The 296th most popular
As regular readers know, I sometimes like to do something…somewhat random to try to discover new things.
Well, today is October 23 (where I am), which is the 296th day of the year (since it isn’t a leap year*).
So, I thought I’d pull out the 296th most popular thing in different Kindle store lists, just to see what it is.
That sounds normal to you, right? Right? Oh, well. ;)
The 296th Most Popular Book
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
by Mindy Kaling
4.3 out of 5 stars, 1,044 reviews
Mindy Kaling is a popular actor, writer, producer…well, you probably already know. :)
The 296th Most Popular Magazine
3.5 out of 5 stars, 2 reviews
Despite having managed a brick-and-mortar bookstore in the past, I didn’t know about this one. Seems to be sort of a professional magazine for Catholic priests.
The 296th Most Popular Blog
Perez Hilton gossip blog
5 out of 5 stars, 1 review
No surprise to me that this blog exists, but only one review?
The 296th Most Popular Kindle Single
All My Love, Samples Later: My Mother, My Father, and Our Family That Almost Was. A Story of Life and War. (Kindle Single)
by Craig Vetter
4.6 out of 5 stars, 14 reviews
Sounds interesting! Vetter lost a parent in World War II, as a toddler. Decades later, the author researched a journal and letters, to find out more about the lost one.
The 296th Most Popular Kindle Fire HDX Compatible App
3.5 out of 5 stars, 91 reviews
There is, not illogically, not always a direct correlation between best reviewed and best selling. There are going to be many apps with higher ratings that are lower in the sales rankings right now. This one is free, by the way.
The 296th Most Popular Audiobook
A Tale of Two Cities read by Simon Vance
4.2 out of 5 stars, 1330 reviews (but I believe that will include reviews of the novel itself, not just this version)
Well, that was sort of interesting…yes, there were times in a brick-and-mortar bookstore I would just sort of wander around and see where I ended up. ;)
A bit on methodology: I’m sometimes asked how you can quickly advance through search results at Amazon. Well, first, you search. Then, go the next page. Once you’ve done that, the URL (Uniform or Universal Resource Locator) at the top of the screen will have a reference to a page number. You can change that page number to whatever you want, hit enter, and you’ll jump to that page (search results are typically limited to 400 pages). Here’s an example of one of those URLs:
It’s the part that says, “&page=2″.
I also didn’t do some things, like newspapers…because there weren’t 296 of them.
Bonus deal: this may be too late for some of you, but one of One of today’s Kindle Daily Deals is any of three Star Trek: Destiny novels by David Mack for $1.99 each. I particularly am mentioning this because text-to-speech access is not blocked on these…hopefully, that’s a sign for other Simon & Schuster Star Trek books.
* Speaking of leap years, I don’t think I’ve told this story on the blog before, and it does say something about me and my family (and some of you like to know about that). My side of the family has a lot of intellectuals in it…academics, a Nobel Prize winner (Melvin Calvin…”Uncle Mel” to me, growing up), that kind of thing. My Significant Other’s family is very smart, but hasn’t typically been professional academics…or quite so geeky. ;) Once, when our kid was about eight, my SO was driving, and I was in the passenger seat in the front. Our kid was in the back. Our kid says, “You know, if every time we changed the time for Daylight Savings time we moved forward, every three leap years we wouldn’t need one.” My SO looked over at me, very confused. I quickly got the point. If we moved forward one hour twice a year, we would gain 24 hours in twelve years. Leap years occur every four years and add a day (to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical year, since the Earth’s circuit around the sun isn’t exactly 365 days). So, if we moved forward two hours every year, we would make up for that day every three leap years. I said to our kid, “Did somebody tell you that?” Our kid said, sort of laconically, “No…I was just thinking…” :)
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.