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Silver Ben Franklin award for thyroid cancer book

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Last week, Thyroid Cancer & Thyroid Nodules In 30 Minutes by Per-Olof Hasselgren, MD, PhD., received a silver Ben Franklin award for excellence in publishing from the Independent Book Publishers Association.

It was a crowded field. According to IBPA, there were approximately 1,800 submissions this year across 56 categories. Thyroid Cancer & Thyroid Nodules In 30 Minutes was one of only three winners in the health category. Kirkus Indies described the book as a “thorough, informative resource that never overwhelms” and noted the background of the author:

Hasselgren, a teacher of endocrine surgery with 45 years spent in the operating room, offers readers a wealth of information, including detailed walk-throughs of treatment procedures, including the total thyroidectomy, lobectomy, isthmusectomy, and lymph node surgery along with possible complications and necessary precautions. A detailed glossary (with a helpful expansion online) and index make the resource easy to revisit for specifics.

More information about Thyroid Cancer & Thyroid Nodules In 30 Minutes and the author can be found on the official book website.

Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes: The unofficial guide to Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides

Third Edition of Top-Selling Google Guide Released

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Publisher i30 Media today released a completely updated edition of Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes: The unofficial guide to Google Drive, Docs, Sheets & Slides (ISBN: 978-1-64188-054-1) by author Ian Lamont.

“This guide has been our top-selling title in the IN 30 MINUTES series since the first edition was published in 2013,” said Lamont, who is also the president and founder of i30 Media. “As Google has made many major improvements to the software in recent years, I thought it was really important to update the entire text.”

In addition to covering the more popular browser-based applications such as Google Drive (online file storage), Google Docs (a word processor), and Google Sheets (a spreadsheet program), the third edition of the book covers newer applications and features including Google Forms (an online survey tool), Google Sites (a simple website builder), and live collaboration.

The tone is friendly and easy to understand, with lots of step-by-step instructions and examples and nearly 50 screenshots. The guide can be used by anyone with a PC, Mac, or Chromebook. Mobile apps are not included in this edition.

More information about Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes, Third Edition as well as online ordering options can be found on the companion website, googledrive.in30minutes.com. The site also includes blog posts, videos, and other resources for readers. The paperback retail price is $13.99, while the ebook and PDF edition is available for $9.99. A hardcover edition is available for $22.99.

Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes sample page

A sample page from Chapter 1 of Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes

About the author

Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes is authored by Ian Lamont, an award-winning business and technology journalist and the founder of i30 Media Corporation. His media career has spanned more than 25 years across three continents, including a stint in the British music industry and a six-year residence in Taipei, where he learned Mandarin and worked for a local TV network and newspaper.

Lamont’s editorial work has garnered industry awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) and the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). His books include Dropbox In 30 Minutes, Twitter In 30 Minutes, and Lean Media: How to focus creativity, streamline production, and create media that audiences love.

Lamont is a graduate of the Boston University College of Communication and MIT’s Sloan Fellows program. He lives with his family in the Boston area.

About In 30 Minutes guides

i30 Media is the publisher of IN 30 MINUTES guides – “Quick guides for a complex world.” Thousands of readers turn to IN 30 MINUTES guides to understand mildly complex topics, ranging from home-buying to social media. The tone is friendly and easy to understand, with step-by-step instructions and lots of examples. The series has won multiple awards from the Independent Book Publishers Association and Foreword Reviews. Top-selling titles include Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes, Twitter In 30 Minutes, and LinkedIn In 30 Minutes. For more information about the series, visit in30minutes.com.

 

Microsoft Word In 30 Minutes updated for Word 2019

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Microsoft Word In 30 Minutes (Second Edition)Publisher i30 Media today released Microsoft Word In 30 Minutes, Second Edition: Make a bigger impact with your documents and master the writing, formatting, and collaboration tools in Word 2019 and Word Online (Author: Angela Rose, ISBN: 978-1-64188-025-1). 

The revised edition follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, explaining Microsoft’s flagship writing tool in a friendly, easy-to-understand manner, while also explaining the updated interface for Word 2019 and Word Online. Other topics include:

  • Office 365 subscriptions and OneDrive
  • Working with .docx, .doc, .txt, PDF, and other file formats in Word 2019 and Word Online
  • Locating recovered files
  • Printing documents, envelopes, and labels
  • How to format Word documents using styles, themes, and style sets
  • Creating Word documents with professional-quality templates
  • Adding images, video, hyperlinks, and drawings
  • How to automatically create a table of contents in Word
  • Adding footnotes, endnotes, citations, a bibliography, and an index
  • Word spelling, tracking, and other reviewing tools
  • Collaboration tools, from comments to live collaboration
  • Microsoft Word security features

Early reviewers have offered wide-ranging praise for the new edition: 

“Microsoft Word is perhaps the most ubiquitous computer program in the world. This short guide presents a wealth of information for those interested in using the newest version of the program. Just the list of keyboard shortcuts makes this a worthwhile read.”

  • Clinton Greaves, NetGalley

“I work in education as a tutor so am always on the lookout for any guides to recommend to my learners. This is a great little book – easy to read, illustrations, very accessible – I learnt a lot myself so would not hesitate to recommend. I also liked the way terms are explained, different version explained (the difference between Office 365 and the online version) great for anyone who needs a little more understanding but doesn’t know where to go to get information.” 

  • Maria Martignetti, Librarian, NetGalley

“This was an easy read and I quite enjoyed that the author decided to compare the various available versions of Word 2019. It’s great refresher in Word and excellent learning tool for new users to Word. I personally enjoyed the keyboard shortcuts index at the back of the book.”

