The field of iPhone development is growing fast. Add iPad to the mix and entrepreneurs have even more reasons to get involved in this field. As long as one has a unique idea, there is no reason not to start an iPhone business app these days. Of course, starting an iPhone business is more than just writing code and mastering the iPhone SDK. App entrepreneurs need to promote their apps and do all kinds of other things to take their business on the ground. So a little marketing training never hurts, especially for hardcore app developers.

There are plenty of books that try to teach you how to use iPhone or write code for it. But these 3 books teach you how to market your app once you have developed it:

iPhone and iPad Apps Marketing: it teaches you how to develop the right strategy for your app, how to market it, and even promote it using social media.

Starting an iPhone Application Business For Dummies: if you are a beginner, this book is going to give you the information you need to start with your first app. Don’t let the name fool you. It has plenty of information on pricing, marketing, and ways to generate buzz for an app.

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Not all entrepreneurs are great at writing code. In fact, many argue that you shouldn’t even write code if you want to be a great entrepreneur. I personally believe that if you are trying to start a technology startup, and you know the technologies you want to deal with inside and out, you have a better chance of understanding those fundamental issues with each of those technologies. You can certainly use that knowledge to guide your team to create better products and provide more value to your users.

There are plenty of technologies that you can take advantage of to build a Web 2.0 business. Some are more popular than others, but as long as you have a real business plan and know exactly how you are going to execute it, there is no reason you can’t build a successful online startup. If you just happen to crave more knowledge about some of those top technologies around, here are 6 books that you should read:

Professional WordPress: if you want to go beyond what other books have to teach about WordPress and learn more advanced topics such as code manipulation, this book has you covered.

Building Social Web Applications: Establishing Community at the Heart of Your Site

Building Social Web Applications: one of the best books to read if you want to get started with app development in the world of social media. The book is designed to give you an overview of what it takes to build a successful social web app. Think of it as social media development 101. Great way to learn how to build and expand your business.

Essential Facebook Development: Build Successful Applications for the Facebook Platform

Essential Facebook Development: Facebook is a gold mine for those who want to develop innovative apps for it. There are plenty of people who are making a whole lot of their revenue off of their Facebook apps. This book teaches you how to get started with the process and what you need to know to understand the technology better.

Twitter API – Up and Running: the one and only book you need to read to get a solid understanding for the Twitter platform. Twitter API is going to expand even further in the future, and the community is not going to slow down anytime soon. So you may as well take advantage of it while you can.

Cocoa Touch for iPhone OS 3 (Developer Reference)

Cocoa Touch for iPhone OS 3: a complete iPhone development book that gets you familiar with what you need to know to develop an iPhone app. The future is mobile, and the iPhone platform is one exciting platform to be a part of.

Hello, Android: Introducing Google's Mobile Development Platform

Hello, Android: Android is yet another one of those exciting platforms to be a part of. If you have been paying attention to some of those commercials on TV, you have probably heard about the rise of the Droid. More killer Android phones are on the way, which means there are more opportunities for you to build business.

The above 6 books work for both entrepreneurs and developers. They certainly give you enough knowledge to be dangerous.


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The U.S. economy may still be in recession, but the Internet industry is still growing, and there are still plenty of ways to make money online with your own business, especially if you are a bit technical. Think about it. Twitter and iPhone are two of the hottest topics that are being talked about on TV, radio, and on the Internet. Building a business around these services can certainly pay for the foreseeable future. Since these technologies are not fully mature yet, there are plenty of opportunities to develop innovative solutions for these services and start build your web business.

Twitter API and iPhone SDK provide every entrepreneur with a great opportunity to develop innovative applications and start building up your web business. Unlike what most people assume, getting a handle of these technologies is not that difficult. As long as you have some technical knowledge, you can get started with your own Facebook or Twitter app fast. Besides, you can always outsource the process.

If you are technical enough to tackle Twitter API or iPhone SDK, here are 5 great books you should read to help you get started with your own app:

Twitter API: Up and Running: Learn How to Build Applications with the Twitter API

Twitter API – Up and Running: the best Twitter API book hands down. It teaches you how to develop innovative solutions for Twitter and build a Twitter business fast. If you know PHP, you are going to enjoy reading this book, and by the time you are done, who knows what you can come up with.

Facebook Cookbook: Building Applications to Grow Your Facebook Empire

Facebook Cookbook: Twitter may be very popular these days, but so is Facebook. Many small businesses have taken their business to the next level by developing cool Facebook apps. A great way to brainstorm, develop products, sell yours or other people’s products.

Beginning iPhone Development: Exploring the iPhone SDK

Beginning iPhone Development: if you are completely new to iPhone SDK, you should read this book. It gets you started with everything you need to know to develop a basic iPhone app.

iPhone Games Projects

iPhone Games Projects: I can’t tell you how many people have made a lot of money by developing killer games on iPhone. You can make money from ads or just charge for your iPhone app. If you are app makes it to the top seller list, the sky’s the limit for your business. Many developers have quit their day jobs and gotten started with their own app company. You can always hire a few programmers and do the same.

Pro Web 2.0 Mashups: Remixing Data and Web Services (Expert's Voice in Web Development)

Pro Web 2.0 Mashups: a killer book on Web 2.0 mashups. Teaches you what you need to know to work with various APIs and start building your innovative apps fast. Shows you how to create different types of mashup, such as search, calendars, RSS/Atom feeds, and social bookmarking.
You don’t necessarily have to be on the cutting edge to make money online, but iPhone, Twitter, and Facebook are great technologies to be involved with. These technologies have a large following, and as long as you address a unique need, there is no reason you can’t build a startup around these technologies. The times may be tough but innovative business models survive and thrive under most difficult conditions.


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Whether you have been watching TV a lot lately or been following the news, you have probably heard of green economy, green tech, and Eco-entrepreneurship. Whether you like it or not, green technologies are coming, and we are going to have a greener future. That’s a very exciting news for those of us who know how to take advantage of opportunities in this new industry. There are plenty of ways to start a green business, help clean up our Earth, and make a living in the process. And since we are in early days, there are a lot of opportunities to jump on and get an early edge in this industry. You just have to agile.

If you are new to the whole green “thing” and interested in starting your own green business, there are plenty of good books to get you started. You do want to know as much as possible about this industry to develop and implement your idea in a more effective fashion. But fear not as there are plenty of books that can help you do just that (aside from blogs and forums). Here are 8 good ones you should read:

Start Your Own Green Business (Start Your Own...)

Start Your Own Green Business: this is one of my favorite book. It’s concise and to the point. It’s not written to make you a master in this industry but is a great crash course. It does help you graduate to more comprehensive books more easily.

Harvard Business Review on Green Business Strategy (Harvard Business Review Paperback Series)

Harvard Business Review on Green Business Strategy: needs no introduction. It’s the one green book everyone should read before jumping into this industry.

75 Green Businesses You Can Start to Make Money and Make A Difference

75 Green Businesses You Can Start to Make Money and Make A Difference: this is one of the best books to read if you are looking to develop a unique idea for this industry. You may not be interested in any of these ideas, but you can easily come up with your own after reviewing some of these.

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