Category: Books

Astronomy Made Simple

This means I have textbooks of all sorts as well as pocket type references. Yes, much of the information is duplicated, which is fine, and while writing any given article, I may have three or four books piled up next to this computer – checking facts, and making sure I get things as accurate as possible. If you saw my office, you’d think I was some sort of crazy scientist, but that really isn’t the reality here.

Now then, one great little book, which I have been using lately, as I study NEOs or Near Earth Objects, like comets with short periods, and asteroids, meteors, meteor showers etc, is a book which is actually some 15-years old. Of course, in a planetary or solar system time line, that’s not even a full drop in the bucket. In any case let me recommend this great reference book to you, in case you need to get the facts quickly, or wish to have an easy to use study guide on astronomy;

“Astronomy” part of the Applied Science Review Series w/a complete course review, and outline format, by C. Gregory Seab PhD and the series edited by Stanley Loeb and; published by Springhouse Corporation, Springhouse, PA, (1995), pp. 184, ISBN: 0-87434-606.

This book is broken into easy to look-up sections; History of Astronomy, Earth, other planets, Moon, Sun, Solar System Evolution, Milky Way, Universe, Cosmology, Interplanetary bodies, telescopes, etc. This book would make a great book for a High School Advance Placement Astronomy course, or a Introductory college course. It would be awesome for a parent doing homeschooling too.

Of course, I use it for my writing, and to make sure my terminology is correct. It might be a little old for current topics, as we have learned so much about our solar system in the last 15-years, but it is fully adequate for everything else. So, if you are looking for yet another handy reference book for your writing or you want to teach yourself or your kids about astronomy, it’s perfect.

Different Types Of Citibank Student Loans

Citibank student loans are labeled as CitiAssist loans and are generally divided among different career paths. Each sector has its own benefits for those pursuing their particular field of study. For those seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees, CitiAssist offers private loans to cover all kinds of expenses associate with going to school. Books, computer and tuition can all be covered with this type of loan from Citibank. With flexible financing, competitive APR rates and no loan fees, students are offered a way to finance their education rather reasonably. Another advantage is the ability to borrow up to the cost of your education less any kind of federal funding you have received.

For those who are pursuing a medical degree or any kind of health profession, Citibank student loans geared toward this field are available. Competitive APR rates, flexible financing and co-signer benefits all are included with this particular loan. The fields of study approved by Citibank include allopathy, dentistry, optometry, osteopathy, pharmacology, podiatry and even veterinary medicine. You must be at least a part time student to take advantage of this type of loan and there are no required payments you must make while in school.

The third type of student loan offered by Citibank is one built for those seeking a law degree or profession in the field. Like the undergraduate, graduate and health degrees, competitive APR rates and flexible financing come as part of the package deal. There are no payments required while in school or after graduation during the nine month grace period. Another feature for law degrees is there are no loan fees as well. You must be a part, half or full-time student to apply for Citibank student loans built for law degrees. When you are ready to take your bar exam, there is a CitiAssist bar exam loan available to you from your third year through the final year of your schooling. This also extends through to a year past graduation.

Choosing Your Book Format: Hardcover or Paperback

In the past, the decision about a book cover followed a steady pattern with traditional publishers. Most big name traditional publishers would print a book in hardcover, and then some months later, the paperback version would come out. This process was followed for a couple of reasons. A new book, especially by a well-known author, was a collector’s item. The first edition of a hardcover book was something to treasure, and it was often of the highest quality and made to be aesthetically pleasing, including having a dust jacket. People who wanted a book they could treasure for the rest of their lives would buy a hardcover book. But not all readers could afford hardcover books, so a cheaper mass market paperback would eventually follow. Depending on how much value the readers perceived that the book would hold for them, they might opt to buy the hardcover or they might wait for the paperback. On occasions where the hardcover did not sell well, the paperback edition was never released.

As the world of publishing has changed in the last couple of decades, more publishers have begun to bring out only paperback versions for books perceived not to be of such great lasting value, especially in terms of genre books like romance novels and mysteries. This move saves the publisher money and also makes the books available to a target audience that might not have paid as much for a hardcover of a mystery that can be read in just a few hours.

Now that self-publishing has become so popular, and because traditional publishers are struggling to remain financially stable, more and more books are being printed solely as paperbacks because it’s the most affordable choice. However, hardcover books are still chosen for significant titles by traditional publishers, and some self-published authors also choose hardcover books, often in addition, but rarely in place of paperbacks.

