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Mobile Apps Get Rated

A recent article in USAToday (Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, Mike Snider) explained the new ratings that are going to apply to mobile applications and games on smartphones and tablets. According to the article, the ratings used by AT&t Wireless, Microsoft, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless are the same ratings given to video games.

The ratings include the following:

E for everyone - 6 years old and olderE 10+ - 10 years old and olderT 13+ - TeensM 17+ - Mature audiencesA 18+ - Adults only
Smartphone and tablet apps first appeared around 2005. The companies that have created the apps have also assigned the rating. In the future, apps creators submit the app to the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) and the Board will assign a rating. There is an appeal process for ratings that app creators don't agree with the ESRB.

Missing Borders Books

The Borders Books store in my area has been closed for many weeks now. I have only been in a book store one time since it closed. The closest book store is 25 to 30 miles away. When I walked through the door of the book store, I picked up 5 books all right in front of the door. I never even made it halfway through the store.

I miss our Borders Books. About a week ago a new book store opened in its  place. Late last month, I drove by the then closed Borders store and some of the local people who sat in Borders' coffee shop almost everyday were standing outside looking in through the windows. It would appear, there are many people miss Borders.

Borders was more than just a store. It was a place to go to feel at home. The people were helpful and friendly, the books were from the bestsellers lists, the coffee was good and the shopping experience always the best. The Borders store in my area was 'the hot spot' in town for Friday evenings after eating out, Saturday nights afte…

Book Reviewing Revived

Poets & Writers recently published an article, Back From the Dead: The State of Book Reviewing by Jane Ciabattari, that says book reviews remain a mainstay reference for many of today's readers. Ciabattari reports the following:
We remain a nation of passionate readers (even with the ability to stream movies on demand).Book-related discussions take up millions of characters on the Internet.The majority of the nation's readers are still able to recognize good writing and "yearn for fresh voices from authors and critics."The report is a "counter-argument to the naysayers" for the group of people who are dedicated to reading books and writing reviews to share with others. 
The report goes on to list a host of publications, both online and print, that provide book reviews on a variety of platforms.

This is great news for people like me who have been doing book reviews for many, many years. It is a great art form that has taken its lumps over the years. Noneth…

The Latest Top 10 Green Books List

My latest top 10 list of green-related books includes a few of the latest titles I've reviewed and few of the books that have left a long lasting impression. Take a look and let me know of any titles that you think are must reads.

1. Sustainable Value by Chris Laszlo
2. Green to Gold by Daniel C. Etsy and Andrew S. Winston
3. Hot, Flat and Crowded by Thomas Friedman
4. The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman
5. Natural Capitalism by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins
6. Building the Green Economy by Kevin Danaher, Shannon Biggs and Jason Mark
7. Conversations with Green Gurus by Laura Mazur and Lowella Miles
8. Strategies for the Green Economy by Joel Makower
9. Ecological Intelligences by Daniel Goleman
10. The New Rules of Green Marketing by Jacquelyn A. Ottman

You can read full reviews of the books in the list at Search for my name or the book title to find the review. Good reading to you today.

The AMA Forms for Due Diligence

The latest edition of the AMA Handbook of Due Diligence (AMACOM, 2010, ISBN: 9780814413821) includes a CD 400 templates or forms for a do-it-yourself due diligence process. Companies that are anticipating selling the business or merging with another business generally complete a due diligence for potential new owners.
The Forms
The forms are fully customizable using Microsoft Word. The Handbook does have sections that offer definitions and sample uses for the forms.

Read a complete review of the AMA Handbook of Due Diligence on the business book review section at

Recent Business Book Reviews

I have just read several really good business books and written book reviews on each. The links below will lead you to each review I've recenlty posted at

Rush by Todd Buchholz

Full Engagement by Brian Tracy

"Managers can you hear me now?" by Denny E. Strigl

Let me know if you have read any of these and if so, what did you think of any of them.

