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Sacha Chua: http://sach.ac/quantified
Quantified Self Toronto: http://quantifiedself.ca/
August 22, 2013
I tracked my library checkouts
(Oct 2011 - present)
Automated scraping of library accounts page
Analysis period: 95.5 week...
The library is an incredible money-saver.
• Borrowed 250 movies and 30 TV shows.
Assuming $15 for a DVD, that’s $4,200.
• ...
I read mostly non-fiction (I knew that),
but we watch more movies than I
thought we did.
6
30
183
250
779
0 100 200 300 40...
I tend to read and watch in bursts.
No correlation
between non-
fiction reading and
movie watching
(doesn’t get in the
way)
I really skew towards business books.
14
18
22
30
33
38
45
59
82
328
0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350
340 - Law
300 - Social s...
I tend to read about subjects in bursts, too.
It’s good to cross-reference with time.
If you double the time to account for multitasking when reading
is not the primary...
What do I do with all this reading?
• Book notes:
quotes, ideas, etc.
• Blog posts
• Visual book
summaries
• Recommendatio...
Next steps
More! More! More!
Going through my science fiction backlog
Checking out Amazon recommendations
Taking more note...
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  1. 1. Sacha Chua: http://sach.ac/quantified Quantified Self Toronto: http://quantifiedself.ca/ August 22, 2013
  2. 2. I tracked my library checkouts (Oct 2011 - present) Automated scraping of library accounts page Analysis period: 95.5 weeks Limitations: • Two other people in household, some conflation • Date analysis is by due date, which does not totally reflect when I read it. I read about 80% of items.
  3. 3. The library is an incredible money-saver. • Borrowed 250 movies and 30 TV shows. Assuming $15 for a DVD, that’s $4,200. • Borrowed 779 non-fiction books. Assuming $20, that’s $15,580. • Probably wouldn’t have bought all of them, but still… wow.
  4. 4. I read mostly non-fiction (I knew that), but we watch more movies than I thought we did. 6 30 183 250 779 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 900 Other TV Fiction Movie Non-fiction
  5. 5. I tend to read and watch in bursts. No correlation between non- fiction reading and movie watching (doesn’t get in the way)
  6. 6. I really skew towards business books. 14 18 22 30 33 38 45 59 82 328 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 340 - Law 300 - Social sciences, sociology &… 610 - Medical sciences; Medicine 640 - Home economics & family living 000 - Computer science, knowledge &… 800 - Literature, rhetoric & criticism 740 - Drawing & decorative arts 150 - Psychology 330 - Economics 650 - Management & auxiliary services Number of titles by major category
  7. 7. I tend to read about subjects in bursts, too.
  8. 8. It’s good to cross-reference with time. If you double the time to account for multitasking when reading is not the primary activity (ex: subway), ~30min per book. Source: Discretionary - Productive - Nonfiction (QuantifiedAwesome.com) 123.3h from Nov 2011 to July 2013
  9. 9. What do I do with all this reading? • Book notes: quotes, ideas, etc. • Blog posts • Visual book summaries • Recommendations
  10. 10. Next steps More! More! More! Going through my science fiction backlog Checking out Amazon recommendations Taking more notes of some books Visit your local library tomorrow! TorontoPublicLibrary.ca Related post: sach.ac/p/25537
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