In choosing a book cover format, authors should think about the way the book will be used, the practicality of the cover choice, their own printing costs, what price the market will bear, and how potential readers will view the cover. Following is a breakdown of guidelines for choosing a book cover format for self-publishers.

Hardcover

If you are publishing your first book, you probably should keep your costs low until you know your book will sell, so you are better off opting for a paperback over a hardcover book. That said, there are some exceptions to this rule. Hardcover books are often a good choice for:

  • Children’s Books-because children might be rough with their books so these covers will give the book greater endurance.
  • Cookbooks-because a hardcover book can more easily lay flat on a kitchen counter for quick reference while cooking.
  • Coffee Table Books-hardcover books are easier to hold than paperback books because coffee table books tend to be larger than the average size of 6×9 or smaller used for most paperback books.

While most nonfiction titles and novels will do best as paperback books, you might also ask yourself what perceived value your readers will find in the book. How important is your book, and how important will your readers perceive it to be? Putting your ego aside, you need to understand that your readers are probably not going to place as great a value on your romance novel as they will if you write a biography of Mark Twain. The type of cover you use will speak to the reader, telling him how important your subject is. Remember, readers, do judge a book by its cover.

One final advantage to a hardcover book is the amount of “selling” text you can place on it. It is possible to print a nice looking hardcover book without a dust jacket so that the front and back material is the same as if you printed a paperback. However, most hardcover books are printed with dust jackets, which allow for more text to be printed on them. A good formula for text on a dust jacket is to fill the back of it with testimonials you’ve collected from other authors or experts in your field. Then the inside front flap can provide a description of your book that might even run over onto your inside back flap. The inside back flap can also provide space for a short biography of the author and room for a color author photo. Room for more text means more space to sell your book to the potential reader.

That said, if you’re like me, you may find the dust jacket gets annoying while you read the book. I have a tendency to remove the dust jacket while I read, but if readers do that, it doesn’t hurt anything once the book has been sold.

Finally, think about the cost to you and the customer. A paperback book is more affordable to authors and readers. However, a hardcover can be produced sometimes for as little as four dollars more, and that cost can be passed onto the customer by selling the book for five dollars more so you still make a profit on the hardcover. The question is simply: Will people be willing to pay five dollars more for the hardcover edition?

Paperback

The paperback cover is most affordable, and except for the few exceptions listed above, it is probably the best choice for any book, especially novels and self-help books and other nonfiction titles. Again, your book will be judged by its cover, so people may perceive your paperback book as of lesser value-meaning they might actually think the content is of less value too-than if it were a hardcover. However, there is no longer any sense that people are “slumming” by buying paperbacks. I don’t know the percentages for a fact, but I would guess that at least 90 percent of books are printed solely as paperbacks today, especially among self-published books.

You have a little less space on a paperback cover to write text that will sell the book, but you can generally fit on the back cover all the information that you would include on the inside flaps of a hardcover’s dust jacket. If you wish to include testimonials, you can place them inside the front cover as the opening pages. I have mixed feelings about the placement of testimonials. Many readers will read them in choosing to buy the book, but others will go to the book description first-most people will buy the book because the topic interests them more than because someone famous said the book is great-but having both can only help so it’s up to you whether or not you feel your testimonials deserve back cover space. Often you can fit just one or two short testimonials on the back cover with the description and author bio to balance everything out.

French Flaps

I’m seeing more and more books published with French flaps. This format is basically a hybrid. It is really a paperback book, but the flaps are an extended part of the paperback cover that folds inward to serve as a dust jacket without being removable. French flaps provide the same space as a hardcover for book descriptions without the expense of a hardcover with a dust jacket. A book with French flaps does cost more than a paperback, but depending on how many books you print, it will probably cost you less than a dollar more per unit.

I believe a lot of authors are choosing to use French flaps because they believe this format makes their book look more professional or significant than if it were simply a paperback. Readers may be impressed with the look of French flaps and even see them as a novelty, but frankly, I find such books annoying to read-the flaps have a tendency of wanting to flip up, making the book somewhat unwieldy. This format feels pretentious to me like such books have delusions of wanting to be hardcover books.

Making the Choice

Personally, a standard paperback is good enough for me with the few exceptions of books I’ve listed where a hardcover is preferable. While I have offered some guidelines here for choices, no two books are the same and special circumstances may exist that would make one cover a better choice than another. Every author must choose for himself which book cover will best suit his book to promote its value as well as be most desirable in format and price to potential readers.

