The book Nightwork is about the history of hacking at MIT. Before the term hacking became associated with computers, MIT undergraduates used it to describe any activity that took their minds off studying, suggested an unusual solution to a technical problem, or generally fostered nondestructive mischief.
I have been thinking up an idea for a little nondestructive mischief. Amazon has a ranking for all their books. The first bestselling book, second bestselling book, etc... For example, the Nightwork book mentioned above is ranked 16,879. (At least is was when I wrote this) Books in the top 100,000 Amazon must sell a few copies everyday because a friend of mine that sells books through Amazon has noticed that books with a ranking of 100,000 or less sell relatively quickly. What I thought would be an interesting bit of hacking would be to select some book on Amazon that has a ranking of more than 100,000 and by sheer word of mouth, blogs, and email move the book down to the top 100 on Amazon. One thing that would make this more interesting is to select an interesting book to try this on. Anybody have any suggestions of a book that is ranked higher than 100,000 that has some unique qualities that would make it appropriate for an experiment like this?