Tim O'Reilly

Tim O'Reilly

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Sebastopol, California

Areas of Expertise:

  • Web 2.0
  • open source
  • emerging technologies
Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media Inc. Considered by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world, O'Reilly Media also hosts conferences on technology topics, including the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, Strata: The Business of Data, the Velocity Conference on Web Performance and Operations, and many others. Tim's blog, the O'Reilly Radar "watches the alpha geeks" to determine emerging technology trends, and serves as a platform for advocacy about issues of importance to the technical community. Tim is also a partner at O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, O'Reilly's early stage venture firm, and is on the board of Safari Books Online, PeerJ, Code for America, and Maker Media, which was recently spun out from O'Reilly Media. Maker Media's Maker Faire has been compared to the West Coast Computer Faire, which launched the personal computer revolution.

How Data Science Is Transforming Health Care How Data Science Is Transforming Health Care
by Tim O'Reilly, Mike Loukides, Julie Steele, Colin Hill
August 2012
Ebook: $0.00

Economic Impact of Open Source on Small Business: A Case Study Economic Impact of Open Source on Small Business: A Case Study
by Mike Hendrickson, Roger Magoulas, Tim O'Reilly
July 2012
Ebook: $0.00

The Twitter Book The Twitter Book
by Sarah Milstein, Tim O'Reilly
Second Edition November 2011
Print: $19.99
Ebook: $15.99

The Facebook Application Platform: An O'Reilly Radar Report The Facebook Application Platform: An O'Reilly Radar Report
by Tim O'Reilly, O'Reilly Radar Team
June 2009
Ebook: $149.00

Twitter and the Micro-Messaging Revolution: Communication, Connections, and Immediacy--140 Characters at a Time Twitter and the Micro-Messaging Revolution: Communication, Connections, and Immediacy--140 Characters at a Time
by Abdur Chowdhury, Gregor Hochmuth, Ben Lorica, Roger Magoulas, Sarah Milstein, Tim O'Reilly
June 2009
Ebook: $99.00

The Twitter Book The Twitter Book
by Tim O'Reilly, Sarah Milstein
May 2009

Windows XP in a Nutshell Windows XP in a Nutshell
by David A. Karp, Tim O'Reilly, Troy Mott
Second Edition January 2005
Print: $44.99

Unix Power Tools Unix Power Tools
by Shelley Powers, Jerry Peek, Tim O'Reilly, Mike Loukides
Third Edition October 2002
Print: $74.99
Ebook: $62.99

UNIX Power Tools UNIX Power Tools
by Jerry Peek, Mike Loukides, Tim O'Reilly, et al.
October 2002

Windows XP in a Nutshell Windows XP in a Nutshell
by David A. Karp, Tim O'Reilly, Troy Mott
April 2002

Peer-to-Peer Peer-to-Peer
by Nelson Minar, Marc Hedlund, Clay Shirky, Tim O'Reilly, Dan Bricklin, David Anderson, Jeremie Miller, Adam Langley, Gene Kan, Alan Brown, Marc Waldman, Lorrie Faith Cranor, Aviel Rubin, Roger Dingledine, Michael Freedman, David Molnar, Rael Dornfest, Dan Brickley, Theodore Hong, Richard Lethin, Jon Udell, Nimisha Asthagiri, Walter Tuvell, Brandon Wiley
February 2001
Print: $29.95

Windows 98 in a Nutshell Windows 98 in a Nutshell
by Tim O'Reilly, Troy Mott, Walter Glenn
August 1999
Print: $44.99

Windows 95 in a Nutshell Windows 95 in a Nutshell
by Tim O'Reilly, Troy Mott
June 1998

UNIX  PowerTools UNIX PowerTools
by Jerry Peek, Tim O'Reilly, Mike Loukides
Second Edition August 1997

Using & Managing UUCP Using & Managing UUCP
by Ed Ravin, Tim O'Reilly, Dale Dougherty, Grace Todino-Gonguet
January 1996

X Users Guide Motif R5 X Users Guide Motif R5
by Valerie Quercia, Tim O'Reilly
Second Edition June 1994
Print: $34.95

Volume 3: X Window System User's Guide Volume 3: X Window System User's Guide
by Valerie Quercia, Tim O'Reilly
Fourth Edition June 1994

