This is a list of books/publications I recommend (or know others have recommended) for inventors [Amazon affiliate link]:
1. Guy Kawasaki’s The Art of the Start. A preview of the book can be found here: http://www.guykawasaki.com/the-art-of-the-start/artprop.pdf
2. Booklet (PDF) — From Invention to Innovation – from the U.S. Department of Energy Inventions & Innovation Program
3. Booklet (PDF) — AIPLA: How to Protect and Benefit From Your Ideas
4. Stand Alone, Inventor by Robert G. Merrick.
5. From Patent to Profit; Secrets and Strategies for the Successful Inventor by Bob Dematteis.
6. Founders at Work.
8. The Four Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich. Includes a great explanation of how to test market without having an actual product to sell.
12. Inventors Digest–THE inventor magazine. A must read for all new inventors.
13. The Toy and Game Inventor’s Handbook. If the invention is a toy, or a game…this is the starting point.
15. Patent It Yourself – A great book that is either a blessing or a curse, depending on in who is reading it (I’ve seen inventors try to “patent it yourself” and miserably fail, losing all their rights (I’m sure there are examples of STRONG pro se patents…I’ve just never seen one)).
16. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink.
As I come across more…I’ll update this post (and will add quick summaries later). E-mail me (see the “Contact Me” tab above) if you have additional suggestions.