Most folks have heard about Netflix, an internet video streaming website for users to be able to watch movies, TV shows, documentaries, etc. What about reading books, though. We have also heard about the Nook or Amazon Fire. But what if you want to have a service like Netflix for your books? (I’ve never used Amazon Fire, so I will stick with the Nook here.) The Nook has free books you can download, but often, I find them to be not very well written. The solution I found was Oyster. This is an app for i-Devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod). The fee for unlimited books is $9.99/month. It has more than 500,000 titles including many best-sellers to choose from including Stephen King, Dan Brown, John Irving, etc.
I am currently reading Stephen King’s 11/22/63, but I have several more books on my reading list. I have been able to find several math-related books. Here is a list (in no particular order) of the ones I have added to my reading list:
- A Mathematician Plays the Stock Market – John Allen Paulos
- Mathematics for the Nonmathematician – Morris Kline
- The Physics of Wall Street – James Owen Weatherall
- In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World – Ian Stewart
- The Joy of X – Steven Strogatz
- The Mathematics of Life – Ian Stewart
- A Mathematician’s Lament – Paul Lockhart
- The Great Feuds in Mathematics: Ten of the Liveliest Disputes Ever – Hal Hellman
If you are an Oyster user, what math books have you found? If you are not yet an Oyster user, you can try a free trial. Let me know what you think about it and what you find!