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free (formerly, now $2.99) kindle ebook (short) – ’6 Keys to Maximizing Creativity’ by Robert Harris

March 13, 2014

update 3/15 – now $2.99

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“Books That Inspired Our Passion for Reading, $2.99 or Less on Kindle” – today’s daily deal at Amazon.com

March 9, 2014

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new book – ‘The News: A User’s Manual’ by Alain de Botton

February 13, 2014

The News

The News: A User’s Manual by Alain de Botton (Pantheon, 2014)

(kindle ed.), (amazon.co.uk), (UK kindle ed.)

Book description from the publisher:

The news is everywhere. We can’t stop constantly checking it on our computer screens, but what is this doing to our minds?

We are never really taught how to make sense of the torrent of news we face every day, writes Alain de Botton (author of the best-selling The Architecture of Happiness), but this has a huge impact on our sense of what matters and of how we should lead our lives. In his dazzling new book, de Botton takes twenty-five archetypal news stories—including an airplane crash, a murder, a celebrity interview and a political scandal—and submits them to unusually intense analysis with a view to helping us navigate our news-soaked age. He raises such questions as Why are disaster stories often so uplifting? What makes the love lives of celebrities so interesting? Why do we enjoy watching politicians being brought down? Why are upheavals in far-off lands often so boring?

In The News: A User’s Manual, de Botton has written the ultimate guide for our frenzied era, certain to bring calm, understanding and a measure of sanity to our daily (perhaps even hourly) interactions with the news machine.

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MIT Press BITS – excerpts from MIT Press titles

February 8, 2014

Here’s the whole list of MIT Press BITs at Amazon.com

MIT Press BITs at amazon.co.uk

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$0.99 kindle ebook – ‘Take the Leap: Do What You Love 15 Minutes a Day & Create the Life of Your Dreams’ by Heather McCloskey Beck

February 4, 2014

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