In my August Editor's Letter, I asked readers to tell us about the books that have inspired them the most. Judging from the response, this was a good question. A couple of readers wrote essays -- too long to reprint in the magazine but excellent reading for this editor. Other readers were more succinct, though certainly no less passionate. We've collected some of the responses under the rubric We Asked, You Answered. This will be a recurring page in Inc., fed by your answers to questions posed in this column.

While we're on the subject of books, you'll want to know that some of your favorite Inc. contributors have books coming out. From the charming Joel Spolsky: More Joel on Software. This will please the dedicated followers of his popular blog, Joel on Software, and of his popular Inc. column, How Hard Could It Be? From Joshua Lutz, who photographs Behind the Scenes each month for Inc.: a stunning monograph titled Meadowlands. And from Richard Todd, one of our contributing editors: an elegant, thoughtful memoir, The Thing Itself. Dick is one of my particular favorites.

But no writers for this magazine are held in higher esteem by Inc. readers than Norm Brodsky and Bo Burlingham, who team up every month for Norm's Street Smarts column. Their book The Knack: How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up will be in stores this month.

There's more. Next month, Norm and Bo will be taking their show on the road, with presentations and conversations (with you, if you can make it) in New York City, Austin, and Los Angeles. For more details on Street Smarts Live, go to