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What is the top hobby that makes you smarter? Read Books.

Yes, it is that easy: The top answer is Reading ( anything from books, news, pamphlets, online, offline, whatever, etc.). Just read man. I read on my way to and from work while I am on the train or bus. 30 minutes on my way to work and 30 minutes on my way back 5 days per week.

If you want a smarter kid, teach your child to read as early as possible and instill in them a love for books. Because as soon as they can read, they can teach themselves. And that will be a life-long advantage over their peers who don’t have that same ability.

He later got a PhD in Physics from MIT, and died in 1986, one of the astronauts aboard the space shuttle Challenger. The library that refused to lend him books is now named after him.

I will be listing the books that I read on this page, starting with the most recent ones.

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  • When Breath Becomes Air.

    By Dr. Paul Kalanithi 


    This book brought me to tear. Dr Paul Kalanithi was one of the top resident neurosurgeon in the universe and as he was about to finish his residency, he was diagnosed with lung cancer at age 36. He later died 2 years later. He found the courage and strength to write this book while being terminally ill, and oh boy he wrote it beautifully. He described his life, his battle with cancer, his near death experience, his success and failure as Neurosurgeon resident and husband in an elegant and beautiful way. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ANYONE who wants a real life description of the intersection of sciences, medicine, literature, near death experience, critical illness, cancer, etc. 



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  • Idea Man: A memoir by the cofounder of Microsoft.
    By Paul Allen


    If you love technology and pro sports, you will love this book. This is one of my favourite autobiographies. Paul Allen describe how he grew up in Seattle area, meeting Bill Gates at LakeSide private school, hacking and coding for extremely long hours in their teenage days using time sharing terminals back in the day; he then pivots to his Microsoft days from the beginning with MS DOS until he left the company. He then talks about his sports team (Blazers, Seahawks, Sounders) on a fan and owner standpoint. He also talks about his passion for music, and his ongoing support for scientific research. Fascinating… Read it now. 

    By Walter Isaacson 


    The Geography of GeniusThe Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution (2014) is a nonfiction book written by Walter Isaacson. The book details the history of the digital revolution through several pivotal innovators who created early computer breakthroughs and later larger systems like the Internet. The author also asserts that many innovators’ successes throughout history happen often with the help of other contributors via teamwork. This book also delves into the topic of artificial intelligence, the founder being British computer science pioneer Alan Turing.[1][2]The Innovators is an overview from the beginning of computer science to the present, and seeks to understand the results of human-machine symbiosis.[3] Innovators covered in the book include these: Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, Grace Hopper, John Mauchly, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce of Intel, Bill Gates and Paul Allen of Microsoft, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs of Apple, Tim Berners-Lee, Larry Page of Google, Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia, and Lee Felsenstein of Osborne. 



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  • The intelligent investor

    by Benjamin Graham 


    The intelligent investorThe Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham, first published in 1949, is a widely acclaimed book on value investing, an investment approach Graham began teaching at Columbia Business School in 1928 and subsequently refined with David Dodd.[1] This sentiment was echoed by other Graham disciples such as Irving Kahn and Walter Schloss.
  • The Geography of Genius

    By Eric Weiner 


     Travel the world with Eric Weiner, the New York Times bestselling author of The Geography of Bliss, as he journeys from Athens to Silicon Valley—and throughout history, too—to show how creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times.
  • Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired–and Secretive–Company Really Works

    By Adam Lashinsky 


    Inside AppleINSIDE APPLE reveals the secret systems, tactics and leadership strategies that allowed Steve Jobs and his company to churn out hit after hit and inspire a cult-like following for its products.
  • How Google Works.

    The rules for success in the Internet Century.
    By Eric Schmidt & Jonathan Rosenberg, with Alan Eagle 


    How Google Works.HOW GOOGLE WORKS is an entertaining, page-turning primer containing lessons that Google Executive Chairman and ex-CEO Eric Schmidt and former SVP of Products Jonathan Rosenberg learned as they helped build the company.
  • Tech Titans

    Steve Jobs in his own words.
    edited by George Beahm 


    Tech TitansFull-color series-six bios in one! It takes more than one person to bring about change and innovation. Explore the lives of the people who have had a huge impact on technology today
  • Steve Jobs

    by Walter Isaacson 


    Steve Jobs by Walter IsaacsonBased on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.
  • I, Steve.

