1. What's the purpose? 

We shape inspiring people by sharing the books that shaped inspiring people. 

2. What’s the slogan?

3 Books is the world’s only podcast by and for book lovers, writers, makers, sellers … and librarians.

3. What are the values?

See our Values page. 

4. What’s the format?

We are publishing 333 chapters for 1000 books total. 

In each chapter we uncover and discuss the three most formative books of an inspiring individual. 

5. How can I listen?

You can listen on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play, Overcast, Spotify, Youtube or Stitcher

6. What is the publishing schedule?

We publish on the Lunar Calendar.

Chapter 1 was published on the full moon at 8:36AM on March 31, 2018.

New chapters are published every new moon and full moon until Chapter 333 is published at 5:52AM on September 1, 2031. 

To check when our next chapter is coming out ... look up to the sky. 

7. Why focus on books?

"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one." George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones

"Of all people only those are at leisure who make time for philosophy, only those are really alive. For they not only keep a good watch over their own lifetimes, but they annex every age to theirs." Seneca, On The Shortness Of Life

"If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads." Ralph Waldo Emerson

8. How can you do this without ads?

We do it without ads. That’s how we do it without ads.

9. Well, how can you be successful without ads?

Success is the letter we get in twenty years from the guy in Mongolia who says our show led to his becoming a passionate Creative Writing teacher leading an after-school book club. Success is the Grandma who leaves us a gravelly voicemail sharing how she was embarrassed to admit all she reads are YA books until she heard our show. Success is the fifth grader who emails us sharing how he used to hide his books in his locker until our show inspired him to start reading in the hallways at lunch.

10. Do you get your books for free from publishers? 

No, we buy our books to support book lovers, writers, makers, sellers ... and librarians. 

The links on The Top 1000 are affiliate links and this income subsidizes <10% of our book costs.

(We will adjust that percentage at least once a year as Affiliate income and book costs change.)

11. Why do you have a phone number?

We like listening to you, too.

Give us a call anytime at 1-833-READ-A-LOT.

For callers outside North America, dial 011 + your country code + our phone number.

12. Are all your interviews done live and in-person? 

Yes, we do all our interviews live and in-person.

We believe there is a unique human connection in live conversations which you can't get over Skype interviews. We believe you can also hear the difference between a conversation on a balcony overlooking the Pacific ocean, one in an open bookstore with phones ringing and customers walking by, and a formal sit-down chat in an author's writing studio in their home.  

13. Why does this podcast sound different? I really like / really hate it. 

We record our shows in a "two-ear" format which means that if you listen on headphones the guest comes out one ear... and Neil comes out the other. The idea is we're picturing you sitting on the couch between us and we'd like you to feel like you're right there.

If you don't like the sound, feel free to change the audio using this advice from one of our listeners.

1. Download Audacity

2. Go to http://threebooks.libsyn.com/

3. Click download link for individual episode

4. Upload to Audacity

5. Chose option "Split Stereo to Mono"

14. Who chooses the three most formative books for each guest?

The guests do.

We also have a secret tool which helps them pull the books out of their memories. Some use the tool and struggle for days or weeks to ultimately pick their three books. They dwell on them, they wonder about them, they change them after they submit. Others know in two minutes.

16. Who chooses the guests... and do you accept PR pitches? 

Neil... and no.

We don't accept pitches because one of our values is "In an era of infinite choice, the value of trusted curated lists skyrockets" and we want 3 Books to be a trusted curated list. 

17. How can I subscribe to 3 Books?

From Apple Podcasts: Click blue “View in iTunes" button, click "Subscribe" 

From iPhone: Click purple Podcasts button (Or search for "Podcasts" if you can't find it.), search for "3 Books with Neil Pasricha", click logo, click “Subscribe”

From Stitcher: Search "3 Books with Neil Pasricha", click "Subscribe" on the show page

From Youtube: Search "Neil Pasricha" on Youtube or click here, click “Subscribe”

18. How do I rate or review 3 Books?

From Apple Podcasts: Click "3 Books with Neil Pasricha", click "Ratings and Reviews", click "Write a Review" 

From iPhone: Click purple Podcasts button (Or search for "Podcasts" if you can't find it.), search for "3 Books with Neil Pasricha", click the 3 Books logo, scroll down until you see "Ratings & Reviews", click "write a review" 

19. Who composed the music for 3 Books?

It was the incredible Roberto Ercoli.

20. What are the two clubs for 3 Books?

The first is The End of the Podcast Club which takes places after a long pause at the end of each Chapter. This is the club where we talk directly to each other and play your voicemails, read your notes, and highlight the word of the chapter.

The second is the secret club. How do you get on that club? Well, if we told you, it wouldn’t be secret anymore. Listen for clues throughout the show. Only the hardest of hardcore 3 Books fans will make it into this club.

21. I’ve noticed some Chapters of 3 Books end with the guest giving a “wordcloud” before the Word of the Chapter is revealed where 5-10 words are mentioned. Which chapters do this and why?

Yes! Nearly every chapter of 3 Books ends with a “Word of the Chapter” where we highlight a word that was unique or interesting. When a guest happens to use a lot of big words we give them a “wordcloud” where a little aural tapestry of their words are presented. Chapters that include wordclouds are: Chapter 14 with Rich Gibbons, Chapter 24 with Jonathan Fields, Chapter 27 with Robin Goodfellow, Chapter 29 with Michael Harris, Chapter 33 with Raj Haldar, Chapter 35 with Jen Agg, and Chapter 37 with Malcolm Gladwell.

22. I noticed on one chapter Neil mentioned a guest tried to pick a book that was already picked in The Top 1000. Can you share a list of every time this has happened and which books?

Yes! We will begin tracking this here:

Chapter 19 - Chip Wilson - Wanted to pick #921 Atlas Shrugged and #937 The Fountainhead

23. Why do you have a final FAQ question all the way at the bottom here with no real point?

Just so we could say thank you for reading this entire FAQ.

Our favorite kinds of people in the world read the entire FAQ, the Acknowledgements at the end of the book, and the back of the shampoo bottle. 

Thank you for being you.