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Keeping track of how you discovered books

Goodreads has a poll asking about where you heard about the previous book you read. Here are the results:

How did you find out about the last book you read?

I voted for “blog post” because I heard about “Shape of Design” from Craig Mod’s post “Hack the Cover.” Although I had to think about it for awhile, because I read a bunch of books at once. It’s good that this poll asks about the LAST book you read, because there are so many books we read and a bunch of ways we discover books.

It would be interesting to see a log of how you discovered ALL the books you’ve read. Whenever I buy a book, I am going to keep a log on this blog post’s comments with where I heard about that book. And for cases where I put something on my Amazon wish list, I’m already in the habit of adding a comment on my wish list about where I first heard about the book.

This will be fun. I encourage everyone to keep track of where they discovered each book you read. In physical books, I write on the back page where I got the book from and the date. I wish eBooks had that feature. I suppose I could make a note in the eBook. Maybe I’ll keep track of the date purchased, where I purchased the book from, and how I discovered the book.

Hmm, it seems like goodreads should have a feature for this. Then they could do a cross-data analysis of all book discovery. It would be great if they would share their reports like how okcupid does very interesting reports on how people use their site and what sorts of people like.

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mattmaldre
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FYI, i submitted this idea to goodreads.com. Here’s my email to them:
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It would be really cool if there was a field on each book profile where users can say how they discovered the book. It could be a simple drop-down menu like in the poll http://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/60770-how-did-you-find-out-about-the-last-book-you-read

That way, goodreads then can analyze how people discover books, and which types of books get discovered in which ways.

I’d imagine it would be very valuable information for goodreads to share with publishers and readers.
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I hope they respond–or better yet, that they actually implement this.

srsomers
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Knowing you, Matt, you would do this anyhow;)…But for the record, I’d REALLY be interested in reading/seeing any reply that GoodReads sends your way!! Great idea!

mattmaldre
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Thanks Sarah! They did respond! I’ll paste their response into another comment on this post.

mattmaldre
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Goodreads responded to my suggestion! Here’s what they wrote:
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Hi Matt,

Thanks for the great feedback! We’ll definitely take this into consideration as we continue to improve the site.

In the meantime, I suggest using the “private notes” section of the review page to add the key words. Just click “more options” on the bottom of the “edit review” window to get started.

Please let me know if you would like assistance with anything else.

Best,
Tessa

Tessa Sanchez
Customer Care Representative
Goodreads.com
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I like how Tessa suggested an actual work-around solution. That’s really thoughtful.

mattmaldre
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ADDED TO WISH LIST: Beneath the Metropolis: The Secret Lives of Cities DISCOVERY METHOD: Read author’s other book(s) NOTES: Alex Marshall wrote one of my favorite books, “How Cities Work” I looked up to see what other books he wrote, and this one looks interesting. I like the idea of exploring all the underground infrastructure of cities. ADDED TO WISH LIST: The Surprising Design of Market Economies DISCOVERY METHOD: Read author’s other book(s) NOTES: I like Alex Marshall. His chapter “The role of government in building cities” in “How Cities Work” started to touch on the points made in this… Read more »
mattmaldre
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ADDED TO WISH LIST: A Futurist’s Manifesto: A Collection of Essays from the Bleeding Edge of Publishing
DISCOVERY METHOD: Twitter
NOTES: Around the middle of 2012, I found 14 of these essays online. (I can’t remember exactly how) I enjoyed several of the essays. And now in September 2012 I found out that there are more essays added to the book via this tweet, https://twitter.com/screenkapture/status/245592065793196032. Even though I have the PDFs of the 14 original essays, I’d like to support the authors behind this book by having a bought copy.