    Steve Jobs in his own words.
    edited by George Beahm


    I, Steve.Drawn from more than three decades of media coverage—print, electronic, and online—this tribute serves up the best, most thought-provoking insights ever spoken by Steve Jobs: more than 200 quotations that are essential reading for everyone who seeks innovative solutions and inspirations applicable to their business, regardless of size.
  • Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future.

    by Ashlee Vance (Author) 


    Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future.In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley’s most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs—a real-life Tony Stark—and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new “makers.”
  • The Warren Buffett Way

    by Robert G. Hagstrom 


    The Warren Buffett Way.Investment Strategies of the World’s Greatest Investor
  • Warren Buffett Invests Like a Girl: And Why You Should, Too

    by The Motley Fool (Author), LouAnn Lofton (Author) 


    Warren Buffett Invests Like a Girl: And Why You Should, TooInvesting isn’t a man’s world anymore—and the provocative and enlightening Warren Buffett Invests Like a Girl shows why that’s a good thing for Wall Street,the global financial system, and your own personal portfolio
  • Dreams from my father

    by Barack Obama (Author) 


    Dreams from my fatherDreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance is a memoir by Barack Obama, who would later be elected U.S. President, that chronicles the events of his early years up until his entry into law school in 1988. Dreams from My Father was first published in 1995 as Obama was preparing to launch his political career in a campaign for Illinois Senate,[1] five years after being elected as the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review in 1990.[2] 



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  • My American Journey

    by Colin Powell (Author) 


    –The New York Times Book Review
    Colin Powell is the embodiment of the American dream. He was born in Harlem to immigrant parents from Jamaica. He knew the rough life of the streets. He overcame a barely average start at school. Then he joined the Army. The rest is history–Vietnam, the Pentagon, Panama, Desert Storm–but a history that until now has been known only on the surface. Here, for the first time, Colin Powell himself tells us how it happened, in a memoir distinguished by a heartfelt love of country and family, warm good humor, and a soldier’s directness.
    MY AMERICAN JOURNEY is the powerful story of a life well lived and well told. It is also a view from the mountaintop of the political landscape of America. At a time when Americans feel disenchanted with their leaders, General Powell’s passionate views on family, personal responsibility, and, in his own words, “the greatness of America and the opportunities it offers” inspire hope and present a blueprint for the future. An utterly absorbing account, it is history with a vision.
    “The stirring, only-in-America story of one determined man’s journey from the South Bronx to directing the mightiest of military forces . . . Fascinating.”–The Washington Post Book World
  • Tap Dancing to Work – Warren Buffet on practically everything, 1966-2012 By Carol Loomis


    Tap Dancing to WorkTap Dancing to Work compiles six decades of writing on legendary investor Warren Buffett, from Carol Loomis, the reporter who knows him best.Warren Buffett built Berkshire Hathaway into something remarkable – and Fortune journalist Carol Loomis had a front-row seat.When Carol Loomis first mentioned a little known Omaha hedge fund manager in a 1966 Fortune article, she didn’t dream that Warren Buffett would one day be considered the world’s greatest investor – nor that she and Buffett would quickly become close personal friends.As Buffett’s fortune and reputation grew, Loomis used her unique insight into Buffett’s thinking to chronicle his work for Fortune, writing and proposing scores of stories that tracked his many accomplishments – and his occasional mistakes.Now Loomis has collected and updated the best Buffett articles Fortune published between 1966 and 2012, including thirteen cover stories and a dozen pieces authored by Buffett himself. Readers will gain fresh insights into Buffett’s investment strategies and his thinking on management, philanthropy, public policy, and even parenting.Scores of Buffett books have been written, but none can claim this combination of trust between two friends, the writer’s deep understanding of Buffett’s world, and a long-term perspective.Carol Loomis, 82, is at Editor-At-Large at Fortune magazine, where she has worked since 1954. She has written extensively on Warren Buffett since 1966 and is well known as the business journalist on closest terms with him. For the past 35 years she has edited Buffett’s famous and eagerly-awaited annual letter to the shareholders of Berkshire-Hathaway. Loomis’ many honours include the Gerald Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award for business journalism and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
  • Any Known Blood by Lawrence Hill


