Do you want to expand your horizons by reading a popular business book but find yourself short on time? Well, Round Table Companies may have a solution for you — graphic novels. Yes, the company is converting several well-known books into graphic novels. If you’re not sure what a graphic novel is think comic books — cartoons with speech bubbles.

“In today’s world, time is at more of a premium than ever. By providing existing titles in a familiar format, and in a new way that’s never been done before, Round Table Companies is creating a more powerful and memorable experience for a new generation of non-fiction readers,” said Corey Michael Blake, Round Table Companies CEO. “Through this unique marriage of business and art, these books deliver all the knowledge and impact of traditional books, but without the stodginess that can often leave books left half-unread.” Source: Round Table Companies

Round Table Companies is pairing up with Smarter Comics for this new venture. I received copies of two of the books that will be available on April 16, 2011: "The Long Tail" by Chris Anderson and "Shut Up, Stop Whining & Get a Life" by Larry Winget. These books are perfect for the person who is short on time or who doesn’t enjoy thumbing through pages filled with text.

Although the books are great for those who need a quick and easy read, I enjoyed reading them as well. I am an avid reader; whether it is nonfiction or fiction, I’ve always got a book or two lying around to read. While I don’t usually read graphic novels, I found the books entertaining.

I’d previously read Winget’s book, so the information in the graphic novel was familiar. I really enjoyed the addition of cartoons and other graphics to help drive home the points Winget makes. I particularly liked the graphical representation of Winget. He’s made several appearances on our local morning news program, and the artist did a fantastic job of capturing Winget’s personality and mannerisms.

Anderson’s book was a new read for me. Although I’ve heard about "The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More," I hadn’t actually read the book. After finishing the comic book version, I’ve decided that I want to pick up a copy of the full text-version and read through it.

In addition to these two books, four more will be available on April 16:

  • "Overachievement: The Real Story Behind What it Takes to Be Exceptional" by John Eliot
  • "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu
  • "How to Master the Art of Selling" by Tom Hopkins
  • "Mi Barrio" by Robert Renteria
Round Table Companies also has three books scheduled for release on Oct. 16, 2011:
  • "The Prince" by Niccolo Machiavelli
  • "What Got You Here Won’t Get You There" by Marshall Goldsmith
  • "Everything’s Okay" by Alesia Shute
If you’re interested in getting a sneak peak of these new books, download a free e-book from the Round Table Companies website.