eBookPie will close on December 31

by Ron on December 18, 2013

We will be closing the eBookPie ebook store on December 31. This is to make way for the coming launch of the Slicebooks Store, featuring the world’s first ebook remixing for consumers.

eBookPie customers, please read on!

Download your eBookPie ebooks by December 31

If you have previously purchased an ebook from eBookPie and haven’t yet downloaded your purchase, please do so by or before Dec. 31. After that date the store website will be closed, no download links will be available and the links will not transfer to the Slicebooks Store.

If your download link is no longer active

As time goes by publishers sometimes cancel titles for a variety of reasons. This is completely beyond our control. If your ebook was purchased some time ago, it is possible the publisher may have cancelled that particular title in the meantime. If so, we regret that we will not be able to provide a new download link.

Slicebooks Store eBook Remix WidgetComing soon! The Slicebooks Store

eBook Remixing is finally here!! On the Slicebooks Store (now in private beta) all ebooks are available whole or sliced, or mix & match to create your own custom ebook. If you would like to be notified when the store goes live, go here to sign up.

Use your current eBookPie login

When the Slicebooks Store goes live you will be able to use your current eBookPie account info to login to the new store.

Questions? Contact us.

 

 

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Get Noble Prize winner by the slice

by Ron on February 13, 2013

Shifu, You'll Do Anything For A Laugh by Mo Yan, 2012 Noble Prize winnerArcade Publishing, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes books by the Chinese writer Mo Yan, who was awarded the 2012  Noble Prize for Literature. Mo is the first writer from China to win this most prestigious of awards. Arcade recently contacted Slicebooks about helping them make some of Mo Yan’s work available whole or sliced, which we thought was a splendid idea.

We’ve started with Mo Yan’s short story collection, “Shifu, You’ll Do Anything For A Laugh”. This collection features eight stories written over the past 20 years.

Publisher’s Weekly compares Mo Yan to Kafka:

“If China has a Kafka, it may be Mo Yan. Like Kafka, Yan (The Republic of Wine; Red Sorghum) has the ability to examine his society through a variety of lenses, creating fanciful, Metamorphosis-like transformations or evoking the numbing bureaucracy and casual cruelty of modern governments. The title novella of this collection of eight tales chronicles the story of old Ding, whose 43 years of dedicated service to the Municipal Farm Equipment Factory have earned him the honorific Shifu, or master worker. Despite this praise, Ding is abruptly laid off one month before his retirement. After contemplating his options including setting himself on fire in protest Ding decides to go with a more entrepreneurial approach, converting an abandoned bus into a cottage-for-hire for lovers. As an old man getting his first taste of capitalism, he serves as a symbol for many of those facing struggles in modern China.”

Now readers can grab just a story or two, or the entire book.

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Travel Time: the Southern Cone

by Shayne on December 20, 2012

It’s winter, and even those of us living in milder climates cringe before taking out the trash. The blustery weather does bring about a lot of activities: skiing, snowboarding, snowball fights and sipping cocoa with friends and family, which has to be one of the most comforting experiences ever. Still, I can’t help but look at pictures of palm trees and balmy breezes with more than a hint of envy. Luckily, half the world is enjoying the beginnings of summer these days, and travel deals abound to locations all over the Southern Hemisphere.

One destination that has been generating a mountain of popularity these days is the Southern Cone of Southern America. Comprising of Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and, depending on the definition, southern Brazil, the Southern Cone seems, in many ways, like an ideal place to visit. It’s safe, there’s excellent infrastructure in most of the area, the cities are vivacious, and the nature there is the kind one usually only sees in tomes about the environment.

I’ve taken a look at some of the books on the region, and these seem to be the top destinations and adventures:

1. Patagonia. Just the name evokes rugged mountains and glaciers and the need for decent thermal wear. Summer is absolutely the best time to visit temperature-wise, especially if you have an inkling to scale some icy trails. Other popular activities include taking a boat ride through the Arctic (and sipping local firewater on board), contemplating museums dedicated to the area’s indigenous heritage, and even scuba diving.

