Running a mildly popular blog, like this one, has one very interesting advantage: you get to know a lot of people. Many of them are really great people, while some of them are downright wonderful to the point that you have no choice but to become friends. And every once in a while those friends of mine are doing great things, like providing fresh, original and useful content.
Today I will talk about some of the ebooks launched by my friends in the last few weeks.
David Damron’s Ebook: Simple Health and Fitness
I was a raw foodist for 9 and a half months, so I kinda know what’s going on when it comes to keep a balanced diet. To my surprise, David’s book was a refresher. Not only he talks about serious facts like nutrition in a very open and relaxed way, but he combines this approach with a focused exercising routine.
I won’t give you a summary of the book, because you’d better go out and get it for yourself if you want to take full advantage of that good advice. But I will tell you that I caught myself reading some of the chapters with my mouth open (which is a sign of intense concentration for me, in case you’re wondering). Some of the highlights of the book are: Menage A Trois: Travel, Health & Fitness, in which I got a glimpse at David’s digital nomad lifestyle, The Cost Of Living Of Unhealthy Lifestyle, pretty self-explanatory, and the very practical zones about Gear and Cost, in which you can actually evaluate how much you’ll spend (like in real money) in order to bring a little bit of health and fitness in your life.
All in all, David Damron’s book is a very good read and it’s packed with useful and interesting facts, not to mention the author personal experience in applying what he writes about. And for 9.95 USD I really think it’s a very good value for money.
One more word about David’s book: he launched an insane affiliate program for it. So, if you want to resell it while making a little bit of extra cash, you’re free to sign up. He’s giving away 75% for each sale, which is one of the biggest commissions I saw lately in the affiliate world. What you’ve been eating, David? 😉
Mike King’s Ebook: Building Better Relationships
The next ebook comes from a very special friend, Mike King, from LearnThis.ca. I’ve been knowing Mike for more than a year and he was one of my first blogging pals, so to speak. He writes about self-improvement and leadership and he does it very well. Mike was also one of my first sparring partners in writing top 100 lists, specifically the 100 Ways To Live A Better Life article, a post which changed everything for this blog. His first huge list post was 100 Ways To Be A Better Leader, go check it out.
Now, Mike launched a few weeks ago his first ebook ever and it’s about relationships. I was a bit surprised about the topic, as I knew Mike as a passionate and bold leadership writer. But then I realized that leadership is all about relationships, not about management. And his ebook proves this wonderfully.
Again, I’m not going to tell what’s inside, I’m leaving that for you to discover (which means by clicking that link, you’re going directly to Mike’s page). But I will tell you that some of the parts were really touching me, especially the chapter in which Mike advises to “Change Yourself Only“. Too often, in any relationships, efforts are geared towards changing the other one to fit our own expectations. This is simply not working. If you really want to make any relationship working for both, go change yourself only. This is by far one of the best advice in Mike’s ebook, but not even remotely the only one. All in all, a warm, lucid and at the same time productive approach to relationships.
An interesting thing about Mike’s ebook is that it comes already packaged as an audio book, a part from the regular PDF. The whole package is 22 USD (more than affordable for a full package containing both written and audio content), again, a very good value for money. Mike also has an affiliate program in place for his book, you will get 50% off of each sale.
Zeenat Merchant-Syal’ Ebook: Best Of Positive Provocations
Zeenat is a fresh presence in the self-improvement world and by that I mean she’s new – with only one year of blogging at Positive Provocations – but she’s also projecting a fresh perspective. Zeenat is also a contributor to this blog, her post about Successful Excellence being one of my all time favorites.
Zeenat writing has a very unique twist: every time I read one of her articles I feel like both my brain hemispheres are involved. She’s frequently visually marking her words by making them bold or underlined, and that makes some of her articles look like paintings. More or less…
The ebook is a free download at Positive Provocations and I recommend it for anyone who want to get a glimpse of Zeenat’s writing. And if you’re not going to subscribe after you’ll read it, than I’m sure you got the wrong ebook 😉
Anastasiya Goers’ Ebook: Balance In Me
Another new presence in the personal development blogging world is Anastasiya Goers from BalanceInMe.com. I first met her a few months ago when she published a huge list post (yeah, it seems like huge lists posts are the new black in the blogogsphere, so to speak) in which she mentioned one of my posts.
I was very surprised to discover in that post many familiar names but also some unknown (for me) bloggers. Some of them made it to my RSS readers instantly. A few days ago, Anastasiya also become one of this blog contributors, with a wonderful article on passion and business.
Her book is called “The Book Of Wisdom – 50 Ideas For The All Around Balanced Life” and it’s also a free download (yes, you should click this link like right now!). In this book you’ll find an exquisite list of articles for a lot of A-listers in the self-improvement niche (disclaimer: I also have an article in this book).
Well, that’s it for now. Be sure to check out those ebooks and spread the word. Because in the end, like the title of the article says, ebooks may come and go, but friends are here to stay 🙂