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Converting A Tightly Formatted Print Book Into An Acceptable eBook Is Hard Work.

by Anura Guruge



Printed Pages


People just don’t appreciate the work, effort & time involved. Yes, converting a NOVEL without any pictures, tables, lists & FANCY formatting is TRIVIAL & can even be done automatically.

NOT so with my books. SMILE.

I like tightly formatted print books & I REFUSE to ‘sell’ those that buy my eBooks short. I will not give them a SHODDY, unacceptable version.

Though I always charge rock bottom prices for my eBooks (typically just $0.99) I still insist on giving the reader the BEST that I can deliver.

So, yes, I am working on the 518-page “The Conclave” book.

This is the LARGEST book that I will have published as an eBook.

I have been working on this conversion for weeks. SMILE.

It is NOT fun being I.


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“The Two Pope”, 2019 Movie, Pure Fiction — Rather Than Faction &, Moreover, Riddled With Technical Errors.

by Anura Guruge



Beautifully crafted, well acted movie though the MAIN storyline is pure, unadulterated fiction.

The primary crux of the story, the 2012 meeting between the then pope, Benedict XVI, & the future pope, viz. Francis, in Castel Gandolfo did NOT happen. Period.

Yes, in December 2011 ‘Francis’ (then Bergoglio) would have, per Canon Law, had to have tendered his RETIREMENT, by letter, to Benedict XVI. That was because he had turned 75. The retirement would have been from being the Archbishop of Buenos Aires. This is rote. All Bishops, irrespective of standing, must tender a letter of retirement upon turning 75. It is up to the pope to accept & there are instances when the pope might take 5-years to do so. The retirement would NOT have been a BIG deal. Bergoglio would NOT have disappeared from the Church. He could have still carried on his work in Argentina, albeit as a CARDINAL — a retired Archbishop. I think we have about 40 cardinals in this category as I write.

Plus, though it was rumored he was runner up in the 2005 conclave, Bergoglio, in 2012, was by no means the favorite to be the next Pope — especially not so in Benedict XVI’s eyes. All that was rubbish.

What disturbed me much was the rank technical errors to do with the conclaves. Those should not have occurred. Easy enough to have got right. They could have JUST checked one of my books. SMILE. (Yes, the “The Next Pope 2011” book was still good & accurate.)

Let me just list a few of the most egregious.

  1. They do NOT, let me REPEAT, do NOT, use ‘bingo balls’ to keep track of who has voted. That is so, so stupid. The cardinals vote per their precedence — which is also how they are seated. They get up, in a row, one-after-the-other, & go place their ballot. You don’t need bingo balls to keep track. All can see the cardinals voting in sequence. Where they got that was STUPID.
    …..
  2. The new pope does NOT appear on the balcony as the Habemus Papam is being announced. In 2013 there was a 30-minute gap between the Habemus Papam & Francis appearing on the balcony. In 2005 the gap was shorter BUT there is an interval, so that banners can be draped, before the new pope appears.
    …..
  3. The new pope CERTAINLY does not, causally, pick up his new white zucchetto from a shirt box in the Sistine sacristy as he is leaving it. There is a ceremony in which the white zucchetto is presented to the new pope by the Secretary of the Conclave! That was stupid.
    ….
  4. In 2013 Francis did NOT say “May God forgive you for what you have done in my regard” at the Conclave. He said it much later, in jest, over dinner. It was John Paul I, in 1978, who said it at the conclave. Jeez.
    ….

IF you really want the TRUE in-&-outs of how a pope is elected check out this book.


This is the book. Available on Apple, Amazon, etc. etc.


Snippets from the book.

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A Catholic Priest From The UK, A ‘Canon’ No Less, Gives My “Electing The Next Pope” ($2 eBook), 5-Stars.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE & read. On Amazon.


This is Canon Canon Anthony Churchill, STL.

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This is the book. Available on Apple, Amazon, etc. etc.


Amazon product page. Click to ENLARGE & read here.



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Full Disclosure.

Father Churchill & I are NOT strangers — though we have yet to meet.

We know each other through my books. He contacted me over 10-years ago after seeing my “Pope Names” book. We have been penpals ever since.

