Santa Monica, CA (PressExposure) March 10, 2011 -- LaPuerta Books and Media today announced that How to Lie with Charts, a live interactive seminar based on the popular book by Gerald Everett Jones, is now available as Video on Demand (VOD) from Amazon Instant Video. VOD titles are sold for rental or for purchase and are viewable online or can be downloaded to a set-top video player or compatible portable device. The 46-minute seminar continues to be available in DVD and format, also from Amazon. The book can be purchased from booksellers in trade paperback and Adobe PDF e-book formats.
According to LaPuerta marketing director David Drum, "Gerald's been doing seminars for corporate clients based on this book, which over the years has become a kind of chartmaking bible for b-school students."
Jones's classic book about clarity and honesty in visual reporting was first published by Sybex in 1995, and it and has been a consistently strong seller ever since. It's been accepted as the definitive work on the topic, and it's been adopted as courseware by college-level academic institutions. Adoptions include courses in statistics, visualization of mathematics, and business management.
Several sample video clips from the DVD are available for free viewing on YouTube: "Part 1: 3D Bars and Perspective" (2:20 min.), "Part 2: Golfers Lie with Statistics" (6:10 min.), "Part 3: Cartesian Coordinates and Mercator Mistakes" (7:32 min.), and "Part 4: Six Dumb Mistakes" (3:10 min.).
Amazon Instant Video offerings, which include feature films as well as documentary and instructional videos include these viewing options: Mac or PC viewing online, Windows PC download, TiVO DVR, Sony Bravia Internet Video, Roku player, as well as a variety of portable devices, including MP3 players from Coby, Ematic, Philips, and SanDisk.
Last year, LaPuerta released a companion DVD, How to Lie with Charts - Advice for Investors and Analysts - DVD Training Video. The edited seminar session runs 45 minutes, including Jones's live presentation with more than 100 example slides. The DVD also contains a separate 3-minute bonus video that recaps his "Golden Rules" for the honest chartmaker. LaPuerta intends to release a downloadable streaming version of the seminar soon through Amazon Video on Demand (VOD) for rental or for purchase.