Buying International Text Books Online

Books since times immemorial have been a rich source of knowledge, information and pleasure for the readers of all ages, cast and community. The IT revolution has affected all fields of our work sphere and books are no exception. There was a time when for buying a book an individual had to spend hours in a book store searching for a particular author's work or a new edition. Today the process has been simplified one can buy any book of any Indian or foreign writer with the click of a mouse button. There are a large number of Indian and international sites available on the internet where one can browse for the book of his or her choice. The availability of books over the internet is in huge numbers. There are books available on every area from administration, medical Sciences to thrillers and best sellers. It covers a wide range of audience from scholars, professionals, housewives to children.

To buy a book online people can visit the sites available and search for the book of their interest or choice. The user has to create a login account and can add the books to be bought to the cart. The payment can be made by credit card or through net banking .There are details enlisted about the books format, its author, publisher, year of publication and its cost along with the time taken for its delivery at your doorstep. It also gives a brief insight into the content of the book and its author helping the users to make the right choice. One can also look for books on different topics by mentioning the price range limit and avail various discounts offered on the books ranging from ten to fifty percent. An added advantage is that a buyer before making the choice can read the customer reviews of the book.

Previously it was regarded that online book searching was mainly confined for deriving information about a particular book rather than for buying it. But today books have become most common online e-commerce item, there is nearly forty percent increase in online buying of books over the last two years. Buying books was never so easy and convenient with advantage of cost reduction and home delivery. There is also the option of availability of the book at all times of the day unlike a bookstore. The shipment of the book may take time but one can plan by placing the order early .Overall we can say that the trend for online buying of books is increasing with fast pace due to the convenience it provides to its users.

The Cutting Edge by Jeffery Deaver (Lincoln Rhyme Series)

Getting engaged. What a wonderful time in your life. When your special someone “pops the question” and gives you the ring. Wealthy, eccentric, couples love to show off their engagement rings. The bigger and more opulent the better. Now there’s a murderer, dubbed the Promisor by the media, who has turned this happy time inside out. The Promisor has a love for diamonds too. Uncut. Untarnished. The raw, beautiful stone as it was unearthed. He is disgusted by the thought of this precious gem being flaunted on the “miserable fat fingers of rich women.”

The police want The Promisor caught quickly and as quietly as possible. Three murders and a wounded eyewitness on the run, in Manhattan’s Diamond District. Tortured victims and millions of dollars worth of jewelry left untouched. Obviously, robbery is not what motivates The Promisor. (Jeffery Deaver knows how to get a reader’s attention.)

As if chasing this elusive killer and trying to find the missing witness wasn’t enough, Deaver throws in a few subplots for our enjoyment. Multiple earthquakes in Brooklyn have resulted in gas leaks and explosions, sadly claiming the lives of several citizens. These rare occurrences are centered around an active geothermal drilling site and protestors are quick to blame them. Is it a coincidence? Of course not, this is a Lincoln Rhyme story.

Now while getting to the bottom of these earthquakes and chasing a remorseless killer, Rhyme somehow has time to get involved in yet another case. This time he seems to be switching sides. At least that’s the way the dirtbag prosecutors see it. Rhyme and Ron Pulaski begin digging into the prosecution of a Mexican drug lord who claims the evidence in his case has been tampered with and fabricated. We can always count on Rhyme to follow the evidence and present the truth. Even if that means exonerating a criminal and pursuing a case against federal prosecutors. Pulaski and Rhyme have put themselves in jeopardy simply by “looking into the case.” Although operating on a genius level, Rhyme is quite slow on the uptake this time. Maybe it’s his sense of service – I don’t know. He just did not see what kind of people these prosecutors really were.

In 1997 I read The Bone Collector and I was hooked! Over the years some books have been great, while others… well, not great. Still good – just not great. The Cutting Edge is the 14th book in the Lincoln Rhyme series and it is a solid, good read. The main story and multiple subplots are interesting, exciting, and feature plenty of classic Deaver style writing. The short, crisp chapters make for a fast read. Until you get to the detailed, I mean detailed information on diamond mining. It gets tedious, almost mind-numbingly so at certain points and a good 50 pages read like stuffing… just to make the book longer. But the story is worth the effort, stick with it. There’s a lot going on in the Cutting Edge and Deaver weaves everything up in a cliff-hanger style ending… leaving just enough string to keep us hanging until the next chapter in the Lincoln Rhyme saga. I can’t wait!

