Category Archives: Books and Lit

Dylan Thomas, the prototype for Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan Got More Than A Last Name From Welsh poet Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas Reads Fern Hill

Dylan Thomas, the prototype for Bob Dylan
Dylan Thomas, the prototype for Bob Dylan

I was kept thinking about “Fern Hill” so much lately I had to listen to it again and to the poet himself recite it.

“Now as I was young and easy under the apple boughs
About the lilting house and happy as the grass was green,
The night above the dingle starry,
Time let me hail and climb
Golden in the heydays of his eyes,”

Robert Zimmerman took “Dylan” as his stage name in 1959 when he arrived in Dinkytown in Minneapolis. It was not accidental.   Continue reading

Free eBook - Introducing Windows 8 for IT professionals

Microsoft offers free Windows 8 book for IT Pros

Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals (Preview Edition)

Free eBook – Introducing Windows 8 for IT professionals

Microsoft is offering another free book about Windows 8.

This one is directed at IT professionals who will install and support the new operating system.

The free eBook is available as a download from Microsoft Books or from Amazon.com or $14.99.

The book is a preview of the final book so some things may get changed in the editing. The cover has changed titles to “Introducing Windows 8 for Network Administrators.”

So far what I have read is well written and illustrated in the usual style of Microsoft self-help books.

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Windows 8 for Dummies (Wiley)

Get Microsoft Windows 8 For Dummies free

Dell is giving away Windows 8 book

Windows 8 for Dummies (Wiley)

For a limited time, Dell has teamed up with Wiley to offer a free download of the new “Windows 8 for Dummies,” pocket edition.

The 147-page book is a quick primer on how to navigate in Windows 8, what’s new and how to use Windows 8 features and Apps.

For most people, the book will be all you need to get started and running Windows 8.

Dell are providing a free download at a site humorously named New doesn’t have to be scary.

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No-Direction-Home

No Direction Home by Robert Shelton, Review

Robert Shelton’s biography of Bob Dylan is the definitive read on Dylan’s first four decades

No Direction Home: The Life and Music of Bob Dylan
No Direction Home: The Life and Music of Bob Dylan

(Updated) Robert Shelton was the first mainstream, music critic to discover Bob Dylan in 1961. Dylan was playing in Gerdes, a Greenwich Village folk club, at the time.

Shelton wrote up one of those performances for the newspaper and the rest, they say, is history.

Weighing in at a hefty 3 lb, 330 dense pages and 290,000 words, No Direction Home: The Life and Music of Bob Dylan is the definitive insider’s view of Bob Dylan’s life and career up to 1978.  Continue reading

Lynda.com  showing book cover design

Lynda.com makes photo book production a breeze

Online course explains how to plan, organize and publish a photo book on Blurb.com

Lynda.com Creating Photo Books with Blurb, showing book cover design

Self-publishing a book is a daunting task made relatively easy with the Lynda,com course Creating Photo Books with Blurb.

For example, if you want to create a really special Valentine’s Day photo book covered in How to make the best Valentine for under $50, the related Lynda course takes about 2 to 3 hours to complete and costs $25, or $37.50 if you use their sample files. The fee is a one month membership and you can also take other courses during the month. There also is a Lynda.com 7-day free trial.
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Outlaw Blues

Outlaw Blues innovative iPad book or shill

Jonathan Taplin`s book is part personal history, part rock and roll journey in multimedia iPad book

You know me – I`m into all things Bob Dylan and 60s rock and roll. When Apple released Outlaw Blues – Adventures in Counter-Culture Wars by Jonathan Taplin I was like `show me the store`.

Soon I was trapped in the iPhone store.

The book promised first person narrative from Jonathan Taplin who now teaches at USC. He  was Bob Dylan`s tour manager.

Outlaw Blues is a searing tale of the rock and roll and film revolutions of the 1960s and 1970s told by an insider who worked with Bob Dylan and The Band, George Harrison and Martin Scorsese to change the cultural landscape of America. Continue reading

Suze Rotolo / Bob Dylan circa 1962 (photo credit Don Huntstein @ Sony Music)

Visions of the Village with Suze Rotolo

Suze Rotolo / Bob Dylan circa 1962 (photo credit Don Hunstein @ Sony Music)

Suze Rotolo’s A Freewheelin’ Time takes you back to the 60’s in the Greenwich Village

I’m re-reading Suze Rotolo’s memoir this August, which speaks to how cold and wet this summer has been.

Rotolo was Bob Dylan’s first NYC girlfriend and the girl on his arm on the cover of Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.
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Bob Dylan from his High School Yearbook

Bob Dylan’s childhood neighbor to write book

Mystery woman claims to have been Dylan’s best friend in Jr. high school

Bob Dylan from his High School Yearbook

Edith Flynn has announced she is writing a book about her life with Bob Dylan,  growing up in Hibbing, Minnesota with the Bard of the 60s.

“I’m gonna write it and make a million bucks,” said Flynn.

“Everyone is writing books about Bob Dylan and I want to write one too,” she said in an exclusive NJN Network interview.   Continue reading

Joe Konrath, author and self-publisher

You Should Self-Publish

Have we reached the tipping point in book publishing?

Joe Konrath, author and self-publisher

By Joe Konrath, A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing

One of the traits I value most about myself is my ability to change my mind about something as more data becomes available.

Well, the data is in. And I’m reversing one of my long-held beliefs about writing.

For many years, I said DO NOT SELF-PUBLISH.

I had many good reasons to support this belief.

1. Self-publishing was expensive
2. The final product was over priced and inferior
3. Self-pubbed were impossible to distribute
4. Most self-pubbed books weren’t returnable
5. Chances were, the reason you had to self pub was because your writing wasn’t good enough
6. Most POD houses were scams

I had ample evidence to support my opinion. Writer Beware and Preditors & Editors and Absolute Write all had detailed tales of authors being screwed. I’d done enough local signings with self-pubbed authors to see how epic their failures were. I was a judge for several self-pub contests for Writer’s Digest, and saw firsthand the dreck being released.

Yep, I was pretty confident that traditional publishing was the only game in town.

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Bob Dylan not so Freewheelin' anymore

You may not own digital downloads

Amazon.com locked woman out of Kindle purchases for a month

Kindle (photo: Amazon.com)

E-books are fun to use away from home but you don’t own the books, as a woman recently found out.

In a story reported on The Consumerist, the woman purchased a book, was locked out and then told by Amazon.com to merely purchase it again. She did but was still locked out, despite numerous emails.

“I am having major amazon issues. A month ago I bought a kindle and was really excited to use it on vacation. I bought a few books and when I was done, I bought another. Then they froze my account, so I called in and logged a case.
Within 48 hours I got a call back, saying it was an error on their side and they’d unfreeze it for me, but I’d just need to re-order the book. I thought no problem, thanks for the help. So I bought the book a second time and it automatically freezes me out again. I call in and log another case, but get no phone call back as promised from an account specialist.”

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