Best Selling Books, 2012
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I find it interesting to see what people buy at a bookstore. Personally I love bookstores and online book sites. I can spend hours researching books.
The bookstore at the IBM Information on Demand conference was very busy this year, and I’ve put together this blog to tell you want others were buying.
The biggest seller was Nate Silver’s book The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don't. The best selling book at a conference tends to be one from a special guest. Nate was quite the guest to have given his predictions in the US election that happened shortly after IOD ended. I listened to the audible version of the book and quite enjoyed it. The book has a chapter for each area where predictions are normally made: weather, earthquakes, stock market, baseball, poker, and elections. Nate fully describes the reason why predictions either work or don’t work for the area. You’ll instantly be connected to the story and will learn how predictions can be made more accurate in this case and how you can improve predictions that you need to make yourself.
The next biggest seller was Sunil Soares’ latest book Big Data Governance: An Emerging Imperative. The store sold out of Sunil’s book, so clearly Sunil did a great job putting this book together. I haven’t read it yet, but would like to. Read a sample chapter from the book. Governance and Big Data are both huge and important topics, so take a look. Sunil’s first book also made the top 10 list: Selling Information Governance.
Next was the book by Jeff Ma, The House Advantage: Playing the Odds to Win Big In Business. If you watched the movie “21” with Kevin Spacey, you’ll remember Jeff Ma as the lead MIT student who counted cards. If you attended Jeff’s talk at IOD, you learned that Jeff played a dealer in the movie. I think I need to rewatch the movie!
Cognos books sold very well this year! Four different Cognos titles made it in the top 10 list:
and since the conference, a few more Cognos books were published:
And the top selling IM books this year were:
Note, if you’re in Europe, I’ve written a blog to help you figure out what online sites give you the best prices: I’m in Europe: How can I get a copy of that book?