Happy Reading!

8 Teaching Benefits of Audio Books

There's no denying the fact that most people hated reading as kids. Only a few kids enjoy reading, especially if there is an alternative.
Audio books have now made it possible for children to get better access to materials that they don't like reading.
Of course they must still read, but reading any material and still hearing it makes the reading much more interesting.
Many schools have now taken audio books not just to the homes of their students but also in the classrooms.

Experts in the educational sector have agreed that audio books in the classrooms go a long way to help students more than normal books, especially those students who are just beginning to read or those who have difficulty in reading.

Below are 10 specific benefits of using audio books for students:

1. Using audio books to teach children in school gives them "variety". Instead of just listening to their teacher, they benefit from the change that comes with "another" teacher.

2. There are specific audio books prepared with children in mind that are not only educative but very entertaining. These types of audio books make learning much more fun than normal teaching.

3. Using audio books to teach kids in school will give the teachers more time to prepare for the next lesson. The teachers can play the audio book for the children while doing something else.

4. For children with reading difficulties, they can slowly follow the readings from audio books until it feels comfortable to read.

Simply following an audio book to read along while looking at the printed material in front of them can increase their learning skills by a very high percentage.

5. Audio books save money. Instead of buying dozens of books for a classroom, just one audio book can be played for all the students in the classroom.

There are certain audio book rental services on the Internet, such as Jiggerbug.com that allows teachers to rent as many audio books as possible at very low cost. This is much more cost effective than having to buy even a single audio book.

6. Audio books that tell interesting stories are very helpful in times when the children have become too tired to read and study.

Most importantly, popular stories that children love, will be very interesting for them to listen to.

7. Children don't particularly like printed books as much as they do audio books. It feels much more comfortable for them to "listen" to an audio book than "read" a book.

8. Audio books also have children deal with the pronunciation of certain words that they would have difficulty with when merely reading them. By hearing the pronunciation and seeing it printed, they would better grasp it.

All in all, most children find it a great deal of fun listening to a lesson on audio, rather than having to read it. That is why children spend a lot of time watching movies, rather than reading.

No wonder more schools are embracing the technology of audio books for teaching their children. And with services available freely on the Internet now, it is now more cost effective than ever.

Jeffrey Deaver’s Manhattan Is My Beat, A Review

Manhattan is My Beat was written early in Jeffrey Deaver’s career in 1988 and then revised in 2000. Two other works he wrote in 1988 have not been re-released and are difficult to find. He was thirty-eight when these were written. Before that he worked as a corporate (not criminal) attorney.

Best known for his serious Lincoln Rhyme books about a quadriplegic detective, this book pays homage to old movies and young fanciful thinking. His main character, twenty something Rune, sees life as magic and fairy tales and has a real passion for old movies. When she goes to retrieve a rented movie from an elderly man she has grown fond of, she finds him dead. She is convinced that the reason he has rented Manhattan Is My Beat so often is because it holds a clue to the whereabouts of the missing money. The money disappeared in the real-life bank robbery upon which the film is based.

Her naiveté is charming and gives her the courage to pursue Mr. Kelley’s death, when it appears that the police, and her more reality-based boyfriend, are not interested. It becomes a quest until the bad guys catch up with her. This is a fun romp that shows Deaver’s early suspense-building talent. As he himself says, the plot can be wonderfully suspenseful, but if you don’t care for the characters, it is not a well-written story. Rune is an engaging character, who is forced to grow up a bit in this adventure. There are two more Rune books in the trilogy, including Death of a Blue Movie Star and Hard News.

I haven’t begun the series that introduces Kathryn Dance, a body-language expert, but I look forward to reviewing them in the future. Deaver plans on doing alternating books between the Dance and Lincoln Rhyme characters in the coming years, and he has recently completed the book that will be the basis of the next James Bond film, Carte Blanche.

Want the Truth About Who Loves Money? Read this Review

Who Loves Money is a new E-Book written by Kyle & Carson, also known as The Wealthy Affiliates. Kyle & Carson have been involved in internet marketing for over 8 years and have written some other very successful programs and their products are usually a step ahead of the competition and Who Loves Money in my opinion is one of their best products. Who Loves Money is for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced marketer. What separates Who Loves Money from all the other E-Books out there is that Kyle & Carson let you know up front that this is not get rich quick scheme and you will have to invest time and be willing to learn and implement their strategies that they use every day to earn an income online.

