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Category Archives: Books

Pick Book Formatting Service

If you are searching over the internet for a book formatting service and find one, by simply looking at the appearance of the site, you can tell if it’s reliable. You can also check if there’s a testimonial page. Find out if there are authors who used the website’s service.

Search the website’s name and check if there are reviews and community thread that talks about the book formatting service. If you can find one, you can join the thread and ask some questions.

If the site has positive reviews, then it’s time for you to contact if there are available phone number or fill in the contact form. An active website should answer your call right away or your email. If not then you can try another. This is a tedious procedure but it’s worth a try.

Your manuscript deserves a good and quality book formatting that’s why choosing the right person is very important. Don’t just look for the cost. Sometimes when you opt for a low-cost, the quality is sacrificed.

The right book formatting service should communicate from time to time. Online book formatting service is sometimes risky because you can’t see the person who is working on your book. That’s why trust and reliability is a must.

If you ask for a quote for your book, don’t give right away. Make sure that they communicate well and you can contact them anytime. Fast turnaround of the response is another thing to consider.

If you are satisfied with the quotation then it’s time for you to send your manuscript. Make sure to specify what you want your book to look like. You can tell them what font style to use – the overall look. Or you can just let the book formatter do the design.

Make sure also to tell the details of the book size, where do you want to publish (CreateSpace, Lightning Source, Lulu etc). Online publishing companies have different guidelines and specifications so it is necessary to inform your book formatter.

Important Book to Read

Health Care Today

The beauty and challenge of health care today is that much can be done to prolong life. This is tremendous when cancer can be treated or the development of heart disease can be slowed. I am grateful for these options and have experienced the benefits with my own family and friends.

I also consider, however, the choices we make when we are unsure of the benefits vs. the risks. I have had family and friends who experienced treatments for disease that at best prolonged their life for a short time; but those last days, weeks and months were painful for both the individual and the family.

Questions to ask

How do we make decisions about how we want our last years of life to be? There are two types of situations that Dr. Gawande confronts in his book: individuals healthy but growing older and those with chronic illness.

  • If you are relatively healthy but aren’t able to live in your own home anymore, what would you want your living situation to be?
  • In reality, would living with family work for the parent or the child? What are the logistics for taking care of an elderly parent? Is your home and lifestyle set up to allow for that?
  • What are the priorities for you that make life worth living?

In Being Mortal we are introduced to one individual whose simple desire is to be able to eat ice cream and watch football. Another, who wants to live in a place where he can still make his own choices about how he chooses to live. These may seem like simple things, but often are not considered if the questions aren’t asked.

If you are facing a serious disease condition, there are different decisions to be made. And those decisions will vary tremendously, depending on age, place in life, or spiritual beliefs.

  • At what point is the treatment worth the risk?
  • How many weeks/months/years will it prolong my life?
  • What will be the challenges throughout the treatment? How will this affect the patient and the family?

Again, Being Mortal introduces us to families of both young and old who have had to make difficult decisions on when to forgo treatment to enjoy the last days, weeks or months of life to the best of their ability.

There are many questions to be asked and answered, some of which can be prepared for long before it becomes necessary. An advanced directive or living will may facilitate that process.

The Importance of an Advanced Directive

An advanced directive allows you to put in writing what your wishes are for end of life care. This document will only be put into effect if you are unable (determined by two physicians) to make medical decisions for yourself. This is a good place to start – requiring you to think about it before you NEED to think about it. To create an advanced directive (living will).

Why is it important to create an advanced directive? Your decisions about end of life care are important. But, also how it affects your family is important too. Will the decisions you make, or is not having made any decisions prior to the need for them going to make it easier or more painful for your family?

Reading Books Affects Your Life

In today’s world there are many things to preoccupy our time. Many people, especially kids, spend far too much time on the computer. Kids age 8-18 spend on average 44.5 hours per week on the computer. To put it in perspective, most adults don’t work that many hours a week. The person will become what the mind dwells upon. I am sure the majority of the time kids spend online is not on educational sites that help develop the mind. Some of these places are dark places to go, and others are just games used to entertain and pass the time.

Life is too short, let’s fill our minds with knowledge, education, and history. There are so many books available, on various subjects, that there is no reason not to spend time reading. Reading some of the best books ever written can affect your life tremendously, and conversely, reading books not worth reading can affect you in a poor way. How many self-help books does the average person read in a year? When you listen to some of the most successful people in the world share how they spend their time, they will tell you about the books that they read. As they say, “If you want to be successful, do what successful people do.”

If you are a successful executive or business owner, you probably already read your fair share of books. Most of the people reading this article probably enjoy reading and read whenever they can. Reading affects the mind and how one thinks. It affects the body as well as the brain. It could have a calming effect, as well as an exciting, exhilarating result. It could help sprout ideas, as well as making one think and really use the mind. It is probably the number one activity, besides walking, that everyone should be encouraged to do to live a long and healthy life.

Don’t stop at one book and say that is it for a while, but be encouraged to read more and more. In fact after reading a good book, that is when it is best to start on another one. Many people read two, three, or more books at once. If you want more out of life, read more books. If you really want much more out of life, read really good books, the best books you can find. There are many to choose from.