X Toolkit Intrinsics Prog  Vol 4M X Toolkit Intrinsics Prog Vol 4M
by Tim O'Reilly, Adrian Nye
Second Edition August 1992
Print: $34.95

Volume 4: X Toolkit Intrinsics Programming Manual Volume 4: X Toolkit Intrinsics Programming Manual
by Adrian Nye, Tim O'Reilly
Third Edition August 1992

Managing UUCP and Usenet Managing UUCP and Usenet
by Grace Todino-Gonguet, Tim O'Reilly
Tenth Edition June 1990

termcap and terminfo termcap and terminfo
by John Strang, Linda Mui, Tim O'Reilly
April 1988
Print: $29.95

What's Mine is Yours What's Mine is Yours
by Tim O'Reilly, Dylan Field, Brian W. Fitzpatrick, Nolan Goldberg, Jud Valeski
March 2011

Free is More Complicated than You Think Free is More Complicated than You Think
by Tim O'Reilly
April 2008
Video: $39.95

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#IoTH: The Internet of Things and Humans

April 15 2014

Rod Smith of IBM and I had a call the other day to prepare for our onstage conversation at O’Reilly’s upcoming Solid Conference, and I was surprised to find how much we were in agreement about one idea: so many of the … read more

Leading by example: two stories

April 10 2014

I was struck recently by two stories in the New York Times. The first, “Bishops Follow Pope’s Example: Opulence Is Out,” tells how bishop after bishop, either inspired by the Pope’s example or afraid of being shamed for not doing … read more

Code Red_: “They have no use for someone who looks and dresses like me”

March 26 2014

I published a long piece on LinkedIn yesterday, reflecting on Steven Brill’s excellent Time Magazine cover story, “Code Red_“, about the rescue of healthcare.gov by a small team of volunteer techies from Silicon Valley. The title of my piece took off from a … read more

Lean Urbanism

March 14 2014

Through an interesting confluence, I recently came across three different instances of the same question: what is the “minimum viable product” for urban renewal? Last Monday, I visited the O’Reilly Media office in the old Pfizer building in Brooklyn, and … read more

The Creep Factor: How to Think About Big Data and Privacy

March 06 2014

There was a great passage in Alexis Madrigal’s recent interview with Gibu Thomas, who runs innovation at Walmart: “Our philosophy is pretty simple: When we use data, be transparent to the customers so that they can know what’s going on. … read more

Reflections on Eric Raymond’s “Myth of the Fall”

March 04 2014

Eric Raymond’s “Myth of the Fall“, an account of the rise of software portability and reusable open source code (rather than the fall from a free software eden), should be required reading for free and open source developers, and for … read more

Self-directed learning, and O’Reilly’s role in the ConnectED program

February 06 2014

I wanted to provide a bit of perspective on the donation, announced on Wednesday by the White House, of a Safari Books Online subscription providing access to O’Reilly Media books, videos, and other educational content to every high school in … read more

More Lessons Learned from Failure

October 09 2013

My recent post, How I Failed, drew a huge amount of reader interest, and I wasn’t surprised. In fact, as we’ve been organizing the first Cultivate event—our new conference on how to build and sustain great companies by building a great culture—we’ve realized … read more

Resharing Differences Between LinkedIn and Radar

September 18 2013

I recently posted a long thought piece entitled “How I Failed” on LinkedIn, and then a few days later, republished it here on my own Radar blog. (I published it on LinkedIn first because I wanted to reach the more business-oriented … read more

How I failed

September 15 2013

This post originally appeared on LinkedIn. When you start out as an entrepreneur, it’s just you and your idea, or you and your co-founder’s and your idea. Then you add customers, and they shape and mold you and that idea … read more

The Stories I Enjoyed Most in Last Week’s Sunday New York Times

July 13 2013

I used to read two print newspapers every morning. Now, I get most of my news online, but I still treasure my Sunday New York Times in print. This week, due to travel, I didn’t get a chance to catch … read more

Context Aware Programming

July 05 2013

I’m increasingly realizing that many of my gripes about applications these days are triggered by their failure to understand my context in the way that they can and should. For example: Unruly apps on my Android phone, like gmail or … read more

Why We Started the Velocity Conference

June 17 2013

Back in 2006, Debra Chrapaty, then VP of Operations for Windows Live (later CIO at Zynga, and now CEO of Nirvanix) made a prescient comment to me: “In the future, being a developer on someone’s platform will mean being hosted … read more

These are the top 20 investors to follow on Twitter? Really?

