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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0142000566
  • ASIN: B000EPFVCI
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 4.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,979,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Told with verve, this delightful tale of a restless, curious inventor and entrepreneur is packed with practical advice for creative endeavors. Kanbar's 36 successful inventions (from various medical devices to Skyy vodka and the D-Fuzz-It Sweater and Fabric CombR) all started with difficulties anyone might encounter: hangovers, accidents with hypodermic needles, fuzzballs on sweaters. In each case, Kanbar knew nothing about the problem he set out to solve. Unlike many inventors, who hand off their ideas at an early stage through licensing agreements, Kanbar has often set up businesses to market his products and stayed involved in every detail along the way. He takes the reader on engaging journeys from initial conception to research, implementation, testing, refinement, legal protection, packaging, distribution and marketing. General readers will enjoy these unaffected stories of a straightforward, successful guy. Would-be inventors and anyone engaged in independent creative activity will benefit from the distilled aphorisms ("Thou Shalt Not Bullshit Thyself") and no-nonsense information. It's a rare author who can end his foreword with "I look forward to reveling in your success" and make the reader believe it. With the help of a $50,000 marketing campaign, Kanbar (the publisher of Council Oaks books) is supporting this book with the same care that he's brought to marketing his other products. While none of his inventions, except for Skyy vodka, are household names, would-be inventors will find both inspiration and beneficial tips in his affable guide. (Jan.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"...of great help to everyone who has ever wanted to invent. It's a thoughtful, extremely well written book...Fascinating reading." -- Richard Nelson Bolles, Author of What Color Is Your Parachute?

"Every inventor or hopeful entrepreneur should read this insightful and fascinating book by one of our generation's true inventive entrepreneurs." -- Leonard Stern, Chairman and CEO of The Hartz Group

"I wish I'd had this book when I first invented the Baby Jogger!...closer to an action-adventure movie than a dry how-to manual." -- Phil Baechler, Inventor of the Baby Jogger --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Every point of the inventing process that Mr. Kanbar states is exactly what one needs to do.
KDS
The book also shows there is still plenty of room for the small companies to develop products, which can make a significant impact on the market.
Ib Olsen
Moreover,the contact information provided both throughout the book and in the appendix will be of interest to any inventor.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John C. Dunbar on March 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is an easy read, and it's hard to put it down.
His basic process is easily summed up: 1) Solve a Problem, 2) Prove Your Invention/Build a Prototype, 3) Protect Your Idea, 4)Manufacture or License?, 5) Market with a Twist. And, those are his 5 main chapters. He shows you how he has done this repeatedly. He's a serial inventor/business starter.
What I particularly liked was his detailed description of how he did "hands on" market research. He shows you how to prove out your invention early within the marketplace.
From an invention point of view, he works primarily from finding problems. He describes his personal experience in all the chapters. There is no college theory here.
I highly recommend this book for entrepreneurs and inventors. It's a fast read, but you'll probably come back and review it periodically.
John Dunbar
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By KDS on March 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Maurice pushes all the right buttons! I have been in product development for 12 years now (working for other companies) and am also an inventor who recently licensed a product to a manufacturer. Every point of the inventing process that Mr. Kanbar states is exactly what one needs to do. This is a no-nonsense book that tells it like it is. There is not one shortcut in the process of bringing a product to market. There is something that can be learned from every story he tells. The appendix is excellent with plenty of resources. It is as honest they come!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Funk on June 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
If you consider yourself an Inventor, or think you may want to become an Inventor, and you love listening to yarns about products and how they came to market, then this book is for you. Maurice Kanbar is a trained engineer and has many inventions to his credit. Many of his inventions are successful (36 patents) and some are household words. Some of Kanbar's inventions are not so successful and to his credit he airs his laundry willingly so that new inventors need not make similar mistakes.
It is hard to classify "Secrets from an Inventors Notebook". To begin with, the title might more aptly be called "Musings from my Diary" or "Did you hear the one about... ".. After reading only a small part of the book you are immediately struck with the quality that has made Maurice Kanbar successful in a wide range of endeavors, he is a first class promoter and his enthusiasm comes across clearly in the book. Like many good storytellers, sometimes you simply have to take the story for it's intended teaching point and not be too critical of the details. Buried in the prose are many bits of solid advice on developing and bringing a product to market.
Maurice's style is likeable and you find yourself wanting to sit down and have a beer with the author and chew the fat about inventing. That is both the charm and the pitfall of "Secrets from an Inventors Notebook". There are many anecdotal stories about how products were successfully brought to market or how they failed (both Maurice's and others). Some of these lessons are consolidated into Kanbar's Commandments for Inventors. Other lessons are in the form of good general advice; get a good patent lawyer, work on your prototype diligently before committing to production, and market your product heavily.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sachmo on November 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I get the impression that a lot of people read books just so they can log in to Amazon and sound like an expert reviewer. I wouldn't really agree with any of these reviews, this book is way overrated...

Not to say that Maurice Kanbar isn't a clever guy, but the book just isn't that useful from the standpoint of someone that ACTUALLY wants to make something. He mentions the basic gist of his big inventions that took off (i.e. D-fuzz it Comb, Quad Cinema, Skyy Vodka, etc) and that's really about it. He goes into a little bit more detail with Skyy Vodka and how he marketed it, which was useful.

If you have an invention, and you are looking for tips on how to find a good contract machine shop, how to secure financing, how to grow from a small 2 or 3 man operation into Skyy Vodka for example, none of that is in here.

Even the section on patents for example didn't go into nearly enough depth for my taste. David Pressman wrote a book called Patent It Yourself, which I will say is probably the single best resource for a starting inventor.

I do give this book credit for being somewhat inspirational. Reading the simplicity of some of his good ideas, and the fact that he followed through and made it big does count for something. Read this for morale support, but don't expect to really come away with any specific information that you could apply on your own inventions.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chanta Rose on December 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
Maurice Kanbar is clearly a great man, and perhpas he even knows it a little bit but then he should. He has multiple successes in the decades that he has been an inventor and writes candidly about the journey of his life in this path.

Many "inventing" books can seem over bearing and difficult to read This memoir is a nice starting point for the wannabe inventor. It answers a lot of "start up" questions and even provides the very NDA that Maurice himself uses!

It's such a low price too that I would reccomend any inventor (or fan of memoirs) pick it up as it is well worth the price.
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