May 20, 2004
News & Opinion: Excess Voice Recommends Business Books
The list has a lot of books that I like.
I have always thought that line of thinking was a double edge sword. On the one hand, if I buy a book off the list there is a really good chance I am going to like it. It is very similar to the lists of books you see on Amazon under the heading "Customers who bought this book also bought".
On the other hand, how do you ever find out about new books and new thoughts? Reading more of the same reinforces more of the same. I have always thought the Amazon recommendations had that same problem. As people buy more of the recommended titles, those books who become even more associated with each other. How do you ever get out of that loop?
Amazon probably has some complex mathematical algorithm to avoid these reinforcing loops. We readers may need a push from time to time. That is part of what this blog is about. We want to expose you to some titles you haven't seen before and maybe get you out of a mental rut.
I have the list below the fold. You can see if you agree with me on the quality of the list.
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.