- A real obsessive update item: BradDeLong doubts my book can help his dog.
- How to Teach Physics to Your Dog gets four out of five stars as part of a good books round-up in the Timmins Daily Press in Ontario. (Google News search is nifty).
- A fortuitous discovery thanks to, of all things, an ad in GMail: QM for cat lovers, part of an old blog of imaginary conversations with Einstein. I doubt this will change anybody’s mind about my half-serious proposal for ads on the arxiv, but it’s kind of cute.
- Nathan Rabin offers excellent advice on the writing business. I’m in kind of an odd position as far as book-writing goes, in that I am not relying on my writing to put food on the table. But my experience thus far pretty closely matches Rabin’s (also, we share a publisher. Small world.)
- I’m not the only one who likes to play with sales-related graphs. Of course, Jim is working with BookScan data, which track actual, honest-to-God sales of books, rather than the Amazon sales rank, which is more of a short-term, variable thing, probably in order to make it more crack-tastic for authors. I don’t have access to BookScan, which is expensive, so I have to be content to fiddle with the sales rank data, but that’s plenty fun as it is.
- 2,876, since you asked. The Kindle edition is 2,352. Barnes and Noble has the hardcover at 43,688, probably because they don’t have it in any east coast store from DC north into Massachusetts (not that I’m obsessive, or anything), and the e-book version at 34,385. I think their ranking is more strictly cumulative than Amazon’s more time-sensitive version, but I have new classes to prep for, and really can’t devote any time to comparing the two.
And that’s where things stand at the start of 2010. Now, if I could just figure out a way to get self-reproducing alien monoliths to buy one copy each…