    Any Known BloodSpanning five generations, sweeping across a century and a half of almost unknown history, this acclaimed and unexpectedly funny novel is the story of a man seeking himself in the mirror of his family’s past. Rich in historical detail and gracefully flowing from the slave trade of nineteenth-century Virginia to the present, Any Known Blood gives life to a story never before told, a story of five generations of a black Canadian family whose tragedies and victories merge with the American experience.
  • The Big Short by Michael Lewis

    Inside the doomsday machine. 


    The Big Short by Michael LewisThe Big Short describes several of the main players in the creation of the credit default swap market that sought to bet against the collateralized debt obligation (CDO) bubble and thus ended up profiting from the financial crisis of 2007–08. The book also highlights the eccentric nature of the type of person who bets against the market or goes against the grain.

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Log in to your Google account which has purchased ebooks associated with it.

From the My Books tab, click on the Kebab menu associated with the book that you want to download and select Download EPUB.

E-book pricing in both the Kindle store and the iBook store is a result of each company’s respective/preferred distribution model: wholesale vs. agency.

Amazon has historically offered large discounts on Kindle e-book editions to draw in readers and build the Kindle market. With Kindle sales, Amazon took the ‘loss leader‘ route, wherein a product is sold at or below cost to stimulate other sales or build unbeatable market share [1]. Throughout most of the early days of the Kindle store, Amazon purchased e-book rights from publishing companies at wholesale value (e.g., the same as a print edition) and then sold the Kindle edition at a steep discount.

Publishers worried that once Amazon controlled both the content distribution (Kindle edition) and content devices (Kindle), the company would be able to dictate e-book prices. Thus, publishers were desperate for a viable alternative to the Kindle store, as Amazon had quite successfully shaped public perception of how much an eBook should cost: around $9.99. Enter: Apple, Inc. When whispers of an iTunes for books started circulating, members of the publishing industry referenced the iPad as the ‘Jesus Tablet’ for ‘saving’ the publishing industry. The specific mechanism of salvation was to be the ‘agency model’ for e-books, where publishers set the price, with distribution handled by arguably the world’s most successful company at the time (2009 – 2011).

At its outset, the iBook store selection was slightly more expensive mainly due to Apple’s use of the agency model for content distribution. Publishers made the prices more expensive, for the following reasons (I’m speculating):

  1. Apple received a guaranteed cut of every purchase, necessitating a higher price for iBooks to ensure equitable returns for publishers on par with Amazon.
  2. To raise the public perception of the ‘cost’ of an eBook.
  3. To establish an alternative to Amazon’s Kindle store.

In 2010, Amazon struck deals with the major publishing houses to adopt the agency model, so price differences in both stores will be largely negligible for major titles put out by the big publishing houses. For any publishing house that doesn’t have an agency model deal with Amazon, though, the Kindle titles will probably be cheaper than the iBook version.


  • This answer is largely about the US e-book market.
  • In mid-2010, Amazon and Sony adopted the Agency model with a lot of the larger US publishers. See and

[1] Publisher’s Weekly

Google Play eBooks are typically protected with Adobe DRM using what is called vendorID to encrypt them (that is, they are using your Google ID instead of asking you to create a separate Adobe ID as other vendors do). That is simpler for you since you don’t need to create such additional ID, but locks you into using the Google Books app (strictly speaking it is actually possible to use other reading apps which support vendorID, but that would get a bit too technical and out of the scope of this answer).

The Apple iBooks app can open ePUB and PDF files but does not support Adobe’s DRM encryption in any way, so it will import the file but won’t be able to open it (you won’t even be able to see the cover).

