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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Philip M Parker

I came across Philip M Parker while digging into the "amazon oddities" tag on Amazon.com

What Philip M Parker has done is find a way to generate books based on databases. The books are targeted at the long-tail, and include irresistible titles like:

The 2009-2014 Outlook for Wood Toilet Seats in Greater China

He has 107,000 titles on Amazon.com - I would be fascinated to see how many sales he makes.

What about The 2007-2012 Outlook for Smoothies in the United States - that sounds fascinating! Have executives at Jamba Juice bought that one?

This mashup approach seems to be similar to what blockshopper.com is doing with press releases. Taking a feed of rel estate transactions, and concocting a press release by adding in information from linkedin, and other sites.

1 comment:

Alan said...

The comments in Amazon are hilarious. Check this out:

NEWS FLASH FLASH!!!!! If you have been mesmerized by the character development in the two previously published works, be sure to read the just released prequil, The 2007-2012 Outlook for Wood Toilet Seats in Greater China The 2007-2012 Outlook for Wood Toilet Seats in Greater China. It is here that Philip Parker unrolls the dramatic events of the early life of the little humble peasant boy WingSit, the noble but driven hero of the series. What motivated WinSit to overcome the brutal hardships of his early years to become the world's greatest wood toilet seat carver? Surely the suffering imposed by his brutal wet nurse GoGoMe caused WingSit's stuttering and facial ticks but it is not until the mid point in this work does the reader learn of the scars to his chest and back and deep psychic damage suffered during enforced dodgeball tournaments in kindergarden. One of the most loved and memorable characters in the two previous works is WongBo the aged and sage Master Teacher of toilet seat carving who WingSit loves yet competes with and ultimately surpases. In heart rending detail, Parker describes how little, stuttering WingSit is found wandering the narrow streets and lifted out of the squalor by the 25 year old WongBo then just setting out on his own as a journeyman toilet seat carver. I don't want to give away too much of the plot line. It is mesmerizing! One complaint is that the characters of Arabella the sexy statistician and Jeremiah the ardant social scientist are not introduced here. Perhaps there is another prequil in the works?