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Sherlock Holmes Detective Mysteries (5).
"Jack the Ripper versus Sherlock Holmes" http://amazon.com/dp/B008BX0C2Y. True crime, British detective, classical. With six illustrations. Jack the Ripper was never caught, because he was never identified. Sherlock Holmes solved his every case, and always identified the criminal. Both lived in the Victorian age, and the same city, London. It was inevitable that their paths would cross, and cross they do, in this book. Sherlock Holmes investigates, and identifies Jack the Ripper. They meet in person, and then- read the book and find out. The cover image is an authentic Jack the Ripper victim crime scene photograph. $4.99.
"Sherlock Holmes and the Napped Children" http://amazon,com/dp/B0075VKKTI. British detective, classical. Blonde blue-eyed little girls are being (kid)napped, and Scotland Yard Police Inspector Lestrade asks Sherlock Holmes for help. Holmes captures the napper, but he takes poison, and the children's last chance of being rescued is gone. After thinking all night about it, Holmes comes up with a very different, novel approach, and with Watson's help solves the case. This case's difficulty, and the very different, novel approach to solving it, make it one of Sherlock Holmes's most interesting cases. The cover image is a Sidney Paget original drawing of Holmes and Watson for Strand magazine, where the Sherlock Holmes books and stories were first published. $3.99.
"Sherlock Holmes and the Alien Abduction" http://amazon.com/dp/B006ATXXTA. British detective, classical. The mysteries of a strange abduction and death are explained, and an eminent lady is saved from scandal. But a loose end, and the disturbing possibility associated with it, make Holmes decide not to publish the case, until a full century after his death. It is doubtful whether Holmes's brilliance was ever displayed more fully, but with less satisfaction to him, than in this case. The cover image is a film clip of Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes, and Nigel Bruce as Watson. Courtesy of Republic Pictures. $3.99.
"Sherlock Holmes and the Mutilated Cattle" http://amazon.com/dp/B006OBWMXC. British detective, classical. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate the mysterious cases of mutilated cattle, some found in trees. The curious death of a watchman is explained, and as Holmes predicts, the cattle mutilations cease. The authorities are well satisfied, but Holmes is not, due to a loose end, and he directs Watson to write the case up, but not to allow its publication until a full century after his death. The cover image is a Sidney Paget original drawing of Holmes and Watson for Strand magazine, where Sherlock Holmes was first published. $2.99.
"Sherlock Holmes and the Flying Machine" http://amazon.com/dp/B00AX853YC. British detective, classical. Sherlock Holmes is asked to investigate two aerial mysteries. One is the strange death of a balloonist, who though well supplied with oxygen, was found dead without a mark on his body. The other is the unexplained crash on launching of Samuel Langley's steam powered Aerodrome flying machine. Everything was in order, the machine should have flown, but it didn't. Holmes investigates, and brilliantly solves both mysteries. The cover image shows Holmes, Langley, and the Wright Brothers. With 4 illustrations. $3.99.
HEROIN Horror, Narcotics, Alcohol Addiction Horror (5).
"HEROIN God's Own Medicine" http://amazon.com/dp/B006HKZH82. Horror, addiction. Two junkies shivering and trembling with cold and heroin withdrawal talk together about junk in a Chicago south side shooting gallery. Depraved acts of heroin addicts and pushers are described in detail, nothing is left out. The action builds to a climax that is absolutely horrific. This ebook is not for the squeamish. If you like reading about human behaviors that are depraved, terrible and horrific, you will enjoy reading this book. The cover image is of a skull and hypodermic syringe with needle. $3.99.
"HEROIN HORROR God's Own Medicine Two." Horror, addiction http://amazon.com/dp/B007QU2B5E. In this continuation of HEROIN God's Own Medicine you are again in the Chicago south side shooting gallery. Again depraved acts of heroin addicts and pushers are described in detail, nothing is left out. The action builds to a climax that although different is absolutely horrific. If you like reading about human behaviors that are depraved, horrible and horrific, you will,enjoy reading this book. The cover image is the same skull and hypodermic syringe with needle as HEROIN God's Own Medicine. $3.99.
"HEROIN Handbook" http://amazon.com/dp/B006RI8TAO. Detailed information in easy to understand language for relatives and friends of addicts, and for addicts. All about Heroin and other narcotics, the basis of addiction, how it works, what to avoid, and ways to end it. The cover image shows hope, which is always there. $3.99.
