- Taschenbuch: 128 Seiten
- Verlag: Ulysses Press (13. Dezember 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1569759898
- ISBN-13: 978-1569759899
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 1,1 x 17,8 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 479.378 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The World Reduced to Infographics: From Hollywood's Life Lessons and Doomed Cities of the U.S. to Sociopathic Cats and What Your Drink Order Says About You (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 13. Dezember 2011
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On the kindle, the book weighs in at 481 small pages, with the captions for a picture occasionally being cut onto the next page. It's mildly confusing, but otherwise fine. Some of the smallest text used in the info-graphs needs zooming in to read, or at least did on my computer.
Things I liked: the book is genuinely funny in parts; light enough to blast through without feeling guilty about wasting time and actually comes with a bibliography for the various `facts' used! I also liked the introduction, but I'll come back to that later.
Things I disliked: It's a little short, as it doesn't take much time to read each info-graph. Despite an excellent start, the book does lose a little of the coherence of the sets of ideas towards the end. The result feels like the first section was written to present to the publisher, and the tail end was rushed out on a deadline.
As a student, things could always be cheaper. I don't think I'd pay $10 for this again; the bulk of it is just too similar to what you can find online for free. At $3 it'd be an absolute bargain, so maybe $4 for the kindle version? It's not like there's huge printing costs associated.
As I mentioned at the start of the review, I bought it thinking it was a primer on designing infographs. Well, it certainly provides dozens of examples. The very first section also includes a brilliant and witty introduction to the concept:
"A stealth bomber with an explosive payload of pure data. A wet willy of knowledge inserted into the eager ear."
And a brief round up of the comedic possibilities of classic graph formats. Were the authors to ever return and expand this into a textbook, I'd instantly buy it (and probably moan about the price in the review). I hope they're reading.
I initially purchased it in its Kindle format - it looks fantastic on the desktop app, and I imagine it would be just as great on the Kindle fire (which I don't own).
I've decided to purchase the traditional paperbook version as well, though, because while it is great for my own selfish consumption, I'd love to lay it out somewhere in my house to suck in unsuspecting friends and family members. Besides, according to one flowchart, purchasing this book is the key to being awesome and good-looking. If there's even a chance...