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Amazon Kindle Paperback Proof vs CreateSpace Proof.

by Anura Guruge


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With this, my latest book, I ended up ordering proofs from both Kindle KDP and CreateSpace. Nothing to stop you from doing so. You can’t publish the book with BOTH — but I haven’t published it at yet! I am at the ‘order proof’ stage with both and that is perfectly kosher. I did this with my last book too — except at that juncture I couldn’t order paperback proofs from Kindle KDP. I got the proofs from CreateSpace and eventually published with Kindle! They are BOTH Amazon companies so it is by no means robbing Peter to pay Paul.

So, both proofs printed by Amazon — and they both came in Amazon Prime boxes.

But, can you tell the difference, and whose is whose. A very obvious difference right up front.

Yes, the KDP proof as the ugly ‘Not for Resale’ banner. CS has never done that. Instead, they print a BIG ‘PROOF’ on the last page.

But, also an obvious difference in the quality of the cover. You can tell even in these photos. The CS cover is brighter and more detailed. That is crazy.

CS proofs were published in Columbia, South Carolina; Kindle in Middletown, Delaware.


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Amazon Kindle Paperback Option & Ordering Proof Copies.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and study here. The order details from Amazon.


Click to ENLARGE. Click here to access: https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/G202059560


The Amazon Kindle PAPERBACK program is NOT an oxymoron or an April Fool’s joke. It is now over a year old and I already published my last book, “Quick & Easy Meditation“, last September, in paperback and ebook form via Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). I had to jump through some hoops but I did manage to get it done.

Last September the KDP program did NOT offer the option of ordering PROOF copies. That was a bummer. But, I, a veteran self-publisher, CHEATED and got the proof copies I needed. I am NOT going to tell you hear how I did that! {Smile}

As of earlier this year KDP did start offering Proof copies — albeit in BETA test form, the whole paperback program a beta as well.

The KDP Paperback program is temperamental and has BUGS. You have been warned. More than likely it will object to your cover size even if you FOLLOWED their requirements!

Ordering Proofs is not straightforward either. You cannot do it right away. They send you a link via e-mail — and they tell you that it can take up to 4-hours to get the link. Then you have 24-hours to order the Proofs!

I got my e-mail in about 2 hours.

Your order through Amazon BUT it does NOT recognize PRIME! So, you have to pay for shipping.

Even though I ordered yesterday (i.e., June 30, 2018), I might not get the Proofs until July 10. That is crazy and unacceptable.

Anywho …. this is a heads up.

So, now the mystery is solved and the cat is out of the bag. My latest book is now at the galley proof stage.

Kind of funny, just in the last 2 weeks my wife and a friend both asked me whether I had stopped writing books! That was rather strange coming from folks who know me. If I am up and about, I am writing a book! That is how it goes. Yes, this book has taken me 9-months to write, but it is 475 pages in length and required extensive research. Just because I typically publish two books a year does NOT mean I have to always do so. {Smile}

So ….

More to come.


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‘American Medical Association’ (AMA) Study On The Effectiveness Of Opioids On Chronic Back Pain — USELESS!

by Anura Guruge


The Google News Headlines
March 9, 2018.

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From the ACTUAL Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Click to ENLARGE and read here. Image below provides access to the FULL JAMA article and abstract.


Click this image to access the original JAMA article in the March 2018 issue in full or as an abstract.


Totally POINTLESS!

Waste of time & money.

This is NOT going to make a BLIND bit of difference.

There is way, way, way TOO MUCH money in opioids for the pharma companies, the doctors (AND NURSES) that write prescriptions and for the other drug dealers. It is like everything else. Money talks.

This report will NOT convince a single doctor, patient or addict. They are all into this hook, like and bloody sinker.

This report actually made me angry because of its impotence.

It is like guns, the NRA and the politicians. Where are the opioid control laws? Just talk. Just chatter.

Common sense does NOT prevail. Money talks.

So, pathetic.


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Why Did Amazon Send Me 3 Bottles Of “Brain Octane Oil”, 16 Oz, Unasked & For Free!

by Anura Guruge



This has me concerned.

I know and appreciate that Amazon knows EVERYTHING about me including that I rarely wear underwear.

They also know that I have been a dynamite, extremely reliable and loyal customer for nearly 20-years.

So, when they send me $70 of “Brain Octane Oil“, for FREE, unasked (never mind unsolicited), it gets me WORRIED.

What have they detected in my keystrokes? That I am not as decisive as I once was? That it takes me longer to place an order.

YIKES! I haven’t, as far as I know, screwed up TOO MUCH of late, i.e., returned stuff.

But, obviously they know something.

They also sent a small bottle of some blood pressure medication. This is bad.

I am worried.

What do YOU think I should do.

NO. NO. N000000000! I have not tried it yet, though somebody else did.

Having spent 64 years making sure not to mess my brain I am not sure I am going to try anything now — especially as my brain is entitled to its slow decline. I never did drugs because I did not want anything interfering with my brain. So, why would I try this?


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We Got An APEX ‘Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation’ (tDCS) “Type A 18V” Unit From Amazon.

by Anura Guruge


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Deanna had seen this tDCS unit on Amazon over the weekend, and I, as is my instinctive wont, ordered it from Amazon Prime without looking around.

It arrived today, per the Prime 2-day promise.

It was as portrayed in the Amazon product page — which has since INEXPLICABLY disappeared off Amazon. This () is what I now get when I click on the link in the order. Never seen that before in the thousands of items I have ordered, over the years, from Amazon. Never mind. Our unit arrived.

We could have got it from Apex directly for $20 less — with free shipping (though I am not sure whether it would have been 2-day). C’est la vie. Amazon does not offer price matching. Yes, of course we could have returned it … But, I refuse to be that churlish.

Deanna tried it, for her Chronic Pain. She could feel the ‘current’. It is somewhat like a TENS unit, though the principal is rather different. It will take some time before we can determine whether it works.

I will keep you posted.


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‘Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation’ (tDCS) For Depression & Chronic Pain Now Available INEXPENSIVELY.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the “Apex” Website — which is currently selling tDCS units, for home use, without a prescription, for $149.00 (plus shipping).


I talked about tDCS
in my ‘Central Pain Syndrome‘ (CPS) book.

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With cranium referring to the ‘skull’, transcranial means through the skull.

So, of the 4 non-invasive cortical techniques now available, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) & Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) refer to brain stimulation methods, applied through the skull — in the form of magnetic pulses in the case of TMS and very-low electrical currents (applied to the forehead) in the case of tDCS.

Given its use of electrical currents, tDCS is ‘similar’ to ECT — the huge difference being that tDCS uses a fraction of the current applied with ECT — probably 1/400th. ECT can only be administered under general anesthesia and as such is an expensive and time-consuming process. tDCS can now be done at home in 20-minute sessions! Big difference.

TMS is also expensive.

For what it might cost you to get a few sessions of TMS, you can buy your own tDCS unit!

Think about it.

I will tell you more about tDCS in the coming days. OK?


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