"NARCOTICS with Pictures" http://amazon.com/dp/B008BUDFOC. Narcotics, drug addiction, drug addicts. Informative text with 24 pictures. All about opium poppies, opium, laudunum, paregoric, codeine, morphine, heroin, and synthetics such as methadone, Demerol and Fentanyl. Legal and illegal narcotics. The basis of drug addiction, the drug addict, and his/her life and rehabilitation. The world-wide trade in narcotics. Informative and interesting. The cover image shows harvesting opium from opium poppies with a knife. $3.99.
"ALCOHOL the Devil's Drink" http://amazon.com/dp/B008NLRWJA. Fiction and non-fiction horror. Alcohol is socially acceptable, so there are many more alcohol addicts (alcoholics) than narcotic addicts, and driving under the influence cripples and kills many. Alcohol comes from the Devil, he uses it to catch many unsuspecting men, women and even children. This book tells alcohol's origin, and how the Devil uses it to make people his slaves. It is not for the squeamish, The cover image shows the Devil's terrible grin, $3.99.
Romance, Love and Sex (4).
"Soul Mates Forever" http://amazon.com/dp/B005CJLC4M. Revised edition of Love Eternal. Love, adventure, action. Handsome young biker Tommy seeks his True Love, his Soul Mate forever, and finds her in beauteous, inexperienced but passionate Terra. They fall in love, make passionate love, and get married in Reverend Love's Chapel of Love, after which they cross the desert locked tightly together on Tommy's mototcycle Pegasus, like God and Goddess in Heaven. Their destination is the California free love, all green Morningstar commune. $2.99.
"GOLDEN SHOWERS Stories" by Phyllis http://amazon.com/dp/B0070HSU8U. Phyllis tells about her personal experiences with Golden Showers, also known as Water Sports, or Urolagnia. Urolagnia refers to the use of urine in relation to sexual gratification. Due to its subject this book is recommended for mature readers only. The cover image photograph shows a urine specimen. $3.99.
"Tales of Evil and Good" http://amazon.com/dp/B007OSSBCE. The famous tale by Count Leo Tolstoy "What Man Lives By," and Preacher John Donne's famous Sermon "No Man Is An Island." Plus four original tales by Phillip Duke Ph.D. The cover image shows Jesus on the cross, and smaller images from stories in the book. $3.99. Also available in print from i-universe,com.
"TALES Of the Cage" http://amazon.com/dp/B005G3CTW4. Far-out fiction. But- is it really all fiction? "Everyone is a prisoner in the cage of the body." Many and varied are the attempted escapes from the cage. The stories in this book describe life and death in various cages, and also different and far-out escape attempts. You, the reader, decide to what degree the escape attempts have succeeded. The skeleton on the cover is female, for sex appeal. $2.99.
Science-Fiction and Science (5).
"Starship To New Earth Now." Relativity, astrophysics, non-fiction http://amazon.com/dp/B005RNLSBK. This book explains why a starship is feasible, how to construct it, and how it would operate. The stars are far away, but time is the obstacle, not the distance. A nuclear reactor salvaged from an atomic submarine powers high pressure steam jets that accelerate the starship to near light speed, and with time slowing down for it as Relativity requires, many Earth type worlds become available for colonization. The cover image shows New Earth. $3.99.
"MOON Base Colony" http://amazon.com/dp/B009LNGW3Q. Colonies on our Moon, and other worlds. The Apollo 11 manned moon mission was the prelude to Moon Base Colony's founding, in early 2100 AD. From its beginning the colony was almost entirely self-sufficient, with power from a nuclear reactor, and air, water and food recycled. The MOON Base Colony is followed over 10 centuries, or 20 generations, until 3100 AD. After 20 generations on the Moon, its inhabitants look quite different from people on Earth, But they are still human. $2.99.
"Life On Other Worlds" http://amazon.com/dp/B00AP835R4. Very probably there is life on other worlds. On Earth type worlds, the forms of life will depend on the evolutionary stage, in turn depending on the world's age. On very cold non-Earth type worlds, life may still be carbon based, but in liquid ammonia or methane, not water. On other non-Earth type worlds life may exist based on the chemistry of silicon, not carbon, in which case it may look and act very different. $2.99.
