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Essential Speech and Language Technology for Dutch: Results by the STEVIN-programme (Theory and Applications of Natural Language Processing Book 14) by Peter Spyns (Springer) 3.0 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 5 hours ago

The book provides an overview of more than a decade of joint R&D efforts in the Low Countries on HLT for Dutch. It not only presents the state of the art of HLT for Dutch in the areas covered, but, even more importantly, a description of the resources (data and tools) for Dutch that have been created are now available for both academia and industry worldwide. The contributions cover many areas of human language technology (for Dutch): corpus collection (including IPR issues) and building (in particular one corpus aiming at a collection of 500M word tokens), lexicology, anaphora resolution, a semantic network, parsing technology, speech recognition, machine translation, text (summaries) generation, web mining, information extraction, and text to speech to name the most important ones. The book also shows how a medium-sized language community (spanning two territories) can create a digital language infrastructure (resources, tools, etc.) as a basis for subsequent R&D. At the same time, it bundles contributions of almost all the HLT research groups in Flanders and the Netherlands, hence offers a view of their recent research activities. Targeted readers are mainly researchers in human language technology, in particular those focusing on Dutch. It concerns researchers active in larger networks such as the CLARIN, META-NET, FLaReNet and participating in conferences such as ACL, EACL, NAACL, COLING, RANLP, CICling, LREC, CLIN and DIR ( both in the Low Countries), InterSpeech, ASRU, ICASSP, ISCA, EUSIPCO, CLEF, TREC, etc. In addition, some chapters are interesting for human language technology policy makers and even for science policy makers in general.

Genre: Computers & Technology [f] [x]
Length: 434 Pages (18,315 KB)
Lending: Not Enabled
Added: Jul 7th, 2020

Healthcare From The Trenches: An Insider Account of the Complex Barriers of U.S. Healthcare from the Providers and Patients' Perspective by Dr. Alejandro Badia 5.0 Stars (19 Reviews)    Price verified 29 minutes ago

The U.S. healthcare system is in crisis. As Americans, we're facing serious problems - not only with skyrocketing healthcare costs but also lack of patient access and inefficient delivery. Now with the frightening Coronavirus pandemic that is further taxing our healthcare system - and consequently, our economy - we are seeing these issues amplified. Despite all the political debates and media coverage on healthcare policy and reform, there is always one glaring omission: feedback from the people in the trenches - the doctors and other healthcare professionals who actually provide care to the patients. This book is written from a doctor's perspective, by Alejandro Badia, M.D., F.A.C.S. He didn't want to write this book but felt he had to because of the incredible problems he sees every day in getting the patient the care they need; and, as an expert, his treatment plans are constantly second-guessed and obstructed by the system which has a near-zero understanding of the problem that the patient faces. It became unbearable for Dr. Badia to continue to practice without calling out what is happening, every day, as the norm, and not the exception anymore. Dr. Badia has been a practicing orthopedic surgeon for three decades and is the founder of OrthoNOW® clinics in South Florida. He has been in the trenches with our broken healthcare system since 1989. Medicine, once a noble calling, as evidenced by The Hippocratic Oath (Do No Harm), has transformed into an oppressive burdensome system for both doctors and patients. Non-Medical Experts hired by the Insurance Companies with zero medical training, and without any degrees or knowledge (in most cases) are calling the shots and continue to interfere with the doctor-patient relationship, delay and prevent the delivery of care, and present an obstacle to innovations that would improve patient outcomes and reduce overall healthcare costs. This is a life and death matter and people are dying because of this flawed ...

