50 Best Ecommerce Books in 2021

Love to read? We have curated the 50 top ecommerce books about leadership, marketing, copywriting, advertising, customer service and inspiration to help you grow your online store business.

Ecommerce Books

Check out our hand-picked recommendations of best books for ecommerce businesses. These books are perfect for learning not just about ecommerce, but about business building in general.
The Everything Store

The Everything Store

The definitive story of Amazon.com, one of the most successful companies in the world, and of its driven, brilliant founder, Jeff Bezos. Learn about how his vision for the internet back in 1997, how he found an opportunity to create an online bookstore, and grow from there to the everything store.

Shoe Dog

Shoe Dog

Read the candid and riveting memoir of Nike founder Phil Knight where he shares the story of the company's early days which he started with borrowing $50 from his father, and its journey to becoming one of the world's most iconic consumer brands doing over $30 billion in annual sales.

Delivering Happiness

Delivering Happiness

Learn the path Tony Hsieh took at Zappos, which he joined and became CEO after selling LinkExchange to Microsoft, to grow the company to over $1 billion in gross merchandise sales in less than ten years. A great book on creating the a strong and customer-oriented company culture.

Don't Make Me Think

Don't Make Me Think

The essential read on understanding the principles of intuitive navigation and information design, read by over 400,000 people. Steve Krug's book helps you undersand the core principles of UX, and how to apply them to create a better shopping experience on your online store that converts more visitors into sales.

The Best Service is No Service

The Best Service is No Service

Bill Price and David Jaffe assert through their book that customer service is only needed when a company does something wrong, and therefore eliminating the need for customer service is the best way to have satisfied customers. Read their book to learn how to use their principles that teach you to use service as a data point for improving customer safisfaction.

The Mom Test

The Mom Test

Rob Fitzpatrick has written the most essential book on validating your business ideas correctly and in a way that is practical and will save you time, money, and heartbreak. It's a short book that basically says that you shouldn't ask anyone if your business is a good idea, because it's a bad question and everyone is bound to lie in varying degrees. It's not their responsibility to tell you the truth, but yours to extract it correctly. And this book can teach you how.

Competing Against Luck

Competing Against Luck

Clayten Christensen seminal book is based on the Jobs to be done framework, and insight that when we buy a product, we essentially “hire” it to make progress and get a job done. And if the product hired to do the job does it well, we hire it again. And if not, we “fire” it and look for an alternative. Christensen argues that when companies truly understand the job their customer is hiring their product or service to do, is when companies can drive innovative solutions forward.

Never Lose a Customer Again

Never Lose a Customer Again

Joey Coleman's book isn't about focusing on marketing, or closing the sale. Rather it is to undergo the customer journey in their first 100 days and manage all the interactions and experiences of the customer that can turn them into a lifelong customer. Coleman's system is presented through research and case studies showing how best-in-class companies create remarkable customer experiences at each step in the customer lifecycle.

Trust Me, I'm Lying

Trust Me, I'm Lying

This book is a marketer's take on how influential blogs are in our lives become, and why that's something to worry about. Ryan Holiday outlines the parts of the internet that is broken, and includes detailed stories and confessions of his own on how he gamed the very same system to generate press for his clients.

Hug Your Haters

Hug Your Haters

Most companies think they deliver great customer service, but only 8 percent consumers agree. With smartphones and social media, haters can now express displeasure faster and more pub­licly than ever. Jay Baer talks about how to deal with the two kinds haters through hilarious examples of haters gone wild, and companies gone crazy, as well as inspirational stories of companies responding with speed, compassion, and humanity.

Originals: How Non-Conformitsts Move the World

Originals: How Non-Conformitsts Move the World

Originals at its core is a book about how to champion new ideas and fight groupthink. Adam Grant explores how to recognize a good idea, speak up without getting silenced, build a coalition of allies, choose the right time to act, and manage fear and doubt using studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports, and entertainment.

Creativity, Inc.

Creativity, Inc.

Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, describes the challenges he had to overcome to keeping creativity alive as Pixar grew and integrated within Disney. Read this book to learn about the approach and processes to maintain and foster creativity in corporate cultures.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things

The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Ben Horowitz knows how hard it is to run a business, and he is brutally honest about it. The cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz draws on his experiences in founding, running, selling, and investing in companies. The book offers essential advice and practical wisdom for navigating the toughest problems in running your venture that business schools don't cover.

The Obstacle Is the Way

The Obstacle Is the Way

Another fantastic book by Ryan Holiday where he uncovers that there is a defined formula for success that is timeless, and you can follow it too. To quote Marcus Aurelius, "The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way."

Fix This Next

Fix This Next

Running a business is all about solving problems, but business leaders often don't know what's their biggest problem. Instead of going in endless circles putting out urgent fires or prioritizing the wrong things, Mike Michalowicz provides a framework for identifying the most important problems based on a business' heirarchy of needs, and prioritizing to fix them first.

Hello, My Name Is Awesome

Hello, My Name Is Awesome

Coming up with great product or brand names is hard. Alexandra Watkins shows you the SMILE and SCRATCH methodology to create memorable and effective brand names, even if you're a noncreative.

