Amazon Has Banned Coronavirus eBooks...
So you can get this one free.
Amazon Has Banned Coronavirus eBooks!
So you can get this one free. Read on...
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
If you’re looking for a miracle cure, move on. If you want to discover that the pandemic is fake news, or perhaps there’s a deep conspiracy underlying it all, this isn’t the book for you.
But if you want to spend some of your new-found free time reading a book from a best-selling author (you can see my Amazon Author’s Page here), a book that explains the background—starting at the very beginning by answering the question “What is a virus anyway?”—a book that explains the difference between SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19, novel coronavirus, SARS, MERS, a book that explains why regular old hand soap really is better than hand sanitizer or antibacterial soap, that tells you the truth about how far the virus can float in the air, and much more...then maybe this is worth reading (did I mention it’s free?)
The world's top ebook publishers—Amazon, Apple, Google, Barnes & Noble, and more—were so swamped with junk books about the coronavirus pandemic that they instigated a blanket ban; no ebooks are now being accepted related to this subject!
I began work on my book weeks before the ban came into place. It doesn't matter that I'm a best-selling author with a reputation for taking complicated technical subjects and translating them into easy-to-understand, bite-sized pieces for non-experts. It doesn't matter that the book is interesting, educational, even entertaining; and it doesn't matter that the book breaks none of the ebook publishers' rules and guidelines. All ebooks about the pandemic have been banned.
So rather than see my work go to waste, I'm giving this book away for free.
I've written around 60 books during my career, published half a dozen online training courses, been published in newspapers and magazines hundreds of times, on subjects as diverse as digital marketing, business, bitcoin and blockchain, sex, cryptography, and web design. My books and courses have sold hundreds of thousands of copies ... this one's a gift. Please, take it, read it, pass it on. (Or point to this page.)
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WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
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WHAT IT IS
What a virus is, where SARS-CoV-2 came from, how you've been infected with coronaviruses before, why it isn't like the flu, and much more...
How the test works (and why you may not get one), when and how to seek help, the new science of immunosenescence and science-based ways to build your immune system...
The truth about the 6-foot distance, why masks do help, the 3 ways the virus spreads, why soap is so powerful, social-distancing made simple...
Links to hundreds of useful, interesting, and amusing web pages, a list of cleaning products that kill SARS-CoV-2, quick-links to authority web sites...
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WHAT IT IS
Why Did You Write This Book?Aren’t You Just Cashing In?
Soon after I finished this book, and discovered it couldn’t be published through Amazon (I'll explain that next), I was accused by a couple of people in the Amazon Kindle community forums of trying to “cash in.” Let me quickly respond to this ... Why did I write this book?
I’m a writer; that’s what I do. I’ve been writing for 40 years, writing books for 34, over 60 books during that time including a few best-sellers. Most of my books have been published through large publishers (Wiley, McGraw-Hill, Prentice-Hall, and so on), but I also self-published back in the 1990’s (when self-publishing was expensive and hard work!); I turned my self-publishing into a publishing company, and was selling paper books on the Web by 1997.
Over the last couple of decades I’ve continued working with the big publishers (I wrote two books just last summer), but more recently I’ve also self-published video courses. Well beyond time, I thought, to learn about publishing ebooks in the Kindle format.
Along came the coronavirus pandemic. An interesting, critical subject. I saw that there was a lot of garbage about this subject being sold via Kindle. Garbage? Many were simply filled with text scraped from official Web sites, such as the Centers for Disease Control site, or were filled with stories stolen from major newspapers. Often they contained little information, and were very poorly written, in broken English even.
So, I decided I’d write a well-researched, cut-through-the-crap book, really as an experiment. I would learn Kindle publishing and Kindle marketing, and along the way perhaps sell a few books, though I really didn’t expect to make much, if any, money. (In fact even while writing the book, in the back of my mind I was kicking around the idea of giving the book away.) If you call publishing a well-written book that counters all the nonsense out there “cashing in the world’s tragedy,” fine, there’s nothing I can do about that, you’re entitled to your opinion.
So Why is This Book Free?
When I began writing the book a few weeks ago, Amazon was selling Kindle ebooks about coronavirus (most of the 600M ebooks sold each year are sold by Amazon, in the Kindle format, perhaps 83% in the US, 88% in the UK). Those books were mostly garbage, but some were selling very well; one reached #5 on one medical best-seller list. What does that tell us? Clearly there are readers who want to learn about this subject in an ebook format.
While I had my head down writing this book, however, (I worked long hours every day for several weeks), Amazon was being swamped with hundreds of low-quality books about the coronavirus epidemic. Unbeknownst to me, Amazon implemented a new rule: Any book with the word coronavirus or a related word, in the title or description, would be blocked. It didn’t matter who wrote it or how good the book was, whether it broke any rules or not, it would be “keyword” blocked. (Frustratingly, Amazon will not tell you why it’s blocking a book, it merely points you to their “content guidelines”; my book does not break any of the rules.)
Amazon was followed by the next 10 biggest ebook publishers: Apple iBooks, B&N Nook, Google Play Books, Kobo, Rakuten Kobo, Scribd, Tolino, Overdrive, Baker & Taylor, 24Symbols, bibliotheca, and hoopla...all now have a new—unwritten—rule. No books about coronavirus. [This raises a really important issue related to free speech and monopolies. I certainly understand that the ebook channels need to have guidelines, rules... but in this case they are blocking a subject, regardless of whether their rules have been broken or not. That is, you are no longer allowed to publish ebooks on this particular subject, even if you follow all the rules.]
I put a lot of work into this book. There are clearly people who like to get their information in this manner—by reading books. I’d rather see my work put to good use than have it go to waste. So...please take it, read it, and pass it on! (Well, point to this download page—www.FreePandemicBook.com—anyway.)
Are You an “Authority”?
No. I’m a writer. What do writers do? They research a subject and write about it. The hope is that a good writer can distill all the available information down into easily digestible bites for the general public. This book is not a substitute for information from other sources! (In fact the book provides links to literally hundreds of sources.) But “authorities” often don’t communicate in a way that gets their message across well, and news channels often flood us with so much information, repeated many times, that it’s totally overwhelming.
It’s the writer’s role to collate, distill, summarize, explain, clarify, simplify...and even to entertain. (I try not to write “dry” books, but I’ll let you decide if my sense of humor adds to or detracts from the book.)
I’ve seen it said only “official spokespersons” have the right to talk and write about the pandemic. If that’s how you want to get your information about SARS-CoV-2, fine, that’s your choice. Let me just point out though, that...
I am absolutely not part of the anti-science movement of recent years. I’m absolutely not saying that you shouldn’t listen to the “official” voices (though unfortunately there are some official voices with little interest in the truth, in our “post-truth” society). But I do believe that experienced and skilled writers can provide a perspective on a subject that helps readers understand. They can filter, they can clarify, they can explain.