mattmaldre
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ADDED TO WISH LIST: The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
DISCOVERY METHOD: Friend recommendation
NOTES: Recommended to me by James P when he saw my review of “How Cities Work” http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/7547454?type=review#comment_58092265

spudart
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ADDED TO WISH LIST: God in the Gallery: A Christian Embrace of Modern Art (Cultural Exegesis)
DISCOVERY METHOD: blog post
NOTES: Discovered this book from http://cyberbrethren.com/2012/09/26/evangelicals-discover-luthe/ and http://www.geneveith.com/2012/09/26/an-art-critic-discovers-luther/ I read these blogs via their RSS feeds on the iPhone Reeder app.

spudart
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ADDED TO WISH LIST: “Live Through This: On Creativity and Self-Destructio​n” by Sabrina Chapadjiev
DISCOVERY METHOD: goodreads
NOTES: The author/editor of this book is a friend of mine from college. I didn’t even know she did a book until I was looking at her profile on goodreads.com.

spudart
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ADDED TO WISH LIST: “Lutheran Legacy’s Books and Publications Spotlight” by August Vilmar
DISCOVERY METHOD: blog
NOTES: found at while reading the gneiso blog on the Reeder app http://gnesiolutheran.com/the-theology-of-facts-vs-the-theology-of-rhetoric/

spudart
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ADDED TO WISH LIST: “Mattias Adolfsson Sketchbook” by by Mattias Adolfsson
DISCOVERY METHOD: flickr
NOTES: I like his illustrations. I follow him on flickr. He posted a pic of his book
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattiasa/8046352427/

spudart
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ADDED TO WISH LIST: “The Bubble Gum Card War: The Great Bowman & Topps Sets from 1948 to 1955” by Dean Hanley and “TSayonara Home Run!: The Art of the Japanese Baseball Card” by John Gall
DISCOVERY METHOD: amazon
NOTES: I was looking for books written by baseball autograph hounds. Instead this one came up.

mattmaldre
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ADDED TO WISH LIST: “Will Grayson, Will Grayson”
DISCOVERY METHOD: goodreads
NOTES: Alyse Liebovich recommended the audio book version on her goodreads
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/376754744

mattmaldre
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ADDED TO WISH LIST: “Tiny Beautiful Things”
DISCOVERY METHOD: blog
NOTES: Sandy Caribou recommended it on her blog
http://www.edieandandy.com/2012/11/thankful-november.html

mattmaldre
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ADDED TO WISH LIST: “The Art Hunters Handbook: How To Buy Art For $5 And Sell It For $1,000,000” by Les Fox
DISCOVERY METHOD: word of mouth
NOTES: the author of this book commented on my blog post about Upper Deck’s trading card set of rare coins (he designed the cards that I trashed). http://www.spudart.org/blogs/randomthoughts_comments/4422_0_3_0_C/

I’m ranking this “lowest” on my amazon wish list, because it’s a curiosity item, but I’m not sure I’d want to own it. Maybe rent from a library.

mattmaldre
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ADDED TO WISH LIST: “100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know about People” by Susan M. Weinschenk
DISCOVERY METHOD: goodreads
NOTES: Tim Lapetino marked this book as to-read. I saw it in my news stream on goodreads.

mattmaldre
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BOUGHT: ‘The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?’ by Seth Godin
DISCOVERY METHOD: kickstarter
NOTES: Found on Matthew Hoffman’s list of kickstarter projects he helped fund. http://www.kickstarter.com/profile/matthewhoffman

mattmaldre
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ADDED TO WISH LIST: Too Much to Know: Managing Scholarly Information before the Modern Age by Ann M. Blair
DISCOVERY METHOD: article
NOTES: This book is mentioned in the article on The New Atlantis » “Christianity and the Future of the Book”
http://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/christianity‐and‐the‐future‐of‐the‐book

mattmaldre
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ADDED TO WISH LIST: Forgotten Bookmarks: A Bookseller’s Collection of Odd Things Lost Between the Pages by Michael Popek
DISCOVERY METHOD: goodreads
NOTES: Alyse Liebovich added this to her to-read list. My comment:
O M G
I would love this book!
Whenever I go to used book stores, I head to the religion section and look inside Bibles for either notes or items left behind inside

