I just completed my Christmas shopping, of which about 75 percent was done online, most of that with Amazon. Books, DVDs and music CDs were staples, but I also bought a camera, a computer and a backpack. And, of course, I always play Santa for myself, this year securing four books for the holidays and the start of 2011.

I get my money's worth from Amazon Prime, generally purchasing a batch of books every other month. Many of the volumes are business and technology related, probably half on BI and analytics with R. Two of the recent R purchases I'd especially recommend as last minute stocking stuffers for geeky analytics friends.

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