I know i’m a bit late but freakonomics has been on my to-read list for ages (its a long queue) and i finally got round to reading it last week.
In summary i’m a bit dissapointed for a number of reasons:
Some of the content is interesting, some of it is thought provoking but at the end of the day the experience of reading the book just isn’t satisfactory.
Last night i published an ebook on leanpub. It isn’t so much an ebook as a bit of conceptual art (*cough* wanker). I thought I’d elucidate on what its about.
I have always been mildly fascinated by the fad diet industry. Not only the contradictory information contained within the books that are peddled (and the amount of money that is made), but also the need that these books aim to satisfy in the minds of the readers. The need as I see it is to wrap up the dieting endeavour in a story that talks about a fictional shortcut.
The ebook has 2 steps, 2 pages and 4 words and yet the simplicity uncovers a hidden contention. The fundamental difficulty of the endeavour, the difficulty that is glossed over by the stories told by fad diet books with their promises of a solution.
The ebook as Art is a reaction and comment on the Con, the self-deception and resentment that is involved in this relationship between author, book and the books owner. I guess at its heart its a piece of work about Authenticity
Today is a good day for me. I have just published the first version of my ‘How To Be A Dick’ ebook. Its been a really fun experience pulling the ebook together. It is very short (only 34) pages, but is meant to be more like a succinct manual (hence the bullet point format).
I am charging $3.99 for the ebook, but making money isn’t the primary motivation. As with my recent Songs As A Service challenge, my motivation was to
a) Learn about how to write and publish an ebook, in case i have ideas in the future
b) Just create something for the fun and challenge of creating something
(Plus maybe there was an element of catharsis in turning experiences of ‘dick-ness’ into instructions in this manual :) ).
I’m really looking forward to (hopefully) getting feedback on this first version, i’m hoping to make regular updates, should there be interest. If anyone reading this post fancies sharing their experiences of working with a dick then please use #howtobeadick on twitter. I may well work your example into the next version of the ebook (with an acknowledgement of course!)