The idea of the book, cont’d: Trophy books revealed

Posted by Rob Walker on April 1, 2010
Posted Under: The Algorithm Method,Things/Thinking

Core77 points to Music Machinery’s suggestion that Amazon could do a lot more with the data it is collecting (or could be collecting) via Kindle software: “It keeps track of where you are in a book so that if you switch devices (from an iPhone to a Kindle or an iPad or desktop), you can pick up exactly where you left off.” This leads Music Machinery to suggest the generation of LastFM-style charts and so on, identifying various trends about how we read and so on. The suggestion that jumped out at me:

Trophy Books – books that are most frequently purchased, but never actually read.

I’m not personally excited about user-data-harvesting, but that is, in fact, pretty interesting. And funny.

Surely if such information does end up being collected, it could be cross-worked with book-imagery that we may one day display on our devices and virtual shelves?

See the Music Machinery post for more of Paul Lemere’s ideas. Earlier posts in this occasional Murketing series are here.

Further diversion may be found at MKTG Tumblr, and the Consumed Facebook page.

Reader Comments

Wow, I’d love to paint many of those Amazon “collections”.

Painting the sets people send me (b/c I ask for them or as a commission) gives me an anecdotal sense of common favorites but it’s certainly a biased sample. Still, I’ve painted the following at least 3 times each: Bird by Bird, Confederacy of Dunces, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone, What Is the What, Lolita, the His Dark Materials set, A Wrinkle in Time, Silver Spoon Cookbook, The French Laundry Cookbook, Oh The Places You’ll Go!, The Little Prince and Goodnight Moon.

Anyway, thanks for the nice post the other day (re: Liz Danzico’s set) and for the ongoing books posts!

Written By Jane Mount on April 5th, 2010 @ 11:36 am

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