Better Book Notes for Busy Game Professionals

The best parts of the best books, tailored to running and growing a business in the videogames industry.

What’s Inside?

Only the best books

There are a LOT of business and management books out there. These notes contain only the best ones, the ones that are recommended by top managers and creators both within and outside of the games industry.

Only the best parts

You’ve probably heard at least one book described as “should have been a blog post”. With these notes, you’ll only get the best parts, the 20% that contains 80% of the value. Use them to determine if you want to read the full book, or save yourself some time and simply stick to the best parts. They’re right here.

Carefully curated

All individual book notes are carefully interlinked, just like a Wiki. Because books, people and even certain themes are all interlinked, you can easily trace ideas and concepts across books.

Monthly updates

This is the actual notebook I take my notes in. So you’re getting notes on every new book I read, as I read them. I average about 20 books per year, or 1+ book per month.

Which Books Are In Here?

Disrupting The Game by Reggie Fils-Aimé

Obviously Awesome by April Dunford

The Gamedev Business Handbook by Michael Futter

The Minimalist Entrepreneur by Sahil Lavingia

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl

One Up by Joost van Dreunen

Traction by Gino Wickman

The Courage To Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi

The Great Mental Models by Shane Parrish and Rhiannon Beaubien

Anything You Want by Derek Sivers

Show Your Work by Austin Kleon

Understanding Michael Porter by Joan Magretta

The Five Dysfunctions Of A Team by Patrick Lencioni

The Ride Of A Lifetime by Robert Iger

Business Adventures by John Brooks

On Writing by Stephen King

Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Awareness by Anthony De Mello

Atomic Habits by James Clear

The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

…and more books added every month


How do I access the notes?

The notes are hosted in a Roam database. You can access the notes in the web version, even if you are not yourself a Roam user.

If you *are* a Roam user, you can request graph sharing at checkout to access them from their own account.

Can I export the notes?

Absolutely. You can copy-paste to your heart’s content, and you can even export all the notes so you can use them in a different environment.

Isn’t it easier to read the books myself?

Maybe! But it will take a long time and be pretty expensive:

If you went out today and bought all of the books on the list, you’d pay around €400. If you then spent the 6-8 hours reading each book, and 1-2 hours taking and compiling notes, it’d take you anywhere from 140 – 250 hours to recreate this.

That’s more than a full-time month worth of reading and note-taking.

With these notes, you’re getting the best parts at a fraction of the cost and time it would take you otherwise.

How will I know about new book additions?

New book note additions are shared in my newsletter, Bi-Weekly Bits, which goes out every two weeks. You can choose to be added to this email list at checkout.

Do I get lifetime access?

Yes, you will have lifetime access to the notes, and all future notes, without any extra payment.

In the unlikely event that Roam stops working for us, I will host the notes somewhere else for you to access indefinitely.

What about copyrights? Are you stealing from the authors?

My notes distill the main ideas and most important concepts from the books I’ve read, but the resulting notes are new, original works of their own. All notes contain links to the original works, allowing readers to easily find and buy books they might have otherwise missed.

While the notes are concise and compelling, they are inherently limited by their format. The original works offer more context, examples, references and explanations to support the author’s argument. When you find a book that you want to know more about, it’s always just one click away.

By making the core concepts of these books more accessible and easily digestible, my hope is that you will end up reading more, not less.