You must install the Google Books app and jump from one app to the other in order to read the books you might have acquired from each vendor (Google or Apple). If you also buy from Amazon, that mean you’ll have to install a third app (Kindle), and a fourth for Kobo, and so on. Absurd, I know. I’m afraid that most publishers and eBook retailers don’t give a damm about interoperability and customer convenience, which is the reason we started Nimbooks.

You’ll see some answers with “advice” about removing DRM and thus being able to transfer the eBook files with ease. While such is technically feasible, please be aware that just owning the tools to do so (even more if you use them) is fundamentally a felony in most countries. Take your decision but be informed about the fact.

Google Play Books is ranked 11th while Amazon Kindle is ranked 15th. The most important reason people chose Google Play Books is: Google Play Books offers many options while reading such as bookmarks, highlights and notes.

Is Kindle or Apple books better?

Amazon Kindle has a far greater range of titles but Apple Books look better. That’s it. We tend to prefer the look of Apple’s Books enough that we check out Apple’s store before we go to Amazon’s — but the range of Kindle books is unmatched.


Quite interestingly, the question’s title and the question’s summary are actually two different questions:

  1. Is it better to buy a Kindle book or book from the iBook store?
  2. Does the iBooks App or Kindle App provide better functionality for reading on the iPad?

As for the first, my advice is that you should undoubtedly buy “Kindle” books. When you buy a “Kindle” book you’re actually buying an eBook from Amazon, i.e. a company that has built its own business starting as an (“the”) online bookstore. Apple has overbearingly entered in the eBook business with the iBook, not so differently from what Microsoft did with the Internet Explorer in 1995, but the core business of Apple is primarily based on devices (hardware), whilst Amazon is primarily e-commerce (software and delivery). Sure, both have extended their business far beyond that, both offers a great services and both sells devices and media contents. With iTunes, Apple have a solid anchorage on the Music (and now Movies and TV) market, and the Kindle offers an incomparably more comfortable experience than an iPad (more on this subject: Which is better for reading ebooks: Kindle or iPad? Which overall reading experience is better? How do the experiences compare?); but as Apple will never stop improving the device experience, Amazon will never stop improving reading experience.
The Kindle app is free and available for most major smartphones, tablets (both iOS and Android) and computers (both Mac and Windows). That means you can buy a Kindle book once and read it on any device, keeping in sync your furthest page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across all your devices. Amazon will do its best to make this reading experience always not bound to a specific device, because the Kindle device is for Amazon what the iBook app is for Apple. iBook is available only on Apple devices, and that says it all. Once you buy a book on the Apple Store, you’ll stay forever handcuffed to Apple devices. Don’t make this mistake!

As for the second question, much depends on which device you are actually reading, on the kind of books you’re reading, on what are your reading needs and, last but non least where and when do you read. So this answer may be very articulate. I’ll give you only some inklings hoping you’ll grasp the idea. If you read for an hour or more, the weight and size of the device is one of the more important feature of the device, and in this case a Kindle Paperwhite is better than an iPad mini, which in turns is better than an iPad Air. But if you read sitting on a desk, the weight is irrelevant and a large screen is better, I would prefer reading on a Mac Retina than on a Kindle. When reading a magazine or a book with many photos, a Kindle is very poor choice, because you need to tap and scroll the illustrations instead of using the pinch and pan gestures. The same holds true for book with large and complex illustrations, unless you’re reading on a beach or in the dark. Even if the iPad retina definition is unsurpassed, you simply cannot read a book under direct sunlight, but with surely will with a Kindle Paperwhite.
One last consideration is about your annotations and highlighting needs: on a Kindle Paperwhite highlighting text is very annoying (and monochromatic), it certainly works better on the Kindle for iPad, but I would prefer to use iBook or even better a PDF content on the Acrobat Reader, which has very good tools for this purpose.

