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What E-Books and Audiobooks Did Your Read in 2011?
December 18, 2011 - 8:10am

What e-books and audiobooks did you read in 2011?
My big hope is that you will share. Generating this list was easy for me, as Amazon provides a list of all Audible and Kindle purchases under "Manage Your Kindle" and then view "All Items." The ability to quickly view (and share) my reading history is one of the benefits I see in buying (or borrowing) digital books. I'm not sure how to generate such a list for Nook or Kobo folks.

3 Reasons To Share Our Digital Book Lists:

Community: One definition for community is a people that share the same books. I know that this method for figuring out where our reading overlap will result in failure. Few, if any, of our IHE community members are likely to post their list (thanks in advance to anyone who does). Maybe in the future someone will figure out a business model that allows communities like our IHE group to more easily share what we are reading. But this could be a start.

Remembering:  Or more accurately, forgetting. I think we have a reasonable chance of our book lists, posted up on IHE, staying around (and searchable) for many years to come.  I have no idea what books I read in 2005 or 2000 or 1995, and this is a loss. The more places we put up our book lists the more likely that some copy will be retained.

Advertising:  My hypothesis is that our IHE community reads (and pays for) digital books at a much greater rate than other web aggregated communities.  We own superb eyeballs for targeted e-book advertising. Not only do we buy lots of digital books, we tell our colleagues, students, and friends about what we are reading. IHE is an ad supported site. The more ads, the more reporters, and the more news. An advertisement for an e-book works wonderfully on the web, as with one click we can jump to a place to download a sample chapter or buy the book.  Digital booksellers and publishers should take notice.

My 2011 Digital Book List:

The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World by Daniel Yergin Rebooting for the New Talent Economy by Andrew Rosen
Civilization: The West and the Rest by Niall Ferguson
Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World by Michael Lewis
The High-Beta Rich: How the Manic Wealthy Will Take Us to the Next Boom, Bubble, and Bust by Robert Frank
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
The Marriage Plot: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
Headhunters (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) by Jo Nesbo
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Reamde: A Novel by Neal Stephenson
The Art of Fielding: A Novel by Chad Harbach
Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius by Sylvia Nasar
1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles C. Mann
The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn by Cathy N. Davidson
The Magician King: A Novel by Lev Grossman
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out by Clayton M. Christensen and Henry J. Eyring
The Other Side of Innovation: Solving the Execution Challenge by Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble
Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects by Amy Stewart
The Optimism Bias: A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain by Tali Sharot
The Informationist: A Thriller by Taylor Stevens
The Lock Artist: A Novel by Steve Hamilton
Plastic: A Toxic Love Story by Susan Freinkel
Made in Britain by Evan Davis
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson
Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure by Tim Harford
The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism  Joyce Appleby
The Man Who Lied to His Laptop: What Machines Teach Us About Human Relationships by Clifford Nass
Spousonomics: Using Economics to Master Love, Marriage, and Dirty Dishes by Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession by Allison Hoover Bartlett  
The Company Town: The Industrial Edens and Satanic Mills That Shaped the American Economy by Hardy Green
The Art of Immersion: How the Digital Generation Is Remaking Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and the Way We Tell Stories by Frank Rose (
The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality by Branko Milanovi
Arrival City: How the Largest Migration in History Is Reshaping Our World by Doug Saunders
The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water by Charles Fishman
Aerotropolis: The Way We'll Live Next by John D. Kasarda and Greg Lindsay
The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water by Charles Fishman
The Privileges: A Novel by Jonathan Dee
The Great Stagnation: How America Ate All The Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History,Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Better:A Penguin eSpecial from Dutton by Tyler Cowen
The Story of Sushi: An Unlikely Saga of Raw Fish and Rice  by Trevor Corson
Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel by Gary Shteyngart
Lifted (Kindle Single) by Evan Ratliff
Scalper: Inside the World of a Professional Ticket Broker (Kindle Single) by Clancy Martin and Hank Chilton
A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of an Age by William Manchester
Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier by Edward L. Glaeser
Everything Is Obvious: *Once You Know the Answer by Duncan J. Watts
Keep the Change: A Clueless Tipper's Quest to Become the Guru of the Gratuity by Steve Dublanica
Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell
Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton
My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience Store by Ben Ryder Howe
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick
Why the West Rules--for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future by Ian Morris
The Price of Everything: Solving the Mystery of Why We Pay What We Do -by Eduardo Porter
Shock of Gray: The Aging of the World's Population and How it Pits Young Against Old, Child Against Parent, Worker Against Boss, Company Against Rival, and Nation Against Nation by Ted C. Fishman
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean
Blunder: Why Smart People Make Bad Decisions by Zachary Shore
Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg


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