Lean Analytics

Lean Analytics

Using data the right way can help you steer your business away from mistakes and towards the promised land of customers and profits. This book steers you in the right direction with case studies and insights that show you how to validate your initial idea, find the right customers, decide what to build, how to monetize your business, and how to spread the word and get customers.

Crushing It!

Crushing It!

Bestselling author Gary Vaynerchuk's practical and inspirational book dissects every current major social media platform - Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and more - so that anyone, from a plumber to a professional ice skater, can learn how to build and amplify his or her personal brand.

The Grid: The Decision-making Tool for Every Business

The Grid: The Decision-making Tool for Every Business

Applicable to any kind of business, Matt Watkinson's book provides you with a mental framework for evaluating and refining product and service ideas, reduce risk by thinking broadly of strategic decisions, identifying root causes of business challenges, anticipating market changes and its impact on your business, and collaborating more effectively with your team.

The Service Culture Handbook

The Service Culture Handbook

Today's consumers expect nothing less than VIP customer service no matter which product or company they engage with. To keep up with demands, you have to proactively craft your team's culture and values to become customer-focused and service oriented. Jeff Toister outlines a step by step blueprint for organizations to follow if they’re really serious about great customer customer service.

They Ask You Answer

They Ask You Answer

A fresh new take on how to create content that matches modern buying habits. Marcus Shediran has written a straightforward guide to fixing your current marketing strategy, regardless of your budget. The key to success is quality content that comes from answering your customers questions.

DotCom Secrets

DotCom Secrets

Are you currently struggling with driving traffic to your website? Or converting that traffic into sales? The founder of Clickfunnels, Russell Brunson's experience after working with thousands of businesses is that low traffic and weak conversion numbers are just symptoms of a much greater problem. DotComSecrets will give you the marketing funnels and the sales scripts to help you grow your online business.

What Great Brands Do

What Great Brands Do

Denise Lee Yohn shares her exercises, tools and action steps applied with dozens of Fortune 1000 brands that helped transform and create great brands. The book draws on inspiration from greats like Starbucks, Lululemon, what's common about these great brands and how you can apply those principles to your business too

The Boron Letters

The Boron Letters

A series of letters written Gary C. Halbert where he explains the in a blunt and pragmatic tone what advertising and copywriting is all about. This book extends beyond marketing and also talks about life and work ethic.

Web Analytics 2.0

Web Analytics 2.0

Understanding and setting up analytics is key to building your business. This book can teach you how to solve crucial challenges such as measuring social media and multichannel campaigns, applying the right analytics techniques and correctly, and becoming more data-driven in growing your business.

Contagious: Why Things Catch On

Contagious: Why Things Catch On

Jonah Berger's bookis a must-read for marketers in which he gives a framework to understand - What makes things popular? Why do people talk about certain products and ideas more than others? Why are some stories and rumors more infectious? And what makes online content go viral? Contagious combines groundbreaking research with powerful stories to explain this phenomena and apply it to your own work.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

World-renowned psychologist Carol S. Dweck discovered after decades of research a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. More specifically, Fixed mindset vs Growth mindset. In this book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and every other area of human endeavor is dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities.

The Startup Owner's Manual

The Startup Owner's Manual

A step-by-step, encyclopedic reference manual by Steve Blank and Bob Dorf on how to build and scale a successful startup. Best to read this book in parts and reference it whenever you need help with a particular section.

Sam Walton: Made in America

Sam Walton: Made in America

An autobiographical account of the rise of Sam Walton, founder of Walmart and Sam's Club, to the pinnacle of the American retail business by building the Walmart, which went on to be #1 in Fortune 500 and brought more than $100 billion in wealth for his wife and family.

Ecommerce Marketing Books

Curated book recommendations from the DelightChat team for those looking to up their Ecommerce Marketing game.
Traction

Traction

Learn the framework that successful companies have implemented to gain traction for their product and scale successfully. Identify the marketing channels that make sense for your company, given its unique properties, in this book by Gabriel Weinberg (Founder, DuckDuckGo) and Justin Mares (Founder, Kettle & Fire).

Obviously Awesome

Obviously Awesome

Perhaps the best book on positioning to come out in recent times, learn from April Dunford on how you can understand your customers and use it to position your product to success. Learn her five components of positioning, how to instantly connect your offering's value proposition to an audience, choosing the best markets for your product, and more.

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

Robert Cialdini's critically acclaimed book on persuasion is a must-read for any marketer or business owner selling to consumers. The book explains the psychology of why people say "yes"—and how to apply these understandings in your life, work, marketing, and more in six actionable principles.

This is Marketing

This is Marketing

Great marketers don't use consumers to solve their company's problem; they use marketing to solve other people's problems. Seth Godin's book is a culmination of decades of experience to help people understand marketing and apply its core ideas to their own businesses. A must read book on marketing.

