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*Doing Data Science* now available on Kindle!

October 18, 2013

My book with Rachel Schutt is now available on Kindle. I’ve tested this by buying it myself from amazon.com and looking at it on my computer’s so-called cloud reader.

Here’s the good news. It is actually possible to do this, and it’s satisfying to see!

Here’s the bad news. The kindle reader doesn’t render latex well, or for that matter many of the various fonts we use for various reasons. The result is a pretty comical display of formatting inconsistency. In particular, whenever a formula comes up it might seem like we’re

screaming about it

and often the quoted passages come in

very very tiny indeed.

I hope it’s readable. If you prefer less comical formatting, the hard copy edition is coming out on October 22nd, next Tuesday.

Next, a word about the book’s ranking. Amazon has this very generous way of funneling down into categories sufficiently so that the ranking of a given book looks really high. So right now I can see this on the book’s page:

but for a while, before yesterday, it took a few more iterations of digging to get to single digits, so it was more like:

But you, know, I’ll take what I can get to be #1! It’s all about metrics!!!

One last thing, which is that the full title is now “Doing Data Science: Straight Talk from the Frontline” and for the record, I wanted the full title to be something more like “Doing Data Science: the no bullshit approach” but for some reason I was overruled. Whatevs.

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  1. Abe Kohen
    October 18, 2013 at 7:32 am

    It’s been a very, very long time since I used TeX or LaTex, so what I write next might be nonsense, but have you considered which font you are using? I’ve been advised by someone who self publishes on Kindle that Georgia is the “best” font to use.


  2. Marcos
    October 18, 2013 at 8:58 am

    The problem in rendering formulas is general for Kindle, they don’t size well compared with normal text.


  3. David Jones
    October 18, 2013 at 9:14 am

    When does the paperback version come out?


  4. Max Lieblich
    October 18, 2013 at 9:48 am

    It is possible to buy it DRM-free in multiple formats directly from the O’Reilly site!


  5. jmhl
    October 18, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Bought the ebook from O’Reilly! I’m enjoying reading it!


  6. Guest2
    October 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I don’t know if you saw this Economist article on the role of “data” in science.


    This is an amazing article, that touches on a number of important topics, not including the title/issue:

    – big problems with experimental psychology as a discipline
    – Harry Collins on “tacit knowledge” as an obstacle to replicating results
    – statistics

    This article should be required reading for high school and first year college students, if not for their teachers and administrators.


  7. NY
    October 18, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Cathy, just curious, who exactly sets the sale price on Amazon? Right now it says the book is on sale for $25 when the list price if $40.


  8. October 20, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    For what it’s worth, I just read a sample on the iPad Kindle app and the text looks just fine. It’s the intro, so no equations or code there to read. I’ve encountered this before with technical books. On the Kindle they aren’t properly formatted, but on the iPad they look great. So here’s hoping!


  9. Abe Kohen
    October 20, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Pre-ordered the paperback on Amazon. My eyes need real paper. Plus I don’t have to worry about it falling in the bathtub while I read it. Hopefully it will be available soon.
    (DELIVERY ESTIMATE We need a little more time to provide you with a good estimate. We’ll notify you via e-mail as soon as we have an estimated delivery date.)


  10. October 23, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Yay, just preordered the paperback.


  11. Michael Hodsdon
    December 9, 2013 at 6:26 am

    Just bought it. Great book.


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