A few months back I was looking for good books, and to me good books have two characteristics (1) They are about law and politics (2) They were written before the Fed came into existence - ie more than 100 years ago. To learn other things like math, I watch youtube and buy the book the prof is using. For things not so deep, I just watch youtube.
I have always been of the opinion that the place to find good books is on the web, not the library or bookstore. So I had been reading theoretical jurisprudence from PDF's I downloaded on my seven inch reader. It requires that I use landscape mode and scroll down as I read. The scrolling down is a pain in the ass so I got a ten inch. Now I can download PDF's for free, stick them on my reader and its actually better than having printed versions for the matter I am currently reading.
Philosophy books can't be read this way because if you are seriously reading philosophy, you have pen in hand and are making margin notes, on every page. Its possible to do this on a reader but difficult and cumbersome. Fortunately books on Jurisprudence are relatively simple and all say basically the same thing. Law is a science, not an art or the product of an imagination or desire.
If we all knew more about law we could have better debates about politics. Everyone would understand what common law really is and would be as afraid of losing it as I am. The law administrators have not killed it yet. Its cheap and easy to learn about this. Every book on law is good, each good for its own reason. I ripped through about 4 of these in the past few months. If I read and do not quite get the concept, I just read on knowing it will be explained better in another one.
Its a great way of learning the truth in things and what the law really is, as well as how the realities of law are being hidden from us. An understanding of law is critical for understanding society. I get my books of Google and stick them onto my Acer 10 inch that I bought used for $120.00.
Books that are still available today after one hundred years are going to be very good books. Of all the books you see at a bookstore at any time, how many will be in print a hundred years from now? I think maybe a couple of books by Raulston Saul (Voltaires Bastards), Chomsky, Hitchens (maybe) and a few others but the "popular" easy books will all be forgotten. The books on science will be laughed at IMO -if not completely forgotten, especially the multi-dimensional universe kind of stuff and of course AGW and vaccine science.
What does everyone else read and how do they do it?