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Really Enjoy a Good Book

The thing is, that when I read a novel I like to do it properly and to feel fully immersed in the book. Too many people I see reading a book on the tube, dipping in and out of the narrative while chatting to their friends or asking people for the time, and too often I see people really just skim reading the content without actually taking it in.

When I read I like to word out every line in my head in the imagined spoken voice that I think that person would have, and I like to imagine it all in detail. I read every line, and I sound out every comma and every italicised section to sound the way I think it should and to add or remove emphasis accordingly.

And to do all this I also like to set the scene perfectly first so that it’s ideally conducive to being able to really bask in what I’m reading. Here is how I do it…

Sorting Everything Out

First of all, before I sit down to read I like to make sure that I have no pressing concerns weighing on my mind and potentially preventing me from fully enjoying the experience. As such then I will run around quickly to finish any pressing chores and I’ll tidy up the space around me to be clean and organized and to give me space to breathe. Only once I’ve set aside myself some ‘bubble time’ with no potential stressors, I then turn off my hone and sit down to read.

The Perfect Lighting

The perfect reading lighting is a tricky thing to accomplish. On the one hand it’s got to be a dim enough light that I feel cosy, but meanwhile it mustn’t be so dim that it causes eye strain. This means then that it should be a kind of mellow glow that relaxes me but still enables me to focus.

Comfort

I also like to make sure that wherever I’m sitting is super comfortable. There’s nothing quite like reading in bed, but then at the same time a comfortable couch or even a bean bag can be just as good, so long as it’s easy to recline.

That said I do also have another place I like to read – coffee shops. Though they aren’t silent the background chatter and clinking of mugs can often add a little atmosphere to the experience and make me feel almost like I’m in a novel myself. The mysterious stranger in the corner, buried in his book…

Tea

Finally I must make myself a cup of tea. Being a serious caffeine addict, when I drink caffeine I tend to feel all the tension leave my body and it’s a great way for me to unwind and make any moment better.

Value of a Good Business Math Textbook

Business mathematics is used by commercial enterprises in order to record and manage their operations. Most such courses are usually taken at the undergraduate level by business students, although sometimes they can be offered at the high school level to those who do not intend to go to college or who wish to pursue an associate’s degree. Two of the more advanced such courses at the college level are Business Calculus and Statistics. At the high school level the course might be geared toward the average person and called something like Consumer Math. In nearly all of these courses there is an emphasis on practicality and the types of problems typically encountered in commerce and everyday life.

The sort of practical subjects that might be discussed in these textbooks include computing interest, handling checking accounts, setting prices, calculating payroll and issues involving credit, interest and mortgages. Such subjects may require the book to include a review of some aspects of elementary arithmetic, elementary algebra, decimals and other forms of mathematics useful in addressing a wide array of practical commercial problems. Formulas are also reviewed.

Assignments in business math textbooks usually involve trying to solve real-life problems a person might encounter in the commercial world, both as an owner and a consumer. The textbook presents the kind of real-life scenarios that people in business and in their role as consumers encounter on a regular basis. At the same time, the textbook attempts to explain the various options that exist to resolve these problems.

A good business math textbook is essential to the successful understanding of the many forms of financial interaction discussed in these courses. To acquire or rent a textbook required for class visit a reputable textbook supplier. If the supplier has a book buyback program as well, then that will enable the student to recoup a significant portion of the purchase price. In any case, the business math textbook is a valuable companion to successfully completing the course and pursuing a career in this field.

Solutions To Finding Cheaper Textbooks

  1. Email the Professor – You may not need all the books on the class textbook list. Communicate with your professor about the textbook needs for the class. Inquire which are absolutely required and which are suggested. It also never hurts to ask if your professor has any copies available to lend for the semester. Many students wait till the first day of class to talk to the professor. The main point is to find what textbooks are essential and which are a waste of money.
  2. Rent – Textbook prices are ridiculous. Rentals may be the biggest way to lower textbook costs. It also ties up the least cash up front compared to buying and reselling. Rental prices tend to be 20-25% of the cost to purchase. Make sure you review the T&C’s, especially the return date and any grace periods.
  3. International Editions – In many cases textbook publishers offer lower cost editions in other countries. They may have a paper cover or black & white photos but the content is the same. You will be amazed at how low the prices are for International Editions of the same textbook.
  4. Last Year’s Edition – If you absolutely cannot afford this year’s edition of a textbook consider buying the prior edition of the book. Many times the changes are minor and you will get the content for rock bottom prices. Search by title and not the ISBN to find other editions of your textbook.
  5. Shop Around – You don’t know a good price unless you shop around. Don’t assume the major players always have the cheapest price. Supply and demand cause prices to shift quickly so today’s cheapest source may not be the cheapest source tomorrow. There are online tools that help you compare prices making you a smarter shopper and maximizes your savings potential.

