Trying out Scrib’d: “All-You-Can-Read” is more than you’ll ever be able to read

Every now and then somebody writes an article that mentions Umberto Eco’s library, or Thomas Jefferson’s library, and then goes off about how its okay to buy books and not read them. Nassim Taleb gave the concept a name – building an “anti-library.” The point of these articles seems to be making people like me feel smart for collecting more books than we will ever have time to read. So what does it mean for your “anti-library” when you sign up for an all-you-can-read service like Scrib’d? All-you-can-read, in this sense, is absolutely more than you’ll ever be able to read, but it’s nice to dream. Like Spotify did with music and Netflix with TV, Scrib’d is offering a subscription to books. All of the books. I signed up for a free trial a week ago, and after ten minutes I had a list of forty more books I want …

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on Taking Sips (of Books) (part 2)

Last May, I published a list of all the books (42) I had sampled on Kindle.  The editors of WordPress featured the post on the ‘Freshly Pressed’ section of the WP homepage, bringing thousands of readers here and prompting hundreds of comments. The suggestions that readers left the comments were helpful, but not totally followed. From the first list of samples, I ended up buying 6 of the books – 5 on the Kindle, and one in paperback. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien What Technology Wants – Kevin Kelly Aleph – Paulo Coelho Alone Together – Sherry Turkle Beautiful Testing – Adam Goucher The Four Loves – C.S. Lewis Two I finished reading – Lewis and Turkle – the rest I’ve begun but haven’t finished. (Tolkien 35%, Kelly 51%, Coelho 17%, Goucher 77%) I’ve also finished  probably 15 others that weren’t sampled or on the list. I have continued my habit …

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On Taking Sips (of Books)

Since I first got my hands on a Kindle, I’ve liberally abused the “Sample This Book” feature available in the Kindle Store.  In the last two years, I’ve downloaded and read samples of dozens of books. Here’s an incomplete compilation of the samples I’ve acquired, which are surely all very interesting books worth a full reading… but we are only given so much time, right? If anyone reading has a suggestion for which of these I should follow through to their conclusion, let me know in the comments…  Punk Rock Dad – Jim Lindberg Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe Bossypants – Tina Fey Mental Models – Indi Young In The Plex – Steven Levy Guitar For Dummies – Jon Chappell Understanding Marijuana – Mitch Earleywine The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien What Technology Wants – Kevin Kelly Aleph – Paulo Coelho Alone Together – Sherry Turkle What I Talk About …

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