mattmaldre
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ADDED TO WISH LIST: Museums and Identity by John H. Falk
DISCOVERY METHOD: blog
NOTES: Mentioned in this blog post, On Getting Lost http://exhibitdev.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/on-getting-lost/

mattmaldre
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BOUGHT: “56 Broken Kindle Screens” By Silvio Lorusso, Sebastian Schmieg
DISCOVERY METHOD: twitter
NOTES: Tweeted by The People’s e-Book
https://twitter.com/peoples_e/status/299602111182815232

mattmaldre
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ADDED TO WISH LIST: “One Million” by Hendrik Hertzberg
DISCOVERY METHOD: google search
NOTES: While researching for a blog post about “edition of one million” I came across this book on google.

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[…] It goes to show that books are real and people like looking through real books. (Me personally, I perfer online discovery and have been keeping track of my online discovery in the comments on this blog post, “Keeping track of how you discovered books.”) […]

mattmaldre
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ADDED TO WISH LIST: “Sun in a Bottle: The Strange History of Fusion and the Science of Wishful Thinking” by Charles Seife
DISCOVERY METHOD: author search
NOTES: I’m currently re-reading “Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea.” I really enjoy how the author dances through ranging topics of math, numbers, history, religion, etymology; while writing in a style using engaging and interesting stories.

mattmaldre
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Five months into this tracking, here’s the current results:
4: blog
4: goodreads friend news
3: read author’s other books
2: friend recommendation
1: amazon surfing
1: article
1: flickr
1: google search for topic
1: kickstarter
1: twitter

Some of these categories bleed into each other. Should Goodreads friend news be friend recommendation? Should flickr be friend recommendation? Is the flickr from a friend or a stranger?

I think I need to start to track the method:
e.g. flickr, goodreads, blog post

and then also track whom it came from:
e.g. close friend (someone I know), friend (someone I follow online, but haven’t met in person), stranger, media.

mattmaldre
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ADDED TO WISH LIST: Confessional Lutheran Dogmatics: Baptism by David P. Scaer
DISCOVERY METHOD: friend recommendation, via IM
NOTES: talking with my brother about baptism, he recommended this book

mattmaldre
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ADDED TO WISH LIST: “James, the Apostle of Faith: A Primary Christological Epistle for the Persecuted Church” by David P. Scaer
DISCOVERY METHOD: amazon search for this author
NOTES: After adding David Scaer’s book on baptism to my wish list, I looked around at his other books and found this one. I would like to hear a Lutheran’s take on the book of James.

J. Stahl
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The last few print books I have decided to put on my wishlist or found a way to purchase were recommendations from 3 blogs, an educational course and 2 forums. I did have two very highly recommended from a friend of mine, and due to it also being recommended on the forum we both are on by someone I respect, and by three different blogs I follow, I decided to jump in with both feet and purchase it. I’ve not yet cracked the cover as I’m still currently reading 5 different books. (3 psychology related, 2 religious) – I don’t… Read more »
mattmaldre
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ADDED TO WISH LIST: “The Org: The Underlying Logic of the Office” by Ray Fisman, Tim Sullivan DISCOVERY METHOD: blog NOTES: A blog I follow on Google Reader wrote about this book: http://blogs.uww.edu/library/archives/11846/ I’m curious to read this book, but the reviews on goodreads.com says that it’s a pretty straightforward book. Jay French says, “My test of a good business book is whether it provides guides to change or it causes new thinking in the reader. In this case, the book does no prescribing of change – it is more of a study of what is and why it is,… Read more »
mattmaldre
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ADDED TO WISH LIST: “The Writing Life” by Annie Dillard
DISCOVERY METHOD: print magazine
NOTES: Printer’s Row magazine listed this book in a side column, “Five fetching books on how to write”

mattmaldre
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ADDED TO WISH LIST: “Comics Versus Art” by Bart Beaty
DISCOVERY METHOD: print magazine
NOTES: Art in America (or maybe it was Artnews) listed this in their books section.

