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Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on February 2, 2008 by ruyoung

remember those books with the paper pages in them that you used to read when you were a kid? before the internets came along? :-P

booksmart by blurb lets you create your own book. much like lulu and cafepress does for novels and text-heavy books, booksmart can do the same for cookbooks and photography books. (though they can also do text)

a simple (and free) download of booksmart allows users to choose templates for the type of book they want, place photos, blogs, stories, recipes, etc, and then buy the book at cost and even have the book for sale on their website.

book size options are standard landscape, standard portrait,and square in either softcover or hardcover, and the large format landscape in hardcover only.

booksmart claims to be bookstore quality and use heavyweight, archival paper stock. prices for softcover start at $12.95 and hardcovers for $22.95 which are very affordable, and can be from 20 to 440 pages.

this is pretty neat. i just might make a cookbook after all, and perhaps even an annual collection of my blog.


used books new start

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on January 30, 2008 by ruyoung

used books can help raise funds for canadian and international literacy programs through used books new start (ubns).

for the week starting feb 4, canadian corporations are being called to action to collect and ship used books, fiction and non-fiction, to a central depot. the books collected can then be remarketed by ubns through various web portals such as amazon and ebay by partnering with better world books and the net proceeds will be directed towards local and global literacy programs.

adam hill, founder of ubns said,

“I believe my success in life and career has been largely attributable to my access to education and books. Can you imagine the possibilities for our world if everyone could read? What emerging leaders would we have developed by giving them a start with education? These are the exciting questions I asked myself when I realized that making a difference is not as hard as it may appear.”

organisations that will benefit from the 2008 campaign include room to read and the canadian library association.

ubns is hoping to collect 1million books through this corporate campaign. will you be helping? drop me a line and let me know of your success!

innovation books

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 4, 2007 by ruyoung

yesterday i stopped at the library to pick up two books that i find fascinating.

the first is innovation killer: how what we know limits what we can imagine – and what smart companies are doing about it, by cynthia barton rabe

innovation killer

and the other is one that i’ve mentioned here before – think better: an innovator’s guide to productive thinking, by tim hurson.

my office is closed for the holidays, so i’ll be reading these in my downtime.

asking the right questions

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on November 27, 2007 by ruyoung

lisa blanton shares a great quote that is appropriate for the evening:

“The illiterate of the twenty-first century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” –Alvin Toffler

tonight i attended the launch of tim hurson’s book think better: an innovator’s guide to productive thinking. it was an evening that left me filled with more questions than answers, the kind of evening i love. why do we learn the way we do? why is it that when we come back from a training session we fall back into our old habits? why do we frequently stop at the first possible solution? how can we shift from training to entraining?

a copy of the book is now on hold at the library. full book review when i’ve finished it.