First to read it: DW
First to order it: OurLifeInc.
First to receive it: leon
First to get it on kindle: Jacobyte
First to review it: D_
First to sell it again:
ERE book firsts(67 posts)
First to read it: DW
OurLifeInc got it already?!
Yup. Must live close to SC. Or maybe he paid for fast shipping.
I live in Michigan and did the $6 shipping. The regular shipping said I would have it by Oct 31 and the $6 option said Oct 15, so I paid the $3 extra....didn't realize that it would actually be Oct 5!
My copy is due here tomorrow. I signed up for the 1 month amazon prime trial for free 2-day shipping when I ordered yesterday.
You forgot First to buy used: and I plan to be it!
Unfortunately I don't think you see any profit from second hand sales, is that right? But at the same time, this is what you advocate for...not quite the best stance to take as a salesman :P
No profit from the used books, correct.
You're right. I have just about the worst demographics in terms of making sales.
I didn't know there was a competion ;-) I ordered your book on 10/2 at 1:00 am PST from amazon.com (prime + overnight) and recieved it on 10/4 when I got back from "the cave".
It's gonna be hard to beat that one.
I suspect a lot will receive theirs tomorrow.
Requested library to purchase, but probably will buy once ebay items sell.
@Q - Cool! What did you tell them? As far as I understand, they need to create a database entry in the records of Library of Congress.
Also requested library to purchase, but bought anyway.
I `filled out a quick online form with your ISBN and what the book is for etc.
It's for the San Jose Public Library, so, hopefully they order it.
I did that from my local library once and they actually got it. They knew me by name on sight, dunno if that made a difference.
First person to lend it to a friend.
First person to lose it.
First person to recommend it.
First person to spill coffee on it whilst reading it.
First person to get their copy personally signed.
First person to make notes in the margins.
First person to read it while "doing your business" in the johnny.
First person to have a wreck while reading and driving at the same time.
First person to file it in their book case, "Alphabetically by Author".
First person to reference it in a thesis.
First person to hold it on a street corner whilst preaching the sins of being a consumer.
First person to reference it to a car dealer whilst buying a car.
First person to recommend it on Amazon Dot Calm.
First person to give it as a gift for Christmas or Birthday.
First person to display it on their coffee table to impress friends.
Well, those could be firsts?
First person to burn it, figuratively:
First person to burn it, literally:
How would one burn a book figuratively?
First person to send the entire book, word for word, to a friend, via a series of cell phone text messages!!
@AlexOliver - "This book should be banned! Blah blah ... "
First person to get raised neck hairs from the LaTeX: rePete
Oh well in that case...
This book should be banned! The author, Jacob Lund Fisker, is an opponent and danger to Our Way of Life and The American Dream! He should be jailed for the heinous things he has said against our Culture~!
...Do I win? XD
I didn't think about giving it as a gift...I guess getting it signed would be cool too.
Anyways, that solves that once paypal comes thru. Buy two for free shipping
@rePete - You're not into LaTeX?
@AlexOliver - Nope ;-P
@Q - Wait, is it possible to pay on amazon with paypal?
Another way is to wish/ask for it as a gift, especially from those well-meaning people who go on about spending more to live a little.
Ok then I gotta do it.
First lady to receive it as a gift at a bridal, or baby shower.
First person who gets one substituted under their pillow for a dollar by the tooth fairy.
First family that hides them instead of Easter Eggs.
First person receiving one gift wrapped as a copy of "Halo Reach".
First person finding one in the Dentist's Treasure Chest.
First person to win a copy of the book, instead of a car, (or $35,000) on "Wheel of Fortune".
Yeah, I think this is enough of it as well.
The first one to build a tiny house using books glued together.
The first one to successfully compost a book.
I commend you; I'm excited to dig into this!
I have nothing against LaTeX. It's powerful and light. It just brought back some weird vibes.
Out of curiosity, what is the book's target audience?
@rePete - Good question. Maybe I should let Zev answer that one. If I understand correctly, he thinks it has more reach than I do.
Generally speaking, the book intersect business operations research/management, personal finance, economics, ecological economics, sociology, and some related personality psychology. It's "The world according to Jacob."
In terms of reading level... like the blog. It's not exactly dumbed down in any way (at least not intentionally).
My thought is that if you understand how the world works, you can control it and get exactly what you want. The book is a long primer on how the world works.
This also leads to a consideration of whether I should write a simpler book which would be closer to a book version of the 21 day makeover.
Once more people have read the book, I'll start asking questions to figure out if there's an unsatisfied need.
>It's "The world according to Jacob."
I knew this was all a cult!
Please don't make a simplified Wal-Mart version of the book. Reading something that isn't fifth grade level is refreshing, and this is coming from someone who reads college textbooks almost daily. Everything seems to be in bite-size one size fits all ideologies these days. ERE is EXTREME for a reason - it takes a little more of an open mind to ponder the concepts and then relate it to ones own life. I've had many a "aha!" moment after thinking about the implications of something you wrote. I don't think this should be squandered in favor of a few more readers/book sales. Bring the people to your level, now that's an idea worth pursuing.
@rePete: As Jacob says, the book is idiosyncratic and borrows from a number of fields. It doesn't hold your hand like broadly targeted personal finance books do--this alone makes it unique in its category; when was the last time you were challenged by a PF book?
I made lots of excited little notes in the manuscript, with the occasional underlined "Profound!" because I think it offers an incredibly powerful and timely message. I think the style (no "forsooth"s, thank God), difficulty level and lack of hand-holding might limit the book's reach, but if just a few concepts from it--
* tight coupling
* re-evaluating middle-class membership
* Renaissance man
* an implied re-evaluation of "opportunity cost"
* running a household like a business
--were to penetrate the mainstream at all, it could be revolutionary. In the most capitalist sense. :)
I don't think I answered your question yet. The target audience is:
* readers of the ERE blog
* personal finance blog/book-readers who have tired of "10 tips to X"
* middle-class who seek a way to "be the change they want to see in the world" and help the environment in ways other than buying carbon offsets and bamboo lounge chairs, with an added benefit of becoming free from a life of full-time work
* middle-class who seek a way to become free from a life of full-time work, with the added benefit of accidentally being the change they want to see in the world
* people who want to retire early, but who don't need an exact prescription of step A, B and C, nor a dubious drop-shipping scheme, to get there
* minimalists who already got down to 100 belongings and are ready to do more meaningful minimization
* all my relatives and friends
* all your relatives and friends
* President Obama
* The tired, huddled middle-class and middle-class aspirants yearning to breathe free?
@Zev and jacob
Thanks, that's interesting!
@buzz - At least I didn't include a manifest :-D
Not sure...but I may be the first to read it while "doing my business"....
First to drop it in the bathtub while soaking
First to check it out from the library... when it finally comes in
First to put it on a Christmas list
First typo: Page 2, line seven "shows the the shadows"
First to get heat from the wife for spending $20 on a book instead of getting it from the library.
First to spend the morning reading the book while "working from home".
First time the mail man hand delivered a package to me.
@AlexOliver - #$%#@ CURSES! Apparently three people each going through it twice wasn't enough to root out everything. It's one of those "brain-blind" errors. I wonder how many people the publishing houses have working on this part of the publication process.
The answer is not as many as there used to be. Don't beat yourself up about it. The typo doesn't destroy the intelligibility of the concept. Those are the real disasters. I publish educational material for prosecutors. I have two editors and a layout & production artist, all of whom copy edit. Even with this team of professionals, we occasionally go to print with a publication that has some typo in it.
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