Too often people who want to start the "invention process" enter what I call the "Inventorsphere™."
They buy a book on "how to invent" and begin their quest for fame and fortune. That's good, but operating within the Inventorsphere exclusively is working in a bubble and leaves a myriad of resources out of reach.
Thomas Edison famously said "Inventing is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration." That may be where the term "sweat equity" comes from. Beyond that spark of an idea, just thinking about the blood, sweat and tears of bringing a new product to market is too often enough to deter all but the most determined.
I doesn't have to be that way.
Now, that's my opinion, but it's also a big part of what's driving us to expand the nvntr community to include much more than the "traditional" how-to-invent resources. A great book to discover and/or evaluate a product or business idea is "Will It Fly" by Pat Flynn. I'm using ideas from audio books on list building, subscriptions, the sharing economy, invention licensing, product design, marketing and history. Your five-star suggestions for reading and other resources are very welcome, and I'll try to get them all published here in the appropriate sections. Thanks in advance!
By the way: Inventorsphere™ <- trademark claimed!
If you haven't already, please join our mailing list! We'll list our favorites there too, but check our book resources (more coming!) to see what we mean by expanding the boundaries.