Facebook Speaks! Your Favourite Self-Help Books

I asked a 1002 people on Facebook what their favourite self-help book was. The list below is the result of months of searching. Many of these books are now available in hard copy and ebook format, so it's easy to download any of them on your kindle or any other e reader. They aren't exactly free ebooks, but most of them are very affordable indeed. 

Facebook votes for self-help books

The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr Norman Vincent Peale
A self-help book teaching readers how to gain strength to achieve their goals through the power of positive thinking. This is manifested in - personal relationships, gaining control over your life and breaking the cycle of worry.

Amazon Launches Kindle Indie Bookstore

Amazon has this month launched its first Kindle Indie book store. This has come as great news to indie, e publishers - like myself - around the world. If you're looking to publish your digital book, this is certainly the way to go. 

(What are Indie books? They are books published by Independent authors/publishers who're not affiliated to established publishing companies like Harper Collins for example. It's the same idea of indie musical bands. Kindle indie books are merely those independent books published on kindle).

Readers can log into the Kindle store and browse for an e book at their heart's content. There are currently only 7 genres available in the store front. These are obviously the popular ones like memoirs and thrillers etc. We hope in time, that Amazon will see how popular this is with readers and general users of the site, and would extend their lists to cover most of the genres of e books available.

Straight Talk

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Straight Talk for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
I received a call a couple of days ago. It was one of those with the slight pause before the person at the other end answers your, ‘Hello’. You know, as soon as you get one of these, that someone is going to try and sell you something they describe as everything you need.

The caller wanted to know what type of phone I had and how much I paid a month. I know if I called you up and asked you what type of house you had and how much you paid each month on your mortgage, you’d tell me to get lost – what audacity!
I told him I wasn’t interested in a new phone, and that I was perfectly happy with the phone I’m using, without wondering how much each phone call was going to cost me. After all, if I wanted to call a friend I'd just do so without considering how much each second of the conversation cost. If he’d been from Straight Talk, perhaps I’d have listened with more interest. After all, they’ve cut many a cell (mobile) phones bills by half, leaving you the freedom to spend a bit more on the finer things of life.

7 Ways Blogger Is Better Than Wordpress

The debate between Blogger and Wordpress has divided bloggers for generations (in internet years). Both services have their own niches in the blogosphere, and they certainly have their own advantages. I’ll admit now that this article is shamelessly pro-Blogger. If you’re a fan of Wordpress, you may want to stop reading this article now. What follows are seven pros that gives the Blogger an edge over its longtime rival.

Wordpress addict, why are you still reading? 

Blogger is more user-friendly than Wordpress

A newcomer to Blogger will notice its basic advantage: user-friendliness. Blogger has an easy-to-understand setup with a dashboard of intuitive action icons for the new blogger. Setup, design, posting: all processes within Blogger are streamlined to maximize its efficiency. Within a matter of minutes someone can create and customize their blog with Blogger and start posting. I would recommend Blogger to anyone with limited Internet experience who's starting a new blog.

The Power Of Lists

List features are ludicrously popular with readers and writers alike, both online and in print. Why? Writers can easily order their ideas and are not forced to write essays. They can keep their copy breezy and succinct which always has massive appeal if you blog regularly and are pushed for time. Readers like lists because they are a quick and simple source of information. Scanning such articles for key information you need is easy, much easier than picking out information from a big block of text.
This said, every blog out there is using lists so it’s difficult to stand out from other sites that use them unless you have an angle to attract a specific readership.

Six ways to make the power of lists work for your blog

start making your own lists

Tip One: Play with the numbers

The most common types of lists across the internet are top 5s, top 10s, top 50s and top 100s. Rather than following this numeric trend try listing in 7s, 11s, 13s, 99s and 101s. It may sound a little strange but the sites that use this technique are very popular and it’s because, in part, the number they’ve chosen stands out as a strange and intriguing choice. People click to find out why you have chosen that specific number.

How To Store Pictures Online

Following the success of my post about creating any document online (for free), A Blogger's Books had to show you how to store all your fantastic, digital pictures easily online. 

