Every once in awhile I like to check in with the world of business books. One interesting way to stay in touch is by checking out what’s selling via The New York Times’ Best Seller lists. Here’s the list of the top ten best-selling hardcover business books that will be published in NYT’s Book Review report this coming Sunday:
LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell. (Knopf.) The chief operating officer of Facebook urges women to pursue their careers without ambivalence.
THE ONE THING, by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan. (Bard.) Narrowing your concentration and becoming more productive. Continue reading »
Myka Allen-Johnson left her teaching job after she had her life threatened, thumb broken, and hair torn out. But that was just the warm-up routine. Now she’s here to talk about how crazy her life has been since then, after she became a real estate professional.
It’s telling that, though her very first experience with real estate (as a teen accompanying her house-hunting parents) involved encountering a dead body, Johnson is still in it to win it. In her book, Tales From Sales: Outrageous, Hilarious and True Stories From Home Sales, Johnson navigates the silly and macabre with a larger-than-life Texas attitude.
As you may remember, we’ve reviewed the true-stories-in-real-estate type of book before (most recently Rosalind Russell’s). What makes this collection different is that all these stories happened to one woman in a little Texas town called Killeen. While this singular approach does remove some of the variety, it also gives these stories the personal touch that is often missing from compilation-based books.
Johnson introduces us to characters from the bearded lady whose air conditioner was eaten by a pack of wild dogs to the god-fearing mime to the woman who chewed a model home out of almost all of its fake wax fruit. Continue reading »
Most of you Book Scan readers aren’t just scanning books. You’re consuming written material on all kinds of devices, and you need a way to organize the steady stream of content. Unfortunately for the Google fans out there, there’s one fewer tool in that multicolored universe of G-services: Google Reader is sunsetting at the end of this month.
It’s no fun to learn that a product you use is being discontinued, but the announcement earlier this spring that Google would be shuttering its news aggregation and RSS service prompted tech bloggers and readers at Lifehacker to chime in with worthy, free alternatives. Now that the deadline of July 1 is approaching, I took a look back at Lifehacker’s top picks.
The bottom line is that you don’t have to sever your connection to your handy news feeds (especially the REALTOR® Magazine feeds: Daily Real Estate News, The Weekly Book Scan, YPN Lounge, Speaking of Real Estate, and Styled, Staged & Sold). Also, if you use RSS feeds to keep in touch with your blog readers, you may want to alert your sphere of influence to this change, as well as their replacement options. It would be a pity to lose readership just because they didn’t think to move over to a new system.
Each of these alternatives have strengths and weaknesses, and are somewhat tailored to different types of users. Find your new favorite:
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