Growth Hacker Marketing

Growth Hacker Marketing

Ryan Holiday's book explains the concept of growth hacking and the mindset one needs to think of marketing in the modern world. His advice is applicable to businesses of all kinds, but especially if you're trying to reach a consumer base with your ecommerce store.

12 Months to $1 Million

12 Months to $1 Million

Real, profitable, sustainable business requires thousands of hours of commitment, grit, and dedicated hard work. Ryan Daniel Moran knows that, and his book tries to teach you how to do it by condensing the startup phase into a fast-paced year divided into three phases, the Grind, the Growth, the Gold. The book cuts straight through the noise and provides a clear roadmap that can help even new entrepreneurs build big businesses.

Superfans

Superfans

How many likes? How many purchases? How many email subscribers? It's easy to get lost in the numbers. As entrepreneurs, we have to remember that there are people behind all that data. People who are looking for someone they trust, someone who has their best interests in mind. Pat Flynn shows a path to becoming that trustworthy person and creating a tribe of superfans around the world.

Traffic Secrets

Traffic Secrets

The biggest problem for most entrepreneurs isn't that they haven't created a great product or service. It's getting their future customers to discover about them and learn about their existence. Master evergreen traffic strategies to fill your website and funnels with dream customers in this book by $100mn entrepreneur Russel Brunson, co-founder of the wildly success software company ClickFunnels.

All Marketers Are Liars

All Marketers Are Liars

Seth Goden's book talks about how all marketers tell stories, and good stories are what people believe in. Learn authentic storytelling that helps you form a strong bond with your customers and set your product and company apart from the competition.

Building a StoryBrand

Building a StoryBrand

Donald Miller offers a proven 7-step framework to create a compelling story for your brand, because reagardless of how good your product is, if you don’t know how to present it to the world, it won’t sell. Read this book to learn how to create a more effective marketing message that sells your brand and product.

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing

Just as laws govern nature and physics, Al Ries and Jack Trout decode the laws that govern marketing in their book. Learn about the law of Leadership, Category, the Mind, and more to help yo sell your products successfully and build a valuable business. Violate these laws at your own risk.

The Ultimate Sales Letter

The Ultimate Sales Letter

Great advertising is about writing compelling sales copy. In this book, Dan Kennedy shows why some sales copy works, why some don't, and to write copy for your business. These lessons can be applied everywhere, whether in Facebook ads, or marketing emails, or copy on your product pages.

The Adweek Copywriting Handbook

The Adweek Copywriting Handbook

Great copy comels your customers and forms the heart of advertising. And who better to learn it from than legendary copywriter Joe Sugarman, whose practical guide provides expert advice on what it takes to write copy that will entice, motivate, and drive customers to buy. A must read for anyone who is looking to break into business.

Ogilvy on Advertising

Ogilvy on Advertising

From the man Time magazine called "the most sought after wizard in the business" comes a handbook on how to produce advertising that sells. Read this insightful and engrossing book whether you're an advertising buff or even otherwise.

Epic Content Marketing

Epic Content Marketing

Joe Pulizzi explains the science behind how to attract prospects and customers, by creating content and sharing information that they care about. The book highlights the process of developing stories that can be used to inform, entertain and your compel customers to take action, without you actually telling them to.

Everybody Writes

Everybody Writes

Ann Hadley has written a go-to guide for understanding how you should approach writing great content that inspires and compels readers to take your desired action. The book provides a mental framework for coming up with the right content to create given your audience and business.

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook

The New York Times bestselling author and social media expert Gary Vaynerchuk, founder of WineLibrary and Vayner Media, shells out hard-won advice on how to connect with customers and beat the competition in an increasingly noisy word. Read this book if mastering social media marketing is your goal.

Marketing Made Simple

Marketing Made Simple

In this follow-up book, Don Miller is introducing a five-part sales funnel that helps marketing professions and business owners use the StoryBrand messaging framework more effectively, and to get out of the club of brands that lose money and sales, simply because their customer messaging is not clear about who they are and what value they bring to their customers’ lives.

The 1-Page Marketing Plan

The 1-Page Marketing Plan

You can have the greatest product or service, but if nobody knows about it, you will fail. That was where Allan Dib, who started as an IT geek, came from where he earlier thought that honing his tech skills is a sure way to success. Except, it's not. The book provides a simple framework for small businesses to get started with marketing their product and reaching their audience.

The Art of Social Media

The Art of Social Media

For beginners as well as for seasoned professionals who are eager to improve their game, Guy Kawasaki, who was legendary in his former role as chief evangelist for Apple, has teamed up with Canva colleage Peg Fitzpatric to offer one essential guide to social media for your time, effort and money. Learn from over 100 practical tips, tricks and insights that help you build a social media strategy from ground-up to creating a compelling presence on these platforms.

Launch: An Internet Millionaire's Secret Formula to Sell Almost Anything Online

Launch: An Internet Millionaire's Secret Formula to Sell Almost Anything Online

Learn how to gain traction for your online business with Jeff Walker. Launch talks about growing your business fast, about creating urgency, excitement, eagerness, positioning, and competition, while being aware of your budget constraints.