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Thursday, 29th April 2010

Interesting? Cool? Privacy Issues? For Kindle Users: Amazon.com's Recently Released "Popular Highlights" List

GalleyCat reports on the new Amazon.com program named, "Popular Highlights."

From the Kindle Web Site:

AmazonKindle also introduces a "Popular Highlights" feature that identifies the passages that are most highlighted by the millions of Kindle customers. We combine the highlights of all Kindle customers and identify the passages with the most highlights. The resulting Popular Highlights help readers to focus on passages that are meaningful to the greatest number of people.

You can access the Popular Highlights Lists Here.

Here's What's Available:

Most Highlighted of All Time

+ Passages
+ Books

Heavily Highlighted Recently

+ Passages
+ Books

Here are definitions of each list:

The Amazon Kindle, Kindle for iPhone and Kindle for iPad each provide a very simple mechanism for adding highlights. Every month, Kindle customers highlight millions of book passages that are meaningful to them.

We combine the highlights of all Kindle customers and identify the passages with the most highlights. The resulting Popular Highlights help readers to focus on passages that are meaningful to the greatest number of people. We show only passages where the highlights of at least three distinct customers overlap, and we do not show which customers made those highlights.

The Most Highlighted of All Time passages have been highlighted by the most distinct customers. The Most Highlighted of All Time books are ranked based on a combination of number of highlighting customers and number of highlights. For Heavily Highlighted Recently passages and books the ranking is done in a similar fashion, but with a much greater emphasis on highlighting that was done recently over highlighting that was done a longer time ago.

The lists not only include the title, author, and links to "see the book" on Amazon.com (of course) but you can also read the text that users are highlighting.

50 titles are available on each list.

What's Number One Today?

Most Highlighted Passages of All Time

1. Outliers: The Story of Success
by Malcolm Gladwell
Highlighted by 1698 Kindle users.

...the more money they made the next day on the streets.Those three things—autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward—are, most people agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying. It is not how much money we make that ultimately makes us happy between nine and five. It’s whether our work fulfills us.

Most Highlighted Books of All Time

1. The Lost Symbol
by Dan Brown

...Langdon came face-to-face with a bronze bust of Masonic luminary Albert Pike, along with the engraving of his most famous quote: WHAT WE HAVE DONE FOR OURSELVES ALONE DIES WITH US; WHAT WE HAVE DONE FOR OTHERS AND THE WORLD REMAINS AND IS IMMORTAL. Mal’akh had sensed a palpable shift in the

Heavily Highlighted Recently

1. Cutting for Stone
by Abraham Verghese

“I hope one day you see this as clearly as I did in Kerchele. The key to your happiness is to own your slippers, own who you are, own how you look, own your family, own the talents you have, and own the ones you don’t. If you keep saying your slippers aren’t yours, then you’ll die searching, you’ll die bitter, always feeling you were promised more. Not only our actions, but also our omissions, become our destiny." AFTER GHOSH LEFT...

Recently Heavily Highlighted Books

1. Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
by Chip Heath, Dan Heath

... Direct the Rider. What looks like resistance is often a lack of clarity. So provide crystal-clear direction. (Think 1% milk.) Motivate the Elephant. What looks like laziness is often exhaustion.

Sources: GalleyCat; Amazon.com


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