These are the books about microstock that I have read and found useful.
Microstock Passion to Paycheck
by Nicole Young
A basic and mostly philosophical look at microstock as a full time business. It’s light on useful details and instructions, but easily worth the low price and easy download. The strength of this book is understanding the lifestyle of professional microstockers. More details in my full review.
$5 Download now.
Microstock Money Shots, Turning Downloads into Dollars
by Ellen Boughn
A comprehensive overview of the ofter-overlooked commercial aspects of creating stock photos from an established authority in the stock photo business. It’s light on practical advice as Ellen is not a photographer herself, but is easily worth the price for the understanding of the business aspects of the industry. The strength of this book is the insight into the business of creating lucrative stock photos. More details in my full review.
$16.34 Buy on Amazon.
Taking Stock, Making Money in Microstock Creating Photos that Sell
by Rob Sylvan
Packed full of advice on the photography and post-processing parts of the business, this book is highly practical. Rob Sylvan draws on his extensive experience working at iStockphoto and as an education on Lightroom and other Adobe products. The perspective is limited to iStockphoto, but this detracts little from the production and preparation advice. The strength of this book is the practical advice on what to shoot and how to prepare it for submission.
$19.79 Buy on Amazon
The Expanded Microstock Photographer’s Guide
by Rasmus Rasmussen
This book provides both practical and commercial advice on producing stock photos for the microstock market. As with other microstock books, the advice and experience of the author is limited to iStockphoto, though that doesn’t mean there isn’t value in the lessons provided. The strength of this book is the insight into what the reviewers (inspectors) are looking for in submitted photos.
$8.50 Download now.
Stockfotografie – Edition ProfiFoto: Geld verdienen mit eigenen Fotos [German]
by Robert Kneschke
As I don’t read German I haven’t read this book, but I do have a copy (thanks to Robert!) and have looked through the pages skimming the images and charts. It looks extremely comprehensive. I have also been told by other German microstockers that the book is an excellent and thorough guide for beginners through to competent microstock photographers.
€29.95 Buy on Amazon.de