Archive for the ‘Book’ Category

Why Cory Doctorow is sending 200 copies of “Little Brother” to a high-school in Pensacola, FL

The students at Booker T Washington High School in Pensacola, FC were assigned my novel Little Brother ( as their school-wide, One School/One Book summer read — and then they weren’t. The principal reversed the previously approved assignment including the curriculum units that the school librarian and head of English had developed, because, it seems, he disagreed with the book’s content.

However, I believe that kids will become especially interested in anything you tell them they shouldn’t read! My publisher, Tor Books, has offered TWO HUNDRED FREE COPIES of Little Brother to the students at BTHS, and I’m also going to send them a limited edition hardcover for their school charity drive, as well as nifty posters with the full text of the book to put up in the school. And I’ll still be videoconferencing in with any students who want to talk with me about the book in the fall.


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Viktor Frankl – Man’s Search for Meaning

Have you read Viktor Frankl’s book Man’s Search for Meaning?

If not, do yourself a favor and stop what you are doing and read it this week.

This book argues that meaning, not success or happiness, is the driving pursuit of human life.

Even in the worst imaginable circumstances, Frankl believes that man’s spirit can rise above his surroundings.

Frankl wrote:

    “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves”

    “Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.”


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Internet Archive

Archive is a documentary focused on the future of long-term digital storage, the history of the Internet and attempts to preserve its contents on a massive scale.

Part one features Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive and his colleagues Robert Miller, director of books, and Alexis Rossi, director of web collections. On a mission to create universal access to all knowledge, the Internet Archive’s staff have built the world’s largest online library, offering 10 petabytes of archived websites, books, movies, music, and television broadcasts.

The video includes a tour of the Internet Archive’s headquarters in San Francisco, the book scanning center, and the book storage facilities in Richmond, California.


Brewster Kahle TED Talk: A digital library, free to the world

Brewster Kahle is building a truly huge digital library — every book ever published, every movie ever released, all the strata of web history … It’s all free to the public — unless someone else gets to it first.


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Overpowering Your Lizard Brain – Seth Godin

Author Seth Godin argues that one of the main barriers to innovation is the “lizard brain,” the primitive part of the human brain adapted for survival. He explains that the lizard brain “loves being a cog in the system” because it’s safer than doing something foreign and untested.

The system is broken and the system needs you. Are you indispensable, capable of making a difference, doing work that matters–or are you a compliant cog in a machine that cares little about you? Seth Godin, entrepreneur and bestselling author of Linchpin wants to sell you on doing art, standing out and getting what you deserve. – BizTechDay

American Way Magazine calls Seth Godin “America’s Greatest Marketer,” and his blog is perhaps the most popular in the world written by a single individual. His latest book, LINCHPIN, hit the Amazon top 10 on the first day it was published and became a New York Times bestseller.

If I’m not afraid, I’m not doing my job.
Fear is a compass.
The more afraid I am the more likely it is that I need to do it.
You have to calm the fear and feel the fear because it is your compass that indicates you are doing the right thing.


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This is Water

In 2005, author David Foster Wallace was asked to give the commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College. However, the resulting speech didn’t become widely known until 3 years later, after his tragic death. It is, without a doubt, some of the best life advice we’ve ever come across, and perhaps the most simple and elegant explanation of the real value of education.


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The World Behind Your Eyes

Very few people live their passion.
One of the biggest reasons is we build giant hurdles that get in our way.
We sabotage our own life.
And all of this goes on in the world behind our eyes.
One way to discover and deal with the games we play behind our eyes is to read a book like “The Power of Story” by James E. Loehr


The Joy of Books

Stop-motion video by Crazedadman.


Let your voice be heard

When I read my poems to groups the first thing they ask me is:

  • Have you published your poems?

The second things they tell me is:

  • You should offer an audio version of your poems.

Well, I can now offer them both. A book version and an audio version of my poems on

I recently created an audio CD version of my two books of poetry.

Thought Bubbles (audio CD)

Just Sitting on the Edge of My Mind… Listening (audio CD)


Just Sitting on the Edge of My Mind… Listening

I recently published a book of poems I wrote over the past year. It’s called Thought Bubbles.

When collecting poems I had written I was surprised to find that I had over two hundred poems.

Having never published a book before I asked my friends what I should do. Should I publish one book that is 200 pages long or publish two books that are about 100 pages long? They all recommended publishing two books. They felt poetry should be savored not devoured like fast food.

So I self-published a second book of poetry on

It’s called Just Sitting on the Edge of My Mind… Listening.

I invite you to do what I did, write and write and write until you find your voice.

You may be surprised at what it has to tell you.


Thought Bubbles

In an effort to live my passion, I followed my heart and began to write.

I followed my muse and started to write what turned out to be poetry.

I recently published my first book of poetry and called it “Thought Bubbles.”

I self-published the book on

Check out my book and let me know what you think.

Thought Bubbles by Jim Oliver

I invite you to follow your passion.

Take a risk. Jump off the cliff. Live your passion. Walk your walk.