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ChuckFrank on June 25, It seems like the Amazon reviews ubllshit be stacked. There certainly are a ton of them popping up at 10 am this morning. Plus you can always tell a sock puppet review when they don’t actually mention content and say things like “Greatest Book Pficeonomics instead.

I’m a huge fan of Priceonomics, and Bullshiy would love to buy their book, but my concern is that a good portion of the book is repackaged articles. And anything that is a “heavily edited mashup” makes me cringe.

Some of our most popular essays on diamonds, taxi medallions, academic publishing, wine, colleges, and other bullshitty things also make an appearance. Some of the essays are in a different form than when we originally published them; others look mostly the same. A clear TOC with the new stories outlined and republished ones linked to 3.

Enroll in Kindle Match. Use this to build the Priceonomic brand and not as a revenue structure. Look at your Freakonomics and Gladwell covers. I like yours, but I bullsshit think it’s the best version you could come up with. Though I recognize that good covers are hard. If you want my help, msg me.

This, all of this, is what I do. Hi there, I work at Priceonomics. Thanks for the suggestions. We’ll probably do a blog post about our marketing strategy of this book, but I wanted to address your point that the book had reviews as soon as it launched on Amazon.

How is that even possible? Many people had advanced copies of various drafts of the book. When the book went live this morning we emailed all of them letting priceonomice know it was up there.

Hence people all of bullsit are regular readers of our blog and seem to like us could review it even though the book was only just released. Hope that clears up your questions!

I would love to see it. Ah, yes, the amazon page went live this morning.

You may have wanted to curate, or to pull out some specific talking points for your reviewers. I think good good reviews are better than bad good reviews. But I understand the challenge. As to the pricing info. I like this post, though it’s old and prices may have changed — http: Here are some more current discussions.

I’d drop the DRM too. But these reviews are just stinkers: Rohin and the guys really put together a fantastic book. They did a great job using stories to explain the concepts. Very engaging – I highly recommend! And his ‘questioning everything’ isn’t really the gist of your work. You don’t question everything, you examine some things in great detail. Instead of you wanting to be bigger than the NYT, I could see the NYT following your model – if they could build a service structure that isolates it from the content structure.


Even Porlandia wadded in on the topic. Using data to explain and analyze is the primary mission, but presenting that analysis in a compelling way is at least half the battle. I have been fortunate enough to have written a few pieces for the Priceonomics blog. But if anything, my experience was that they’d ask me to tone myself down if I was getting too dry, too wonky, or too data-centric.

The data needs to be there, as it needs to ground the analysis.

But there should be a story behind it, too. A big reason why Priceonomics’ blog is so good is that it’s not just a data dump.

The team there has a very strong editorial focus. Believe me; there were some articles I wrote where we’d hop in a Google Doc and collaboratively edit for days and days on end, searching for the right narrative thread. Or the right way to phrase something. Or the best way to break wonky topics into approachable pieces, while still maintaining intellectual depth.

I’d consider their editorial process to be at least as rigorous as that of any national publication I’ve written for. It’s not so much about “questioning everything” as it is peeling back the layers, and understanding why certain things are the way they are. Oftentimes, peeling back the layers of an industry — diamonds, wine, etc. Hence, “X is bullshit” is a semi-recurring theme in the blog.

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The beauty of it, IMO, is not everyrhing calling out bullshit — but using it as the starting point, and explaining how bullshit works in specific contexts, and why it exists. ChuckFrank on June 27, Include the relevant disclaimer of having written for Priceonomics, but even this alone, explaining the process of getting the stories, is better than anything I’ve seen so far about the book.

I smell a new post!!! I was assuming some fake reviews were a ironic piece of guerilla marketing: I can’t imagine that condoning astroturfing would be good for business, either as a retailer Amazon or a book author. Unless it’s a case study for their NEXT essay. Addressing your concern about ‘repackaged articles’, the ‘Hyperbole and a Half’ book was in the same situation. I really just bought it to support the blog, but I really enjoyed reading it. Even when though you’ve read half the content before, the distance of a few years and the evfrything of paper make it an enjoyable experience.

Plus I’ve been able to loan it out to a few friends who wouldn’t otherwise go and read through a few years of blog posts. I will be buying this book too and I expect the same enjoyment.


If only I had a pleasant, crackling fire! As far as I know, Eric Reis’ “Lean Ie book was largely a repackage of bullshiy blog posts, but that didn’t stop it from being a success.

Then again, much like you, as an avid reader of the original blog, I did not pick up a copy. I wouldn’t have said it in so much words, but the authors are onto an important new business model: I’m not sure this will work for journalism, but for a lot of other types of content ahm It will be very interesting to watch.

This model isn’t that new. Webcomics and Tumblrs have been putting out coffee table books for years.

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More over, I believe Kevin Kelly’s true fans model is what most people should be aiming for in the future. I guess what I find new is the how easy it has become bbullshit print stuff these days, e. I’m all for eBooks, but there is something about the printed book that makes me more likely to want to pay for it Are they in print or PDF? I’d be evwrything to check their pricing models. TopatoCo sells books and other merchandise from webcomics artists: Some of these, like the xkcd and the DinosaurComics books, are repackaged webcomics, some of those are ‘originals’ that didn’t appear online before.

The publisher varies between books – the xkcd book for example was published by breadpig: I have seen several popular bloggers do the exact same thing way before this initiative. I did that 10 years ago which is how I got my first book published. The formula you describe has been done countless times for many years already.

Did you self-publish or work with a publisher? What were your margins like in the end? You’re right, this is not a new priceoomics per se, but it’s becoming more mainstream. What fascinates me is the power of print-on-demand because it allows anyone to easily get into the book business.

If Gutenberg’s invention of technology giving people access to books was a revolution, it would make sense that technology that gives people access evergthing printing presses is also going to cause a stir. I keep a notebook of links to articles about bbullshit book business here spundge. Just did an impulsive amazon checkout. All this frictionless online shopping is getting dangerous. One-click buy is literally scary.

I bought several books for Kindle on impulse this way. Just a quick suggestion to the Priceonomics team Evverything with the bottom half of the article. I had to go half way down the page to find out what the bullshhit is about.