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About the Author

In September 2009, college friends Cody Westphal and Jason Oberholtzer created the Tumblr, I Love Charts for themselves and their friends. They started with seven followers. Since, the website has grown to over 200,000 followers, making it one of the most popular sites on Tumblr.

I Love Charts has been mentioned by The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The New York Observer, NPR, PBS, MTV, CBS News, Forbes, The Economist, Bloomberg TV, Esquire, The Daily Beast, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Wired, The National Post, The New Republic, Newsweek, Mother Jones, Print Magazine, AOL, The Millions and Lapham's Quarterly and has appeared on The Huffington Post, McSweeney's, BuzzFeed, Gizmodo, MediaBistro, Jezebel, Mental Floss, SlashFilm, Boing Boing and Laughing Squid. 

I Love Charts ranked 1st on The Huffington Post's "33 Tumblogs You Need to Follow" and "23 Funniest Tumblr Blogs," was named one of the "100 funniest Tumblrs...Ever" by the New York Observer, one of "The 90 Best Tumblr Blogs Of 2011" by BuzzFeed, one of the "10 Funniest Tumblrs" by The Guardian and one of the "25 Genius Tumblrs You Should Follow" by CBS News.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140226738X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402267383
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,257,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is great. Obviously because of the charts, but both Jason and Cody's writing in each chapter is great as well. I am really enjoying it quite a bit. I may be a biased fangirl, but it's still awesome.
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I read this book in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. It's a witty, honest and eye opening view into the minds of the "I Love Charts" creators as well as a thought provoking assortment of essays which discuss everything from cats (very funny) to relationships (surprisingly insightful). The essays alone were worth the read, the charts illustrating each chapter are like icing on the cake. It's well written and real and worth the time and money to curl up in your favorite chair with a cup of your favorite beverage and engage in something different and fun.
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As a fan of the Tumblr "I Love Charts," I knew I had to get this book, and I knew I'd love the charts in it. What I didn't know when I bought it was how much I'd enjoy the essays, too. Jason and Cody can write, and I savored their writing here. The charts serve to punctuate or elucidate some of what they say in the essays, a good match of visual and verbal. Hats off to these guys for taking an entertaining website to new heights in book form!
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This is not simply a book about charts. Nor is it some coffee table book. Jason and Cody weave an honest story about a human desire: desire to communicate, desire to love, desire to control, desire to laugh, desire to live. From website to book, highlighted is the effort behind the charts submitted: the people and the culture manifest. Above all this book is vulnerable; honest, open, and critical. It is written by people with opinions of their own, stories of their own, faults of their own, and it is engaging for that reason. Not a chart lover yourself? Read the book. It will make the face of infographics and charts more human.
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This book was less about the charts for me (possibly because I've seen almost all of them before, on the original blog) and more about the ramblings of two twenty-something philosophers. They don't take themselves too seriously, so it's a fun read. I mostly bought this book to support them, because I think their blog is great.
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Well, what happened was that I forgot my keys at work so I was locked out of the apartment. I managed to get to my roof, though, while the sun was setting against a Manhattan skyline. So imagine, if you will, that you're locked out of your apartment in New York. You could go to a bar and wait for your roommate to open the door. You could check Facebook on the telephone. You could look at the Manhattan skyline as the sun sets and reflect on all the poor decisions you've made in life including the one about forgetting your keys at work.

But you have the I Love Charts book and you opt to read that instead of drinking beer, check what your friends are up to or look at the picturesque view, because the book is that good.

It's not just their website for people who can't afford the internet. It's their website with essays and personal stories that make you reflect on all the poor decisions you've made in life including the excellent decisions you've made in life, too. So yes, it is better than looking at a New York sunset in some ways.

Anyway, the book's a good read and the sports chart's killer.
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Reading "I Love Charts: The Book" is a complicated experience. It left me feeling cold and empty not unlike after reading Hitler's Mein Kampf or the Communist Manifesto. But at the same time it made me sexually aroused not unlike reading the Kama Sutra or the Bible. I give credit to the authors. If I were planning to write a book about the French and Indian war from the point of view of the French Indians, I likely would not have chosen to do it in the form of series of innovative charts. However this bold decision pays off with a deep exploration of the human psyche. The creativity on display is remarkable and will constantly have you feeling as though you are hanging over a precipice above a huge chasm overlooking a shadow realm where your soul will be ripped to shreds, leaving naught but a dessicated husk. Many of the charts are very clever. If you are looking for a book that will make you laugh out loud, then cry tears of the darkest despair, then "I Love Charts: The Book" may be exactly what you are looking for.
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I am loving my new "I Love Charts" book!

It just arrived and I am already tearing into it. Thanks to Beth at BethKanter.org for recommending it to me. Without her I would not have known about it at all. As a student of analytics who want to start creating some very compelling and useful infographics this is an ideal way to start.

So there you go.

Pick this one up today!
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