May 19, 2022

Visualization: "Information is Beautiful on the Books Everyone Must Read

Information visualization expert, David McCandless, has posted on The Guardian web site a word cloud (a “consensus cloud” to be precise) showing what he found during his research. How was the list developed?

From The Guardian:

I scraped the results of over 15 notable book polls, readers surveys and top 100’s. Both popular and high-brow. They included all Pulitzer Prize winners, Desert Island Discs choices from recent years, Oprah’s Bookclub list, and, of course, The Guardian’s Top 100 Books of All Time. A simple frequency analysis on the gathered titles gives us a neat ‘consensus cloud’ visualisation of the most mentioned books titles across the polls.

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More superb visualizations and more on Information is Beautiful from David McCandless

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.