Editor’s Note: Every Friday, I post a Simple Living News Update that includes links to some of my favorite articles of the week. In addition to the update, I answer a reader question via video.
Anne sent me an email earlier this week and asked:
How can I pair down my very large library?
Here’s my response . . .
For those of you who can’t watch the video, read: How to Create a Minimalist Library. Last year, I wrote the article for AOL.
Now onto the news . . .
“Amanda Hocking is 26 years old. She has 9 self-published books to her name, and sells 100,000+ copies of those ebooks per month. She has never been traditionally published. This is her blog. And it’s no stretch to say – at $3 per book1/70% per sale for the Kindle store – that she makes a lot of money from her monthly book sales. (Perhaps more importantly: a publisher on the private Reading2.0 mailing list has said, to effect: there is no traditional publisher in the world right now that can offer Amanda Hocking terms that are better than what she’s currently getting, right now on the Kindle store, all on her own.)”
“The human habit of overestimating other people’s happiness is nothing new, of course . . . But social networking may be making this tendency worse. Jordan’s research doesn’t look at Facebook explicitly, but if his conclusions are correct, it follows that the site would have a special power to make us sadder and lonelier. By showcasing the most witty, joyful, bullet-pointed versions of people’s lives, and inviting constant comparisons in which we tend to see ourselves as the losers, Facebook appears to exploit an Achilles’ heel of human nature.”
“The average size of the American home expanded from 983 square feet in 1950 to 2,340 square feet in 2004, up 140 percent. This boom was largely driven by a belief that living big meant living well, and that real estate was a great investment so the bigger the house the better the investment.”
“When I focus on creating an improved digital version of me, I find those qualities actually start to carry over into my physical self.
This is so important for relationships, too. The people you surround yourself with online and offline are who you will end up like. Don’t leave this to chance; be mindful of the friends you keep.”
- Check out the interview I did with Coach Radio: Downsize & Build a Biz.
- Dr. Simon Ussher, from The Simplicity Institute, is working on a cool research project about simple living. He wrote me last week and said:
“The Simplicity Institute’s current research project is to undertake a multi-national sociological examination of those individuals and communities around the world who are voluntarily embracing ‘post-consumerist’ lifestyles of reduced or restrained income and consumption. In other words, we are examining the lifestyles sometimes labeled ‘voluntary simplicity,’ ‘simple living,’ ‘downshifting,’ ‘post-materialist,’ etc.”
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