Quantum theory is so shocking that Einstein could not bring himself to accept it. It is so important that it provides the fundamental underpinning of all modern sciences. Without it, we’d have no nuclear power or nuclear weapons, no TV, no computers, no science of molecular biology, no understanding of DNA, no genetic engineering.
In Search of Schrodinger’s Cat tells the complete story of quantum mechanics, a truth stranger than any fiction. John Gribbin takes us step by step into an ever more bizarre and fascinating place, requiring only that we approach it with an open mind. He introduces the scientists who developed quantum theory. And in a world full of its own delights, mysteries and surprises, he searches for Schrodinger’s Cat – a search for quantum reality – as he brings every reader to a clear understanding of the most important area of scientific study today – quantum physics.
In Search of Schrodinger’s Cat is a fascinating and delightful introduction to the strange world of the quantum – an essential element in understanding today’s world. Buy this book today for $1.99.
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The riveting true story of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, Toms River melds hard-hitting investigative reporting, a fascinating scientific detective story, and an unforgettable cast of characters into a sweeping narrative.
One of New Jersey’s seemingly innumerable quiet seaside towns, Toms River became the unlikely setting for a decades-long drama that culminated in 2001 with one of the largest legal settlements in the annals of toxic dumping.
A gripping human drama rooted in a centuries-old scientific quest, Toms River is a tale of dumpers at midnight and deceptions in broad daylight, of corporate avarice and government neglect, and of a few brave individuals who refused to keep silent until the truth was exposed.
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Why do dogs speak so profoundly to our inner lives? When Mark Doty decides to adopt a dog as a companion for his dying partner, he finds himself bringing home Beau, a large golden retriever, malnourished and in need of loving care. Beau joins Arden, the black retriever, to complete their family. As Beau bounds back into life, the two dogs become Mark Doty’s intimate companions, his solace, and eventually the very life force that keeps him from abandoning all hope during the darkest days. Their tenacity, loyalty, and love inspire him when all else fails.
Dog Years is a remarkable work: a moving and intimate memoir interwoven with profound reflections on our feelings for animals and the lessons they teach us about life, love, and loss. Beautifully written, Dog Years is a classic in the making. You can purchase the book for $1.99 today.
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No one should be surprised
The publishers demanded that they set e-book prices. Amazon tried to convince them that lower prices sell more books. The contracts were signed and the publishers won the pricing contest.
Now at least three of the mainstream publishing houses, Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, reported declining e-book sales last fall. Surprise!
Industry researcher Codex Group LLC. CEO Peter Hildick-Smith said:
Since book buyers expect the price of a Kindle e-book to be well under $9, once you get to over $10 consumers start to say, ‘Let me think about that.’
My thoughts on publisher pricing:
Many readers will not pay more than $7.99, let alone $9.99, $14.99 or more for a Kindle book. Current best-selling books are well above my price point:
Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham: $12.99
Cross Justice by James Patterson: $14.99
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: $13.99
For the last few months, each week major publishers have cut the prices on a dozen or so books to between 99 cents and $2.99, keeping the prices down for 7-10 days. Out of the dozen books, 2-3 usually have low reader reviews (3 stars or less). Another 3-4 will have a low number of reviews. Half of those marked down will be written by middle tier authors. If it is a good week, one book will be a great book by a well-known author at a great price.
Naturally customers will buy more books when the price is lower. They will also read more books. One of the greatest features of the Kindle is that I always have a dozen or more great books with me. I can finish one and start another one within a minute or two.
My recommendation to publishers: Price your best-selling, just-released titles by great authors at a high price. Those who want those books strongly enough will pay your price. For those of us who won’t pay that much for any book, choose a couple of well-written novels that were popular within the last 2-3 years, price them at $2.99 or less for a couple of weeks. We’ll buy enough of those books to put them back on Amazon’s best-selling list.
No one is offended by a 99 cent or $1.99 bargain of a great book either. Reward us for our loyalty once in a while.
Paula’s Top 4 Non-fiction reads from 2015
I’m not naturally drawn to non-fiction books, but I try to read one each month. In 2015, I enjoyed Tim Conway’s very entertaining memoir What’s So Funny?: My Hilarious Life ($11.99). I appreciated Ben Carson’s life story and perspective of the possibilities of this country in his book America the Beautiful ($8.99). Once again I marveled at the determination and courage of Louis Zamperini in his book Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In ($10.99).
In addition to those great books, the four below are my top non-fiction reads in 2015.
Who doesn’t love when an underdog beats overwhleming odds to win it all? In The Eighty-Dollar Champion ($11.99) by Elizabeth Letts, Snowball becomes a champion jumper when rescued from the slaughterhouse by Harry de Leyer, a Dutch immigrant who farmed on Long Island. In the 1950s, the duo won the first prize in competition in Madison Square Garden. The book chronicles their bumpy road to success.
If you’ve read Bob Greene as a columnist or book author, you know he writes in vignette style with a journalist’s eye for who, what, when and how. His book Duty ($9.99) is a rare look into the later lives of the men who flew the Enola Gay plane over Hiroshima, Japan, to bring about the end to WWII in the Pacific Theater. The story is intertwined with Green’s personal struggle with the waning days of his father’s life.
Admittedly, I read this book over a six-month period, but Secret Heroes: Everyday Americans Who Shaped Our World ($11.14) by Paul Martin was worth the time. The book is chockfull of back stories to many well-known events, places, or people in history. Anyone who loves history or wants to be the Cliff Claven of little known stories will enjoy these 30 chapters.
