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Q: Find Books That May Compete With My Upcoming New Book ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Find Books That May Compete With My Upcoming New Book
Category: Business and Money > Small Businesses
Asked by: mrinternet01-ga
List Price: $30.00
Posted: 06 Sep 2006 15:04 PDT
Expires: 06 Oct 2006 15:04 PDT
Question ID: 762824
My new book (to be published soon) is titled:
"Virtual Outsourcing
Getting The World To Work For You --In Just Minutes!"

I believe that this is the first book ever to show small to mid-sized
businesses how to tap into the incredible talent of Virtual
Consultants and Virtual Assistants world wide.

I need thorough research completed to determine if indeed there are
any other books *geared to small and mid-sized businesses* that may
cover the same topic.  IMPORTANT: my new book is *not* about
traditional enterprise outsourcing / offshoring done by major
corporations.  Competing books by definition must be targeted of
informing small-to-mid sized business about virtual outsourcing (or
outsourcing in general).

If you find competing books, I will need a list with the following information:
Date Published:
Online Link to more info: (i.e. Amazon, Author's Website, etc.)

The list should be in an Excel spreadsheet format.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 06 Sep 2006 16:09 PDT

I hope you are right, and you have indeed tapped into a market that
has not yet been met by any other book.

But if you are right, how are we to answer your question?  We'll look
for books, not find any...and then what?

Please give us a bit of guidance as to what sort of answer you're
expecting if, in fact, there are no competing books out there?



Clarification of Question by mrinternet01-ga on 06 Sep 2006 16:20 PDT
If you do not find any competing books then simply list the sources
you checked to come to that conclusion (the longer the list the better

Hope this helps!
Subject: Re: Find Books That May Compete With My Upcoming New Book
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 06 Sep 2006 19:04 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

Thanks for getting back to me so quickly.

After a fair amount of searching, it seems there's only on possible
conclusion to come up with.

You're right!  There aren't a heck of a lot of books out there on
outsourcing specifically for small businesses.

I searched numerous sources -- Google, Google Books,,
Barnes & Noble, and (a large, online bookseller), and
came up with only a very few items.

At Amazon, for instance:

a search on [ "small business" outsourcing ] and similar terms
returned only a few dozen items, very few of which were on-target (and
those that were, were chiefly reprints of magazine and newspaper

The closest hits were these two:
Complete Idiot's Guide to Successful Outsourcing 
Gene Marks 
Paperback: 352 pages 
Publisher: Alpha (September 6, 2005) 
Language: English 
ISBN: 1592573703 

...Some small businesses are reporting up to 30% in cost savings by
outsourcing large portions of their work...Gene Marks is an author,
small business expert, and owner of The Marks Group, an 11-person
consulting firm that provides IT outsourcing and software support to
small- and medium- sized companies across the country.
Go It Alone!: The Secret to Building a Successful Business on Your Own (Hardcover) 
by Bruce Judson
Hardcover: 240 pages 
Publisher: Collins (October 26, 2004) 
Language: English 
ISBN: 0060731133 

...Judson capitalizes on this shift with an "extreme outsourcing"
model. The Internet...has...made it possible for anyone to build a
business that leverages the expertise of others at a very low cost,
with almost no up-front capital investment required.... any business
function can be outsourced to another business, large or small,
somewhere in the world. There is a limitless network of businesses out
there -- and infinite possibilities for starting new ones.

And another one that popped up at Abe Books was:
Indian Take-Away: Offshore Outsourcing for Small to Medium-Sized Enterprises 
Downey, Jim 
Type: Paperback  
ISBN: 1905363516
Publisher: Exposure Publishing
Publication Date: 09/2005
100 pages 

There's this one as well, though with a 2003 publication date, it's
almost historical at this point:
Outsourcing In A Week 
Jacqueline Chapman 
RRP: 6.99  
ISBN: 0340811498  
Published: 26/09/2003  

...This book covers a range of key issues that any SME owner or
manager would need to consider before making the step to outsourcing

That's it!!!

Of course, there are many hundreds of books that are aimed at small
businesses and that touch on the topic of outsourcing.  You can see
many of them at the Google Books search results page, for a search on
[ "small business" OR sme OR "small * enterprise" ~outsourcing ]:*+enterprise%22+%7Eoutsourcing&btnG=Search+Books&as_brr=0

There are many books here, but none that really hit the nail on the
head as far as your topic goes.

Bottom line -- it seems that your book is quite timely, and would fill
a need that is, as yet, addressed by very few titles in the book
publishing world.

I trust the information above fully meets your needs.

But if there's anything else I can do for you, please let me know by
posting a Request for Clarification, and I'm at your service.

All the best of luck with your efforts.


Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 07 Sep 2006 04:20 PDT

Thanks so much, for the tip, kind words, and the invite, which I much appreciate,

Researchers aren't permitted to communicate with customers outside the
confines of the text boxes here, so you won't be receiving any emails
from me.  But certainly feel free to mention pafalafa-ga and Google
Answers in your book.

And best of luck...hope it's a million-seller, at least!

mrinternet01-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
You did a great job --it was quite clear that you completely
understood what I was looking for.

BTW, since this is a book about "Virtual Outsourcing", I do walk my
talk and have / will Virtually outsource nearly every aspect of this
book other than the writing of it.  Please let me know if you would
like person credit in the attribution part of the book where I will
list all the virtual resources I used.

Just send an e-mail to to let me know --thanks again!

Subject: Re: Find Books That May Compete With My Upcoming New Book
From: fp-ga on 07 Sep 2006 02:41 PDT
What about ? 

Duplicate question? Asked by the same person?

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