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How far will an author go to satisfy a customer?

February 13, 2009
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Dan Fleisch, the author of “A Student’s Guide to Maxwell’s Equation,” first learned about the problem on the book’s Amazon reviews page. The book that was shipped to this one customer was missing the first 38 pages. Unsatisfied with his purchase, the customer complained loudly on the Amazon reviews page. Upon reading this, Dan sprung into action.

Read the original bad review here on the Yowzas! page for A Student’s Guide to Maxwell’s Equation

How far will you go for your readership?

Read the full story of Dan Fleisch’s adventures.

Read reviews and purchase A Student’s Guide to Maxwell’s Equation on Yowzas!

Read about it on Amazon: link

Announcing Personal Finance books on Yowzas!

February 11, 2009

I’m happy to announce that Yowzas! now has a personal finance books section.

If you have suggestions on additional sections you would like to see, comment below, or send me an email jason at yowzas dot com

Currently the best selling books in personal finance are…

  1. Suze Orman’s 2009 Action Plan
  2. The Great Depression Ahead: How to Prosper in the Crash Following the Greatest Boom in History
  3. The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

As always, you can keep track of this list with our custom RSS feeds: Personal Finance Books RSS Feed

Elizabeth Gilbert author of “Eat, Pray, Love” discusses genius

February 10, 2009

“Aren’t you afraid that you’ll fail? Yes.” – Elizabeth Gilbert discusses genius and the fear of failure. Titled “A different way to think about creative genius.” This is an interesting talk on the meaning of genius and how to tame it. watch the video

It’s an inspiring talk for any creative types out there. ¡Olé!

Her “freakishly successful” novel “Eat, Pray, Love” is currently on sale for $3.45 in paperback. That’s an incredible price for any book, let alone a book that has come so highly praised. read the reviews

Read reviews and purchase Eat, Pray, Love on Yowzas!

Read about it on Amazon: link

Amazon’s Kindle 2 is available for pre-order!

February 9, 2009
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Amazon has finally put up the page for the Kindle 2. However, it won’t be available until February 24th. My initial impression is that they seem to have fixed some of the ergonomic issues of the original. But here is a more complete list:

New Features & Enhancements

  • Slim & Lightweight: Just over 1/3 inch and 10.2 ounces
  • Books in under 60 seconds: Get books delivered in less than 60 seconds; no PC required
  • Improved Display: Reads like real paper; now boasts 16 shades of gray for crisp images and text; even reads well in bright sunlight
  • Longer Battery Life: 25% longer battery life; read for days without recharging
  • More Storage: Take your library with you; holds over 1,500 books
  • Faster Page Turns: 20% faster page turns
  • Read-to-Me: Text-to-Speech feature means Kindle can read every book, blog, magazine, and newspaper out loud.
  • No Wireless Bills: No monthly wireless bills, data plans, or commitments. Amazon pays for Kindle’s wireless connectivity so you won’t see a monthly wireless bill.
  • Large Selection: Over 230,000 books, plus U.S. and international newspapers, magazines and blogs available
  • Low Book Prices: New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases $9.99, unless marked otherwise

 

Read about it on Amazon: link

Joe Torre “The Yankee Years”

February 9, 2009
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Joe Torre clears the air with “The Yankee Years.” Read how the nickname “A-Fraud” (A-Rod) came about and insights into how professional baseball and sports have changed over the years. It was briefly listed for $8.99, but shot back up to $13.99. Make sure to follow the price to get it at a steep discount.

Read reviews and purchase The Yankee Years on Yowzas!

Read about it on Amazon: link

Update: A-Rod admits using performance enhancing drugs… aka steroids.

Bill Gates plugs Work Hard. Be Nice.

February 7, 2009
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Bill Gates mentioned KIPP and their book “Work Hard. Be Nice.” at Ted* a few days ago. Here’s the video

On the  book reviews of Work Hard. Be Nice. it has been said that the book is “required reading” and “this works.” But, I ask, if so many public schools are doing it wrong, why hasn’t it been corrected yet? Is it time, money, politics, teacher’s unions… what?

As a side note, I think the best point made by Bill Gates is that getting a masters degree in education doesn’t correlate to the performance of a teacher. Instead, it’s highly correlated to past performance.

Read reviews and purchase Work Hard. Be Nice. on Yowzas!

Read about it on Amazon: link

* For those who don’t know, Ted is conference where prominent educators, entrepreneurs, musicians, artists and other inspirational people give talks. We are fortunate that Ted posts videos of the lectures online for us all.

Grisham is back with The Associate

February 6, 2009
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John Grisham is back with a new legal thriller “The Associate.” But, the reviews are outright negative at this point. Some readers going so far as to say “disappointed.” It seems that readers have come to expect the author who started the legal thriller genre, should be able to go above and beyond with each new novel. What do you think? Readers, in your opinion, is this a realistic expectation?

It’s available for a new low price of $10. Even at that price, it may only be worth it for hardcore Grisham fans.

Read reviews and purchase The Associate on Yowzas!

Read about it on Amazon: link