In short I would prefer DRM-free content whenever is available, otherwise I’ll buy eBooks from Amazon or directly from the publisher website in Kindle format — many publishers have the option to link to your Amazon account and to upload the book directly on all your Kindle and Kindle apps — but I still prefer PDFs for any technical or scientific content or anything I need to study, and I’ll use the Acrobat Reader app on iPad for studying and highlighting, and the Mac if I need to make frequent annotations.
And, oh, I don’t even remember what stuff do I have on my iBook.

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Depends. Do you mean fiction author, or author generally?

If you mean fiction author, that probably goes to William Shakespeare, though apparently Agatha Christie’s heirs claim she’s the best-selling author of all time.

If you mean any work, fiction or nonfiction, say hello to Chairman Mao:

The leader of China’s Communist party was incredibly prolific, and his books have sold billions—with a B—of copies.

Kind of like the signs on McDonalds, the numbers eventually just got so stupidly big they don’t bother to keep track any more.

What does “most published” mean? Do you mean “published the highest number of different books,” or do you mean “published the largest number of copies of their books”?

If you mean “most published” in the sense of “has the most copies in circulation,” that honor belongs to Chairman Mao, whose little red book has sold literally billions (yes, with a B) of copies.

What are the processes to publish a book and find publishers for it, and what are the formalities that are needed to be done along with it?

I usually tell people about It’s a great resource for authors.
You can search agents by genre and the site gives you all sorts of useful information like the agent’s submission guidelines and what sort of chocolate to send in order to bribe them.
Okay, the website doesn’t really tell you about agents’ favorite chocolate, but it should. If I was an agent, that’s the first thing I’d have listed there.

Anyway, here is the checklist I should give people before they submit anything.

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1) Have you read any books on writing? If the answer is no, you’re not ready to submit. If the answer is yes, but you’ve only read one or two, you’re also probably not ready to submit. Writing is like playing the piano. Most people who are self-taught are not going to be all that good at it.

Here are some great writing books for novelists:

Self-editing for Fiction Writers by Browne and King
Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain
Scene & Structure by Jack Bickham (Actually anything by Jack Bickham)
GMC Goal, Motivation, and Conflict by Deborah Dixon (You need to go to the publisher’s website for this one.)
Anything by Gary Provost
Character and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card

If you write non-fiction or picture books, get and read the books that pertain to those genres. Ditto for romance books, westerns, whatever. Blogs on writing are also very helpful. For example, if you need to write an action scene involving angry grapefruit, you’ll want to read my last blog.

2) How many times have you gone over the manuscript yourself?

If the answer is twice, you’re not ready to submit. For first time novels, you need to send that baby out to lots of readers for critiques. Don’t just send it to your mom or friends. They’ll tell you that it’s great–and they might even believe it. After all, they love you. You need to have a network of fellow writers or well-read friends that can give you tough love. If you don’t have that, pay for it. Revising is the difference between selling and not selling.

3) How long have you let the manuscript sit, unread?

If it’s only a few days or a couple of weeks, you’re not ready to submit. One of the truly weird things about writing is that you can’t see your own mistakes when you write them. This goes for missing words but it also applies to unclear dialogue, bad description, etc. The story works beautifully in our minds, and so that’s what we see on the paper. Let your manuscript sit for a month. Two or three months is better. (Which is why it’s great to send a manuscript to an editor and then not get the revision letter for a couple of months. By that time you can look at it with fresh eyes.)

4) Have you ever gone to a writers’ workshop or conference?

If not, why not? If you want to publish you probably should go to a conference that addresses your genre. You’ll meet people who know about the industry. You’ll get advice from pros, and you’ll get tips about what’s selling and what’s not. If paranormal is a hard sell (which it is right now, by the way) and you’re pitching your paranormal romance, you may run into problems. Not knowing why something is rejected is one of the most frustrating things about this business. Stay up to date about what’s going on.

Besides, a good writers’ conference will energize you. That’s why people go back year after year.

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Often you’ll be able to meet agents and get a feel if they would be a good fit for you.

After you’ve done these things, start researching agents. When you find some you think would work, look at their submission guidelines. This is a good time to learn how to write a query letter. (You can find how-tos and examples online.)

