About Len Edgerly

Host of the weekly Kindle Chronicles podcast

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  • Len shared from How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid
    It’s in being read that a book becomes a book, and in each of a million different readings a book becomes one of a million different books, just as an egg becomes one of potentially a million different people when it’s approached by a hard-swimming and frisky school of sperm.
    Note: I love this description of when a book becomes a book.
  • Len shared from Mayflower:The Voyage from Hell (Kindle Single) by Kevin Jackson
    Note: An fresh telling of a story told so many times we think we know all there is to know of it.
  • Len shared from Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now by Douglas Rushkoff
    The emergence of the clock tower gave everyone access to the same time, allowing for verification while also amplifying time’s authority.
    Note: @Rushkoff in his new book, Present Shock, reminds me more of Marshall McLuhan than of Toffler.
  • Len shared from Finding the Future of Digital Book Publishing: "Interviews With 19 Innovative Ebook Business Leaders" by Jeremy Greenfield
    There is a natural limit to the growth of digital. I think it might be 50%. The book as an object is a perfect object. It has a lot of utility. People love it.
    Note: A natural limit to eBooks' share of market at 50 percent seems low to me. What do you think?
  • Len shared from The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson
    All conservatives are such from personal defects. They have been effeminated by position or nature, born halt and blind, through luxury of their parents, and can only, like invalids, act on the defensive. But strong natures, backwoodsmen, New Hampshire giants, Napoleons, Burkes, Broughams, Websters, Kossuths, are inevitable patriots, until their life ebbs, and their defects and gout, palsy and money, warp them.
    Note: Emerson's surprisingly harsh take on conservatives:
  • Len shared from The Art of Fielding: A Novel by Chad Harbach
    Baseball—what a boring game! One player threw the ball, another caught it, a third held a bat. Everyone else stood around.
    Note: I'm falling in love w/ this book even though I know little of the game.
  • Len shared from Wool - Part One (Silo series Book 1) by Hugh Howey
    Note: OK. I'm hooked on Wool despite my plan to read only the free first installment. Well-done!
  • Len shared from Digital Disruption: Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation by James McQuivey
    The digital disruptor’s mindset is one in which the default answer is yes. This isn’t the result of sheer optimism. It’s an optimism born out of the facts.
    Note: I believe @jmcquivey 's new book, Digital Disruption, is going to become a lasting classic.
  • Len shared from The Fear Project: What Our Most Primal Emotion Taught Me About Survival, Success, Surfing . . . And Love by Jaimal Yogis
    The natural cycles of suffering and death give us enough fear to work with in one lifetime. There’s no good reason we should all go out and swim 111 miles or climb mountains. But in a world where we try to micromanage everything, there is value, I think, in occasionally going to that edge as our exploring ancestors had to do, coming face-to-face with our mortality.
    Note: This book is amazing. Not sure when I've last felt a book would change my this life this much.
  • Len shared from APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur—How to Publish a Book by Guy Kawasaki, Shawn Welch
    Metaphors and similes beat the crap out of adjectives and adverbs, so use them when you can.
    Note: Parts of @GuyKawasaki 's APE read like an updated Elements of Style. Good stuff!
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Len Edgerly