May 30 2013

Business Insider really jumped the shark with their recent post entitled These Are The Top 20 Tech Investors You Should Follow On Twitter. It was clearly linkbait for social media rather than real advice for those looking for investment wisdom. … read more

Why we spun out Maker Media

January 25 2013

Today, O’Reilly Media announced that we have spun out Maker Media into a separate company. I want to give a bit of background on why we did this, and what we think the opportunity is for the new Maker Media … read more

RFP-EZ: Making it easier for small companies to bid on government contracts

January 18 2013

A few years ago, when I was doing the research that led to my work in open government, I had a conversation with Aneesh Chopra, later the first Federal CTO but at the time, the Secretary of Technology for the … read more

Yelp Partners with NYC and SF on Restaurant Inspection Data

January 17 2013

One of the key notions in my “Government as a Platform” advocacy has been that there are other ways to partner with the private sector besides hiring contractors and buying technology. One of the best of these is to provide … read more

Square Wallet, the Apple Store, and Uber: Software Above the Level of a Single Device

November 08 2012

Back in 2003, Dave Stutz, in his parting letter to Microsoft, wrote a prescient line about the future of technology: “Useful software written above the level of the single device will command high margins for a long time to come. Stop … read more

Open health data in practice: Increase your access to lab results

October 16 2012

I’m convinced that there’s a wave of innovation coming in healthcare, driven by new kinds of data, new ways of extracting meaning from that data, and new business models that data can enable.  That’s one of the reasons why we launched … read more

Some sideways thinking about cyberwarfare

July 16 2012

Foreign policy, including the possibility of cyberwarfare, is no longer just between nations, but between nations and individuals, between nations and big companies, and between companies and industries. read more

The Web as Legacy Technology

July 15 2012

This tweet from @jamesrbuk (James Ball) caught my eye: “Average age of @guardian Facebook audience is 29. Website is 37, print paper 44. Amazing channel effect, really. #newsrw” I’ve been thinking for some time how the web is “legacy” software, … read more

True in spirit: Why I liked "Captain America," but didn't like "John Carter"

April 18 2012

Why is the "Captain America" film a better adaptation than "John Carter"? Because "Captain America" understands the essence of what matters about the main character. The same notion applies to the authenticity of business brands. read more

Help drive the data revolution in health care

March 19 2012

The Health Data Initiative's annual "Health Datapalooza" is behing held June 5-6 in Washington, D.C. The deadline for applications is just a few weeks away (March 30). read more

OK, I Admit It. I have a mancrush on the new Federal CTO, Todd Park

March 09 2012

Todd Park is a guy who could do literally anything he put his mind to, and he's taking up the challenge of making our government smarter about technology. read more

Measuring the economic impact of the Sharing Economy

March 07 2012

Tim O'Reilly: "It's quite clear to me that there is a new economy of content that is quite possibly larger than the old one, but just not as well measured, because we measure value captured, not value created for users." read more

The stories behind a few O'Reilly "classics"

February 17 2012

Tim O'Reilly: "It's amazing to me how books I first published more than 20 years ago are still creating value for readers." read more

Why O'Reilly went dark

January 19 2012

On January 18, 2012, oreilly.com went dark to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT IP Act. We believe going dark was the principled action to take. read more

SOPA and PIPA are bad industrial policy

January 16 2012

SOPA and PIPA not only harm the internet, they support existing content companies in their attempt to hold back innovative business models that will actually grow the market and deliver new value to consumers. read more

Thoughts on ebooks triggered by the appointment of Andrew Savikas as CEO of Safari Books Online

November 08 2011

Subscription is the right model for heavy users, pay-per-view works for occasional users, ad-supported appears to be the best way to fund fast-changing current content, and of course, some content is better rendered as an app than a book. read more

