Friday, January 24, 2020

'How Charts Lie': a few edits to the first print edition

If you read the first print edition of How Charts Lie you may notice a few printing and layout errors. These should have been corrected in the e-book and the audiobook already. If you detect anything that looks strange other than these, please let me know.

Also, I've printed out cards containing these edits. If you want to receive one and keep it inside your copy of the print book, contact me.

(Update 01/08/2020: you can now download all figures from the book in high resolution and in two different color schemes.)

Here are the corrections:

On page 24 the transparency effects that should emphasize or hide parts of the charts disappeared between the galleys—where the graphic was perfect—and the final printing. Mysteries. Here's how that graphic should look like:


On page 45 the line corresponding to the United States didn't show when printed. Here's the real graphic:


There's a minor issue with the gradient on the second bar of the chart on page 142: it doesn't fade to white for some reason. It should look like this:



A chart on page 116 is slightly misplaced.

On page 92 there's a needless “is” in a sentence that should read “Unless a crime is premeditated...” On page 104 there's an “s” missing at the end of “assess” (this one made me giggle.) At the bottom of page 128 there's an “as” missing before “Assange”. And on page 157 there's a tiny label that should read MS instead of MI. The last label on the Y-scale of the chart on page 172 should read “600” instead of “490”.

On page 44, where it says “people became richer or poorer” or “people in those countries contaminated more or less,” I think I'll add “on average” just in case, as these are per capita numbers.