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The presidential library: 10 books Trump recommended this year

The president has endorsed at least a dozen books this year – despite claiming he ‘doesn’t have the time’ to read – and they all have one thing in common. When it comes to reading books, Donald Trump has protested: “I don’t have the time.” Nonetheless, the president has made at least a dozen personal […]

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Find out where your country ranks for education.

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students. In 2015 over half a million students, representing 28 million 15-year-olds in 72 countries and economies, took the internationally agreed two-hour test. Students were assessed in science, […]

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PDF’s of puzzles, picture ebooks for children, etc.

I’ve finally published all my puzzle ebooks, picture ebooks for children, fiction and nonfiction ebooks in PDF. Brother, did that take a while. Sheesh! All my picture ebooks for children have an Appendix with large black and white graphics of characters in each story so you can print them out for coloring by your child […]

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How do you decide to buy a book or ebook?

Recently I’ve read a number of articles and posts by authors, cover designers, book publishers which, when taken together, suggest readers only buy ebooks/books with great covers, readers only buy ebooks/books because the sample content is great and could care less about how the cover looks, readers only buy books/ebooks because of great reviews, readers […]

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Death and reading quote

12.00 Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it. (P.J. O’rourke) 0

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Parents, Children, Libraries, and Reading

Parents of minor children have a special relationship with libraries. Most believe libraries are very important for their children and provide extra resources that are not available at home. Parents are also more likely than other adults to use libraries for services ranging from book borrowing to accessing the internet to attending classes and events […]

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Younger Americans’ Reading and Library Habits

The Pew Internet & American Life Project released a new report titled Younger Americans’ Reading and Library Habits which took a special look at readers between the ages of 16 and 29 because interest in them is especially high in the library world and the publishing world. As a publisher of ebooks I found the […]

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Credit card companies want to censor what you read.

UPDATE: On March 13, 2011 PayPal modified their policies to allow legal fiction. Thanks to everyone who supported the rights of authors, publishers, and readers. Credit card companies and/or financial institutions are telling PayPal and Smashwords authors what they can write and what readers can read. PayPal told Smashwords that their crackdown on erotic fiction […]

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Christmas Tree for Santa & Icky Foods; 2 new ebooks for children.

I’ve published two new ebooks for children. Both contain color pictures as well as large black and white pictures, which can be printed out for children to color, at the end of the ebook. You may view a free sample of any of my ebooks by visiting Smashwords. (Link opens in new window) A Christmas […]

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Thelma and Ziggy

My latest ebook for children is now out, and is titled “Thelma and Ziggy”. The sub-title is “The butterfly who couldn’t keep her mouth shut.” Thelma and Ziggy is an entertaining and educational color picture book with lots of large black and white pictures for children to color. Thelma Sludge is a rather plain-looking butterfly […]