Dennis Ritchie Day

October 26 2011

I don't have the convening power of a governor, but for those of us around the world who care, I hereby declare this Sunday, October 30 to be Dennis Ritchie Day. read more

Ada Lovelace Day: Revisiting Limor Fried

October 07 2011

Last year, for Ada Lovelace Day, I wrote a post about why I admire Limor Fried, the founder and CEO of Adafruit Industries. This year, I thought I'd talk about Limor again, both because she is such a great example of the engineer/entrepreneur, and because she's working in an emerging… read more

Missing Maps and the Fragility of Digital Information

August 01 2011

A couple of months ago, I had a remarkable demonstration of the fragility of the "always on" connected mindset. I was on my way to the wonderful Hunewill Ranch for Francisco Dao's 50 Kings Cattle Drive (a remarkable event that deserves a post all its own.) Hunewill Ranch is on… read more

Sexual Harassment at Technical Conferences: A Big No-No

July 24 2011

We've been contacted recently about issues of sexual harassment at technical conferences, including at Oscon, which starts tomorrow in Portland. At O'Reilly we take those issues very seriously. While we're still trying to understand exactly what might have happened at Oscon or other O'Reilly conferences in the past, it's become… read more

Disastrous Implications of New Apple Patent for Blocking Cellphone Video

June 16 2011

[View the story "Disastrous Implications of New Apple Patent for Blocking Cellphone Video" on Storify]... read more

Facebook's face recognition strategy may be just the ticket

June 09 2011

Facebook's face recognition may provide a great strategy for cutting the Gordian Knot on this thorny privacy problem. read more

The Responsibility of Running a Business

February 26 2011

I love Warren Buffett's sense of the social responsibility inherent in running a business. Here, from his annual report (pdf), he discusses the particular responsibilities of owning a railroad: Earlier I explained just how important railroads are to our country’s future. Rail moves 42% of America’s inter-city freight, measured by… read more

Free to Choose ebook deal reveals the programmer zeitgeist

November 30 2010

A list from O'Reilly's Free to Choose Cyber-Monday promotion offers a fascinating view of what's on the minds of the core audience. read more

Open government and "next generation democracy"

November 15 2010

We need to tell the stories of success and failure, of thinking differently, of connecting communities to strengthen bonds, of sharing and coming together to solve problems, and of working on stuff that matters. read more

Points of Control: The Web 2.0 Summit Map

August 31 2010

In my blog post State of the Internet Operating System a few months ago (and the followup Handicapping the Internet Platform Wars), I used the analogy of "the Great Game" played out between England and Russia in the late Victorian era for control of access to India through what is… read more

Opening the doors of government to innovation

August 06 2010

When I organize a conference, I don't just reach out to interesting speakers, I try to find people who can help to tell a story about what's important and where the future is going. We've been posting speakers for the second annual Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington DC Sept 7-8,… read more

The Louvre of the Industrial Age

July 30 2010

This morning I had the chance to get a tour of The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI, along with Dale Dougherty, creator of Make: and Makerfaire, and Marc Greuther, the chief curator of the museum. I had expected a museum dedicated to the auto industry, but it's so much… read more

Putting Online Privacy in Perspective

May 30 2010

When I wrote last week about Facebook privacy flap, I was speaking out of the frustration that many technologists with a sense of perspective feel when we see uninformed media hysteria about the impact of new technology. (How many of you remember all the scare stories about the risks of… read more

My Contrarian Stance on Facebook and Privacy

May 21 2010

In a recent Inc Magazine live chat, I found myself, somewhat surprisingly even to me defending Facebook regarding their ongoing and evolving privacy policy. Here's what I said: The essence of my argument is that there's enormous advantage for users in giving up some privacy online and that we need… read more

State of the Internet Operating System Part Two: Handicapping the Internet Platform Wars

April 30 2010

This post is Part Two of my State of the Internet Operating System. If you haven't read Part One, you should do so before reading this piece. As I wrote last month, it is becoming increasingly clear that the internet is becoming not just a platform, but an operating system,… read more

The State of the Internet Operating System

March 29 2010

Ask yourself for a moment, what is the operating system of a Google or Bing search? What is the operating system of a mobile phone call? What is the operating system of maps and directions on your phone? What is the operating system of a tweet? read more

How do we measure innovation?