Get Free New Books

Bookboon.com:

This is another great website for downloading books with just a simple click. Majority of the books on this site are about improving skills and studying and the advantage is that you can download all books in a certain category through a simple click. You might however need to sign up for newsletters to manage downloading the books. Those looking for excellent college books will find the site quite helpful.

Manybooks.net:

It has large book volumes that are grouped in recommendations, genres and popularity to make it easier for you to find the most appropriate books for your use. By looking at the reviews that are given by other readers, you are able to book one. You are also at liberty to leave your review for debatable narratives. Every book on the website comes with complete data, hence it is very easy to make a decision amongst the many choices that you have.

On free-ebooks.net:

The interface is the most striking feature of this website. It is designed to offer a pleasant experience with the search for the perfect books. It also offers detailed information on every literature piece that it has to offer. Neophyte writers will find the website a great place to start with creating a book and getting it popular within a short period of time. You are required to register to get access or buy the books that you are interested in.

Gutenberg.org:

The ease of navigation offered by the website is perhaps what makes it stand out. The site map is very convenient for all users and it comes with a number of different options for book downloads. You will find anything from free kindle books, DVD and CD projects and audio books. It is the perfect site for devoted readers who do not care much about the details.

Discover the Greatest Books Ever Written

At the top of the list has to be the Bible. How many people do you know that actually read their Bible consistently? It is filled with the history of the world, and actually has information about our past, present and future. You can read it over and over again and each time, learn something new and inspiring.

Used book stores. There are multiple reasons to peruse through used book stores. Many times you will find books that are out of date, and cannot be found anywhere else. It may not be the latest or greatest, but it could become a valued book that you will treasure for a long time.

Sometimes libraries or other organizations will hold book sales. You may find yourself walking out carrying many books and paying pennies on the dollar. At these type of sales there is always an excitement in the air. There are usually many books to choose from and they are ridiculously inexpensive.

Traditional bookstores are still around, although unfortunately the number is dwindling. You will pay top dollar, unless you are buying something on sale, but you will find the latest books available. There are many to choose from, and bookstores are still an exciting place to visit. Some even have seats where you can sit down and read.

You never know what you will find at a garage sale or a flea market. People don’t normally shop these venues specifically for books, but you may find something special. That goes for music also. The book lover is always on the lookout, and a garage sale or flea market may hold that next great read.

And the last, but certainly not the least good place to find great books, is the internet. When we think about buying books on the internet, the first place we think of is Amazon. That is certainly the best place to buy new, as well as used books on the internet, but there are other places as well. There are many online bookstores and each one has its own appeal. There is even an online bookstore that only sells books that are self-published. That means that you would have a hard them finding them in a traditional bookstore, or even on Amazon. There are many great books, well written, very interesting, but are hard to find. With this latest information, your next greatest read may be just a click away.

Rufus Finds A Home

Rufus is full of energy and wants to play. He loves to chase sticks, go for long walks, and explore his surroundings. While Charlie would love to run around with his dog, the man has grown old and tired – he can’t play fetch with his dog now. The two sit by a tree on a beautiful fall day, as Charlie worries about his dog. Soon Charlie will be moving to his daughter’s house, and Rufus won’t be able to follow his owner to the new home. Charlie remembers many of the fun times the two shared, but his thoughts keep returning to his dog’s future. What will become of Rufus?

While the two friends sit quietly by the tree, a young boy comes up to Charlie. He asks the man about his dog – what’s his name, can he do any tricks – and Charlie’s face lights up. There’s nothing he loves better than talking about Rufus. Charlie tells Jimmy about the tricks Rufus can do, how the dog went to doggie school and was a star pupil, and how Rufus helps around the house. Jimmy is quickly joined by his sister Heather, and their mother, and all three are intrigued by the beautiful golden retriever.

As Charlie talks about his dog, Heather notices that he is quite sad.

“Then why are you sad?” asked the boy’s sister, Heather,
“A fine dog like Rufus should bring joy forever.”
“I know,” said the man, wiping tears from his eyes,
“but old age has taken my youth by surprise.”

It’s obvious that Jimmy and his family are loving people who adore Rufus. Will they be able to give the dog a new home?

While I’ve read and reviewed many dog stories that deal with rescues and finding homes for abandoned dogs, this is the first one that deals with a very difficult, but rarely discussed, topic of what happens when an elderly person is no longer able to care for their pet. Having to part with a beloved pet is hard for anybody, but for an elderly person who may have already lost a spouse, or other loved one, the event can be particularly stressful. Told in rhyme, with lovely photographs of Rufus that fit perfectly with each page’s action, the story is easy to follow and heartwarming too. Rufus Finds a Home is a book that children will love to read, while it also educates them about how/why dogs sometimes need new homes.

Tabitha Fink Ninja at Night

As the story opens, our hero is outside her house, introducing readers to herself and her home. She then introduces her good friend, Bartholomew Blink – a mouse with a great big smile. Tabitha and Bartholomew are “besties” who love to play hide and seek all day long. They play inside the house, around the kitchen table, and everywhere there’s a good hiding place, until they get tired. Then it’s nap time! A little rest, and then it’s time to play again – all day long. Until… the daylight slips away.

