My book research

October 26, 2011 at 1:53 pm (Book research)

I’ll upload all my comments on what I’ve learned from each one when I’ve finished them and scans of pages with useful information.

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To be perfectly honest, only the first forty pages of this book were of any interest to me; perhaps because it summarised in reasonably clear language what the book would explore. The scans I’ve uploaded below are mostly clear cut diagrams of the path of evolution to homo sapiens which I’d like to illustrate in my own way for my book…

bones, stones and molecules notes

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I’ve uploaded a pdf of the notes for this book as they are 16 pages long. My personal opinion of this book is a good one. My only qualm would be that I’d like to read a book like this but with more relevance to the present day. Alvin Toffler wrote this several decades ago and while he has very modern views…alot of the book is very dated in terms of what science and sociology have come up with since its publication.

future shock notes

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The first forty pages of this book were of most use to me. I learned more about how evolution began back when the earth was a swirling mass of gases and liquid chemicals…the ‘primeval soup’ of life so to speak! Learning about replicator molecules and lethal genes etc. has helped me understand the tree of life on a more microscopic level.

the selfish gene notes

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Sorry Richard Dawkins, but you could have put an insomniac to sleep with that book! I don’t even have notes to paste up for this one. I read it, it was boring…complete opposite of what I want for my book…so maybe it was worth reading for that reason alone.

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This book was pretty good, perhaps a bit long winded but Pinker has a nice style of writing so he just about held my interest through most of it. Below are the notes from it I found useful.

how the mind works notes

6)

This, unfortunately, was a painful one to get through…not really anything of great use to be…more theoretical than what I’m aiming for. No notes, nothing of real use to me…sorry Pinker!

7)

This was an enjoyable read. Although not the angle I’m going for in my quest to explain the facts of evolution; derogation of religions and the beliefs of people, it opened my eyes to the power religion has over so many people. I’m not condemning faith, I’m just hoping to open people’s eyes to some logic and exciting science.

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This was a very enjoyable read. This book confirms, through careful studies, that as a whole; the human race has become less violent and cruel over time. Although we have instinctual urges for violence and cruelty, it’s our acceptance of discipline and morality that we generally cooperate well with each other. I will be devoting a good chunk of one of my chapters to this subject, it’s fascinating!

9)

I’ve started reading this bad book, over 500 pages long! why so long, but it looks so damn interesting!

10)

This book didn’t hold much interest for me. It had no particular theme in my opinion and I skimmed through most of it, not intending to waste hours of my time on a book that I wouldn’t take any notes from.

11)

Like ‘River out of Eden’, a boring read. Only read the first third before skimming through the rest and giving up. No notes taken from it.

12)

Very good book. I learned alot about typography and interesting layouts

book 3 notes

13)

It was the introduction to this book that I liked most, so that’s all I scanned into the pdf below

book 2 notes

14)

Excellent book. I think I can learn alot from some of the exciting approaches typographers have used in magazine design and apply it to my book to keep it fresh and innovative

book 5 notes

15)

Typography is a science and an art, this book is proof of that!

book 4 notes

16)

This was a brilliant guide on how to write effectively and to not waffle your words. I’ve learned a great deal about typography layout, what words and phrases to avoid and general tips on the composition of my work.

book 1 notes

17)

Excellent book, full for great tips for how to layout text nicely

18)

Like ‘thinking with type’, this book has been a great help to me.

19)

Robin, my design style mentor, lent me this one. It is my new bible! Full of excellent guidelines on how to layout a book in a clever way. Thumbs up!

elements of typographic style notes

20)

Fantastic book, helping me to decide on the grid that will work best for me.

the grid notes

21)

This is the book that’s going to help me conquer the fears on online digital publishing! Full of great advice and quick tips.

making digital type look good

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I’ll upload the notes on the following books as I read them

Art of the Start -Guy Kawasaki

23)

It was a good book..but not really suited to me at all. I prefer the madness and creativity in ‘Rework’ and ‘Linchpin’, so no notes to upload on this one

24)

Incredible, fantastic, unputdownable!!! Love this book and everything that it represents.

Rework – Jason Fried

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Like ‘Rework’, this book has become my new bible. So well written and every page is bursting with fresh new advice.

seth godin – linchpin

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the element by ken robinson.epub

27)

BORING BORING BORING!! I’d rather stick my head in a washing machine full of sweaty clothes than read more than 3 chapters of this book. That’s all I managed before I realised that I wasting my life looking at these words! Did I mention it was BORING???!!!

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indesign type book

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30)

Great book I’m going to read on how to set the right price for my eBook to sell online. I didn’t realise the amount of psychology behind the pricing of a book but there’s plenty to learn. Here’s the free eBook if anyone wants it!

The masters course on how to make your price sell

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This looks hilarious! Might help me intertwine some humour into my own writing. No harm laughing at ourselves sometimes:)

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I have so much to read!!!

October 20, 2011 at 9:31 am (Book research)

I’m nearing the end of this fantastic book…”The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins. Richard is a famous evolutionary biologist…probably most famous for his extreme atheist views and his debates with religious leaders.

This book, in particular, has really opened my eyes to the human need for belief in a higher entity…something mysterious and very powerful. Dawkins makes some excellent points on the power of control it has over peoples’ behaviour and the downright insanity of some of its beliefs. I have learned some very valuable information on the science of ‘memes’; units of knowledge and information that has accumulated at an astonishing rate through the last 300 years.

Dawkins points out how memes are very similar to genes in that they copy and mutate over generations. Knowledge is built upon knowledge to create more discoveries and information. I will upload a list of valuable points I’ve learned from this book when I’ve finished it fully.

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