overlooked in the genre of “Business and Finance Books.” The big bestsellers are about Wall Street or titans of industry, and have little relevance to starting or running a small business.

Besides, many of us are book junkies – we just love to read!  And we know entrepreneurs and small business owners do, too.

Small Business Book Awards

The annual Small Business Book Awards that we produce are a prestigious opportunity for authors and publishers.

This judged competition recognizes the best books — those that have a strong impact on small business owners and entrepreneurs through the valuable information contained. We don’t judge things like cover designs, but rather how fresh, authentic and valuable the information is to a small business audience.

The Awards are a great way for business owners, their staffs, and self-employed entrepreneurs to find quality books through community word of mouth and critical acclaim.  By highlighting the best books, and giving a platform to spread the word via social media, the small business and entrepreneur community is better able to discover the best books.

The Awards give authors a platform to increase book sales by exposing their books to the public more widely.  Winning can create an opportunity for authors to get press coverage in their local communities. Winners receive publicity, social media exposure, and the right to display official gold Winner insignia.

Most of all, as an author you get a good feeling that comes from being recognized for your hard work and accomplishment.

Visit the Awards site for details about when the next Awards start!


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