Greatest Science Inventions of All Time

The book under review titled 100 Greatest Inventions of All Time is worth reading by all. The author Kendall Haven is a senior research scientist turned author. He has written more than 30 books.

His way of story telling is amazing. In the present book he has covered hundred great inventions spreading over a period from 25 B.C. to 1996.

Each chapter begins with two questions: What is it and Who invented it? After answering these two questions, he is reasoning out as to why this inventions is one of the 100 greatest.

In the History of Invention, we come to know what people did before the invention. Then comes the main story, How that particular invention was invented. In a lucid style he is giving the full details so that anybody could understand the facts very simply. After the invention, what happens in the world? This is quite a natural question that will arise in the mind of every reader. The author gives the details so that we could understand how world is a better place after the invention was put into use.

Readers will be amazed to know about cloning (year of invention 1996), World Wide Web (1991), Artificial Heart (1981), Personal Computer (1977), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (1977), Organ Transplant (1972), Calculator (1968), Communications Satellite (1962), Space Flight (1961), Heart Pacemaker (1960) etc.

At the end of the each chapter a number of reference books are given so that interested readers could benefit by reading those books.

The anecdotes spread over throughout the book makes one to read the book at a stretch.

There is a tailpiece also titled Fun Fact for each and every chapter.

The Fun Fact for Communications Satellite is this: “Communications satellites can now be used to track fish through the ocean.”

We come to know about hundreds of scientists,engineers and others who were behind these great inventions.

There are four interesting appendix giving the List of Inventors, Inventions by Branch of Science, The next 40 inventions to research and reference sources.

Science Teachers, students, knowledge seekers who would like to enter into the amazing world of inventions should read this book without fail.

The author may write a separate book covering the anecdotes alone to reach millions of science readers.

Civil Engineering Books

Indranil Goswami’s Civil Engineering All-In-One PE Exam Guide: Breadth And Depth is probably the best reference book for PE exam. The book comes with the actual format of the exam, so you can familiarize yourself with the structure of the exam. It does not cover only things that you will need to know to pass the exam, but it also serves as an essential on-the-job reference. The book covers important civil engineering topics such as structures, geotechnics, and construction.

Civil PE Professional Engineering Exam Construction Module by Ruwan Rajapakse is a practice book that contains sample problems that are similar to what you might find on the actual exam. It also has examples and step-by-step worked solutions, complete with illustrations. The book covers various topics such as horizontal curves and vertical curves of highway constructions, multi-storey buildings, construction grade stake markings, machine horsepower computation, and many others.

If you want a good reference book that you can use on daily basis, Analysis and Behavior of Structures by Edwin Rossow would be a good choice. This is an excellent reference book for civil engineering students because it emphasizes assumptions and limitations that they have to take into account when creating mathematical models for analysis. The book will also help you distinguish the differences between nonlinear and linear problems.

Environmental technology is also an integral part of civil engineering, thus Jerry Nathanson’s Basic Environmental Technology: Water Supply, Waste Management & Pollution Control is a good choice for students or engineers who want to gain a better understanding of chemistry, geology, biology, and hydraulics. It is an easy-to-read book, providing introduction on related topics such as pollution control, waste management, or water supply. This book is also a good reference book for professionals working in the public health protection or environmental quality control field.

There are other books that cover specific areas of civil engineering. And since this branch of engineering is a very broad field, it would be better if you can identify the areas you need to improve and you can online for the most suitable books for you.

Multiple Career Choices

The book is outstanding in that though the title is an innocuous – “Multiple Career Choices,” and like many others of its kind, could be a matter-of-fact statement of uninspiring facts and figures, the author has offered a fascinating guided tour of the complex world which every young person must undertake, if he or she wishes to enter a profession or career, best suited to the aptitude, circumstances, aspirations, and capabilities which are unique to every individual.

