It’s currently somewhere in the negative-whatever temperatures in Minnesota, as if the number even matters when you drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, let alone below zero. It’s cold—nevermind the number.

It’s also a New Year, which means that people have set resolutions, many of which tend to be regulated by numerical goals: Lose five pounds, save an extra thousand for that trip to Costa Rica, read one book every two weeks. Ditch these digits now—they’ll be out the window by February 1^{st}, anyway.

We assign such vague, often unfounded meaning to certain numbers in our daily lives. Why is that? How did we decide that two weeks is a meaningful timeframe in which to read one book? Why is it always five pounds and not 11.3? These “normal” numbers to which we assign meaning are often, in fact, meaningless.

The numbers that are important, that catch our eyes, are often the extraordinary, even unimaginable numbers. The numbers so big, so strange, that we can’t always realize the meaning that they represent. Now, whether I’m paid (in a number!) to say this or not, myON maintains some pretty impressive numbers.

- The total number of books on the myON platform currently is 5,887.
- The total number of Capstone books included in this is 3,800.
- The total number of titles from third-party publishers is 2,087.
- The total number of users on myON is 3,287,690.
- The total number of books read is 4,234,998.
- The total time spent reading on myON is 108 years, 82 days, which equates to 59,502.
**What happened 108 years ago? Albert Einstein formulated E=mc^2. Marinate on that for a myON minute.**

I’d say our numbers are more interesting than those nagging five pounds. And, honestly, if you’re not reading at this level, why bother with that one book every two weeks? Take a note from the myON users: you’re doing nothing unless you’re doing it by the millions.

myON by the numbers inspired me to go for my reading resolution!

Posted by: Karon | January 10, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Those numbers are VERY IMPRESSIVE!

The fact that those numbers were accumulated since July 1, 2013 - IS TRULY REMARKABLE!

Posted by: Lynn Walker | January 9, 2014 at 08:38 AM