Four Book Lists Updated

I noticed that four of the book lists that I have near the top left corner of my main blog page, have acquired bit-rot. Most of the images of the book covers were no longer being found.

Now I don't know whether this is a result of Amazon changing their API's earlier this year, or the cache URL's are just no longer valid, but I thought I'd fix them up. Rather than taking the URL that Amazon supplies when you search for a particular ISBN programmatically, I'm now using the "standard" medium size image URL that seems to nicely work with most books at Amazon with a recent publication date.

The four lists are:

I'm one of those people that finds it easier to remember an unfamiliar book by its cover than its title. That doesn't always help as they seem to need to change the art-work for the same book with each new release. It did enable me to find a few of them at the Los Altos library book sale last Friday evening.

I also highly recommend the Salon.com Reader's Guide to Contemporary Authors. The list only gives the suggested book to start with for each of the authors, but the actual book goes much further than that with mini biographies and bibliographies plus various essays and digressions under a multitude of topics.

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