March 26 2010

In response to the IEEE's report on Patent Power, which lists the top companies ranked by number of patents, Ari Shahdadi and Brad Burnham made trenchant comments in email that I thought were worth sharing (with their permission): Ari wrote: The main article is sad to read, with choice quotes… read more

At the Forefront of the Next Industrial Revolution

March 24 2010

I chose Limor Fried, founder and chief engineer of Adafruit Industries, as the subject of my post for Ada Lovelace Day for four reasons: Limor is a hardware engineer - one of those bastions of tech in which it's most important for young girls considering future careers to understand that… read more

NHIN Direct: Open Healthcare and Government as a Platform

March 11 2010

In my advocacy around Government 2.0, I've been focused on the idea that government should act like a platform provider rather than a complete solution provider. That is, government should lay down rules of the road, create core functionality that others can build on, and then let the private sector… read more

The Convergence of Advertising and E-commerce

February 16 2010

With hundreds of millions of users paying to download music, applications and ebooks on mobile phones, with reports of Zynga generating hundreds of millions of dollars from selling virtual goods in social games, with startups like Square making mobile payment systems the hot new startup category, it's clear that e-commerce… read more

A Dream About Augmented Reality Fiction

February 14 2010

Last night I dreamed that one of my authors (no name or face that I can recall - one of the phantasms created by the half-waking imagination) had sold me rights to a novel he'd written, and was eager for me to publish it as an ebook. It turned out… read more

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Webcast: Tim O'Reilly and Jim Stogdill Explore Software / Hardware / Everywhere
March 12, 2014
Join Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, and Jim Stogdill, who leads O'Reilly's Solid, in a live-streamed conversation about the current state of the convergence of hardware and software, what this means beyond the Internet of Things, new...

Best of Strata Rx 2012: Disruptors: What Healthcare Will Look Like In 2020
June 28, 2013
This is an exclusive panel discussion with Tim O'Reilly, DJ Patill, John Mattison, and Benjamin West recorded live from Strata Rx 2012.

Webcast: Points of Control: The Battle for the Internet Economy
October 27, 2010
John Battelle and Tim O'Reilly will debate and discuss these shifting points of control as the board becomes increasingly crowded. They'll map critical inflection points and identify key players who are clashing to control services and infrastructure...

Webcast: What is Gov 2.0?
May 11, 2010
What is the open government revolution and why should technologists care about it? Join Tim O'Reilly, O'Reilly Media founder and CEO, for a discussion about improving efficiency and transparency in government, citizen-government collaboration, and government...

Webcast: Web 2.0 Expo Preview
April 22, 2010

Webcast: Web Squared
June 25, 2009
As we approach the six-year mark from the original Web 2.0 thesis, the trends are becoming clearer than ever. Tim O'Reilly, CEO and Founder of O'Reilly Media, and John Battelle, Founder and Chairman of Federated Media Publishing will present the trends...

Webcast: Twitter Power Tips
May 21, 2009
In this webcast, Tim O'Reilly and Sarah Milstein, Twitter experts and coauthors of the The Twitter Book, will show you how to use Twitter more effectively, whether you're on the site for personal socializing or to meet business goals.

Inside Google+: Bradley Horowitz talks with Tim O'Reilly
August 23, 2011
Google is famously driven by data. Until Google+ that data was about web pages, places and news. Now that Google has added people to the mix, how will they use this data? In a conversation with Tim O'Reilly, Bradley Horowitz (Google's VP of Product Management...

Webcast: Tim O'Reilly and Dave Campbell Explore How to Accelerate Insights from Data
May 14, 2012
Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, talks with Microsoft Technical Fellow Dave Campbell about new tools for data.