As the sun fades, Bartholomew Blink confides to his friend:

“I get kind of scared,”
he admits with a fright.
“Things just aren’t the same
when the day turns to night.”

Bartholomew Blink then tells his friend about all the scary things that come out at night. The little mouse is convinced there’s a big, furry monster in the closet, a witch under the bed… and… and… oh, don’t even ask him what’s at the bottom of the stairs!

Tabitha Fink listens carefully to her friend and thankfully, this is one smart cat! She tells Bartholomew:

“You imagine the worst
and you’re certain it’s true.
I’ve been there myself.
I felt just like you.”

Tabitha Fink’s solution of turning into a “Ninja at Night” and what she does as a ninja, will undoubtedly delight children. Her actions as a ninja are funny and author Felty is to be credited for coming up with such a clever and unique solution to Bartholomew’s problem.

Tabitha Fink Ninja at Night is the third book in the “Tabitha Fink” series, and like the others (Tabitha Fink: The Cat With One Eye and Tabitha Fink On a Mission to Mars), it is an adorable tale about a wonderful, incredibly up-beat cat that young readers will love. This newest book tackles a common fear youngsters often deal with – fear of the dark – and does it with such humor and cheer that little ones will want the book read to them over and over. In short, this is the perfect book not just to help children overcome their fear of the dark, but simply a fun bedtime story for all children.

Numbers In a Book Title

A number is a quickly comprehended visual because it’s a symbol and is represented by a minimal amount of characters. For example ‘One Thousand’ spelled out is represented by 12 characters, but only four characters if used as a number; 1000. This can save space on your cover and in this digital world sometimes a savings of a few characters can make a difference whether your complete book title is displayed by Google or even on Amazon. Furthermore, there’s a magic number of 65 characters for some search engines before it gets truncated or cut off. Another often overlooked benefit is that a number rises to the top of a list when alphabetized right along with symbols like ‘@’ or ‘$’ for example.

Here’s a list of a few well known books that have used a number in the title:

1. Catch-22

2. The 4-Hour Work Week

3. The 4-Hour Chef

4. The 4-Hour Body

5. Europe on $5 a Day

6. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

7. Fahrenheit 451

8. 1984

9. The 39 Steps

10. 1, 2, Buckle My Shoe

11. Around the World in 80 Days

12. 1001 Arabian Nights

13. 13 Reasons Why

14. 3:10 to Yuma

15. Beneath the 13 Moons

16. Size 12 is Not Fat

17. 13 Little Blue Envelopes

18. 13 Treasures

19. The 6th Target

20. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

Hidden Sea

A compelling read from the start, you are immediately drawn into the story when nineteen-year-old Augustus (Augie) Sweetwater wakes up tethered by chains and shoeless in a dark and dank locale. Enraged by his circumstance he struggles with remembering just how he got there. As the story changes perspectives you meet his Great Uncle Charlie Sweetwater. He’s a 68 year old, impetuous type of free spirit, with an assortment of boats, former owner of a semi-successful business and a small assortment of likable, colorful friends. Raul, Augie’s father, contacts Charlie when Augie, although known to hold the family trait of being “free wheeling”, remains unaccounted for, after two days of failing to make contact while on a business trip along the Mexican gulf. While Raul worries that his son is really a missing person, Charlie believes that he may have made a pit stop along the way and merely forgot to call anyone. However, the mystery and adventure takes on momentum when the feeling that something is amiss hounds Charlie as well as Raul, subsequently leading them to initiating an intense search for Augie. As a result, each man embarks on separate missions to find Augustus, with their excursions bringing them into contact with, friends, danger, corruption and oddball acquaintances.

Defense of Traditional Books

1. The Feel

There is just something about holding an entire book in your hands and feeling the pages as you turn it. There’s a connection to the material that doesn’t seem to happen when you read on a mobile device. As books age, they also sort of pick up a book-y smell that is quite comforting. The whole process of reading becomes an immersive experience.

2. They’re Better For Your Health

We’ve all heard it so many time before. The eerie glow from our electronic devices is slowly killing us. Sure, that’s probably a little extreme. I mean, just about everything is “killing us” these days, but it really does affect your health. Especially if you’re reading at bedtime with all other lights off. Your body responds to the light your electronic reading device and it can dramatically affect your ability to fall asleep and also how you sleep throughout the night. In fact, the best recommendation for bedtime is to read a traditional book until you get tired. If you’ve been having trouble sleeping lately, just take a week to read an actually physical book instead of looking at an electronic device thirty minutes before you fall asleep. I guarantee you’ll start to sleep much more soundly.

3. The Feeling of Accomplishment

Each books you finish is sort of like a trophy that you can keep forever. You can proudly display it for guests as a conversation started. You can do this with three or four books or you can have an entire room devoted to it. Personal libraries are quite impressive and there is an air of intelligence and sophistication that comes with a room like that. Build it up, take pride, share your favorites with your guests. Good luck doing that with an eReader. Or, if you don’t care to build your collection, you get to pass it along to someone else who will enjoy it.