Which Books Do You Read?

Information is Beautiful on the books everyone must read:

Which books should everyone read? Information is Beautiful’s David McCandless shows how graphics have the answer

Do Top 100 Books polls and charts agree on a set of classics?  I scraped
the results of over 15 notable book polls, readers surveys and top 100’s. Both popular and high-brow. They included all Pulitzer Prize winners, Desert Island Discs choices from recent years, Oprah’s Bookclub list, and, of course, The Guardian’s Top 100 Books of All Time. A  simple frequency analysis on the gathered titles gives us a neat ‘consensus cloud’ visualisation of the most mentioned books titles across the polls. Do you agree with the consensus?

Check the data and analysis here: bit.ly/BooksEveryone

Research: David McCandless & Miriam Quick
Additional Design: Matt Hancock

Visual Map of the US Budget

Are you a visual learner?  You may benefit from this NY Times infographic of President Obama’s 2012 Budget Proposal.  $3.7 trillion never looked so good!  You can zoom in and explore different agencies and see where your money is being spent.  Rectangles are sized by proposed spending and colors indicate percent change from previous year. Darker red rectangles represent bigger drops from the 2011 budget and darker green greater increases.

E-Reader Sales Expectations

Yankee Group‘s latest forecast predicts global e-reader sales revenue will grow from just $1.9 billion in 2010 to $8.2 billion in 2014, while unit sales will rise from just under 11 million in 2010 to nearly 72 million in 2014.

The forecast also predicts:

  • Worldwide installed base of e-readers will double each year.The installed base will grow at a CAGR of over 100 percent, from 12 million in 2010 to 127 million in 2014.
  • Europeans will snap up e-readers. The installed base of e-readers in Europe will grow at a CAGR of 143 percent from 2010 to 2014. The installed base of smartphones will grow at only 19 percent over the same period.
  • The average price tag for e-readers will fall. By 2014, the average retail price for an e-reader device will be $114, down from an average of $182 in 2010.
  • E-reader sales will generate more revenue in Asia-Pacific than in North America by 2014. In 2010, North America accounted for 57 percent of all e-reader sales revenue, while Asia-Pacific garnered only 34 percent. By 2014, Asia-Pacific will account for 49 percent of all e-reader sales revenue, while North America will account for only 39 percent.

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Statistics and Current Events

Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that “unemployment dropped to 9.4% and nonfarm payroll employment increased by 103,000” jobs.   It is the lowest rate since May 2009.  That’s  good news and a sign that the economy is moving in the right direction.

Do you need current, authoritative statistics to make better business decisions?  Are the statistics in today’s news important to the work you do tomorrow?  I can help you find the best, most accurate data published by governments, think tanks, brokers, and analysts.

UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics

The UN Conference on Trade and Development has released the latest Handbook of Statistics.  If you work in international trade or just need current world trade statistics to make better business decisions, contact me and let me help you with your information challenges.

The UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics provides essential data for analyzing and measuring world trade, investment, international financial flows and development. Reliable statistical information is often considered as the first step during the preparation of making recommendations or taking decisions that countries will commit for many years as they strive to integrate into the world economy and improve the living standards of their citizens. Whether it is for research, consultation or technical cooperation, UNCTAD requires comparable, often detailed economic, demographic and social data, over several decades and for as many countries as possible.