Book of the Day: Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is shaping our Future by Ashlee Vance

Elon Musk

There are few industrialists in history who could match Elon Musk’s relentless drive and ingenious vision. A modern alloy of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs, Musk is the man behind PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and SolarCity, each of which has sent shock waves throughout American business and industry. – from the Inside Flap

Here’s a very interesting book, if you love technology and everything that revolves around it. “Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is shaping our Future” by Ashlee Vance is one of the latest books for any aspiring and existing entrepreneurs to read.

Ranked #9 in Business category and #18 in Entrepreneurship, it is a must-have book for those who seek to understand both technology and entrepreneurship. It provides amazing insights on Elon Musk (background, life journey & achievements).

Discover the life of one of the most prominent figures in the silicon valley with this book. You can get it in different versions.

Kindle | Hardcover | Paperback | Audio CD

Websites That Help You Choose Your Next Book

Have you ever gone to a bookstore and stood for a moment to appreciate the sheer number of books available to read? Searching for reading material might be a problem if you’re looking for your next book without a clear idea of what exactly you want to read. Sure, you could peruse the staff recommendations shelves or view Amazon.com’s “readers who bought this also bought…” section, but you wouldn’t be finding the books you want. Luckily there are several websites designed for the indecisive and/or ill-informed reader. Here are some of the most useful sites that will help you decide your next read.

Goodreads

Goodreads is a sort of social networking hub for avid readers (mostly readers of fiction). On your Goodreads profile you can rate the books you’ve read and write reviews for other users. If you’re looking for a new book you can check out users who have read the same books you‘ve read and see what they recommend. The website will also tell you if a book is featured on one of their lists that catalog the great books based on genre, year of publication, or author. All the books featured on Goodreads have links to Amazon where you can purchase them at bargain prices.

What should I read next?

WhatshouldIreadnext is a bare-bones book recommendation site. Simply type in a book that interests you and the site will list dozens of related works that you might find appealing. A website like this might be useful in a pinch. Say you’re chatting with a friend a online and they’re casting about for a book to read on an upcoming trip. Ask them what they’ve read lately, enter it at WhatshouldIreadnext, and recommend the first hit that shows up. Congratulations, you’ve become to go-to person for reading recommendations!

Literature Map

Literature Map is an author recommendation service fueled by feedback from its users. Type an author’s name into the search engine, and Literature Map will provide a graphic “map” of authors surrounding the search in the middle. The graphic forms a kind of web, with the most related authors occupying space closer to the author’s name that you entered, with the more tangentially related authors occupying the space on the edge of the web. Literature Map gives that perspective that all writers are in some way interconnected whether it’s through their subject matter, writing style, or period of writing.

Booklamp

Booklamp is an up and coming book recommendation website roughly modeled after the Pandora website aimed at recommending music based on the user’s initial interests. Enter the name of a book or author and Booklamp will not only pull up recommended reads; it will also list statistics that allow you to more readily differentiate between ostensibly similar books. The stats are broken down into criteria based on a book’s central themes. Categories include topics ranging from “Music Performance / Musical Pursuits” to “Partying / Deviance” to “Suburban Living / Neighborhoods.”

This guest post is contributed by Lauren Bailey, who regularly writes for best online colleges. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: blauren99 @gmail.com. 

Freelance Writing Books For the Soul

You might be new at freelance writing. You might have just completed your very first project.

No matter, who you are, freelance writing books are never outdated. In fact, you might learn a few tips and tricks about the writing industry.

Here are some of the best freelance writing books in the market.

1. ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income

Learn all the secrets so that you can earn a six-figure income through blogging.

2. Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer: How to Win Top Writing Assignments

This book is the guru to win all your top assignments that pay high.

3. Starting Your Career As a Freelance Writer

If you are a rookie, this is the best for you.

4. Getting Started as a Freelance Writer, Expanded Edition

Another great book for a rookie.

5. The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success

This is from The Renegade Writer’s Freelance Writing series.

6. Writer’s Digest Handbook of Magazine Article Writing

Learn how to brainstorm creative article ideas magazine editors will find irresistible.

April Fool and Writing Consultation

April fool is around the corner. While April Fool is never a big event in Malaysia, most people are getting used to prank people around them. Some people might even go extreme.

You might be worrying about April Fool (1st April).

Some of you might be planning on certain pranks for family and friends.

Truth is, I hate April Fool. I was the victim of April Fool especially in school (about 10 years ago).

However, I have developed the sense of humour and just let April Fool pass by.

Still, if you are not sure what to do on April Fool day, better stay indoor alone, and do some reading or writing.

Why not try to write about April Fool itself?

Brief history of April Fool:

The origin of April Fools’ Day is obscure. One likely theory is that April Fool’s Day comes from the Persian tradition of Sizdah Bedar, which is believed to be the oldest tradition in the world still alive, celebrated by Persians as far back as 536 BC.

Other theory is that the modern holiday was first celebrated soon after the adoption of the Gregorian calendar; the term referred to someone still adhering to the Julian Calendar, which it replaced. In many pre-Christian cultures May Day (May 1) was celebrated as the first day of summer, and signalled the start of the spring planting season.

Wikipedia: April Fools’ Day

If you would like to do some reading, here are some suggestions:

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April Fool’s Day (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew)

April Fool’s Day: A Novel (P.S.)

Maybe you are not up for reading, but there are other things you can do.

You can work.

You can sleep.

You can stay at home and watch DVD:

April Fools

Consider getting a toy for a baby or kid:

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Ty Beanie Baby – popular around the world! (special edition)

Or you might want to give an adult, this:

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Londons Times Funny Science Cartoons – Aviation April Fools Jokes – Coffee Gift Baskets – Coffee Gift Basket

Other toys you can get:

April Fool’s Stuff

April Fool is not just about pranks. Think before you prank someone out there.

Comment if you want, but keep the fool out of the conversation.

Happy April Fool!

New Year Gifts

New Year is coming up. Why not get some special gifts for your loved ones and of course yourself.

New Year is a time for change. Why wait any longer when you can be better at something?

Perhaps you are looking for last minute New Year’s gifts for your family.

Why not get something nice for your kids?

Here are some recommendations:

1. P. Bear’s New Year’s Party: A Counting Book (Paperback)

2. The Night Before New Year’s (Reading Railroad) (Paperback)

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3. New Clothes for New Year’s Day (Hardcover)

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4. Aurora Verde – New Year Holiday Cards, Box of 10 cards and envelopes

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5. Bringing in the New Year (Hardcover)

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