mattmaldre
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ADDED TO WISH LIST: “The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City” by Alan Ehrenhalt
http://www.amazon.com/Great-Inversion-Future-American-ebook/dp/B005O1AOVK/ref=reg_hu-rd_add_1_dp
DISCOVERY METHOD: blog post
NOTES: from blog post: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/03/20/richard-florida-concedes-the-limits-of-the-creative-class.html

Matt Maldre
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BOUGHT: Information Wants to Be Shared by Joshua Gans http://www.amazon.com/Information-Wants-Be-Shared-ebook/dp/B009G1WCGO/
DISCOVERY METHOD: personal recommendation
NOTES: James Pinnick recommended this book to me after discussion of commenting on blogs

Matt Maldre
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ADDED TO WISH LIST: Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi Volume 1-Force Storm (Star Wars : Dawn of the Jedi) [Kindle Edition]
DISCOVERY METHOD: blog post
NOTES: A best sellers list posted on http://goodereader.com/blog/digital-comic-news/digital-comics-best-sellers-for-july-7/?utm_source=feedly

Matt Maldre
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BOUGHT: On Looking: “Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes” by Alexandra Horowitz
http://www.amazon.com/On-Looking-Eleven-Expert-ebook/dp/B008J4N5ZQ/ref=reg_hu-rd_add_1_dp?&linkCode=wsw&tag=sparxmind-20
DISCOVERY METHOD: in-person recommendation from a friend
NOTES: Marco Buscaglia recommended this book to me. He originally found it from http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/08/12/on-looking-eleven-walks-with-expert-eyes/

Matt Maldre
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http://www.amazon.com/How-Write-Short-Craft-ebook/dp/B00A4H25MUref=reg_hu-rd_add_1_dp?&linkCode=wsw&tag=sparxmind-20
BOUGHT: “How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times” by Roy Peter Clark
DISCOVERY METHOD: twitter
NOTES: from this tweet by Kevin Eagan https://twitter.com/criticalmargins/status/372396865977061376

Matt Maldre
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http://www.amazon.com/Make-Art-Money-Creative-ebook/dp/B00EVAAE6A/ref=as_li_wdgt_ex?&linkCode=wsw&tag=sparxmind-20
ADDED TO WISH LIST: Make Art Make Money: Lessons from Jim Henson on Fueling Your Creative Career by Elizabeth Hyde Stevens
DISCOVERY METHOD: Amazon’s “Recent Activity from People You Follow”
NOTES: Yvonne made a note in this book and it appeared in my Amazon follow stream

Matt Maldre
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http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Possibility-Transforming-Professional/dp/0142001104/ref=as_li_wdgt_ex?&linkCode=wsw&tag=sparxmind-20
BOUGHT: The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life Paperback
by Rosamund Stone Zander
DISCOVERY METHOD: Friend’s twitter
NOTES: @jamespinnick tweeted: Happily rediscovered Zander’s Art of Possibility on my shelf tonight. https://twitter.com/jamespinnick/status/385566138362380288

Matt Maldre
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http://www.amazon.com/Listening-Publics-Politics-Experience-Media-ebook/dp/B00CO2Y19S/ref=as_li_wdgt_ex?&linkCode=wsw&tag=sparxmind-20
ADDED TO WISH LIST: Listening Publics: The Politics and Experience of Listening in the Media Age by Kate Lacey
DISCOVERY METHOD: Friend’s blog post
NOTES: My cousin Peter Kreten will be writing a book review on this book. He teased his upcoming review on his blog. http://pkreten.blogspot.com/2013/10/writing-my-first-book-review.html

Matt Maldre
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http://www.amazon.com/Luthers-Works-Vol-Lectures-Deuteronomy-ebook/dp/B0039QGJ6Q/ref=as_li_wdgt_ex?&linkCode=wsw&tag=sparxmind-20
BOUGHT: Luther’s Works, Vol. 9: Lectures on Deuteronomy
DISCOVERY METHOD: Amazon search
NOTES: My bible study group is covering Deuteronomy. I did search on Amazon to see if Martin Luther wrote anything about Deuteronomy. This book came up.