You’ll need to submit to a lot of agents. Some won’t even bother answering you. Don’t take it personally. A lot will also reject you right off because they’re not looking for new clients or they’re looking for a certain type of book and yours doesn’t fit that mold. Again, don’t take it personally. Hopefully, you’ll get some requests for pages, and then an offer of representation.

Agents send your manuscript to publishers.

Choose wisely. I tell new authors to keep in mind that the advance the publisher offers may be the only money they see. If you worked on your book for a thousand hours (and yes, some of my books have taken me that long) and you receive a 2,000 advance (and yes, some publishers will offer this little—or less) then you may only get paid 2.00 an hour for your work.

Don’t take that deal.

Happy submitting!


What are the best ways for authors to get publishers?

First, find publishers who are publishing the kind of book you just wrote.

Find the ones accepting unsolicited manuscripts.

Find their Submissions Guidelines on their website. Follow them to the letter. This is your first test. If you can’t be arsed to follow a simple set of instructions, the last thing they need to do is waste their time trying to work with you. Editors do not swan around an office drinking cups of tea and eating bonbons. Editors work 12 hour days, trying to cram everything they need to do into their day.

Send your manuscript. Do not send it to more than one publisher at a time. You will be rejected automatically if the publisher discovers you have done this, even if they want to buy the book. Why? Because no editor wants to get into a bidding war over some unknown writer when there are twelve more just as good he can offer the standard contract to. The only person who can submit a manuscript to more than one publisher is an agent, because agents are acknowledged as experts at being able to recognize a hot property.

So, you have sent it in. Let me explain the process here.

Generally someone like a secretary goes through them and rejects certain things automatically. (Believe me, I am not making this up) Things like manuscripts with illustrations, manuscripts handwritten, written in crayon, written on a yellow legal pad, written on one long continuous scroll, or basically manuscripts that don’t conform to the formatting. Also automatically rejected are books based on someone else’s creation, whether that be a movie, a comic, a TV series, or another book or book series. No one will ever buy your book based on someone else’s creation.

Then they sit there until the First Reader gets to them. There may be more than one First Reader. They are generally someone the editor trusts, who shares the editor’s taste. This, by the way, is not a job you can apply for. The First Readers are all salaried people who look at manuscripts in their downtime. The First Reader reads the synopsis and the first page. That weeds out a lot. Then he reads the first chapter. That weeds out more. Then he reads the first three chapters and the last chapter. If the manuscript passes all that, he takes it home and reads the whole thing. If it still passes muster it goes to an assistant editor where it goes through the whole process, and finally to the editor.

Always remember this mantra: Publishers are not in the business to publish books; like any other business, they are in this business to make money. Thirty or forty years ago, editors could publish niche books they really believed in, knowing that the others would make up for the losses on the oddball books. Not any more. Publishing companies are now owned by media conglomerates, and editors are under incredible pressure to make every book pay off.

You have two options here if you get a rejection letter. You can rewrite your book, or you can try somewhere else. If you keep getting the same reaction, then your only option is going to be a rewrite or self-publishing.

But I can absolutely guarantee you that if your writing is any good it will always take about a year for you to get an answer.

And never, ever say “I’ll never submit to X again!” That’s just cutting off your own foot. Admit gracefully that you didn’t write a book that fit what they were looking for at the time and move on. They didn’t insult your firstborn child. The book just wasn’t what they were looking for and they had the courtesy to give you a short answer why.


Traditional Book publishing: The complete process

There are ghostwriting service agencies, such as Ghost Writer, Inc., that do everything you need: ghostwrite, edit, publish and market. But there are several of these you can easily find online.

And so I suggest you research as many of them as you see fit to explore. Find the services and pricing you need to fulfill your publishing and marketing needs. I also suggest premarketing your book manuscript before it is finished.

Build up a ready audience for your published book. Then, complete it through professional ghostwriting services and have it either self or commercially published. To secure commercial publication success, you can have the ghostwriting service prepare a nonfiction book proposal or a fiction package of documents, including a query letter. Then you send these out to a list of legitimate literary agents or agencies, until you land one of them. It is their job to in turn land you a proper book publisher.