He is no stranger to the readers of this blog. He helps me out.

But, his review is genuine. Honest. SMILE.

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Snippets from the book.

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My “Pope Names” Is Finally (After 12-Years) Available As An eBook — Updated, Expanded & In Color.

by Anura Guruge


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The 2008 PRINT version. This book was well received. Check Amazon … worldwide.


Some of the Reviews for the PRINT book on Amazon.

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In FULL color. Looks good.


Hard to believe. My 1st pope book! I was so, so new to popes & I was so tentative. Then I started getting all the feedback. Wow. People liked it. They had copies at the Vatican.

People started asking me what the NEXT NAME was going to be. That is what got me started on the ‘Next Pope‘ kick. Wow.

I said I would NEVER publish this book as an eBook. I was, obviously, WRONG.

The problem was that it was tightly-formatted & contained tons of tables. In 2008, eBook rendering was not good enough to deal with that. Much has changed in the last 12-years, PLUS I am much more experienced in creating eBooks. This took a fair amount of work & time. Close to a WEEK! At the rate I work, that is a LOT of work.

It looks good. I am PLEASED. I am proud of it.

Have a look. It is FREE to preview IF the $2 is too much of an ask.

It is also available, as are most of my eBooks (as of 2020), on BOTH APPLE & Amazon (i.e., Kindle). So, no excuses.



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“Electing The Next Pope” — A Beginner’s Guide To The Next Conclave ($2 eBook On Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble etc).

by Anura Guruge



On Apple … 


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The title is self-explanatory. Next papal election. I didn’t call it ‘Conclave‘ since this is aimed at an audience that might NOT equate a papal election with a conclave! This is a book aimed at a different audience to my other pope books. This one is for the ‘beginner’. So, in this book I take pains to explain stuff I don’t in my other books. I also set out to be minimalistic. I called it “Goldilocks“. I really tried to keep the volume of content just right. Not too much; not too little.

Well, I have tried to give you a few images.

These days I make sure my eBooks are available across APPLE, Amazon, Android etc. I gave up trying to convince folks that Amazon Kindle eBook can be read on Apple. SMILE.

I was going to call this book: “Be A Bar Stool Expert on How Popes are Elected“. Well, you can catch the drift.

For those that want chapter & verse, I did publish this 518-page book earlier this year.


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You DON’T Need An F***ING Kindle To Read A Kindle eBook! Jesus Wept!

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. I just got this on Facebook.


I have bitched about this enough times. To access this 2015 post click on this image.


You DON’T Need An F***ING Kindle
To Read Kindle eBook!

Can YOU help me get this f***ing point across.

This, I think, is my pet peeve.

People thinking that you need an f***ing, bloody Kindle.

This was Jeff Bezos’ ONE mistake. 


Look I am reading a Kindle
and I don’t have a Kindle.

That is a Web Browser. Google Chrome.

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A Kindle eBook can be read on ANY device:
Apple, Android or Windows —
even in a Web browser.


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“THINK A Day — 2019” eBook FREE, November 28 — 30, 2018.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access Amazon listing for FREE download.


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It is FREE for 3 days.

What a deal?

So, please go ahead and treat yourself to a free copy or two.

What have YOU got to lose? $0.00?

Let me know what you think.
No charge. That is free too.



Can be read on ANY device, Apple, Android or Windows.


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Amazon Does NOT Let You Gift An E-Book To Someone Abroad — Say In Canada Or Australia!

by Anura Guruge


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I discovered this to my cost and embarrassment when I sent a GIFT of this book to my Canadian friend Paddy Kelly in part to say thank you for the “Live @Loon” CD he had so kindly sent me earlier this week.

He could NOT download the book.

I first thought it was a timing issue, i.e., book still not released in Canada.

We tried twice more the next day.

Then it dawned on me.

This book is $0.99 in the U.S. but Can. $ 1.31 in Canada!

Bingo.

Not right.

Biggest issue is that Amazon does not state this anywhere. There should be a warning.

But, now YOU know.

And THINK of this. I can buy a printed book in the U.S. and send it to Canada. Amazon does NOT stop me from doing that.


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