If there’s one thing we know, it’s that long-term professional success requires constant learning. This is true in any industry, but perhaps especially so when it comes to content! 

On The Content Mix podcast, we’ve been asking all our guests for their favorite sources of inspiration, from useful apps to the best industry influencers. And while online sources of information are certainly indispensable, sometimes the best education comes from a good old-fashioned book.

But how do you know which reading material is worth your time?

To help you out, we’ve rounded up eight of the best content and marketing books to read right now. Whether offering specific insights into content strategy or outlining broader theories about creativity and success, they’ll help keep your mind sharp and expand your perspective.

Order them online, download the digital versions, or maybe even hit up your local library… there’s no wrong way to read, right?

1. Building a StoryBrand

Author: Donald Miller

What it’s about: How to communicate about your brand and connect with your customers by applying storytelling principles and clarifying your messages.

Why you should read it: “It’s a game-changer for your approach to communication and content creation. The main idea is that you have to position your brand as a guide for the consumer, and it gives clear recommendations that will actually change your results.” – Jonathan Kaplinsky

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2. Content Chemistry: The Illustrated Handbook for Content Marketing

Author: Andy Crestodina

What it’s about: A comprehensive guide to content marketing, outlining the theory behind it and providing useful lessons on social media, email marketing and SEO.

Why you should read it: “I chose this book because I think it’s great to have input from all different sources, to consider how you can approach and do things in different ways.” – Christine Jones

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3. Content: The Atomic Particle of Marketing

Author: Rebecca Lieb (with Jaimy Szymanski)

What it’s about: A definitive guide to content marketing strategy, based on quantitative research and interviews with successful marketing professionals.

Why you should read it: “It looks at content strategy from beginning to end. It includes so many examples and key things, and it’s really, really useful.” – Aidoia Puig-Delfin

Buy it here

See also: 8 inspiring content and marketing influencers to follow

4. Ogilvy on Advertising in the Digital Age

Author: Miles Young

What it’s about: An updated version of David Ogilvy’s classic handbook for the advertising industry, adapting his seminal advice to the opportunities and challenges of the digital era.

Why you should read it: “It’s by the former CEO of Ogilvy & Mather, and it’s very intuitive, with up-to-date information that you can actually replicate.” – Ali Galan

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5. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

Author: Seth Godin 

What it’s about: How to become indispensable at your organization by tapping into your full potential, following your own rules and creating a contribution that’s truly essential.

Why you should read it:  “It’s really important to figure out how you can become more valuable to your organization. You want to become indispensable at your company, so they think, ‘No matter what, we can’t lose this person.’ That’s why I’d recommend this book.” – Michael Ranmi Akinle

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Linchpin is one of our favorite content and marketing books, written by prominent industry influencer Seth Godin.
Source: Publish0x

See also: Top 10 apps for content and marketing professionals

6. Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences

Author: Nancy Duarte

What it’s about: How to create presentations that engage, inform and move people to action through methodologies based on documentary storytelling principles.

Why you should read it: “It was one of the first books I read about storytelling, and I always come back to it because I think it’s incredibly relevant and interesting.” – Mario Bini

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7. The Tyranny of Metrics

Author: Jerry Z. Muller

What it’s about: The obsession with quantifying human performance through metrics, and how it threatens the quality of organizations and our lives in general.

Why you should read it: “The basic message is that just because something can be measured, that doesn’t mean it should be. It’s definitely an eye-opener in terms of how we use data, and a fascinating read.” – Dimple Vijaykumar

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Read The Tyranny of Metrics to see why not everything that can be measured should be.
Source: SAP Insights

8. One Plus One Equals Three

Author: Dave Trott

What it’s about: A masterclass in creative thinking, presented through fascinating anecdotes that will help you shift your mindset and inspire innovation.

Why you should read it: Drayton Bird says that you can’t influence or persuade people, or get your message across, if you haven’t read enough to understand how copy works—you have to read. He recommended Dave Trott, so this is what I’m reading right now, and it’s amazing.” – Michael Lonnon

Buy it here

Got any other tips for great content and marketing books to read? We’d love to hear them! Share your suggestions in the comments below.

Also stay tuned for our next list of recommended content and marketing books.

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