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« Reply #1120 on: December 31, 2011, 11:39:06 PM »

Currently reading: "Political Philosophy" by Adam Swift.
On deck: "Living with the Devil: A Meditation on Good and Evil" by Stephen Batchelor.

Both are print books, simply because there aren't a Kindle editions, but I'm a big fan of electronic books in all forms, and prefer to go that way when I can.

Currently listening to: "The Birth of Classical Europe" by Simon Price.

I'm in a non-fiction phase right now, but I bounce back and forth a lot.
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« Reply #1121 on: January 01, 2012, 11:51:05 AM »

Currently reading: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt by Toby Wilkinson

This is a good overview of the history of Egypt from the pre dynastic era through the end of pharaonic rule with the death of Cleopatra and the beginning of Roman rule of Egypt. This is pretty much as detailed as the survey course in Egyptian archeology I took years ago. Which makes it an excellent refresher. Wilkinson always remembers to point out that these people were despots who's rule was harsh if you were not one of the elite. Which is fairly refreshing.
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« Reply #1122 on: January 02, 2012, 04:42:59 AM »

Just finished an as yet unpublished book by Mandy Houk - she's from our small group from church.  I will not be surprised if it gets picked up by a publisher.  Also just finished Master and Man by Leo Tolstoy.  Quick one-night read.
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« Reply #1123 on: January 02, 2012, 02:04:07 PM »

Just finished an as yet unpublished book by Mandy Houk - she's from our small group from church.  I will not be surprised if it gets picked up by a publisher. 
I'm curious, did she have the book bound up and printed, or did you read it on a PDF?  Also, was this a story or some form of theological work?
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« Reply #1124 on: January 04, 2012, 10:17:29 PM »

I'm curious, did she have the book bound up and printed, or did you read it on a PDF?  Also, was this a story or some form of theological work?

The book was not bound/printed.  I had a word document, which I then converted to .pdf and with the Calibre software, I turned it into an ePub to read on my Nook Color - read nearly like any other book.  It's a fictional work.  I'll see if I can get permission from her to let you have a look at it.

The only issue with the whole process was that it appears that Calibre converted the Word and/or .pdf document page numbers into part of the body of the text.  There's a whole load of settings in Calibre to turn things into ePub format and I probably set one of them wrong.



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« Reply #1125 on: January 05, 2012, 02:37:27 PM »

The book was not bound/printed.  I had a word document, which I then converted to .pdf and with the Calibre software, I turned it into an ePub to read on my Nook Color - read nearly like any other book.  It's a fictional work.  I'll see if I can get permission from her to let you have a look at it.

The only issue with the whole process was that it appears that Calibre converted the Word and/or .pdf document page numbers into part of the body of the text.  There's a whole load of settings in Calibre to turn things into ePub format and I probably set one of them wrong.




Sure, I'd take a look at it. I mainly asked as someone interested in writing and self-publishing.
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« Reply #1126 on: January 05, 2012, 06:16:04 PM »

Sure, I'd take a look at it. I mainly asked as someone interested in writing and self-publishing.

In that case, it's quite easy to do this to make eBooks.  Download the freeware Calibre program, look for help on-line on how to convert your written formats into various e-book formats using Calibre, and then all you have to do is get B&N and Amazon to list the book in their inventories/stores.

Here's B&N's answer to your question of self-publishing for the Nook series at least:  http://pubit.barnesandnoble.com/pubit_app/bn?t=pi_reg_home

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« Reply #1127 on: January 09, 2012, 01:45:49 PM »

In that case, it's quite easy to do this to make eBooks.  Download the freeware Calibre program, look for help on-line on how to convert your written formats into various e-book formats using Calibre, and then all you have to do is get B&N and Amazon to list the book in their inventories/stores.

Here's B&N's answer to your question of self-publishing for the Nook series at least:  http://pubit.barnesandnoble.com/pubit_app/bn?t=pi_reg_home


That looks like pretty interesting stuff.  Thanks for the links. 

Currently reading:

GEORGE MACDONALD: VICTORIAN MYTHMAKER by Rolland Hein 
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« Reply #1128 on: January 10, 2012, 08:39:01 PM »

One of my 2012 goals is to read two books a month.

My first read for 2012 is a great motivational book, "Get Off Your "But": How to End Self-Sabotage and Stand Up for Yourself" - here's the link:

http://www.amazon.com/Get-Off-Your-But-Self-Sabotage/dp/0470399937/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1326227855&sr=1-1
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« Reply #1129 on: January 10, 2012, 10:18:11 PM »

One of my 2012 goals is to read two books a month.

My first read for 2012 is a great motivational book, "Get Off Your "But": How to End Self-Sabotage and Stand Up for Yourself" - here's the link:

http://www.amazon.com/Get-Off-Your-But-Self-Sabotage/dp/0470399937/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1326227855&sr=1-1
Chuck:
Two books a month is a worthy goal, and one that is well within the reach of the average individual.  The book you listed seems interesting.  For some reason it reminded me of one on my own list to read:
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« Reply #1130 on: January 10, 2012, 10:32:02 PM »

In current rotation:  Agatha Christie's "Murder at the Vicarage", and "the Innovator's Cookbook" by Steven Johnson.
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« Reply #1131 on: January 11, 2012, 12:48:04 AM »

  THE VICTORS by Stephen E. Ambrose has my attention right now.
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« Reply #1132 on: January 11, 2012, 01:20:29 AM »

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Well I thought it was neat anyway
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« Reply #1133 on: January 11, 2012, 01:23:31 AM »

The Hotel Honolulu by Paul Thereaux.  He's a great author for creating memorable characters.  My only complaint is that the novel is too episodic, with each chapter it's own story.  I think that keeps me from being sucked in to a more evolving tale.
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« Reply #1134 on: January 11, 2012, 01:24:20 AM »

Not to hijack but might be of some interest to all you readers out there click HERE

Well I thought it was neat anyway
  That thing could put your eye out ohmy
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« Reply #1135 on: January 11, 2012, 01:39:22 AM »

Oh, let me also add to my list that I am now reading The Creative Writing Thread with break out new author of the year, unclrob.  We've got some good writers in our midst.
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« Reply #1136 on: January 11, 2012, 03:26:16 AM »

Oh, let me also add to my list that I am now reading The Creative Writing Thread with break out new author of the year, unclrob.  We've got some good writers in our midst.
A bit non-heathen amen to that!
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« Reply #1137 on: January 15, 2012, 01:33:32 AM »

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl.  Was this recommended on this thread earlier at some point?  At any rate, excellent read.  Very thought provoking.
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« Reply #1138 on: January 15, 2012, 02:52:32 AM »

Human factors in the work place from various trade journals and sources necessary to the training program I must write and put into effect. It's a true Great Expectations experience and probably culminate somewhere short of my estimation of reward. But, as a technical writer it is my burden to eschew creative desire for the stoic deed. I wish I could feed myself off my imagination. What a wonderful concept.
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« Reply #1139 on: January 15, 2012, 04:22:50 AM »

I'm A Stranger Here Myself  by Bill Bryson.
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