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Old 02-23-2010, 04:59 PM   #16
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Stiff is available in the UK from Amazon.com - I've bought it.
It isn't at WHSmith. Perhaps there is no standard ePub version, only Sony has this format in the US (according to Inkmesh) and they might have converted it from LRX.
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It isn't at WHSmith. Perhaps there is no standard ePub version, only Sony has this format in the US (according to Inkmesh) and they might have converted it from LRX.
I have the non-standard ePub version
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Stiff is available in the UK from Amazon.com - I've bought it.
But it HAS to be available as an eBook.
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I have the non-standard ePub version
Then how could you have purchased it at Amazon? Amazon does not sell ePub.
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To be honest, since Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers is only available in the USA (as an eBook), I think that should disqualify it.

Of course, if we do it that way, it may eliminate a lot of possible selections and that includes the one I nominated.
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To be honest, since Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers is only available in the USA (as an eBook), I think that should disqualify it.
Wow... do we really need so many rules? Just don't give it a nomination or a vote.

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I nominate The World Without Us by Alan Weisman. This book examines what would happen to the planet if human beings disappeared. It looks at a wide variety of specific questions ranging from why and when bridges would fall down to what would happen to cockroaches. I just checked and it's available for both Kindle ($9.99) and SONY ($10.50).

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Please let's not get into self-help type books.
I second on this!

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I nominate The World Without Us by Alan Weisman. This book examines what would happen to the planet if human beings disappeared. It looks at a wide variety of specific questions ranging from why and when bridges would fall down to what would happen to cockroaches. I just checked and it's available for both Kindle ($9.99) and SONY ($10.50).
OK, my first nomination is the second on this one.

The second is for Charles Darwin's The Origin of the Species, available for free here on mobileread: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10970

And the third one is simply the best nonfiction book I ever read (apart from the Yellow Pages, of course...):

Rober Graves - the Greek Myths
http://www.inkmesh.com/ebooks/greek-...bert+graves%22

The title says all.

I don't know why it's been published in two e-volumes, but I suggest both of them for the book club, being one single book.

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Grrr. Most of the books in my non-fiction to-be-read queue are not available as commercial ebooks. The ones that are available are about topics that tend to spark tedious flamewars (politics, evolutionary biology).

I nominate a biography of "Dr. Goat Gland," John Brinkley.

Charlatan: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam by Pope Brock

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It was all nonsense, of course, but thousands of paying customers quickly turned “Dr.” Brinkley into America’s richest and most famous surgeon. His notoriety captured the attention of the great quackbuster Morris Fishbein, who vowed to put the country’s “most daring and dangerous” charlatan out of business.

Their cat--and--mouse game lasted throughout the 1920s and ’30s, but despite Fishbein’s efforts Brinkley prospered wildly. When he ran for governor of Kansas, he invented campaigning techniques still used in modern politics. Thumbing his nose at American regulators, he built the world’s most powerful radio transmitter just across the Rio Grande to offer sundry cures, and killed or maimed patients by the score, yet his warped genius produced innovations in broadcasting that endure to this day. By introducing country music and blues to the nation, Brinkley also became a seminal force in rock ’n’ roll. In short, he is the most creative criminal this country has ever produced.

Culminating in a decisive courtroom confrontation that pit Brinkley against his nemesis Fishbein, Charlatan is a marvelous portrait of a boundlessly audacious rogue on the loose in an America that was ripe for the bamboozling.
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I'll nominate Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You (also known as The Quantum Zoo) by Marcus Chown but I'm not sure if it's available as an eBook outside the UK I'll also nominate A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking and second On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin. I'm not sure if A Brief History of Time is available outside the UK either but A Briefer History of Time certainly is.
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Wow... do we really need so many rules? Just don't give it a nomination or a vote.

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It's not a matter of adding more rules, it's a matter of accessibility. If people from outside the USA want to participate and they cannot purchase the winning book, how is that fair to them?
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It's not a matter of adding more rules, it's a matter of accessibility. If people from outside the USA want to participate and they cannot purchase the winning book, how is that fair to them?
I am outside the USA (UK) and I purchased this from Amazon.com completely above-board for Kindle for PC. It's available in the UK for Kindle and on iPhone in the same way.

So, it is available outside the US.
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Has anyone read that all-time favorite posted here (by me! ) on prime numbers.

I understand it's one of those books you WANT to put down and CAN.


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Quirkology: How We Discover the Big Truths in Small Things by Richard Wiseman.

"This is a viral book - once you read it you just have to tell other people about the remarkable findings that Wiseman reveals. With this book there is little doubt that Wiseman is the most interesting and innovative experimental psychologist in the world today."
-- Michael Shermer.

I have a sample in my Kindle, and it looks interesting.

The Quirkology website is located at http://www.quirkology.com/USA/index.shtml.
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