Two New Books Provide Differing Business Views

I have just finished a book, Blood, Bones & Butter (Random House, 2011) by Gabrielle Hamilton. The author is a the chef and owner of a restaurant called Prune in New York City's East Village. The book is a memoir that has a few surprising twists and turns.

Hamilton and her siblings were left and abandoned when their parents divorced. She details stories of shoplifting, drug use, world travels, her live-in girlfriends, her ultimate marriage and her children. All of this takes place while she learns to cook and then learns to run her own successful restaurant. Hamilton did attend the University of Michigan and received a MFA in fiction writing. She has written for many well known magazines including The New Yorker andBon Appetit.

The second book I have just started is Onward How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul (Rodale Books, 2011) by Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz. I have read a couple of Schultz's other bestsellers and the story and message in each hav…

Nice Girls Just Don't Get It Book Review

Louis P. Frankel, PH. D. will be releasing a new book this summer. She wrote the wonderful book about nice girls not getting the corner office which contained 101 ways women sabotage their careers . She provided great insights and suggestions to improve personal practices such as communicating verbally and through body language.

She is the co-author of the upcoming book, Nice Girls Just Don't Get It 99 Ways to Win the Respect You Deserve, The Success You've Earned, and the Life You Want (Crown Archetype). Frankel and her co-author Carol Frohlinger, J.D. write, "If you are the quintessential nice girl, one who acts in ways she was socialized to behave, others in your life don't have much interest or investment in helping you change."

The book is meant to help female readers become "a winning woman" by using the strategies and tactics recommended by the authors. Once again, Frankel provides a book that has great insights into the ways of too many women, …

My Reading Life by Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy is one of my favorite authors with bestselling titles like The Prince of Tides, Beach Music, The Great Santini, and South of Broad among several others. His latest is called My Reading Life (Doubleday, 2010). It is one of those books that makes me ashamed of my own reading life.

Conroy's mother taught him to be a considerable reader and he has continued to read through his adult life. He mentions many of his favorite classics and favorite poets and life changing poetry that has propelled his writing life to the level it is today. As with all of his writings, he truly has perfected the skills of making words sing. Conroy has learned to write like he does because of the reading he has done.

Surprises include how much the book Gone with the Wind meant to his mother. And, Conroy admits he is not good at keeping journals but writes that he has kept journals of words that have caught his attention. He talks about his relationship with his mother and his father whom he has pr…

Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office Book Review

Got a great book for any woman in business to read, Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers (Hachette Book Group, 2004) by Lois P. Frankel,  Ph.D.

The book looks at some of the mistakes women make when conducting themselves in the business world. I've been reading through all of the coaching tips presented in this book for the last two weeks and I can't seem to put the book on the shelf and deem it as a book I've finished reading.

Frankel tells readers that business is a game that they can win it if they play it right. She is a business coach that helps women recognize and work through some of their faux pas.

"The areas in which women often aren't quite as skilled as men are knowing where the imaginary boundaries are and understanding the unspoken rules. Many of the suggestions are counter to everything we learned growing up," writes Frankel.

Some of the chapter names include:
How You Play th…

So I got an iPad for Christmas

I got it. I got what I had been asking for over the past year. I got an Apple iPad. It is a great little digital tool. I have been using it to track project notes, do my calendar, and read email. It has a much bigger screen to read email than my iPhone.

It makes a great net surfing machine. I am typing this post using the iPad right now. Of course typing is made a bit easier with the full size Apple keyboard I got as an accessory.

I've watched movies, listened to music, put an album full of my favorite photos, and yes, I've purchased a couple of e-books. Reading books is really a breeze and provides many moments of nice features for an avid reader.

Is reading in bed made more difficult because of low light? Do you spend a lot of time waiting in lobbies and wish you had a book with you to help pass the time? None of those problems occur when reading a book using the iPad.

The iPad is backlit which takes care of the low light situations. The iPad is small and compact and can ea…