However, it is a good idea, before you actually finish preparing your book manuscript, to do plenty of pre-marketing. You can hire a service such as a ghostwriting services agency or company to do this for you, for a decent price. This is to build up your audience for the book.

You want to have lots of potential readers waiting, and to pre-order copies of your book, before it is published and sold. This is a great modern strategy to vastly increase your audience potential, and to increase book sales too. Another couple of things: create a book sales website. You will sell copies of your book directly (through the publisher, of course) to your adoring public with your own book sales website. Be sure to keep a fan page with a button to your Amazon site for book sales. Have an ebook and a print book version of your book, preferably also a hardback and a softcover edition.

And go to various free sites online, such as Authors Den, Goodreads, Wattpad and others, and list your book there. You can pay for some services, but many of them are for free. Another good place to advertise your book is Where the Writers Go to Write (Poetry, Stories, Contests and more!) – there are lots of things you can do on your own to promote your book sales. Source:

Yes, the Kindle e-reader is worth buying if you love reading in general. The following can be perks of using a Kindle. 

  • Saves paper – The very logo of Kindle is indicative of the greatest perk of using a kindle. You get to save more than a tree because you are reading a paper-less version of a book. It is an undeniable truth that trees get cut to produce paper, but an e-version of the book helps you save paper, and hence a forest itself. Order a refurbished kindle here.
  • Easy to carry – I frequently travel between cities, usually by road which means I’ll have time to kill during the travel. I’d always prefer reading to any other mode of passing time, but Kindle helps me pretty much because it is a mobile-library in which I’ve hand-picked all books I’d love to read.
  • Reading after lights out – With paper-backs or hardbound books, the reading is limited to only day-time as switching on the light when there are others asleep in the room would be unkind. The Kindle device has controls for the brightness and what more! Reading doesn’t hurt the eyes.
  • the GOTO and SEARCH options- There is this GOTO option which helps you go to any part of the book whenever you wish. You can always come back to where you are elegantly. You can also search for a given word which looked interesting when you it a few minutes ago. The search option locates the word and you can enjoy reading twice as much.
  • Font size and font style: I have a habit of posting pictures of whatever lines I love reading. The adjustable font-size and font-style options help me do it. This is a recent picture from A Clash of Kings .

This is an older picture from A Game of Thrones

  • In built Dictionary – Archaic words used as part of the book you are reading can be deciphered. I was reading A Game of Thrones , the first book in the series of A Song of Ice and Fire by GRR Martin. I could appreciate GRR Martin’s extravagant vocabulary better since I had used a Kindle device to read it.
  • For example, have a look at the following images from GOOGLE.







GRR Martin uses a different word to denote each of the above animals. I would have been less happy if he had used just the word HORSE for each of them. Yes all of them are horses. But their special names are as follows.

A: Garron – A Highland Pony

B: Palfrey – A Horse used usually by women for ordinary riding.

C: Gelding – A castrated male horse

D: Destrier – A war horse

E: Mare – A female horse

F: Stallion – A male horse which has not been castrated.

I would have never looked up the Dictionary for the first four words (I’m a lazy reader) , but Kindle gives me the definition at the tap of the screen.

  • The Thuglife – It makes you look cool as a thug or a bad-ass when you can use your kindle device all-day. This happens when I travel for 10–20 hours at a stretch by train. Co-passengers pass their time on their smartphones, which eventually lose charge or make the eyes feel strained. The Kindle doesn’t lose charge easily and helps you read for longer periods of time. That makes you live the THUGLIFE.


5,000 copies.

To appear in the bestseller list of the New York Times, you need to sell at least 5,000 copies in a one week period. Better to sell 10,000, just to be on the safe side.

