"In 2014, University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Jordan Ellenberg invented the so-called 'Hawking Index,' which uses Amazon e-book highlights data as a proxy for where people stop reading the books they’ve purchased. Some people use the highlight function on the devices and apps, and the unscientific-but-workable 'Hawking Index' uses the assumption that if the most-highlighted passages are clustered at the beginning of the book, the book is more likely to have been abandoned. (The name refers to Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time, which is ranked up with Ulysses for the dubious title of 'most unread book of all time.')"P.S. Based on my own experience, I don't recommend taking on the Great Slogs. If something well-regarded but shorter by the same author is an option, read that.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Sorry James Joyce, the People Buying Ulysses Don’t Actually Read It
From last Bloomsday, Ethan Wolff-Mann at Money.
Posted by Terrence Berres at 8:00 AM