Sunday, January 15, 2006

Most blogged about books 2005


A Selection of the Most Blogged-About Books of 2005

Here's an interest window on the worlds of books and blogs colliding and giving birth to blooks and bogs.

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This list links to a selection of Web posts that discuss some of the books most frequently mentioned by bloggers in 2005. The books were selected by conducting an automated survey of 5,000 of the most-trafficked blogs. This week, Pamela Paul wrote an essay about book blogs.

1 FREAKONOMICS: A ROGUE ECONOMIST EXPLORES THE HIDDEN SIDE OF EVERYTHING

By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner (William Morrow, April 2005)

[VASPERS: I've had some usability trouble at this book's web site, or the author's personal site, or whatever it was. Too bad. I wanted to dig in and discover, a blog associated with a top ranked, big buzz business book. I think I'll find the book, which I hoped to investigate via the blog, to be very enlightening and echoing much of my thinking about marketing, product quality, and sales tactics.]


2 HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (BOOK 6)

By J. K. Rowling (Arthur A. Levine Books, July 2005)


3 BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING

By Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown, January 2005)

[VASPERS: This is of interest to me chiefly due to the goal of web usability is intuitive, untaught, expectation-accommodating functionality, the ability of typical users to immediately work with the product to generate the results they need.

Creative workers will confirm that gut hunches often pan out, but are not infallible, nor to be directly sought. Eureka light bulbs come to those who experiment and use what they already know.]



4 THE WORLD IS FLAT: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

By Thomas L. Friedman (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, April 2005)


5 GETTING THINGS DONE: THE ART OF STRESS-FREE PRODUCTIVITY

By David Allen (Penguin Books, January 2003)


6 COLLAPSE: HOW SOCIETIES CHOOSE TO FAIL OR SUCCEED

By Jared Diamond (Viking, December 2004)

[VASPERS: I wonder if this goes along with my idea that citizens perpetuate the kind of government they deserve, or tolerate. Peter Drucker's observation that regimes continue long after they have become widely known as inept, and are thus disrespected.

"...elites can maintain themselves in power only because no replacement is in sight. Until such an alternative is provided...the ruling elite will stay on, even if it is totally discredited and dysfunctional."--Peter Drucker, Managing in the Next Society, p.213. (St. Martin's Press, 2002).]


7 BLOG: UNDERSTANDING THE INFORMATION REFORMATION THAT'S CHANGING YOUR WORLD

By Hugh Hewitt (Nelson Books, January 2005)

[VASPERS: This is the most important book for the Political Blog portion of the blogosphere.]


8 GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL: THE FATES OF HUMAN SOCIETIES

By Jared Diamond (W. W. Norton & Company, April 1999)


9 THE TIPPING POINT: HOW LITTLE THINGS CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE

By Malcolm Gladwell (Back Bay Books, January 2002)


10 THE DA VINCI CODE

By Dan Brown (Doubleday, March 2003)


11 STATE OF FEAR

By Michael Crichton (HarperCollins, December 2004)


12 THE WISDOM OF CROWDS: WHY THE MANY ARE SMARTER THAN THE FEW AND HOW COLLECTIVE WISDOM SHAPES BUSINESS, ECONOMIES, SOCIETIES AND NATIONS

By James Surowiecki (Doubleday, May 2004)


13 THE SINGULARITY IS NEAR: WHEN HUMANS TRANSCEND BIOLOGY

By Ray Kurzweil (Viking, September 2005)


14 1984

By George Orwell (Signet)


15 THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA

By C. S. Lewis (HarperTrophy)


16 UNHINGED: EXPOSING LIBERALS GONE WILD

By Michelle Malkin (Regnery, October 2005)

[VASPERS: She's a blogger, a politicial blogger, a highly respected and intelligent political blogger.]

17 WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS?: HOW CONSERVATIVES WON THE HEART OF AMERICA

By Thomas Frank (Metropolitan Books, June 2004)


18 HELP! MOM! THERE ARE LIBERALS UNDER MY BED

By Katharine DeBrecht (Kids Ahead, September 2005)


19 PODCASTING: THE DO IT YOURSELF GUIDE

By Todd Cochrane (Wiley, August 2005)

[VASPERS: Podcasting is blogging's pretty sister.]


20 THE FAIRTAX BOOK

By Neil Bortz and Jon Lender (Regan, August 2005)


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