I think the main reason a lot of internet marketers fail is because they think they will just pick a product advertise on Google and the money will just start pouring in. I wish it was as easy as this. With this kind of thinking they only thing they will have is a bill from Google and frustration which will lead to them quitting. What I like about Who Loves Money is this E-Book stresses the importance of research before you start promoting any product. This book gives you the tools to start your research and shows you exactly how to start your search and what kind of products you should be looking for to pick the right niche to get your advertising going.

Who Loves Money keyword section is the best I have seen in any E-Book published. This section alone is worth the cost of the product. If you are going to use Pay-Per-Click as your main form of advertising you hat to get this E-Book. Pay-Per-Click advertising done incorrectly can get you very deep into advertising debt before you even get started on your campaign and cat put you out of business very quickly. Having a full understanding of how to use keywords and how to build keywords is explained in detail in the book and will put you a head of your competition.

Who Loves Money is a great E-Book if you really want to get ahead of the competition, and is well worth the price tag. If you want to learn from the Pros get this E-Book and join Kyle & Carson Wealthy Affiliate University. This program will blow you away with the tools and courses they offer their affiliates. Wealthy Affiliate also has a forum where other affiliates get to post their ideas and get feed back or if you are struggling go hear to get some help from other affiliates and even Kyle & Carson. If you are not making any money or if you are making money and want to increase your potential you have to join this program.

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The Cauldron by Colin Forbes Book Review

Before I give you my views on this book, I have now read 3 of Colin Forbes’s books with the same characters: Tweed and Company in order to get a better feel for the characters. After reading all three books, I have to say I am not a Colin Forbes fan.

The Cauldron is a convoluted story with too many holes in the plot line, unbelievable characters and terrible dialogue. That is not too mention the plethora of spelling errors in all his books. Whoever does the editing or proofreading should be fired!

Main Characters:

Tweed – head of a secret British organization that chases down terrorists and bad guys.

Paula Grey – Tweed assistant, beautiful, intelligent and special friend of Tweed

Bob Newman – assistant to Tweed and Paula

Marler – sniper, world champion shooter and part of the Tweed team

Bernard Moloch – billionaire industrialist intent on blowing up the coast of California

Henchman galore – lots of unsavoury characters who seemed to be very clever, but can never manage to do anything right. More like “keystone cops”.

Plot:

A body is found off the coast of California by Paula Grey and a few weeks later another similar body is found by Bob Newman off the coast of Cornwall in England. Only to discover they look like the same woman? Hmm… how odd and how convenient.

Meanwhile, mega billionaire Bernard Moloch and his “genius seismologist brother” have conjured up a plan to use a newly created explosive called Xenobium to blow the coast of California into the ocean using seismic explosions.

After they show how effective it is, they plan to sell it to Middle East countries. Now they travel between Britain and California gathering evidence. They stay at the same hotels and meet the same people at both hotels and nobody seems to find that odd. Why, look Vanity is here too. And how odd, look good ole Weatherby from Cornwall, even though he is broke, is vacationing in California.

Even after they discover what is going to happen, they never seem to take action and some of the clandestine activities they use – a telephone box in town and not at the hotel – is so dumb since everyone knows they are government agents and even Molloch invites them over for “tea”.

The whole story is so badly put together that it took me weeks to finish this 484-page book. If told correctly, it could have been a nice 300-page story.

I cannot recommend this book or any of his other Tweed novels that I have read, since I found the same faults with the other books. Unfortunately, I have 6 more of his books in my library, which will go unread unless I am really desperate.

Drench the Thirst of Knowledge: The Never Ending Search for Books

What is the difference between a boy and a man? Is it only a difference in age? At the surface, it might seem that with time a male child always grows up to be a man but frankly when we look deeper we can see that a child can only become a man in the society with knowledge. Empirical knowledge, though important, is not sacrosanct as without theoretical knowledge only so much information can be gathered in the average life time.

Civilization has continued to evolve over time and this has been as a result of the transference of practical knowledge through theoretical means using the book as a medium. Before the discovery of the computer and internet it was a lot more difficult to acquire knowledge. Paperbacks sometimes had limited editions: especially those that had exclusivity. With the advent of online libraries the "book search" and "knowledge sharing" has become easier. Today, reading text from exclusive book collections has become relatively easy. Some of the books that are already out of print but very much searched for by people are only available in these online libraries. Getting hold of a paperback from exclusive book collections can be costly, but now these paperbacks are available at a much cheaper price in online libraries.