"Principles of Flight" http://amazon.com/dp/B00CDZ7PGW. An exposition of its subjet. The hows and whys of LTA, HTA and space flight. It is expected that flyers and non-flyers of all ages will find the contents interesting and informative. With 24 illustrations. $4.99. Dedicated to all those flyers who making the supreme sacrifice bought the farm.
"Folly of the Hydrogen Bomb" http://amazon.com/dp/B00CNQUBVM. The H-Bomb is the most important weapon of war ever created, because the most powerful. Creating and stockpiling the H-Bomb in such large numbers threatens to destroy us all, and so is folly of the most extreme kind. This book explains the H-Bomb's workings, its significance, and how to protect against it. When thermonuclear war comes, having read this book could save your life. With 10 illustrations. Only $2.99.
Religion and Philosophy (4).
"Evolution and God" Science and Religion http://amazon.com/dp/B007KQ0YQE. Scientific evidence is presented that Evolution is not, as commonly perceived, blind and purposeless, but is in fact a guided and directed process. The neglected role of cooperation in Evolution is discussed, as is the direction and nature of future human Evolution. The concept is discussed that intelligence, and therefore human Evolution, may be an evolutionary dead end. The cover image shows man arising from the ape. $2.99.
"KARMA." Philosophy, religion http://amazon/dp/B005P1B08G. Karma is the moral force consequence of your actions. Your Karma determines everything that happens to you, in this life, and after you die. In Buddhism and Hinduism Karma determines your circumstances of rebirth. in Christianity and Islam Karma determines your final destination, whether you go to Heaven or Hell. This is a self-help book, read it and help yourself. The cover image shows Adam and Eve with animals in Paradise- where all Karma is good. $2.99.
"Tale of Evil and Good" Religion http://amazon.com/dp/B0070SSCBE. "What Men Live By" by Russian reformer Count Leo Tolstoy, "Sermon 'For Whom the Bell Tolls' by English Preacher John Donne, and four original tales of Evil and Good by Phillip Duke. The cover image shows Jesus on the cross. Only $3.99.
"Watching Paint Dry" Religion http://amazon.com/dp/B00AO7P086. I discovered that watching paint dry is a powerful new aod to meditation. When I concentrated on watching paint dry, I was transported. I saw and touched the pillar that supports Heaven and Hell. All my questions were answered, and more. It all became too much, and I came back. People said to me, "You are different" and I said "Yes." They asked why? and I replied, "You are asleep, and I am awake." It seemed an appropriate answer. $1.99.
"HOW TO GROW Your Own Food" http://amazon.com/dp/B007265M4G, Nature, gardening theory and practice, By gardening you eat delicious fresh food, get healthful exercise, and commune with Mother nature. This book explains how to garden anywhere- indoors as well as outdoors. Food gardening theory and practice are presented in detail. Beginner or expert gardener, you will like this book. By Master Gardener Phil Duke Ph.D. $2.99,
"HOW TO Survive In the Desert" http://amazon.com/dp/B009UGES94. Desert survival, animals and plants. The unique desert biome contains many interesting because unusual animals and plants, and it has its own special beauty. This book explains what the desert is, tells what its hazards are, and how to prepare for them. It also describes much of what you will see on your desert visit. With 18 full page color illustrations. $2.99.
"Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?" http://amazon.com/dp/B00AKN1WO0. Chicken humor. Answers to the question "Why...?" and chicken jokes, cartoons, stories and situations, plus a super chicken soup recipe. Chicken holds up sign saying "Eat more beef and pork." You will enjoy reading this ebook, it is endorsed by chickens. I guarantee it cluck cluck! $1.99.
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What the Ebook Industry Needs Is...
As an Indie author, editor, publisher, promoter and marketer of 26 ebooks I have become painfully aware that at present the ebook business is sick. Signs of this are the dissatisfaction of almost everyone in the business, and declining paid sales and profits. The ebook business needs a change made to restore it to good health. At this time there are 5 major players in the ebook publishing and marketing business. They are Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Smashwords.com, Apple.com and Kobo.com. My commentary on this subject applies to all 5, who I term "the Big 5."