2. Buenos Aires. This city has been dubbed “the Paris of the South,” and with the romantic stony streets and boulevards, cafes packed with students, retail therapy and joyful nightlife, it’s easy to see the comparison. But the capital of a country which inspired a dance as passionate as the tango has its own vibe of elegance mixed with an alluring edge. It’s also a food-lover’s dream, with chefs in constant competition to perfect such local favorites as the parrillada, a bountiful and flavorful platter of meat.

3. San Pedro de Atacama. The Atacama desert in northern Chile is one of the driest in the world, receiving a downpour of one millimeter per year. And yet the tourist oasis town of San Pedro is anything but wilted, with a friendly plaza and curious alpacas. Within a rocky drive away are flamingo-dotted salt flats, spiky mountains and steaming geysers. Best of all, after a fun day of sandy adventures, you can relax in an outdoor courtyard and gaze up at the endless sky above.

4.Iguazu Falls. Sometimes, a site is popular for its beauty. Sometimes, it’s noteworthy more for its location. Iguazu Falls has the privilege of falling into both those categories. The series of waterfalls, split in territory between Argentina and Brazil, are four times the width of Niagara Falls and interspersed with lush rainforest. Even at the peak of tourist season, one can wander the paths totally alone amongst  the buzzing insects and thunders of water. Many people turn up for a day and stay for a month.

5. Punta del Este. Uruguay, the tiny nation at the very edge of southern Brazil, isn’t quite the destination its neighbor are, but this wild and posh resort might help to change that. The restaurants in this town are as flashy as the celebrities who flock here, and if you’ve ever wanted to bust out your fanciest bathing suit, this would be the place to do it. Those more interested in the beautiful waves than the people will find plenty of windy stretches brimming with excitement.

Welcome to the Southern Cone. Drink some mate, watch some football, and enjoy the beauty of the area.

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25% discount on sports books

by Shayne on December 13, 2012

Whether you’re snowboarding in Tahoe, skiing in Nagano or hiking in Patagonia, the sports season is up and running. We’ve got books for experts looking to brush up and finesse, and we’ve got books for newbies who just want to understand what exactly is going on.

Just enter sports2012 under “promotions” and enjoy the great outdoors!

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Learning a New Language

by Shayne on December 7, 2012

I have a confession to make: in the years leading up to high school, I was completely petrified of the foreign language requirement. The idea of having of having to communicate with a totally different set of vocabulary made me burst out into a cold sweat. I scoured the school’s policy in a search of a loophole, anything to get me out of what was sure to destroy my chances of getting into college.

Flash forward a long way into the future. Not only have certain life events forced me to become decently proficient in four other languages, I spent over four years teaching my own dialect to learners of English as a Foreign Language.  In having to face down one of my life’s most unfounded greatest fears, I’ve made two discoveries: first, that learning a foreign language, while frustrating at times, is not exactly the sort of thing over which to bite my fingernails to the stub, and second, it can be fun! Sure, tree diagramming sentences to the point of oblivion is a certain way to send students to dreamland, but when was the last time that, as an adult, you got to sing the alphabet song for your own academic pleasure?

Learning a foreign language doesn’t only offer up some benefits for your career, it makes your brain stronger. And don’t let age stop you; although children have the easiest time picking up foreign languages, anyone with a good attitude about learning and some time to dedicate can pick a language up. In fact, two of my students who picked up English the quickest were over sixty. All in all, there are plenty of things to fear in life (fuzzy spider in on the ceiling, I’m looking at you), but getting in with a new lingo isn’t one of them.

I often got asked by students for tips on the best study techniques. The ones below provoked the biggest smiles.

1. Be a kid again: although adults and children acquire knowledge in different fashions, there’s no harm in learning another language in the same way your native one! Try watching cartoon programs and reading picture books in the language of your choice, as those are dedicated towards teaching children the necessary vocabulary with simple, fluent grammar. As your level rises, it’s a smart idea to find your favorite books from elementary or  junior high school in the language you’re learning. This way, you’ll already have a grasp of the plot and will be able to focus on the details of vocabulary and tense forms.