I listened to the audiobook version of Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) ($9.99) by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson. What an insightful book! The blurb states that “unconsciously, we create fictions that absolve us of responsibility, restoring our belief that we are smart, moral, and right—a belief that often keeps us on a course that is dumb, immoral, and wrong.” Through many examples, the authors show how lying and/or being led to lie are a part of our culture. Well-written, the book is fast-paced and you may recognize the behavior of others and perhaps yourself in its pages.
The books in this posts were purchased when priced at $4.99 or less.
Enjoy these three non-fiction reads for only $1.99 today. Maybe one will be your favorite read of 2016.
To Explain the World ($1.99 Audiobook $3.99) A masterful commentary on the history of science from the Greeks to modern times, by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg—a thought-provoking and important book by one of the most distinguished scientists and intellectuals of our time.
The Language of Baklava ($1.99) Diana Abu-Jaber’s vibrant, humorous memoir weaves together stories of being raised by a food-obsessed Jordanian father with tales of Lake Ontario shish kabob cookouts and goat stew feasts under Bedouin tents in the desert.
I Can Barely Take Care of Myself ($1.99 Audiobook $3.99) In her debut memoir, actress and comedian Jen Kirkman delves into her off-camera life with the same snarky sensitivity and oddball humor she brings to her sold-out standup shows and the Chelsea Latelyroundtable, where she is a writer and regular performer.
As a child, Sheri Speede knew that she wanted to advocate for animals in any way she could. But it was not until many years after veterinary school, when she was transporting a chimpanzee named Pierre away from a biomedical facility as part of her job as a conservation advocate in Cameroon, that Dr. Speede discovered her true calling. She began to search for land for a forest sanctuary for captive chimpanzees that were held on chains and in small cages at local hotels.
While this is a compelling story about the emotional complexity of the chimpanzees she rescued and befriended, it is also Dr. Speede’s story. Major events in her personal life, including love affairs, dangerous run-ins with criminals, and the birth of her daughter, unfold as the development of her primate rescue center runs parallel to her own development. Ultimately, Kindred Beings is a story of profound resilience, of both the apes and the woman who loved them. Buy this memoir for $1.99 today.
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What would we do without our dogs? They are there for us when things are going great and when we are at our worst. And they still love us. Dogs bring an intense loyalty and love to our lives that no other pet–or human!–can match. When we want to give up, they come to us with wagging tails and goofy smiles, asking to go for a walk or play tug-of-war. Nothing can lift our spirits like our dogs.
In this heartwarming collection of true stories, you will meet many dogs–some big, some small, some rambunctious, and some serene. Each of them has played an important part in the lives of their humans. You’ll meet a three-legged survivor who helps heal a broken family, a funny mutt who brings laughter to a house filled with anxiety, a local celebrity pup who brings smiles and customers to a couple’s store, and many more ordinary and extraordinary canines. Buy this story collection today for $1.99. From a faith-based publisher.
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Even today there remain tribes in the far reaches of the Amazon rainforest that have avoided contact with modern civilization. Deliberately hiding from the outside world, they are the unconquered, the last survivors of an ancient culture that predates the arrival of Columbus in the New World.
In this gripping first-person account of adventure and survival, author Scott Wallace chronicles an expedition into the Amazon’s uncharted depths, discovering the rainforest’s secrets while moving ever closer to a possible encounter with one such tribe—the mysterious flecheiros, or “People of the Arrow,” seldom-glimpsed warriors known to repulse all intruders with showers of deadly arrows.
The Unconquered reveals the critical battleground in the fight to save the planet as it has rarely been seen, wrapped in a page-turning tale of adventure. Buy this book today for $1.99.
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Who needs an electrical engineering degree? This intuitive guide shows how to wire, disassemble, tweak, and re-purpose everyday devices quickly and easily. Packed with full-color illustrations, photos, and diagrams, Hacking Electronics teaches by doing–each topic features fun, easy-to-follow projects. Discover how to hack sensors, accelerometers, remote controllers, ultrasonic rangefinders, motors, stereo equipment, microphones, and FM transmitters.
The final chapter contains useful information on getting the most out of cheap or free bench and software tools.
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In June 1992, best friends Jim Davidson and Mike Price stood atop Washington’s Mount Rainier, celebrating what they hoped would be the first of many milestones in their lives as passionate mountaineers. Then their triumph turned tragic when a cave-in plunged them deep inside a glacial crevasse—the pitch-black, ice-walled hell of every climber’s nightmares.
A story of heart-stopping adventure, heartfelt friendship, fleeting mortality, and implacable nature, The Ledge chronicles the elation and grief, dizzying heights and punishing depths, of a journey to hard-won wisdom. Buy it today for $1.99. Audiobook: $4.49.
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For twenty years Dan O’Brien struggled to make ends meet on his cattle ranch in South Dakota. But when a neighbor invited him to lend a hand at the annual buffalo roundup, O’Brien was inspired to convert his own ranch, the Broken Heart, to buffalo. Starting with thirteen calves, “short-necked, golden balls of wool,” O’Brien embarked on a journey that returned buffalo to his land for the first time in more than a century and a half.
Buffalo for the Broken Heart is at once a tender account of the buffaloes’ first seasons on the ranch and an engaging lesson in wildlife ecology. Whether he’s describing the grazing pattern of the buffalo, the thrill of watching a falcon home in on its prey, or the comical spectacle of a buffalo bull wallowing in the mud, O’Brien combines a novelist’s eye for detail with a naturalist’s understanding to create an enriching, entertaining narrative. Buy this book today for only 99 cents today.
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