I begin by saying the ebook business is a new and different phenomenon, made possible by very recent technological advancements, primarily the PC and the Internet. Like all new and different technological advancements, persons attempting to make use of them are troubled by inexperience. Due to inexperience mistakes are inevitably made in application. Over time mistakes in application are discovered the hard way, by painfully experiencing their consequences. That is happening now.
The capitalist business model has proven to be by far superior to the communist business model, and the ebook business's financial problems have resulted from its having discarded the capitalist in favor of the communist model. With the capitalist model you sell and make a profit, or you don't sell. With the communist model you make continually available at a loss. Because it is relatively easy and cheap to format, publish and market ebooks, the Big 5 format, publish and market any and all ebooks free. They get paid only when the ebooks sell. The result is an enormous number of ebooks on the market, that do not sell. In addition Amazon.com has its Select program, allowing Indie author members free ebook downloads for five 24 hour periods every 3 months. The free downloads are available in unlimited numbers. As a result of Select, there is a flooding of the market with free ebooks.
Due to all the above, a marked decrease in paid ebook sales has resulted, to the detriment of both the Indie authors and the Big 5. In addition, the Big 5 have the continuing expense of making many non-selling ebooks constantly available for purchase, and the expenses of servicing the Indie author support questions, reporting, and forums where available. The large number of published ebooks, many without adequate editing and formatting, harms the reputation of Indie books. The many fake "ebook reviews" by friends and enemies, hinder customer ebook selection.
There is a simple solution to all the above difficulties. It is to charge a small monthly fee per Indie author, of say $5.00, for the privilege of having ebooks formatted, published, offered for sale, sold, and commission paid. This simple requirement would at one stroke go a long way towards solving all the present difficulties. It would bring in needed revenue for the Big 5, making possible improved Indie author support services. It would reduce Big 5 ongoing expenses, since authors without sales would drop out. It would work to increase paid sales, benefitting both the Big 5 and Indie authors. In short, it would benefit the Big 5, the Indie authors, and ebook customers.
In addition, I suggest that the free unlimited downloading of ebooks should be ended. Ebooks could still be given away as marketing tools, but only in reasonable numbers.
It seems to me that putting the above solution into action would help everyone in the ebook industry. The only downside is that large numbers of ebooks would no longer be readily available free. Customers would be encouraged to pay for their ebooks. Then the capitalist business model would be reestablished, and all will be well. Or at least a lot better than it is now.
The foregoing is my commentary.
Phillip Duke Ph.D. April 18, 2013.
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Swimming on the Moon.
The Moon's gravity is one-sixth that of Earth. In my science fiction ebook "Moon Base Colony"
http://amazon.com/dp/B009LNGW3Q the Moon colonists have constructed an underground swimming pool. The question is, when the colonists try to swim in the Moon pool, will they sink, or float? If they float, will they float higher, or lower, than they would on Earth? If so, to what degree? Or will they just sink? On Earth most people float in fresh water, with about 95% of their body submerged.
WHY does a body fall? WHY does a solid body released near the Earth's surface fall towards the Earth? Note that the question is why, not how. Sir Isaac Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation says how, not why, so it is not the desired answer. In Sir Isaac's famous "letters to Bentley" he indicated clearly that he did not believe in action at a distance.
You may be interested in my ebooks "Starship To New Earth NOW," "MOON Base Colony," "Life On Other Worlds," "FOLLY of the Hydrogen Bomb" and "KARMA." My 5 Sherlock Holmes ebooks may be of interest, especially "Jack the Ripper versus Sherlock Holmes." Good luck with the questions!
My humorous chicken ebook "Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?" http://amazon.com/dp/B00AKN1WO0 gives a number of answers to this perennial question, along with chicken jokes, cartoons, and situations. Of course only the chicken knows for sure why she crossed the road, but it seems safe to say she did this "to get to the other side." It is rumored that the chicken did this, to get away from her rooster husband.
The Book Of The Month is "Sherlock Holmes and the Napped Children." The cover image is an original Sidney Paget engraving for the Strand magazine, original publisher of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories and books. This is the most unusual of the Sherlock Holmes books, in that when logic has been of no avail, and all appears to be lost, Sherlock Holmes brilliantly solves it, by employing a non-logical method. Watson is of great help in this case, and the napped children are all safely recovered.
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