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V 9:3  Aug 7, 2014
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Everything comes down to point of view.

BK Communiqué


Why Read It? Personal finances can be a huge source of stress. And confusing and complicated advice from the financial industry, which is supposed to be helping, just makes it worse -- and is a reason why many investors are falling further and further behind.


But investing is actually simple, maybe more simple than ever before. In this clear, practical, and enlightening book -- part financial guide, part expose -- authors Michael Edesess, Kwok L. Tsui, Carol Fabbri, and George Peacock prove there are just three simple rules you need to follow and just a few investment products that are necessary for an ideal portfolio -- with perhaps a few optional products that might help (and won't hurt). That's it. 


Read a free excerpt here and buy the book for 30% off here. ______________________________________ 
For academic desk copies, please contact Mike Crowley.

For media review copies, please contact Katie Sheehan.
Publishing News
Investing Soundly    

In this issue of the Communiqué, we explore investing and how to do it right.

The investment world is full of misleading information, out-and-out lies, and myths that everyone assumes to be true but are far from it. Here are Five Investing Myths Even the Pros Believe.
Other News    

+ Pro guns children's books supporting open carry laws are now a thing.

+ No one has noticed that over the last decade, NASA has been quietly building an e-book empire.

+ RIP, Sony E-Reader.

+ Remember disgraced author James Frey? Google is helping him build a multimedia sci-fi juggernaut.

+ A plan for a new "readable" Bible has already raised over $500,000 in funding on Kickstarter.

+ Amazon just reported a $126 million quarterly loss.

+ One literary agent is so dissatisfied with a publisher's work on her client's book that she is republishing the novel herself.

+ Kim Kardashian is going to publish a book consisting entirely of selfies. This is how an entire industry folds.

+ Being London's "hottest book shop" is actually not a good thing.

+ For those who think they know about the self-publishing world, two recent reports reveal some surprising facts.

+ Heard about Apple's new "Pandora for Books" yet"

+ How does David Sedaris feel about Pig Pen Sedaris?

+ Hey, authors -- do you know who owns your book cover?

+ The cast of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia are writing a self-help book.

+ Arianna Huffington said in an interview that writers need to take risks just like she did. She did not comment on whether already having millions in the bank helps with such risk-taking.

+ Free Excerpt from a New York Times Bestseller:  No Place to Hide, by Glenn Greenwald. Read the excerpt here.

+ Free Tools: Discover seventeen ways to get new books here.

+ Free Webinar: If you really like wasting hours of your day in pointless, mind-numbingly boring meetings, then this webinar is probably not for you.

+ Free Resources: See a list of thirty-three amazing sites you never even knew existed here.
Marginally Unethical Life Hacks
Some things are ethical; some things are not. And then there are those things that help you get ahead that are technically not unethical but, well --
On the Subject of Investing...
Investing money is all well and good, but what about investing in people and our collective future? That's where Peter Barnes' new book With Liberty and Dividends for All comes in. Economic inequality: everyone talks about it, but nobody knows what to do about it, except Barnes. Barnes proposes paying monthly dividends to every American. This supplemental income would come from assets we hold in common -- the atmosphere, the natural world, our monetary system, and more. Such dividends would not only keep our economy humming but also make it unprofitable to abuse nature. Read an excerpt here.
Confessions of an Editorial Assistant
Editorial Assistant Anna Leinberger sees things here at BK -- sometimes these things are beautiful, sometimes they're ugly, and sometimes they're just plain silly. But now she's telling all.

For this issue, Anna talks about How to Escape the Publishing Catch 22
Be a Pretentious Literary Snob
We provide you with obscure and impressive knowledge about  literature and writing so that you can be a pretentious literary know-it-all.

Free E-Book (for 48 Hours)
For forty-eight hours, we are giving away e-copies of The Big Investment Lie, by Michael Edesess, and all you need to do to get it is answer just this one multiple-choice question. (And no, we won't ask you for your name or email or anything else.) This offer is available exclusively for BK Communiqué subscribers. But act fast! After midnight on August 8, 2014, you're going to have to plunk down $24.95 like everyone else. Go now.
Last time, we asked if you liked your first names. If you're curious about the results of this survey, you can see them here.
We Recommend
For any questions about anything remotely investments related, Investopedia is your information source. A sprawling guide to all things financial, with contributions by countless professionals, Investopedia is definitely worth browsing.
End Notes


Last time, I issued this challenge. The first correct answer came from our old foe Greg Stephens. The answer to the challenge can be found here.

Your next challenge can be found here

Email me with any comments or rants. And on a completely unrelated note, this is why I hate hipsters.

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