Rachel Neumeier

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“Most unread” book

This is fun and interesting: codifying books as “most unread” by looking at the most-highlighted passages. If they’re all at the front of the book, you can assume readers are not making it to the end.

This is based on an article written in 2014, so for all we know some book from 2018 has toppled the winner, but:

The most “unread” book came out as Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, …. At almost 700 pages long, the last of the popular Kindle highlights end on page 26 – barely four per cent of the way through the book.

Others: A Brief History of Time by Steven Hawking — yeah, I didn’t finish that one. Thinking Fast and Slow, which I haven’t tried at all.

I’m somewhat gratified to find here that lots more people finished Catching Fire from the Hunger Games trilogy than finished 50 Shades of Gray.

This line amuses me:

But even The Great Gatsby couldn’t keep people hooked, with an HI 0f 28.3 per cent.

Seriously, does anyone find The Great Gatsby remotely as compelling a page-turner as any book in The Hunger Games trilogy?

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2 Comments “Most unread” book

  1. Elaine T

    I saw that a while ago and quibble since there are people who never highlight. Like me.

    if I highlight it’s temporary to show to someone else.

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