Friday, March 28, 2014

Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

Bought this book, yet again on credit card points, from Infibeam, thanks to the convenience of being able to redeem points online, something I hadn't done so far. I have always gone to Landmark (and even Crossword on one occasion) mostly because they allowed me to swipe points. Am waiting for Flipkart and Amazon to come up with their equivalents to increase my options. Infibeam, all said and done doesn't have the breadth of choice and it doesn't dazzle with 24 hrs service like Flipkart does.

The choice of the book was driven more by its price and my ability to fit it into the points I had (still sticking to my policy of not buying any new books except thru prizes or points), than my interest in it. I couldn't find any of the items on my booklust on Infibeam at suitable prices or otherwise. Also due to my new found love for ebooks, which have helped me make progress on my reading, I tried buying ebooks but Infibeam mostly sucks on that front.

Now to get back to some reading


Tuesday, March 04, 2014

MahaYodha & ebooks

There's this interesting new game called MahaYodha which is a board game based on characters from Indian myth (the game is set to release in June 2014 or so). Since there isn't much to sample yet, one can easily say that their artwork is quite fantastic. Hope the game is good too.

Thanks to some contest they've run on their Facebook page, I have won a couple of Flipkart coupons over the past week or so, at least whenever I have been awake and the questions weren't already answered by someone else.

I aggregated my winnings from the last 2 quizzes and bought "The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets" by Simon Singh, which is a fascinating book for both lovers of mathematics and Simpsons' fans. I first learned about the book from this article on Slate and finally managed to buy the book today.

Should be fun reading the entire book.

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Monday, March 03, 2014

New e-books

Added the following books in some really slow bout of e-book buying thanks to some gift vouchers from a quiz and some old balance on Amazon credits.

The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places by John Keay
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
The Great Arc by John Keay

While the Keay books were bought due to my liking for the author, I bought the other book due to the protagonist's rather incredible story. Let's see if my tempo of reading ebooks is sustained in this month and the rest of the year too.

Most of the time spent/wasted online was due to my desire to buy books I couldn't afford for now, especially a new book by Bryson as well as an old one by Simon Winchester. They have now moved to my long wishlist :)