14 Feb The value of books
I buy quite a lot of serious books. I even read most of them. I value books because they are usually distillations of someone’s knowledge and experience in a particular area. But is that value realised? Are dense complex books more valuable that shorter shallower ones? Clearly the authors of the heavier volumes have put more effort in, but is that extra effort valued by readers? In some cases I read a book to build foundational understanding – something like ‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’ by Daniel Kahneman or ‘Figure it Out’ by Stephen Anderson and Karl Fast. At other times I read a book for more practical reasons – how to sketch note for example, or deliver better webinars. I want to write a book myself but oscillate between something deep and meaningful and something lighter and more practical. I suspect the latter will be more achievable and may also provide more reader value, in the short term at least.