7 stories to read this weekend


And here I am, once again offering you seven interesting stories to read this weekend. Some of them are about tech, others about books and coffee. They are all good reads and I hope you enjoy them.

  • The seductive foolishness of the Facebook phone: Michael Mace, one of the premier thinkers on mobile, believes that the F-phone is nothing but a chimera and could essentially turn out to be a folly for the newly public company.
  • Platforming Books: Craig Mod is one of my favorite bloggers/thinkers and I can’t wait for him to write his next post. This post about the publishing business was something that struck a chord with me. He talks about the need for thinking about books as part of networked platforms. As we embark on our GigaOM Books journey, there are a lot of lessons here.
  • How paperbacks transformed how Americans read: There is a lot of talk about Kindles and tablets changing how we read books. I thought it was appropriate to go back in time and read about another habit-changing innovation.
  • Where has the retail investor gone? With all the talk about the Facebook IPO and the declining fortunes of Zynga, it is a great time to ponder the question with none other than Barry Ritholtz, who for some odd reason writes for old media when he has a platform of his own.
  • Thanks to my new diet restrictions, I have to watch what I eat. As a result, I have set up Google alerts for all sorts of weird stuff. Here is one about cereal bars and how they are not as healthy as they pretend to be.
  • As my staycation comes to an end, I offer you this post about digital scarcity and this one about how to manage email nightmares.
  • Of course, all this reading means you need a great cup of coffee. I am a coffee snob and damn proud of it. Here is how you can be one.

Before I go, I want to ask for your help. I am looking to add 50 new sources of great stuff to read and would appreciate some recommendations. You can hit reply to this email and send me a link. And if there are posts or articles you want me to read and share with others, do give me a heads up. Have a great weekend everyone.


Barry Ritholtz

heh heh I write on both, and the WaPO columns all migrate eventually to The Big Picture (at Ritholtz.com)


The way of reading books definately has changed but still prefer old way because it don’t disturb the focus.

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