For the Wall Street Journal’s list which is a little bit less prestigious, you need 3,000 to 5,000 sales in the same time period.[1]

Earlier this month, the Albanian language version of my book, “The Smell of War” was No.2 on Amazon Germany in the “Biographies of military leaders” category. I didn’t sell thousands of books on that day to achieve this, but “only” 98 copies.[2]

Amazon’s bestseller lists, on the other hand, are much “easier”. They are a lot like Quora’s “Most viewed writer” lists.

If you are competing in a very narrow category (what on Quora would be called a topic), you can appear in one of the many bestseller lists without that many sales.

On the other hand, when you want to hit the No. 1 spot in one of the more prestigious categories on Amazon, for example, “Mysteries” or even “Top 100 in Kindle store” you need to sell thousand of books-in a day!




You don’t.

Cheap paper contains the seeds of its own destruction. Common paper pulp is made with hydrochloric acid, and some of the acid stays in the paper after it’s manufactured. Acid-bearing paper will turn yellow, then eventually crumble, no matter what you do, and there’s little you can do to stop it (short of extremely expensive treatments to remove or neutralize the acid). Even if you keep the paper in perfect storage environments, this happens.

The treatments that remove the acid are called “deacidification,” and they’re done in machines that look like this, using special chemicals:

You can buy special sprays you can spray onto each page of a book that will supposedly prevent acid damage, but I’m not sure how well they work. I’m frankly a little skeptical; the chemicals used in the machines are pretty potent, not things you’d want to be spraying about.

So the simple solution is “buy books printed on acid-free paper.” Acid-free paper is more expensive, though, so publishers don’t generally use it except for high-end editions, and sometimes not even then. Source:

There are tons of authors who have sold over a million copies. You can check out some list of the most popular best selling fiction authors of all time ranked by how well their books have sold here : The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time

Here are top thirteen best selling authors

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare has sold more fiction than anybody else in history, with over two million books sold. Though it would be difficult to classify Shakespeare as a novelist, he is obviously an enormously gifted, unprecedented playwright and poet.

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is estimated to have sold a maximum total of two billion books. She wrote a total of 85 over the course of her lifetime. Known for her novels of murder, mystery, and the crime thriller genre, English novelist Agatha Christie has sold an astronomical number of books.

Barbara Cartland

Novelist Barbara Cartland has sold an estimated maximum of one billion books. Cartland is one of the most prolific authors of all time, having written 723 books. She is known for writing romance novels.

Harold Robbins

Harold Robins has sold an estimated maximum of 750 million books. Known for the adventure genre, Robins has published 23 books.

Georges Simenon

Georges Simenon has sold an estimated maximum of 700 million books. Simenon is known for his detective novels. An almost unprecedentedly prolific author, Simenon has had 570 books published.

Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel has sold an estimated maximum of 560 million books. Steel has mastered the genre of romance. Steel is currently the best selling fiction writer alive.

Gilbert Patten

Gilbert Patten has sold a maximum estimated number of 500 million books. Patten is known for his adolescent adventure novels.

Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy has sold an estimated maximum of 413 million books.

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling has sold a maximum estimate of about 400 million books. Maybe you’ve heard of them? They are about some boy wizard named Harry Potter.

Jackie Collins

Jackie Collins has sold a maximum estimated amount of 400 million books. Known for her romance novels, Collins has had all 25 of her novels become best sellers.

Horatio Alger

Horatio Alger has sold a maximum estimated amount of 400 million books. Known for dime novels, Alger has had 135 books published.

Stephen King

Stephen King has sold an estimated maximum of 350 million books. Known for horror and fantasy, with over 70 books, King has become synonymous for modern tales of the macabre.

Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz has sold a maximum estimate of 325 million thriller books. Koontz has had over 60 books published.


The Kindle app is just fine if you are a casual reader.

The Kindle device is useful for people who spend hours reading. The e-ink display ensures that the device doesn’t strain your eyes the way a smartphone or tablet does.

Also, when you’re reading on your Kindle device there will be no notifications from the ten different apps you have on your phone for email, messaging, and social networking. You can immerse yourself in the book and forget about the world outside.

Others have already mentioned that the device is much more ergonomic from the point of view of reading (and not watching videos/typing). So that’s that.


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