A bird's view

Here are some examples of questions you can now quickly answer using infloox. They are listed in approximate order of complexity.

  • What were Napoleon's favourite books? *
  • What books had a strong impact on Albert Einstein when he was a child? *
  • What have been Britney Spears' favourite books? *
  • What are the books that influenced Bill Clinton the most during his life? *
  • What was the single most important literary (or poetic) influence on the song Yellow Submarine by the Beatles? *
  • What books did William Shakespeare have to learn by heart in school?
  • What is the infloox computer-generated ranking of the world's most influential books of all times, given thousands of data points?
  • Which books seem recurrently to be a strong influence on business tycoons and on the way they think?
  • What are the books against which specific revolutionaries (like Karl Marx or Josef Stalin) negatively reacted to?
  • Which science-fiction novels had a strong influence on the movie and TV-series Star Trek*
  • Who are the most prominent readers of Oscar Wilde's works in general?
  • I'm thinking of reading Oscar Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray. Who are past prominent readers of this book?
  • Who are the most prominent South-American readers of Oscar Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray?
  • Which South-American novelists loved Oscar Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray?
  • Which South-American novelists (who lived after 1930) were strongly influenced by Homer's Odyssey?
  • I'm thinking of buying my young daughter the book Moby Dick for her birthday. Which famous people are said to have adored that book when they themselves were children*
  • My daughter finished reading Moby Dick and she loved it. I'm thinking of buying her a book of similar style. What are the books that Moby Dick's author (Melville) inspired himself from when writing this story? If Melville inspired himself from these other books, I'd imagine my daughter would also enjoy read those.
  • What are the favourite books of students at Harvard University in general?
  • What are the favourite books of Harvard students between 1800 and 1850?
  • What are the favourite books of Harvard law-school students between 1800 and 1850?
  • What is the infloox computer-generated aggregate list of favourite books (in order of strength of influence) of all the members of Virginia Woolf's Bloomsbury Group?
  • What is the infloox computer-generated aggregate list of favourite books (in order of strength of influence) of all the members of the so-called “Romantic movement”?
  • What is the infloox computer-generated aggregate list of favourite books (in order of strength of influence) of all the members of the so-called “Romantic movement” within France and, particularly, within the community of painters and sculptors?
  • What seem to be the required readings, or standard textbooks of most economists — especially while they were in university?
  • What seem to be the required readings, or standard textbooks of most economists before 1900?
  • What seem to be the required readings, or standard textbooks of most economists before 1900, but specifically within France?

* Note: to the best of our knowledge. We exercised reasonably good effort to research, analyze and input all these data and answers. We tried to use sources that we consider reliable, impartial, non-partisan and, generally, of good quality, and we made it a point always to indicate them, that is, to identify their origin. In all those cases where different sources provided different information, we exercised editorial judgment. None of the lists necessarily correspond to the actual truth, but rather, they represent the result of our best research efforts to date. None of the famous persons still alive today (or who died in the last 75 years) endorsed any of the books included in our lists. Moreover, none of the lists we publish on this website claim to be exhaustive, but rather are a temporary result of gradually improving data, research, and of a gradually increasing number of data points. These lists may change over time to converge towards as reliable results as possible. Infloox is not responsible for any errors or omissions made in displaying the answers to visitors' queries.