2. Don’t be afraid to get silly. A lot of foreign language teachers employ songs to help students get down the basics of grammar, and I’m guilty of that as well. It’s easier to mentally access the conjugations of verbs such as “to be” from a tune than from the cold, dry pages of a ten-pound book. When memorizing vocabulary, try out some mnemonic technics: think of a an association to help you remember words. For example, the expression for “to get married” in Japanese is “kekkon suru.” To be honest,  one of my favorite aspects of a wedding is the cake, which sounds like “kekkon” (as in, “Put that delicious cake on my plate!”). It has not failed me yet!

3. Understand the difference between “fluency” and “accuracy.” One problem I often found with students is that they hesitated to speak up in class out of fear of making a mistake. As a language learner, you will make mistakes. A lot of them. And there’s nothing wrong with that! The problem is when too much focus is put on the “accuracy” portion of learning. Students do need to understand how to phrase a sentence correctly, when to use certain tenses and the difference between “seventeen” and “seventy.” But we learners also need the chance to speak or write about a topic, even our favorite colors, in an unrestrained, natural manner (not focusing on making corrections).  When we do this, we approximate how we speak our own native tongue, which in turn tricks us into feeling more comfortable and familiar with the learning process. Both fluency and accuracy are important, and it’s essential not to sacrifice one for the other.

4. Get over the plateau. When you first learn a language, the improvement on even a day-to-day basis is astounding, as you go from zero skills to infinitely more than that. However, many students nearing the Intermediate level find themselves in the dreaded rut. You’re still acquiring new knowledge, but the rate of progress is going to be less drastic than when you initially started learning. The great news is that, with all this obtained knowledge, now is the perfect time to emphasize your speaking and writing skills. There are tons of websites for online language exchanges, and you could start a blog for cooking or traveling or just everyday life. Pretty soon, you’ll be merrily waving to the plateau behind you.

5. Have fun! Forget about just passing the test. Learning another language helps you to communicate with people around the world.

If anyone has any other tips, I’d love to hear them!

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Get 20% off books on foreign language study!

by Shayne on December 3, 2012

Winter is settling in, and it’s time to pack up my camping gear and hiking boots in favor of some great indoor activities: drinking cocoa with marshmallows, diving into many a good book, and polishing up my foreign language skills.

Learning another language seems to be a popular and necessary activity the world over. Want to get in on the fun? Check out our selection of books for foreign language study…and while you’re at it, get 20% off on most of them!

Enter language2012  under “promotions” to help you get to conjugating and memorizing vocabulary on the cheap. Have fun!

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A jolly holiday season to you!

November 29, 2012

Maybe one could attribute it to the “Santa Clause effect,” but the winter holidays always seem to have a jolly air to them. In snowier areas than California, where I live, people do seem to get a kick out of that first clean, airy snowfall, with children and adults alike bouncing through the streets in [...]

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Savings, savings, get your savings!

November 19, 2012

If TV advertisements are anything to go by, the holidays have indeed begun. We’d like to help you get into the swing of things by offering 30% off most cookbooks. Now you’ll have more dough to spend on your gourmet black lava salt. Just enter holidays2012  under “Promotions,” and get cooking! I hope you have [...]

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Discount on Cookbooks

November 16, 2012

The crisp fall air and upcoming holiday season have you in the mood to make some heart-warming good food? Fantastic! We’re offering 5% of most cookbooks until next week. Time to break out the nutmeg!   Just use the code: cooking2012 under “Promotions” and cook, bake, steam and sauté  away!

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Making it on your own

November 10, 2012

One day, some people turn off their early-AM alarms, open their eyes and think, “Today is the day I open my own business.” It’s the day where their dreams of owning a graphic design firm or a cupcakery or a salon get yanked into realization. For some, it can be an intimidating road down which [...]

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