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Subject: Books on creativity
Category: Business and Money > Advertising and Marketing
Asked by: copyguy-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 17 Aug 2006 14:50 PDT
Expires: 16 Sep 2006 14:50 PDT
Question ID: 757112
For a proposal for a book on creativity, I'd like to get some
information on current books on creativity. Total sales of books on
creativity. Specific sales for bestselling books on creativity. Quotes
from publications like the Wall Street Journal (I have one from 7/2/06
New York Times) that says books on creativity are hot right now. That
kind of thing.

Clarification of Question by copyguy-ga on 18 Aug 2006 08:21 PDT
I really need this by Monday (Aug 21) at latest.  I realize it's an
involved question.  I'd be grateful for whatever you can do that shows
books on creativity are hot right now -- an article (from business
publication or book pub like Publishers Weekly), figures on sales of
creativity-type books, etc.

Request for Question Clarification by tisme-ga on 18 Aug 2006 18:03 PDT
Hello copyguy-ga,

I would be happy to approach this question as research to support
creativity is a hot thing in books right now. Do you still need the
specific sales data in the original question? I was unable to locate
any of that. I think I could come up with some information that would
help you sell the idea though. Please let me know,


Clarification of Question by copyguy-ga on 18 Aug 2006 21:21 PDT

No sales data is OK.  But I wanted to clarify that what I'm looking
for is not "research to support creativity," as you say, and if I
understand what you mean, but something that supports the idea that
books on creativity are hot right now.

In other words, I don't need evidence to support the idea that
creatvity is good or useful, but evidence that books on creativity are
selling well -- that a lot of them are being written and published and

This could be a quote from a general business or publishing trade
publication that says something to to the effect that books on
creativity are the hottest category in book publishing these days or
that books on creatvity are selling like hotcakes.  Or an article that
talks about the success of specific books on creativity.

I suppose it could be something else as well, although I can't think
of what.  I'm open to ideas, though.
Subject: Re: Books on creativity
Answered By: tisme-ga on 19 Aug 2006 10:00 PDT
Hello copyguy-ga,

As you mentioned in your clarification, you are looking for research
that supports the idea that books on creative are hot right now. I
searched extensively for sales data. I found the quote from NY Times
that you found, but was unable to uncover much more than that in
well-known publications. Probably the most useful thing I was able to
come up with is a listing of the current sales status of books
relating to creativity. The top two take up #430 and #1,818 in most
sales on, an amazing feat (consider that The Da Vinci code
is currently #229). I have also included other snippets of research
below that you may or may not find to be useful.


My first bit of research looks at the ranking of creativity books on Several of them score quite high, which is an impressive
feat. ranks books :

Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity (Paperback)
ISBN Number: 1585421464
Currently ranked #430 in sales on for Books

Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative (Paperback)
ISBN: 1841121258
Currently ranked #1,818 in sales on for Books

The Creative License: Giving Yourself Permission to be the Artist You
Truly Are (Paperback)
ISBN: 1401307922 
Currently ranked #3,252 on for Books

The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life (Paperback)
ISBN Number: 0743235274
Currently ranked #4,922 in sales on for Books

The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work,
Leisure, Community and Everyday Life (Paperback)
ISBN: 0465024777
Currently ranked #5,337 in sales on for Books

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative
Battles (Paperback)
ISBN Number: 0446691437
Currently ranked #5,930 in sales on for Books.

Cracking Creativity: The Secrets of Creative Genius (Paperback)
ISBN Number: 1580083110
Currently ranked #9,417 in sales on for Books

List Your Creative Self: Listmaking as the Way to Unleash Your
Creativity (Hardcover)
ISBN Number: 0740702084
Currently ranked #326,185 in sales on for books

The Dreaming Source of Creativity: 30 Creative and Magical Ways to
Work on Yourself (Paperback)
ISBN Number: 1887078738
Currently ranked #447,816 in sales on for books

Breakthrough Creativity: Achieving Top Performance Using the Eight
Creative Talents (Hardcover)
ISBN: 0891061533
Currently ranked #452,492 in sales on for books

Creative Utopia: 12 Ways to Realize Total Creativity (Paperback)
ISBN Number: 1581801734
Currently ranked #496,670 in sales on for books

The Soul of Creativity: Insights into the Creative Process (Paperback)
ISBN Number: 1577310772
Currently ranked #573,919 in sales on for Books

Releasing the Creative Spirit : Unleashing the Creativity in Your Life (Paperback)
ISBN Number: 1893361365
Currently ranked #647,831 in sales on for Books

Growing Up Creative: Nurturing a Lifetime of Creativity (Paperback)
ISBN Number: 093022289X
Currently ranked #658,671 in sales on for Books

Boost Your Creativity: Exercises and Advice For Great Creative Thinking (Paperback)
ISBN Number: 1843402424
Currently ranked #742,896 in sales on for Books

On Creativity: Awakening the Creative Mind (Paperback) 
ISBN: 9679789268
Currently ranked #1,743,302 in sales on for Books

Elements of Creativity: On Creativity in General and Creative Writing
in Particular (Elements of Writing) (Paperback)
ISBN: 0759633622
Currently ranked #3,902,986 in sales on for Books

Other research:

On The Book: Creative Visualization : Use the Power of Your
Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life (Bantam New Age Book)
 ?Accurately titled piece with techniques for visualizing the reality
you want to live. More than three million copies sold in twenty-five
foreign languages. Even Oprah recommends this one.?

A recent June 23, 2006 article discusses books on creativity. Some
useful excerpts:
?her 1992 bestseller "The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher
Creativity" sold more than 2 million copies, before the book spawned a
movement, before strangers approached her in airports with
home-recorded CDs, self-published poetry, handmade jewelry and the
words, "You saved my life."?

The books ?How to Get Ideas? by Jack Foster is cited as having sold
more than 40,000 copies and is described as the best book on
creativity ever by author Ron Hoff.

The Oprah Magazine wrote positive reviews on two books relating to
creativity ?Writing Alone and with Others? and ?The Creative Habit?.
Title: Creativity, Unplugged.,  By: Carr, C., O, The Oprah Magazine,
15313247, Oct2003, Vol. 4, Issue 10
Database: Canadian Reference Centre

Positive review of ?Team Challenges: 170+ Group Activities to Build
Cooperation, Communication and Creativity?
SOURCE: Library Media Connection; Aug/Sep2006, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p61-61, 1/6p

?Thousands of readers have embraced Natalie Goldberg's inspirational
books on creativity and writing.?
?Natalie Goldberg is the author of seven books, including Writing Down
the Bones, which has sold over one million copies and has been
translated into ten languages.?

On Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas: ?Reissued at a
popular price, here is the map around mental blocks--with more than
200,000 copies sold.?

?Creative Visualization is the art of using mental imagery and
affirmation to produce positive changes in your life. It is being
successfully used in the fields of health, education, business,
athletics, and the creative arts. With more than 3 million copies sold
in the U.S., and translated into twenty-five languages,?

I hope that you find this answer to be satisfactory to your
requirements. Please let me know if any clarification is needed and I
will do my best to further assist you. All the best,


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