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Choosing and Accessing My Reading Matter

I listened to BBC Click about the future of publishing and had the idea to look at a couple of parameters in my reading habits: where I get the idea to read each book-length text, how I get hold of them and what form they take. Here's about the past year, April 2011 through March 2012 (38 books). Inspiration 45% Author I like 32% Recommendation from friend / family 13% Chance discovery 5% Publicist pitch 5% Work demands Access 34% Gift (all but two from Super Dear Reader Birger) 16% Library 10% Download (2 public domain, 1 creative commons, 1 pirated) 8% Workplace 8% Review copy 5% On-line snail mail order 5% Flea market 5% Lent by friend / family 3% Book fair 3% Urban book store 3% Anthology I participated in Form 58% Paperback 29% Hardback 10% E-book 3% Word processor manuscript Note that the single book I bought in a physical store was a copy of a friend's new book at its release party.
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Form Better Habits by Making Them More Convenient

Lifestyle / Productivity : Lifehacker (yesterday)

Managing our habits is one of the trickiest things to do. Gretchen Rubin uses the Strategy of Convenience to make it easier to stick to new habits. Read more... Read Post

AMC close to $200M deal for stake in BBC America

United States / New York : Crain's New York Business (yesterday)

AMC Networks Inc., the cable television programmer, is nearing a deal to acquire almost 50% of BBC America for about $200 million, according to people with knowledge of the matter. An accord would... To view the full story, click th... Read Post

In Praise Of The "Great Idea" Cooling Off Period

Business & Finance : Fast Company (yesterday)

Basking in the glow of a great, new idea is all well and good, but judging your idea's value when it's still fresh can lead you astray. Sure, some couples in long-term relationships choose Las Vegas for a destination wedding, but th... Read Post


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