In addition to knowledge transference, there are other benefits of using an online library. For established writers around the world online social libraries are one of the better places to create fan groups through which they can popularize their writings. Even William Shakespeare could never have dreamed of the opportunities that are available through the social library today. Today's writers, experienced or new, have been blessed with this great boon: online library. For those writers who are trying to make their mark in the harsh world of writing, the online social library is the place where they can make a mark in an otherwise unsympathetic market. For the nascent writer, there exists a catch 22: the traditional publishers generally prefer a writer with some amount of following, but the new writer generally doesn't have this. So how does the newly minted writer get a chance? The social library is the equalizing platform. Any fervent reader of a genre, can search for books and find a new writer's book organically using the online library.

For new writers, getting followers is paramount. Regardless of the objective of the budding writer: increasing followership or making money, the online library is the equalizing platform between the new and established writer.

Lisa Gardner’s Alone and Hide – The DD Warren Series

Alone was my first Lisa Gardner book. I chose to start with the D.D. Warren series because of the author’s youth. Sometimes reading the first book by an author can be great, but it can also turn you away from an upcoming talent. This was her seventh book, but the first in a new series. And what can I say, I liked it.

Lisa Gardner introduces us to sniper and state trooper Bobby Dodge after a long day that promises to be an unending chapter in his life. He puts down a man aiming a gun at his wife with his trigger finger ready to fire. Did Catherine Gagnon manipulate him into killing her husband? Did Bobby shoot for the wrong reasons?

The book explores the background of Catherine’s childhood, when she was abducted and held prisoner in an underground pit for twenty-eight days. It also explores Bobby’s family background, including a mother who left his drunken, abusive father without taking him or his brother. The reason Catherine and Bobby are drawn together makes this an entertaining suspense story.

Surprisingly Bobby’s one-time partner, D.D. Warren, for whom the mystery series is named, plays a minor roll in the story. The Bobby Dodge character seems to steal the show. We understand more of Bobby and his tie to Catherine through the police psychiatrist, who helps Bobby deal with taking a life. As Catherine becomes a more likely suspect, Bobby understands her isolation and helps her uncover the reason why those around her are being killed.

If you like psychological mysteries with character-driven stories, this is a series that will keep you on your toes. In the second book, Hide, D.D. Warren plays a larger roll as a homicide detective, while Bobby is now a state police detective and no longer a sniper. Because six bodies are discovered in a pit set up to resemble Catherine Gagnon’s childhood prison, Bobby is invited to assist in the case.

The perspective that Lisa Gardner takes in this second book of the series is through the eyes of a woman, who has been hiding and changing her identity all her life. Her father kept her in the dark, as he moved his family from place to place. Somehow she is connected to Catherine and the six bodies, and Ms. Gardner weaves an interesting thread of clues to sew it all together.

I recommend this series and hope to explore more of Gardner’s writing. So far we know little about D.D. Warren, the character after whom the series is named, and I hope she is developed beyond the ambitious, driven and cantankerous counterpoint to Bobby Dodge.

My Experience With Reading Travel Reviews to Book My Hotel

In anticipation of an upcoming trip to Auckland, New Zealand (NZ) I was on the search for accommodation. With so many options to choose from – bed & breakfast, motels, lodges, serviced apartments and hotels (to name a few) – I eventually decided to choose Auckland hotel accommodation. Now my issue went from: What kind of accommodation do I want to stay in? to: Which provider do I choose?

It’s fair to say that had I booked my trip through a travel agent they may well have been able to suggest the right provider for me, but in this day and age of online travel bookings, I had no need to talk to a travel agent. So keeping in line with my online flight bookings, I decided to book my accommodation online too. First though I decided to find out what other people were saying about Auckland hotels, to see if anyone had some good suggestions for me.

I’ve heard all this talk about user reviews becoming more and more popular in today’s online environment, and I can now see why. It’s much like talking to your family or friends and asking if they can recommend somewhere to stay, but in this event you have access to a wider range of opinions. The other advantage is that the feedback which is posted on the site is no longer filtered by the providers so that you only read good reviews, instead they are a much more transparent and honest assessment of the hotel.

