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Ira's List

Let's write a brief statement on why books are important. Then lets propose that we create a internet empowered list of books and information about them to aid us in our spiritual journey. The steps in creating and maintaining the list are these:

  1. Our data will be obtained primarily from Amazon.com based on book searches using a list of words or phrases.
  2. These might include: spirituality, values, ... (Karen will create this list)
  3. We will create a computer facility to obtain lists of books and data from Amazon.com in reponse to searches on these words or phrases. (Carl)
  4. We will create formats for storing and presenting that information for database and for readability purposes. (Carl)
  5. We will add to the database links to other helpful information, like New York Times Book Reviews.
  6. The info will be presented in a website with the ability of the user to sort the list by any of its key fields.
  7. The list will be periodically updated, maybe weekly, maybe monthly.
  8. We will have sponsors who will encourage use of our list. It is not expected that sponsors will be asked for funding.
  9. Carl will do all the computer programming.
  10. There is a very important quality control job (for Karen, make sure we make sense to others)
Here's info we might gather using 2 books ("Freedom" & "Essential Spirituality") as examples. We don't want all this info, but this list is a place to start deciding what's important.
  1. Essential Spirituality: The 7 Central Practices to Awaken Heart and Mind [Paperback]
  2. Roger Walsh (Author)
  3. $10.85
  4. Paperback: 320 pages
  5. Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (August 21, 2000)
  6. Language: English
  7. ISBN-10: 0471392162
  8. ISBN-13: 978-0471392163
  9. Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  10. Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  11. Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  12. 30 Reviews
  13. 5 star: (27)
  14. 4 star: (2)
  15. 3 star: (0)
  16. 2 star: (1)
  17. 1 star: (0)
  18. See all 30 customer reviews...
  19. Amazon Bestsellers Rank:
  20. #20,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  21. #86 in Books > Health, Mind & Body > Self-Help > Spiritual
  22. #66 in Books > Religion & Spirituality > Religious Studies > Comparative Religion
  23. Book reviews:
  24. Order from Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Essential-Spirituality-Central-Practices-Awaken/dp/0471392162/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1284399922&sr=1-1

  1. Freedom: A Novel [Hardcover]
  2. Jonathan Franzen (Author)
  3. $15.12
  4. Hardcover: 576 pages
  5. Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; First Edition edition (August 31, 2010)
  6. Language: English
  7. ISBN-10: 0374158460
  8. ISBN-13: 978-0374158460
  9. Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.8 inches
  10. Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  11. Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  12. 57 Reviews
  13. 5 star: (26)
  14. 4 star: (7)
  15. 3 star: (6)
  16. 2 star: (8)
  17. 1 star: (10)
  18. See all 57 customer reviews...
  19. Amazon Bestsellers Rank:
  20. #2 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  21. #2 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Literary
  22. #5 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Contemporary
  23. Book reviews:
  24. Order from Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Freedom-Novel-Jonathan-Franzen/dp/0374158460/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1284400763&sr=1-1
Here are additional measures we could calculate.
  1. rate at which sales are increasing or decreasing
  2. Nathan and Andrew can earmark books as especially interesting

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