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My Books On Amazon Are Being PIRATED! (Kind Of Flattered In A Strange Way.)

by Anura Guruge


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Happened to notice it on Saturday that some of my paperback books on Amazon had CRAZY prices — like $283.53. WOW!

First thought it was an Amazon glitch.

Also note the publication date: Jan 1, 1656. WOW!

This morning I contacted Amazon. They said these books have been pirated. Somebody trying to sell them & make some money.

BUT, I feel bad for them. Folks don’t buy my books at my INTENTIONALLY LOW PRICES.

So, why would they buy them at these CRAZY prices?

I am flattered.

Yes, I know my books are PRICELESS but this is FUNNY.

Yes, I have to flag them, individually, to Amazon. A Pain!


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“Electing The Next Pope” — A Beginner’s Guide To The Next Conclave ($2 eBook On Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble etc).

by Anura Guruge



On Apple … 


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The title is self-explanatory. Next papal election. I didn’t call it ‘Conclave‘ since this is aimed at an audience that might NOT equate a papal election with a conclave! This is a book aimed at a different audience to my other pope books. This one is for the ‘beginner’. So, in this book I take pains to explain stuff I don’t in my other books. I also set out to be minimalistic. I called it “Goldilocks“. I really tried to keep the volume of content just right. Not too much; not too little.

Well, I have tried to give you a few images.

These days I make sure my eBooks are available across APPLE, Amazon, Android etc. I gave up trying to convince folks that Amazon Kindle eBook can be read on Apple. SMILE.

I was going to call this book: “Be A Bar Stool Expert on How Popes are Elected“. Well, you can catch the drift.

For those that want chapter & verse, I did publish this 518-page book earlier this year.


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THE BOOK On Comet NEOWISE (i.e., C/2020 F3) Now Available On Amazon As A $2 eBook (Any Device, NOT just Kindle)

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Also available from APPLE
for APPLE.

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Two chapters dedicated to Comet NEOWISE.

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Just two examples of what is included.


OK, this is THE BOOK. The only book on Comet NEOWISE. All of $2.

Check it out. You will be pleasantly surprised. SMILE.

Thanks.

YOU CAN READ it on ANYTHING. Plus, you can get it for APPLE.


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Comet NEOWISE (i.e., C/2020 F3) — THE Book.

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Available now, in Apple, Barnes & Noble, kobo etc.


eBook — BOTH Apple & Android.


Two chapters dedicated to Comet NEOWISE.

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Just two examples of what is included.


It would have been remiss of I NOT to have celebrated our (i.e., Northern Hemisphere) 1st naked-eye visible comet in 23-years.

Work like crazy since July 4 UPDATING my recent (i.e., May 2020) “Comets” book to be NEOWISE specific. So, made a ‘NEOWISE’ edition. It was hectic, BUT fun. I love comets.

Amazon is playing games.

But, it is already available on 7 outlets & as even sold a FEW! SMILE.

Please check it out.


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Dr. Guannan Ge, Dartmouth-Hitchcock (Lebanon), The BEST Pain Doctor In New Hampshire?

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I think so.

We met with her this morning, in Lebanon. NO. Not for I. For the wife. She had been referred to her.

When I read her bio — above — I just couldn’t believe what I was reading. Sounded true good to be true. The type of doctor I had been hoping to someday find.

Well, she proved to be as GOOD as what she claimed in the bio — if not better.

IMPRESSIVE.

Young, but sure knows her stuff. Confident, self-assured, poised — but very low-key & non-pushy.

Wow. She actually understands PAIN! She knows the key role the brain & nervous system plays when it comes to pain. WOW. A doctor, at last, that is willing to talk about — even diagnose — central pain (now referred to as ‘Central Sensitization’). She was a revelation.

Over the last 14-year we must have seen at least 8 other so called ‘pain specialist’. They were all, in the end, charlatans. All of them put together (& they were all males) did not have her expertise, acumen & touch.

Wow. I was so impressed. (Have you already kind of got that impression that I kind of liked her?)

Well, I do know a bit about ‘pain’. I have written a book about it. SMILE. Yes, I gave her a copy & she was very gracious in thanking me for it.

I am looking forward to working with her. What a JOY.

Yes, she is native Chinese — in that she was born in China & did some of her schooling there. Great credit to China.

I the past I always tried to find Indian doctors. As of now, I am going to start by looking for Chinese doctors!

She (somewhat) restored my faith in DHMC.