We're all running out of space to store our digital pictures. Memory sticks are great, but I've personally lost material when one of mine suddenly refused to work. I then started to store pictures of the family on two different memory sticks, but I was still not satisfied. That was when I searched for and found a better way to store our images - online. 

You can too! Best of all, you don't have to pay your cable company for storage space online. It's all free and readily accessible. 

As long as you have a Google account, this will be a piece of cake. If you've ever used Google, have a Blogger blog, used Adsense ads, have an iGoogle page, etc, you already have a Google account. If you don't it takes seconds (literally) to set one up here. You'll get 1024 MB of free storage space and make it as public or as private as you like.

How To Create 'Contact Me' Form on Blogger

Do you know how to create a contact me form on Blogger? As long as you have a Google account you can create almost any document on earth for your blog.  It's so easy, you'll wonder why you've never done it before! You'll get 1024 MB of free storage space.


Type in your password and sign into your Google accounts. (If you have a Blogger blog or Adsense ads, you already have a Google account).
If you've ever created a Google profile, this sits at the top left of the page, along with the picture you updated. If you've never created a Google profile, perhaps this is the time to do so.
All your Google accounts are at the bottom of the page you've opened. These include your Adsense, Analytics, Blogger, Picassa Web Albums and dozens more. If you haven't got all of these, don't worry. The only thing you need for this exercise is 'Google documents'.

Blog Jog Day, 2011

Welcome to Blog Jog Day! Please enjoy my site then click over to Plain and Simple Books Publishing  to see what they have to offer! Lost in the links? You can always go back to the main Blog Jog Day Blog at http://blogjogday.blogspot.com and find a new link to jog from. Thank you for stopping by my site.
I take part in Blog Jog Day each year. 2011 is bigger still, with thousands of views and clicks to each of its participants.
I hope you can stay and browse around A Blogger's Books. We have Online Writing Tutorials, real Writing Opportunities, tutorials for new bloggers, and even help for you if you're looking to boost your income by writing for online sites. This page links you up with sites that really pay. 

Cross On Me: Book By Arie Uittenbogaard

A Bloggers' Books  is pleased to bring you our regular book review. This new book, Cross On Me is by Dutch author Arie Uittenbogaard.

"IN THE FINAL DECADE of the twentieth century the humanities spiralled into an unprecedented crisis. Those fields of inquiry that have always been our most believed mirrors felt their fundaments dissolve and their authorities wane. Although the common masses have no idea, and academics are in no hurry to tell them, mankind is either irreparably mad and ultimately doomed, or going through an awakening on an apocalyptic scale. Right now we are either dying or giving birth."
- Ethel Meyer

Ethel Meyer, a retired literature professor decides to invest her final moments of vision in the raving manuscripts of Qoheleth "Qoe" Bogenheart, a Bostonian theologian who lost his mind while writing it. With the help of mathematical science and industrial capital, Ethel forms the handwritten loose ends into the unity that they intended to convey.
As we follow Qoe on his Bunyanesque voyage to the arctic shore of Alaska we begin to wonder why any man would seek to forgo his sanity. Could it be to emulate Abraham who left his home, or even Christ who gave His life?

Looking For A Cheap, New Phone?

This post brought to you by Straight Talk. All opinions are 100% mine.

straight_talk_phonesMy husband is looking for a new phone at the moment. He’s been on a contract for years and finally wants a phone that takes great pictures and makes and receives calls and texts.  This is all he needs. We already pay for Internet at home, and refuse to pay a second time for it on our phones.
We’ve been researching and deliberating for a while now. Contracts can be great, but sometimes they tie you in to a system that no longer suits you. A lot of customers get caught up with all the elaborate phone salesmen pitch Hook, line and sinker.

My husband will get a free phone from his phone company, but he’ll have to pay a set amount each month, sometimes these arbitrary amounts add up to more than the phone is worth.
That’s where Straight Talk comes in. You can cut your cell (mobile) phone bills in half. There are no credit checks conducted, and no contracts. What’s more, there’s excellent connectivity, and Straight Talk offers high-standard long distance/International calls.

Anne's a published author, freelance writer and experienced editor. She's just signed her second publishing contract this year with 2 separate publishing houses. You can hire her or see her available books in the side panel on the right.
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