Matt Maldre
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http://www.amazon.com/Luthers-World-Thought-Heinrich-Bornkamm-ebook/dp/B002QCJO5W/ref=as_li_wdgt_ex?&linkCode=wsw&tag=sparxmind-20
BOUGHT: Luther’s World of Thought by Heinrich Bornkamm
DISCOVERY METHOD: Blog post/article
NOTES: As I will be leading my bible study group’s discussion on Deuteronomy 4:1-43, the research on this passage lead me to an interesting sermon, “Two-Kingdoms Activism” By John Eidsmoe http://www.lutheransforlife.org/article/two-kingdoms-activism/ One of the footnotes refers to this book.

Matt Maldre
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http://www.amazon.com/Friends-Law-Luthers-Christian-Life/dp/0758631383/ref=as_li_wdgt_ex?&linkCode=wsw&tag=sparxmind-20
ADDED TO WISH LIST: “Friends of the Law: Luther’s Use of the Law for the Christian Life” by Edward Engelbrecht
DISCOVERY METHOD: Blog post
NOTES: From a blog post: http://cyberbrethren.com/2011/11/18/lutheran-mythbusting-luther-does-not-teach-a-third-use-of-the-law-busted/ I found this blog post by doing a search for “third use of the law”

Matt Maldre
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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0142001619/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0142001619&linkCode=as2&tag=spudart-20
ADDED TO WISH LIST: “Friends of the Law: Luther’s Use of the Law for the Christian Life” by Edward Engelbrecht
DISCOVERY METHOD: Google Plus
NOTES: Mighty Bytes, a Chicago drupal agency wrote a blog post, “5 books that helped us do our jobs better this year”
https://plus.google.com/+Mightybytes/posts/Zdj7dQTihPK

Matt Maldre
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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1574240676/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1574240676&linkCode=as2&tag=spudart-20
ADDED TO WISH LIST: Christmas Music Companion Fact Book
DISCOVERY METHOD: Google Books
NOTES: I came across this book while doing research on the history of “O Christmas Tree” for my 2013 Christmas card. I apparently pulled some rare lyrics for this song that are only mentioned three times on Google. One of those instances is in this book.

Matt Maldre
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http://amzn.to/growth-hacking-ebook
BOUGHT: Growth Hacker Marketing: A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing, and Advertising (APenguin Special from Portfolio)
DISCOVERY METHOD: Blog post
NOTES: Mentioned in blog post: http://www.mightybytes.com/blog/entry/better-marketing-2014 (discovered blog post on Google Plus). It was $3, so I just bought it outright.

Matt Maldre
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https://www.amazon.com/dp/0262027003?tag=artiwu03&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as4&creativeASIN=0262027003&adid=1B1AGGTY1RQQZK7N7ZDP&
ADDED TO WISH LIST: Re-collection: Art, New Media, and Social Memory
DISCOVERY METHOD: Facebook Page > Blog post > Blog comment
NOTES: The trail that lead me to this book:
1) Looking for Facebook Pages to add to my “creativity” list
2) Looked at the “List Suggestions” by Facebook on my “creativity” list
3) Came to https://www.facebook.com/walkeropenfield
4) Saw this post on their Page: https://www.facebook.com/walkeropenfield/posts/762022800480969
5) Clicked through to this blog post: http://www.tate.org.uk/context-comment/blogs/art-maps-and-museum-platform
6) A commenter on the blog post recommended this book.

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Matt Maldre
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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0141975652/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0141975652&linkCode=as2&tag=artiwu03
ADDED TO WISH LIST: Signal & the Noise by Nate Silver
DISCOVERY METHOD: Blog post
NOTES: Nate Silver mentioned he wrote a book on his blog post. http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/what-the-fox-knows/ This blog post was shared with me from James P.

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