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I Finally Manage To Get A Book Listed By ‘Apple’. Wow. It Has Taken Me 10-Years!

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I am in shock. I had kind of given up on ever getting a book on ‘Apple Books‘.

I had tried & tried & tried over the years — since 2010. They just make you jump through so many hoops. I would eventually give up, given that Amazon Kindle eBooks can be read on Apple devices. Kindle eBooks can be read ANYWHERE. So, that was my rationale; my excuse.

My latest book, i.e., “Comets“, even if it is just I saying so, is rather ‘special’. SMILE. I wanted to make it as widely available as possible.

So, I worked with ‘Draft2Digital‘. It still took me three (3) attempts. Finally I sorted out all the wrinkles & managed to meet all the criteria. Bingo. Apple accepeted it.

Whether I will sell even a single copy is a different matter. At least now I have broken my duck. Wow.

I am in shock.


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“Comets” — THE Book.

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The title tells you everything you need to know. Comets.

If you insist this is the ‘Table of Contents’.


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As I always say with my book, use Amazon’s FREE ‘Look Inside‘ feature to TEST DRIVE it. Plus, Amazon lets you read the book & then RETURN it. No questions asked. Full refund. So, what have you got to lose?

I have shared some of the 61 full-color figures — not counting a number of info-packed tables.

This is how I spent the last 5-weeks.

I was trying to beat quite the deadline. Comet SWAN might be naked-eye visible as of next week. I wanted this book, published, prior to that. And comets travel fast! SMILE.

Well, this will be one of the ways I will remember the pandemic. “Ah! Yes. That is when I wrote that Comet book“.

Oh, NOT my first comet book. Actually my 4th. That helped. I knew, by rote, 70% of the material.


 

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‘Alaska’ By James A. Michener — Not One Of His Best; Maybe His Worst!

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I was real disappointed. Felt like a major let down.

You could tell that he was TIRED. I knew that he must have been OLD when he wrote it. But, I did NOT check ‘HOW OLD’ until I finished. Now it is much clearer. He was 81 when he finished.

81-years old. Probably took him 2- to 3-years to write it. So, was writing it when he was in his late 70s.

ALAS, it shows. You can feel his tiredness!

Great shame.

This book has put me OFF Michener! I am upset by that.

But, then again I may have READ way TOO MUCH Michener — in too short of a time.

6 in two-years.

Three of them ‘Hawaii’, ‘The Covenant‘ & ‘Alaska’ huge, ‘1,000’-page books.

I loved ‘The Covenant’ & learnt much from ‘Hawaii’ — as I had done with with other books, such as ‘Texas’ & ‘Chesapeake Bay’.

Not so with ‘Alaska’.

Very superficial.

Very disappointing. I feel cheated.

In a way I feel sorry for him. I can, also, relate. I am 66. I KNOW that I am not writing ‘as well’ or with the ‘proficiency’ I did 10-years ago. And I have another decade to go to get to Michener’s age when he wrote ‘Alaska’. YIKES!


The ‘Michener Corner’ in my study.
Separate from all the other books.


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I Am Channelling My HERO, Winston Churchill — “V” For ‘Victory Over Virus’.

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“V” for “Victory Over Virus”.

Screw the Virus.



Well somebody, a GOOD Brit, has to do it.

I am honored to step into the breach.

Poor Boris. Well, Boris will he happy.

Winston is MY MAN. A source of near daily inspiration and resolve.

“V” for VICTORY.

Trump, don’t EVEN THINK about it. This is US. Not you. SMILE.



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When You Get A Royalty Cheque For TECHNOLOGY Books You Wrote 17 Years Ago!

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This is for a ‘Web Services‘ book I wrote and published in 2003 — 17-years ago!

‘They’, i.e., ‘Elsevier’, paid me a decent advance in 2013. I was happy with JUST that. SMILE.

Wow. I never realized they were selling the e-book for this much. It must be GOOD. SMILE.

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So, yes, I know I don’t make any money on my recent books. But, that is OK. I still just SMILE when people think I haven’t made money as an author. SMILE.


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This was the year before.

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If these were NOT technology books it wouldn’t crack me up at all. But, these are books that are now 60% out-of-date! Yes, some of the basic principles will still be the same but a lot of water flows under the bridge over the course of 15-years when it comes to technology.

These books have a ‘Look Inside‘ capability and people can return them. That I am still getting royalties mean that people must still find some value in them. That pleases me. These were good books when I wrote them.

I also got pretty decent advances on each of the books. So, I am pleased. I am smiling.

SMILE.


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