"If you have any doubts as to how all the medical data you generate can help you down the road, this will get you thinking in a different direction."
--Thomas Duff, Duffbert's Random Musings

"All in all, The Twitter Book is filled with information on Twitter. It's a terrific resource. I highly recommend it to everyone, whether a serious user or a Twitter newbie. Then it's up to you to decide how much you want to be involved."
--Mark Bazrod, MLMUG.org

"No matter how well you think you understand Twitter, you should have The Twitter Book on your bookshelf. It opens your eyes to new information and is a handy reference book for things you already know. Every Twitter account should come with a copy of The Twitter Book!"
--Jodi Webb, San Francisco Book Review

"The book will appeal to anyone who has never used Twitter whilst still satisfying the long-time experienced or business user."
--Mark Greentree

"Whether you're new to Twitter or have been using it for a while, you will definitely find useful information to help you streamline what you're doing and increase your reach. The book is very easy to follow even for those of use who are not technical gurus. The book walks you through Twitter from the very basic new user to a more advanced business user. You need this resource!"
--Confessions of an Overworked Mom, Blogcritics

"...one of the best instructional paperbacks on the market to get you up and running... They are patient, friendly, witty and utterly knowledgeable. You’ll be tweeting and retweeting in no time."
--Tim Boxer, 15 Minutes Magazine

"It's easy to understand, provides lots of examples, and clears up the jargon which surrounds twitter. If you're a late adopter, unsure of web 2.0 technology, this book is for you."
--Tim Lepczyk, Digital Dunes

"If you're interested in social networking for personal, blog or business use, I highly recommend this book. If you just want to understand the Tweeting hype, I highly recommend this book. And if you want to know how those blasted hashtags come into play, I definitely recommend this book. :)"
--Amanda Howell, Fiery-Reviews

"...appropriate for those you're trying to convince that Twitter is all the rage. The book reads like a beginner's how-to guide, which means you could even use it as a subtle way to encourage less than stellar Twitter users to improve their Twittering ways."
--Jennifer Van Grove, Mashable.com

"This is one of the better books I’ve read this year, and it’s absolutely worth adding to your shelf."
--Jim Holmes, FrazzledDad

"O'Reilly's practical, easy-to-follow, user-friendly guide, filled with colorful, informative insets makes a novice user into an expert within a short period. Or as Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos writes, "...O'Reilly has put together a great, comprehensive primer. If you're ready to dive into the world of Twitter, I highly recommend this book!" And so do I."
--Gail Welborn, Seattle Examiner

"Brilliant! Buy it! You'll use it immediately. It’s is an absolute corker, as we say here in these southern parts, meaning that it’s the dogs (Londoners will know what I mean). You could also take it to mean that you would be a mug (or ‘muggins’) to not pick up a copy. You will learn something immediately from it, just by flicking through its pages while you are waiting at the checkout..."
--Lee Hopkins, Better Communication Results

"...if you are looking for a brief fiction break, or need a new handbook for your maximizing your Twitter tweets, definitely check this book out! "
--GMR, Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

"Suffice to say that any detail you need to know is available in this handy, easy to use reference...I’d recommend this book to anyone hesitant to try Twitter because it seems overwhelming and current “tweeps” who would like to pick up some tips from the pros. "
--Miriam Salpeter, Keppie Careers

"Pick up a copy if have not already. "
--Bill Ives, Portals and KM

"Every question you might have about what Twitter is and how to use it has been answered in O’Reilly press’ timely new The Twitter Book."
--Jonathon Howard, Sacramento Book Review

"The best things about the book are the practical suggestions and recommendations regarding its use, for personal pleasure and communications with friends and family, and for learning how to make new friends and contacts...Overall, this was a surprisingly enjoyable reading activity."
--John Suda, iTunes

"It may not be written in 140-character chunks, but it is easy reading and manages to pack in all kinds of information of interest to Twitter virgins and aficionados alike. "
--Tom Simonite, New Scientist Magazine, issue 2718

"The book itself was great, and more than up to the high standards I expect from an O’Reilly book. It does an excellent job of detailing what Twitter is...Overall this was a great read and reading it on the iPhone turned out to be better than I had expected and would read more books this way. If you’re looking to learn more about Twitter I highly recommend, and if you have an iPhone you might want to give the app version a try too."
--Joe, joedag32

"The book is well-written and an easy read, and you'll likely find that it takes just a couple of hours to go cover to cover...a very worthwhile read, even for casual Twitterers. If you've been tweeting for awhile and scoff at the idea of a whole book being devoted to Twitter, then you are exactly the type of person to benefit the most by reading it."
--Dan Watts, GigaMegaBlog