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I'm the author of Monoculture: How One Story is Changing Everything (Red Clover, 2011). I write about big ideas, culture, creativity, and the interaction of complex systems.

A few weeks ago, I came across a book in my public library called Parenting, Inc., which is about the commercialization of parenting. The title reminded me of another Inc-book that ended up in the bibliography of Monoculture, called Culture, Inc, which broadly, was about the commercialization of culture.

That started me wondering just how many Inc. books there are, which gives you some kind of idea of just how many things have been commercialized, or commoditized, or changed from their original in some way to become more market-oriented.

So I did a quick search on Amazon.

And this is what I found.

  • Self Help, Inc.
  • Propaganda, Inc.
  • Power, Inc.
  • India, Inc.
  • Identity Theft, Inc.
  • Downtown, Inc.
  • Earth, Inc.
  • Sports, Inc.
  • CIA, Inc.
  • Martha, Inc.
  • Me, Inc.
  • Prison, Inc.
  • Search Engine Marketing, Inc.
  • Brides, Inc.
  • University, Inc.
  • Escape from Church, Inc.
  • Future, Inc.
  • Holy War, Inc.
  • Family, Inc.
  • You, Inc.
  • Creative, Inc.
  • Dog, Inc.
  • Life, Inc.
  • Outlaws, Inc.
  • Craft, Inc.
  • China, Inc.
  • Fun, Inc.
  • Mission, Inc.
  • Organic, Inc.
  • Pink Ribbons, Inc.
  • Arts, Inc.
  • Creativity, Inc.
  • Human Rights, Inc.
  • Barack, Inc.
  • Activism, Inc.
  • Rome, Inc.
  • Black Power, Inc.
  • Your Idea, Inc.
  • Generations, Inc.
  • Militainment, Inc.
  • USA, Inc.
  • Bud, Inc.
  • Another Food, INc.
  • Pot, Inc.
  • Japan, Inc.
  • Social Innovation, Inc.
  • Immigrant, Inc.
  • Higher Education, Inc.
  • Lincoln, Inc.
  • Freedom, Inc.