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Common Book available!

As most are no doubt already aware, the .PDF e-book version of The Common Book of Witchcraft & Wicca was released on Yule 2014, and has had over 30,000 downloads (in 68 countries) in the weeks following (possibly more, that's just through the goo.gl re-direct that we have stats from).

A week ago, the Paperback edition became available ... and you can check that out at http://bit.ly/tcbowaw

The Hardcover edition is still in the works ...…

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Added by BTRIPP on January 30, 2015 at 9:22am — No Comments

And not a candlestick in sight ...

I suppose that one of the nice things about the LibraryThing.com “Early Reviewer” program is that it's like a grab-bag gift exchange, but instead of the shape of the item, and how it's wrapped, the way you end up guessing what you're going to like is the paragraph or so of promo copy that…

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Added by BTRIPP on January 20, 2014 at 9:31pm — No Comments

Who do you trust?

I have to predicate this review with a bit more “disclosure” than I usually do ... I've known author Paul M. Rand for a while, and even interviewed with him a couple of years ago for a position at his agency, the Zócalo Group (sadly, I didn't get hired). This past summer, he gave a presentation at Social Media Week Chicago where he previewed the book … and…

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Added by BTRIPP on January 19, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments

Got a condo made of stone-a ...

I suppose that I should stop being surprised when books that I get via the LibraryThing.com “Early Reviewers” program aren't exactly what I had anticipated them to be when I clicked that “Request it!” link. After all, these are (usually) new books coming out, for which the…

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Added by BTRIPP on January 17, 2014 at 11:12pm — No Comments

Three fingers back ...

I had great hopes for this book when I “won” it in the LibraryThing.com “Early Reviewer” program … it sounded like the sort of cognition/cosmology sort of thing that I've not indulged in for a while, but read a great deal of previously. Steve Hagen's…

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Added by BTRIPP on January 16, 2014 at 9:03pm — No Comments

Memory Lane ...

As long-time readers of these reviews know, I've been involved in LibraryThing.com's “Early Reviewer” program for years. This is a benefit for membership on the LT site, where every month there are a hundred or so books made available by publishers, and one can put in requests for…

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Added by BTRIPP on January 6, 2014 at 10:25pm — No Comments

Where work is heading?

When I requested this book from the good folks at Random House's “Crown Business” imprint, I didn't know just how immediate the subject was going to be for me. As long-term readers of my main blog space (from where these reviews originate before cloning off into other zones on the web) will…

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Added by BTRIPP on December 29, 2013 at 10:38am — No Comments

And in this corner ...

I've been quite a fan of Gary Vaynerchuk's previous books, Crush It! and The Thank You Economy, both of which I felt were “game…

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Added by BTRIPP on December 28, 2013 at 2:04pm — No Comments

No, really ... there ARE "safe nukes"!

As regular readers know, pretty much every month I get some book or another from the LibraryThing.com “Early Reviewer” program, and, generally speaking, I'm usually content to deal with whatever the “Almighty Algorithm” doles out to me from the books I've requested. However, a…

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Added by BTRIPP on November 16, 2013 at 10:36am — No Comments

What's not to like?

I actually “won” won this book … back in February author Dave Kerpen was the featured speaker at the Big Frontier meeting, and there was a contest for the most “live Tweeting” from it. Since I tend to be a clicky-clicky fool at these things, I ended up winning, and getting…

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Added by BTRIPP on November 13, 2013 at 3:06am — No Comments

A man of wealth and taste ...

Needless to say, this is another of those books … something picked up to fill a gap in an on-line order between what I have in the cart and where free shipping kicks in, and simultaneously filling a gap in my otherwise rather expansive liberal arts education. While I'm a bit…

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Added by BTRIPP on November 10, 2013 at 10:01am — No Comments

Groping towards security ...

This is another book that I got via the LibraryThing.com “Early Reviewers” program. If you're not familiar with the LTER, it allows site members to put in requests for review copies from a list of a hundred or so books being offered by publishers that month. Each book has a…

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Added by BTRIPP on November 8, 2013 at 11:28pm — No Comments

Celebrity reading ...

OK, so I have to admit, the main reason that I picked up Craig Ferguson's…

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Added by BTRIPP on November 7, 2013 at 9:12pm — No Comments

Speaking of which ...

This is another of those fascinating volumes that found its way into my library due to the serendipity of the dollar store book section. As is often the case with my “dollar store finds”, this was unlikely to have been something that I would have picked up “at retail”, but…

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Added by BTRIPP on November 4, 2013 at 9:50pm — No Comments

How true? How real?

I must admit that I liked Paulo Coelho's Manuscript Found in Accra a lot more…

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Added by BTRIPP on November 2, 2013 at 5:59pm — No Comments

Or do they?

As regular readers of this space will no doubt recall, I am quite a fan of Scott Stratten, and regularly recommend his UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging as an ideal introduction into the…

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Added by BTRIPP on October 16, 2013 at 9:34am — No Comments

Revisioning marketing for the digital era ...

I actually “won” a copy of Gini Dietrich & Geoff Livingston's…

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Added by BTRIPP on October 16, 2013 at 9:25am — No Comments

A question of making ...

Back in July, I got a chance to attend the 3D Printing Conference & Expo down at McCormick Place, in the guise of my other blog, Green Tech Chicago. Hod…

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Added by BTRIPP on October 16, 2013 at 9:20am — No Comments

Outside of society ...

As I've mentioned (perhaps ad nauseum, your mileage will no doubt vary on that point), one of the joys of the book section at the dollar store (aside, of course, from the ability to get a new hardcover for a buck) is the enabling of serendipitous finds … providing a…

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Added by BTRIPP on September 15, 2013 at 10:20am — No Comments

Sit down and shut up ...

There's a program that's been happening in Chicago for a number of years, where speakers (usually bearing newly released books) are featured in an early-morning event, called the Big Frontier. Sadly, today was the last of these ... at least in their original format.…

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Added by BTRIPP on September 11, 2013 at 2:46pm — No Comments

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