  • Ute Gryba, NetGalley

More information about Microsoft Word In 30 Minutes, Second Edition as well as online ordering options can be found on the companion website, word.in30minutes.com. The site also includes blog posts, videos, and other resources for readers. The paperback retail price is $12.99, while the ebook edition is available on the Amazon Kindle and other devices for $8.99. A hardcover edition costs $19.99.

About the author

Angela Rose is a writer and B2C marketing strategist based in Colorado. When she’s not removing cats from her keyboard, you can find Angela searching for the perfect taco, running 5Ks, whipping up original pastry recipes, and hiking the Colorado Mountains with her photographer husband. Angela is also the author of the award-winning LinkedIn In 30 Minutes (2nd Edition).

About In 30 Minutes guides

i30 Media is the publisher of IN 30 MINUTES guides – “Quick guides for a complex world.” Thousands of readers turn to IN 30 MINUTES guides to understand mildly complex topics, ranging from home-buying to social media. The tone is friendly and easy to understand, with step-by-step instructions and lots of examples. The series has won multiple awards from the Independent Book Publishers Association and Foreword Reviews. Top-selling titles include Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes, Twitter In 30 Minutes, and LinkedIn In 30 Minutes. For more information about the series, visit in30minutes.com.

 

Acid Reflux & Heartburn In 30 Minutes wins gold Ben Franklin award for excellence in publishing

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Acid Reflux & Heartburn In 30 Minutes Ben Franklin awardThe Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) last week announced that Acid Reflux & Heartburn In 30 Minutes: A guide to acid reflux, heartburn, and GERD for patients and families has been named the recipient of a gold Benjamin Franklin award for excellence in publishing. Publisher i30 Media Corporation accepted the award at IBPA’s annual conference and award ceremony in Chicago.

The book, authored by J. Thomas Lamont, M.D. of Harvard Medical School, was the winner in the health & fitness category. Other category finalists included books published by Johns Hopkins University Press and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

According to IBPA, some 1,500 titles were submitted for consideration in this year’s competition, covering 54 categories. Ben Franklin judges included approximately 160 publishers, editors, and other independent publishing professionals.

“This is fantastic news, and this is a great honor,” said Lamont. “I certainly would not have written the book without the invitation of publisher i30 Media.”

Acid Reflux & Heartburn In 30 Minutes (ISBN 978-1-64188-019-0) uses plain-English explanations, case studies, and illustrations to explain the basics of heartburn and acid reflux, including causes, diagnosis, and treatments. Kirkus Reviews selected the title to be featured in its June 2018 issue, noting three strengths to the work: “The writing takes complicated subject matter and makes it easy to comprehend; stock illustrations augment the text; and the content is extremely focused.”

Acid Reflux & Heartburn In 30 Minutes is available in paperback, hardcover, and ebook editions. The official book website also contains a glossary of medical terms related to acid reflux and heartburn.

New Title: Home Buying In 30 Minutes

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Home Buying In 30 MinutesPublisher i30 Media today launched Home Buying In 30 Minutes: Build your team, get your mortgage, and close the deal. The quick guide to doing real estate right (ISBN: 978-1-64188-025-1). If you are buying a house, condo, or multifamily property, housing expert Jim Morrison lays out you what you need to know before making one of the most important purchases of your lifetime.

In the book, Morrison explains how to hire a real estate team, secure financing, evaluate properties, and close the deal. Find out how to handle bidding wars and negotiations, and what red flags to watch out for when touring any property. This quick guide uses plain-English explanations and examples from the author’s decades of experience as a home inspector and award-winning journalist reporting on the housing sector.

Home Buying In 30 Minutes also covers the following topics:

  • Best practices for building a professional real estate team
  • How to determine how much home you can afford  
  • Mortgages and down payments, and how to get the lowest mortgage rates
  • Tips for making an offer on a house
  • When to waive real estate contingencies   
  • What to watch out for when touring homes
  • How to work with home inspectors
  • How defects impact negotiations

More information about Home Buying In 30 Minutes as well as online ordering options can be found on the companion website, homes.in30minutes.com. The site also includes a home buying blog and other resources for readers. The paperback retail price is $11.99, while the ebook edition is available on the Amazon Kindle and other devices for $7.99. A hardcover edition costs $19.99.

About the author

Jim Morrison is a former home inspector and award-winning reporter whose writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, Banker & Tradesman, and Forbes.com. Growing up just north of Boston, Morrison joined his father’s home inspection business the day after he graduated high school. He eventually took over the business and wrote about inspections and construction for his local newspaper.

After 25 years of inspections and a short stint as a rental agent and home inspector in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Morrison returned to the Boston area and launched a full-time writing career. He is married with three children and his work has appeared in hundreds of publications in the United States and overseas.

He won a 2014 New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA) health reporting award and was part of a team that won the 2016 NENPA Distinguished Newspaper Award. He is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors (www.ire.org) and the Society of Professional Journalists (www.spj.org). He is also a past president of the New England Chapter if the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). Follow him on Twitter @JimNewsMorrison.

About In 30 Minutes guides

i30 Media is the publisher of IN 30 MINUTES guides – “Quick guides for a complex world.” Thousands of readers turn to IN 30 MINUTES guides to understand mildly complex topics, ranging from home-buying to social media. The tone is friendly and easy to understand, with step-by-step instructions and lots of examples. Top-selling titles include Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes, Twitter In 30 Minutes, and LinkedIn In 30 Minutes. For more information about the series, visit in30minutes.com.