“While choosing a career one must give due importance to personal values and opt for a profession that is more in sync with these. An overemphasis on money can only lead to short-term gains but long-term unhappiness with the extra money being spent on visiting doctors and psychiatrists. Therefore think wisely before opting for a career.”
Devajit Bhuyan is imbued with the sense of concern exhibited by a parent, whose offspring is about to embark on the most important aspect of life – the choice of a career, which will enable the youngster to live a happy, healthy, profitable, and rewarding life, usefully employing the talents nature has gifted, and the education that has been provided.

He stresses the importance of having a mission, an aim, and a goal. A career should be by choice, not by chance, with awareness of one’s SWOT Analysis – Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.

The author details nine career drivers – Material Rewards, Power and Influence, Search for Meaning, Expertise, Creativity, Affiliation, Autonomy, Security, and Status.

He emphasizes the value of * Benchmarking – finding and implementing the best practices, instead of reinventing the wheel and setting one’s own standards.

The book details the best jobs of the 21st century, the changes in career preferences over the decades, the top 20 challenging jobs, and the factors to be kept in mind while choosing a career, e.g., Intelligence, Personality, Interest, Aptitudes, Physique, Gender, and Age.

It lists hundreds of career options available, the courses of education needed for them, the Colleges, Universities, Deemed Universities, and other institutions with details including the websites, Specialised Courses, Diploma Courses, Degree and Post Degree courses, and various branches of Engineering, Examinations and Tests.

It clarifies through a Question and Answer section, many needed facts about professions.

Professions gaining in importance, Optical Physics, Robotics, Micro Technology, Ocean Engineering, Nanotechnology, Safety Engineering, Financial Engineering, etc. are among those described.

Educational Consultants and Recruiting Agents, the criteria on how to choose a Computer Institute, and Registering for Admission Tests, are among the wealth of chapters in the book.

If your children or wards are entering the upper stage of secondary education, it is time for you to acquire the knowledge offered in this book. If they are already at the stage of having to choose a career, it is still not too late to “look before they leap.”

Revolution Through Books

If we talk about the best friend of a person then it comes to books. This very attribution inspired by young chap Shri Manish Jain. Fond of readings book became his first love and he decided to make his career is the field of books and mass education through books in general and kids in particular. This very inspiration to know the world of book and philosophy of life made Manish to initiate such venture and he started for a great aim by opening of Jainson Book Shop- A world of knowledge through books.

In 1997 on the auspicious occasion of country’s golden jubilee, Jainson Book Shop came out of showroom premises to inspire students for reading through a venture- Pustak Prakrama- so as to gain the awareness of reading right from student life. Afterwards, these were venture converted into serialized book exhibitions and street plays. People not even enjoyed this but ready to inspire and support this surrounding for reading books and enlighten of knowledge

This step makes the initiation as milestone in the literary circle. In 2001, the very spirit of initiative became as mass educating movement with opening of National book fair. Under the banner of Jainson Book Shop, this national book fair stole the show and became the part of history including such action participations of renowned 155 publications all over the country.

The journey of knowledge of Jainson Book Shop turned into the man awaking movement. A span of a decade made book shop prominent in the field of publishing industry. Through the deep rooted devotion, JBS carve a rich in well known publisher and writers and poets as well. Having well identified in such a business of books and distribution JBS not glorify the city of Devi Ahilya Bai as well known the educational capital of Madhya Pradesh but whole country in revolutionary movement through book and awareness of reading. Now people around the world are busy inquiring about different book titles in JBS. This is not a matter of being proud of establishment but being factor of satisfaction.

JBS, now, is well known name in distributing of English, Hindi books of literature to maximum educational institutes of not in Indore city but around the states as well. Apart from being active in successful distribution face to face, JBS took a step to high tech the distribution by on-line it. This made avid readers more interested in logging on the information regarding books and price list. Due to online process, readers could able to sort out books according to their interest. In online catalogue, whole vital information has been encapsulated into systematic manner. This information has included title, writer, publication and IESBN numbers which could make the reader fully informed

Rang Prakashan: JBS has tried to ensure that well know authors poets and novelists should be introduced to their avid readers with interest. For that, Rang Prakashan came into being to serve such purpose. Rang Prakashan has been established by Manish Jain and Associate.

In promoting of the very concept, the prakashan published- “Mahatma Se Manmohan Tak”, “Prakratik Chikitsa Sandali”, Children’s literature and Navasakshar books for the interest of readers. In future this step could go on constantly.