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Announcing Best Selling Pregnancy Books on Yowzas!

March 17, 2009

Just launched… Best selling pregnancy books!

At the top of the list is “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.”

What to Expect When You're Expecting

Mac OS X Leopard: The Missing Manual

March 5, 2009

The best selling computer book of 2008* is David Pogue’s book “Mac OS X Leopard: The Missing Manual.” For anyone new to Mac this book comes highly recommended. Read the reviews on Yowzas!

Excerpt from the book’s description:

With Leopard, Apple has unleashed the greatest version of Mac OS X yet, and David Pogue is back with another meticulous Missing Manual to cover the operating system with a wealth of detail. The new Mac OS X 10.5, better known as Leopard, is faster than its predecessors, but nothing’s too fast for Pogue and this Missing Manual.

Mac OS X Leopard: The Missing Manual

Read reviews and purchase Mac OS X Leopard: The Missing Manual on Yowzas!

Read about it on Amazon: link

*unqualified – overheard David Pogue tweet it

Kindle 2 text-to-speech PR debacle

March 2, 2009
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Amazon released Kindle 2 with text-to-speech. This feature will read the contents of the book to you, in a typical computer generated voice. I.e., hiccuped and not terribly smooth.

When the authors and publishers of Kindle’s books heard, they got upset. They believe it would eliminate or severely reduce their audio book sales, and consider text-to-speech a derivative work (i.e, a copy).

Amazon has just announced that they will support the option to turn off text-to-speech on each individual book that an author requests.

Now the unfortunate part of this debacle is that the owners of the Kindle believe that Amazon doesn’t stick up for them, since they were so easy to cave to the author’s demands.

This feature was never expected to be in the Kindle in the first place. Now that their customers have been given it, they demand to have it.

New on Yowzas! best selling computer books

February 27, 2009

Just launched… Computer books!

Strange though… Black Swan shows up first in the computers section of Amazon?

How improbable! It’s truly a magical book.


Books that made the Oscars

February 23, 2009

Now that the Oscars are over, I wanted to share some of the books that made the Oscars.

Slumdog Millionaire

At the top of the list is one of the most inspiring movies of 2008, “Slumdog Millionaire.”

Slumdog Millionaire

From the book review
Vikas Swarup’s spectacular debut novel opens in a jail cell in Mumbai, India, where Ram Mohammad Thomas is being held after correctly answering all twelve questions on India’s biggest quiz show, Who Will Win a Billion? It is hard to believe that a poor orphan who has never read a newspaper or gone to school could win such a contest. But through a series of exhilarating tales Ram explains to his lawyer how episodes in his life gave him the answer to each question.

Slumdog Millionaire trailer

Read reviews and purchase Slumdog Millionaire on Yowzas!

Read about it on Amazon: link


Milk

The brief story of Harvey Milk is sad and tragic. Read about his impact on civil rights in the book “The Mayor of Castro Street The Life and Times of Harvey Milk.”

Milk

From the book review
Known as “The Mayor of Castro Street” even before he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Harvey Milk’s personal life, public career, and final assassination reflect the dramatic emergence of the gay community as a political power in America. It is a story full of personal tragedies and political intrigues, assassinations at City Hall, massive riots in the streets, the miscarriage of justice, and the consolidation of gay power and gay hope.

Milk trailer

Read reviews and purchase Milk on Yowzas!

Read about it on Amazon: link


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Brad Pitt takes an F. Scott Fitzgerald book to the big screen with “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

From the book review
The curious tale of a man who begins his life as an apparent septuagenarian and grows younger every year – much to the bewilderment and consternation of he and his family.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button trailer

Read reviews and purchase The Curious Case of Benjamin Button on Yowzas!

Read about it on Amazon: link


The Reader

Last, but not least, is Kate Winslet in “The Reader.”

The Reader

From the book review
Originally published in Switzerland, and gracefully translated into English by Carol Brown Janeway, The Reader is a brief tale about sex, love, reading, and shame in postwar Germany. Michael Berg is 15 when he begins a long, obsessive affair with Hanna, an enigmatic older woman. He never learns very much about her, and when she disappears one day, he expects never to see her again. But, to his horror, he does. Hanna is a defendant in a trial related to Germany’s Nazi past, and it soon becomes clear that she is guilty of an unspeakable crime. As Michael follows the trial, he struggles with an overwhelming question: What should his generation do with its knowledge of the Holocaust? “We should not believe we can comprehend the incomprehensible, we may not compare the incomparable…. Should we only fall silent in revulsion, shame, and guilt? To what purpose?”

The Reader trailer

Read reviews and purchase The Reader on Yowzas!

Read about it on Amazon: link

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February 17, 2009

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Comic book fun with “Watchmen” by Alan Moore

February 17, 2009
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From the author of “V for Vendetta”, comes “Watchmen.”  Read the reviews on Yowzas!

Excerpt from the book’s description:

Packed with symbolism, some of the overlying themes (arms control, nuclear threat, vigilantes) have dated but the intelligent social and political commentary, the structure of the story itself, its intertextuality (chapters appended with excerpts from other “works” and “studies” on Moore’s characters, or with excerpts from another comic book being read by a child within the story), the finepace of the writing and its humanity mean that Watchmen more than stands up–it keeps its crown as the best the genre has yet produced. –Mark Thwaite

The movie is coming out on March 3rd, 2009.

Watchmen

Read reviews and purchase Watchmen on Yowzas!

Read about it on Amazon: link

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