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Reminiscing About the Stacks of Books

I've spend stupid amounts of money on books in my life. When I wanted to learn about a topic, I'd go to Amazon and order the top 5 to 10 books in its category. If I saw a book referenced in a few papers on science I read, I'd add it to the cart, and buy it the next time I ordered a stack of 10-20 books.

I figured it was better to have books lying around unread than to miss the opportunity to read on a topic when I was inspired. Books piled up on history, governance, economics, investing, finance, marketing, business, psychology, biographies, time management, habits, willpower, discipline, creativity, writing, selling, publishing, technology, innovation, philosophy, and, umm, lots more. Fiction too, though I didn't read fiction for a while because I thought it was a waste of time. (I was mistaken on that point.)

At least half of those books never got opened up. But it didn't matter. Books were so ridiculously underpriced compared to what they're potentially worth, that I thought it was worth it to have a copies on hand that I could break open to look something up, or check a controversial study's results. I had books on health and nutrition and biochemistry, and man, those were a nightmare contradicting each other.

I was never good at predicting what I'd want to read, so I'd keep a mix of things onhand in case I got inspired, or hit a roadblock and needed to learn more.

There were auxilliary benefits too. I must have bought Michael Gerber's "The E-Myth Revisited" at least a dozen times, because I kept giving a copy away to people who hadn't read it. Everyone who runs a small business should read that book.

Amazing. I just bought 32 audiobooks for $158.

If you're a reader and audiobook person at all, then this might be the most amazing sale you've ever seen. Audible just announced 200+ titles for $4.95 each. That's nuts. There's some good ones in there, too.

Here's what I bought -

Catch Me If You Can $4.95 War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning $4.95 Hughes: The Definitive Biography of the First American Billionaire $4.95 Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul $4.95 Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China $4.95 Waterloo $4.95 The Iliad & The Odyssey $4.95 Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba...and Then Lost It to the Revolution $4.95 The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires $4.95 Hunting Eichmann: Chasing Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi $4.95 Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800 $4.95 Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else $4.95 How An Economy Grows And Why It Crashes $4.95 Influencer: The Power to Change Anything $4.95 Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets $4.95 The Lessons of History $4.95 Reminiscences of a Stock Operator $4.95 The Law of Success: From the Master Mind to the Golden Rule (in Sixteen Lessons) $4.95 Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand $4.95 Empire of the Summer Moon $4.95 Crime and Punishment $4.95 Gilgamesh: A New English Version $4.95 Man's Search for Meaning $4.95 The Dream of Reason: A History of Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance $4.95 The Prince $4.95 China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power $4.95 Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City $4.95 The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern Mind $4.95 The Ultimate Sales Machine $4.95 The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything $4.95 The Road to Serfdom $4.95 Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs from Communism to Al-Qaeda $4.95 You Paid: $158.40

I actually own several of those already on Kindle or paper, but I got audio copies of the ones I like since it's so cheap and such a good deal.

If you're ever thinking of doing the audio thing, this is the time to get started.

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