the best intro book for any topic: a website

Here’s a cool little website (thanks to for the link) that lets you search for and discover intro books for any topic:

It’s a simple idea, easy to use. I tested it with several topics, and the results were decent. It does best with general topics. So keep that in mind if you happen to be exploring very broad species of book subjects, such as “philosophy” and not so much for something more specific such as “existentialism.”

The random book option is a nifty way to discover new books and topics.

You can browse the library of topics here.


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