There are many online travel review sites available, but I must say that it’s important to find one which isn’t just a general site allowing people to sign up and post comments unanimously, as these are open to unverified reports and even overly positive and sometimes fraudulent comments from accommodation providers themselves. So my first step was finding a trusted Auckland hotel review site/s.

This came in the form of an online booking site. The comments on these types of sites can only be posted by people who have actually booked and stayed at that particular Auckland hotel. This results in me being able to read honest reviews from actual guests. Not only that but it was easier to read the reviews on the same website I could end up booking on, than having to read one site and then find another for the actual Auckland hotel I chose.

Most of the reviews I came across, had a 1 to 5 star rating system where :

1 = poor

2 = below average

3 = value for money

4 = great value for money

5 = excellent experience

This method of rating means I could easily gain a general idea of the value without having to read every review over the past twelve months. From there, further investigation of the hotel was required, which involved reading each of the reviews that caught my attention. At this point it was very important for me to remember that one or two bad reviews did not necessarily reflect poor service on the part of the hotel. People do have bad days, and unfortunately hotels do to. But if dripping taps, poor showers, noisy rooms or bad service is mentioned in a number of the reviews, I considered it safe to assume that the majority of guests are right.

In the end, the one trend that showed up in the majority of bad reviews, is that at times people were expecting more from the hotel than it provided. Such complaints as “the restaurant was closed at 11pm”, “no room service” or “I had to carry my own luggage”, all show on investigation that these services were not offered by the Auckland hotel in the first place. There is still the perception that a hotel has 24 hour front desks and bar, pools, gymnasiums and spa. Where as today’s demands have removed the non essential offerings and services in order to provide a better price to the consumer.

So after reading numerous reviews and now feeling more informed than when I started, I managed to locate an Auckland hotel which meet my needs, not only in terms of service, but in terms of location, price and facilities. Ultimately the reviews were one component of my decision and needed to be viewed alongside my own personal criteria, in order to make my final decision.

Political Suicide Written By Michael Palmer

Political Suicide is a great book. I have read most of Michael Palmer’s books and have not been disappointed on any of them, but this one is possibly the best. Dr. Lou Welcome is a member of a Washington, DC medical group, Physician Wellness Group, a group that oversees professional men that need help usually because of drinking or drugs. The referrals he got sometimes led to a person that really needed and wanted help but others refused to think that they needed assistance of any kind. Besides that part-time chore, he works in the emergency room at Eisenhower Memorial Hospital almost full time. When Congressman Elias Colston was found murdered and one of Lou’s best friends, Dr. Gary McHugh, was charged with the murder, Lou was called to confer with his friend and see if there was anything he could do for a man that he felt could not murder anyone. Gary had called his attorney who sent one of his lawyers, Sarah Cooper, to meet with Gary and get the details.

Mantis was an operation, military in scope, similar to, but more expert than the Seals or Special Forces, and also very secretive. Their boastful leader, Colonel Wyatt Brody, thought he and his men were above the law since they did so many important things for their country. We learn some of their training outings and see how brutal and how the lack of care for the men was a part of Mantis. Enter Secretary of Defense Spencer Hogarth, who had a great interest in the case, who attempts to bribe a Maryland State Trooper, Detective Christopher Bryzinski, because of something in the detective’s past history. Dr. Lou Welcome’s daughter, Emily, liked to box and was good at it. Lou often went to the gym while Emily worked out with Cap. Jeannine Colston, the wife of the deceased Congressman, had an affair with Dr. Gary McHugh, so it was thought that all of this wrapped together gave motive for the murder but Dr. Lou wasn’t buying it. His good friend Gary could not have killed the Congressman.

If you feel confused after reading the above, don’t dismay. The story has so many angles that are great to read and are not confusing. The book goes on intertwining all the possibilities of who could have killed the Congressman, who had access and what was the weapon and who had it? Since all involved were public figures, the publicity kept the news in front of everyone all the time. Gary was placed in prison while Dr. Lou and his friends worked every which way to find out who actually did kill the Congressman. They get mixed up with the ever-dangerous Mantis and had to work around them while working with them, if you know what I mean. In other words being there to find out all they could about Mantis and its leaders with the little contact allowed with the group’s leaders. The suspense makes this a real page-turner and it keeps you in the story even when not reading it. Please get this book and read it and tell your friends because you will want to tell any book-nut about this fantastic book.