Genre: Business & Money [f] [x]
Length: 513 Pages (2,084 KB)
Lending: Enabled
Added: Jul 7th, 2020

OPTIONS TRADING. This Book Includes BEGINNER’S GUIDE AND CRASH COURSE: Effective Strategies and Techniques for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced ... by Mark Kratter 5.0 Stars (9 Reviews)    Price verified 52 minutes ago

Are you a newbie to the world of options trading? If yes, this book is the only thing you will need! Allow this book to help you make a steady part-time income from options trading month after month! We know how many retail stock traders in the stock market keep away from trading in stock derivatives like options, assuming they are too complicated or risky to indulge in. The majority of those who venture out into this terrain usually end in massive losses over the long-term and give up eventually. That's because they don't know the safe metods one needs to use in this field. Are you someone who has shied away from options trading in the past? Do you believe it's beyond your comprehension? You don't need to worry anymore because this book got you covered! This book is intended for every individual who wishes to venture out into options trading to earn a stable part-time income with less risk: Here's a quick peek of what you'll learn from this book: The Trader Mindset Basic Trading with Covered Calls Stepping Up in Trading with Calls Buying and Selling Puts Strategies for New Traders: Long vs. Short Tools and Rules of Options Trading 5 Reasons Why Traders Lose Money And so much more!! If you're searching for a place to begin learning about options trading and how to earn off it, this book is the best place to start! Get your copy today!

Genre: Business & Money [f] [x]
Length: 344 Pages (2,821 KB)
Lending: Enabled
Added: Jul 7th, 2020

The Governments of Europe by Frederic Austin Ogg (Good Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 6 hours ago

"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten?or yet undiscovered gems?of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [f] [x]
Length: 952 Pages (2,494 KB)
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Added: Jul 7th, 2020

Boxing Legends & Champions by Lea Worrall 4.6 Stars (3 Reviews)    Price verified 29 minutes ago

Boxing Legends & Champions is a compilation of articles taken from 'The Boxing History Blog' and 'Eat Sleep Boxing Repeat'. The book starts with Floyd Patterson's intriguing heavyweight title defence against Pete Rademacher, who was making his professional debut and carries on through the years to the modern era. This book includes great fighters such as Muhammad Ali, Azumah Nelson, Jeff Fenech, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis and the late Pernell Whitaker, who was tragically killed in July 2019. It also chronicles the epic duels between Roberto Duran, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, 'Sugar' Ray Leonard and Thomas 'Hit Man' Hearns, plus many, many more.

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [f] [x]
Length: 464 Pages (25,951 KB)
Lending: Enabled
Added: Jul 7th, 2020

Slow Cooker Recipes - Mega Bite - 503 Delicious Slow Cooker Recipes: The Biggest Collection of the Best Recipes - Dinner Recipes – Stew Recipes – ... by Bittencourt Press 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 29 minutes ago

Is it slow cooker recipes that you are looking for? Well, this book has enough to last you a lifetime! This is the biggest collection of delicious, slow cooker recipes you will ever find! Over 500 recipes inside! Take a look at some of what is inside... Slow Cooked Beef Tacos Beef Biryani Slow Cooked Meatloaf Ground Sirloin Lamb Shanks Lamb Pie Lamb Indian Style Lamb Stew Lean Lamb Chops Slow Chicken Thighs German Sausage Artichoke Chicken Thai Chicken Apricot Chicken Soup Asian Chicken Chili Vegetable Chicken Stew Mexican Chicken Moroccan Chicken Lemon Chicken Chicken with Mushrooms Kalamata Chicken Chicken Rolls with Pignoli Turkey Drums Chicken Mole Jamaican Turkey Tropical Turkey Turkey Cranberry Turkey Stuffed Peppers Taco Turkey Sweet Potato and Split Pea Soup Sweet Potato Apple Soup Pepper Pineapple Chili Slow Cooked Minestrone Green Curried Chickpea Caribbean Black Bean Soup Stuffed Squash Liver Root Stew 3-Pepper and Bean Chili White Italian Bean Soup Piquant Stew Tomato Salmon Patties Lemon Garlic Tilapia and Roasted Shiitakes Dilled Salmon Vegetable Broth Pork Stock Beef Bone Broth Fennel-Garlic Chicken Stock Moroccan-spiced Butternut Squash Tomato Pot Roast Sirloin Tip Chili Beef Stew and Orange Corned Beef with Cabbage Sloppy Joes Vegetable Beef and Barley Beef and Butternut Squash Slow-cooker Spaghetti Squash Slow Slaw Garlic-Herb Mushrooms Spicy Garlic Lentil Stew Zucchini Soup Coconut Vegetables Bacon Greens Green Beans Chicken Kale Soup Lemon-Ginger Beets Chicken Marsala Coconut Chicken Turkey Dill Chicken Casserole 5 Spice Chicken Chicken in Spicy Sauce Lemon Chicken Chicken with Sausage Ginger Chicken Stuffed Peppers Chicken Meatballs Spicy Pork Chops Mexican Pork Roast Coconut Pork Pork Enchilada casserole Habanero Pork Coconut Lemongrass Pork Sausage Egg Pork Ribs Jalapeno Beef Spicy Shredded Beef Roast Beef Beef Chili Tomatillo Beef Spicy Beef Stew Garlic Beef Ginger Beef Sauerbraten Slow-cooked Tri-Tip with Mushrooms Cabbage ...

Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine [f] [x]
Length: 910 Pages (5,821 KB)
Lending: Enabled
Added: Jul 7th, 2020

When Winter Comes to Main Street by Grant M. Overton (Good Press) Price verified one day ago

"When Winter Comes to Main Street" by Grant M. Overton. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten?or yet undiscovered gems?of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Genre: History [f] [x]
Length: 301 Pages (2,158 KB)
Lending: Not Enabled
Added: Jul 6th, 2020

The Complete Library Of Cooking (ESSENTIALS OF COOKING CEREALS BREAD HOT BREADS Book 1) by NISHANT BAXI (Scribl) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 6 hours ago

Master the science of cooking with The Complete Library Of Cooking! Learn to prepare meals like the pro's in the comfort of your own kitchen with this outstanding 5 volume set. Whether you are a novice just learning how to cook, an experienced cook or maybe you are thinking about a career in culinary arts, this collection is perfect for you. for reading.

Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine [f] [x]
Length: 466 Pages (407 KB)
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Added: Jul 6th, 2020

Family Bonds- Hunter and Kayla (Amore Island Book 1) by Natalie Ann 4.5 Stars (16 Reviews)    Price verified 52 minutes ago

Hunter Bond always knew he'd take over Bond Retreat on Amore Island, the island established by his ancestors. He was the only son of an only son for generations, so it was expected he'd be the next in line. Was he tired of being reminded about the island's legacy? Sure. Was he determined to do things his own way? Of course. Was he going to do his part to not tarnish the family reputation? Probably not. Kayla Rivers always said she had multiple clouds over her head. Gray ones. Ominous ones. Very often black ones. When she saw an ad for a job on Amore Island -- a place where people supposedly found love at first sight -- she should have run in the other direction since she'd never been loved a day in her life. Instead she ran forward hoping and praying for once in her life she'd find happiness rather than disappointment. Amore Island Hunter Bond and Kayla Rivers Drew Bond and Amanda Moore Mac Bond and Sidney Hollister Paradise Place Cupid's Quest- Josh Turner and Ruby Gentile Change Up- Harris Walker and Kaelyn Butler Starting Over- Philip Aire and Blair McKay Eternal- Nathan Randal and Brina Shepard Fierce Family Sam- Sam Fierce and Dani Rhodes Bryce- Bryce Fierce and Payton Davies Drake- Drake Fierce and Kara Winslow Wyatt- Wyatt Fierce and Adriana Lopez First Fierce Series Brody- Brody Fierce and Aimee Reed Aiden- Aiden Fierce and Nic Moretti Mason- Mason Fierce and Jessica Corning Cade- Cade Fierce and Alex Marshall Ella- Ella Fierce and Travis McKinley Love Collection Vin Steele and Piper Fielding - Secret Love Jared Hawk and Shelby McDonald- True Love Erik McMann and Sheldon Case- Finding Love Connor Landers and Melissa Mahoney- Beach Love Ian Price and Cam Mason - Intense Love Liam Sullivan and Ali Rogers - Autumn Love Owen Taylor and Jill Duncan- Holiday Love Chase Martin and Noelle Bennett- Christmas Love Zeke Collins and Kendall Hendricks- Winter Love Troy Walker and Meena Dawson- Chasing Love Jace Stratton and Lauren Town - First Love Gabe ...

Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting [f] [x]
Length: 304 Pages (3,039 KB)
Lending: Enabled
Added: Jul 6th, 2020

The Oldest Vocation: Christian Motherhood in the Medieval West by Clarissa W. Atkinson (Cornell University Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 29 minutes ago

According to an old story, a woman concealed her sex and ruled as pope for a few years in the ninth century. Pope Joan was not betrayed by a lover or discovered by an enemy; her downfall came when she went into labor during a papal procession through the streets of Rome. From the myth of Joan to the experiences of saints, nuns, and ordinary women, The Oldest Vocation brings to life both the richness and the troubling contradictions of Christian motherhood in medieval Europe. After tracing the roots of medieval ideologies of motherhood in early Christianity, Clarissa W. Atkinson reconstructs the physiological assumptions underlying medieval notions about women's bodies and reproduction; inherited from Greek science and popularized through the practice of midwifery, these assumptions helped shape common beliefs about what mothers were. She then describes the development of "spiritual motherhood" both as a concept emerging out of monastic ideologies in the early Middle Ages and as a reality in the lives of certain remarkable women. Atkinson explores the theological dimensions of medieval motherhood by discussing the cult of the Virgin Mary in twelfth-century art, story, and religious expression. She also offers a fascinating new perspective on the women saints of the later Middle Ages, many of whom were mothers; their lives and cults forged new relationships between maternity and holiness. The Oldest Vocation concludes where most histories of motherhood begin -- in early modern Europe, when the family was institutionalized as a center of religious and social organization. Anyone interested in the status of motherhood, or in women's history, the cultural history of the Middle Ages, or the history of religion will want to read this book.

Genre: History [f] [x]
Length: 310 Pages (888 KB)
Lending: Not Enabled
Added: Jul 6th, 2020

Memes: Epic Funny Hilarious Memes, The most beautiful collection of memes, jokes and incredible pictures of 2020 by William Miller 5.0 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 29 minutes ago

the most hilarious meme collection of 2020 ? here you will find all the funniest memes of both animals and people and much more, do you want to see all of them? what are you waiting for?? click here, and buy now !!! we will laugh :)

Genre: Humor & Entertainment [f] [x]
Length: 800 Pages (129,000 KB)
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Added: Jul 5th, 2020

The Ancestors Diet: Living and Cultured Foods to Extend Life, Prevent Disease and Lose Weight by Case Adams Naturopath (Logical Books) 3.3 Stars (6 Reviews)    Price verified 5 hours ago

The Ancestors Diet settles the debate regarding the foods the earliest humans ate and what our bodies were designed to eat with scientific rigor and practical wisdom, drawing from evidence from over two thousand studies and research papers. The evidence illustrates the diet humans were genetically and metabolically designed to eat also happens to be the healthiest, most delicious and colorful diet, along with being one of the least restrictive diets. The Ancestors Diet also happens to be the easiest way to lose weight and keep the weight off. Included in the book are the surprising answers to gluten sensitivity, dairy and other controversial food topics. And the Ancestors Diet is the diet scientifically proven to extend life and reduce the incidence of numerous conditions including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, dementia, digestive disorders, liver diseases and strokes, only to list a few. What else would we expect from the diet our bodies were biologically designed to eat?

Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting [f] [x]
Length: 474 Pages (2,571 KB)
Lending: Enabled
Added: Jul 5th, 2020

Biodiversity of Angola: Science & Conservation: A Modern Synthesis by Brian J. Huntley (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 8 hours ago

This open access multi-authored book presents a 'state of the science' synthesis of knowledge on the biodiversity of Angola, based on sources in peer-reviewed journals, in books and where appropriate, unpublished official reports. The book identifies Angola as one of the most biologically diverse countries in Africa, but notes that its fauna, flora, habitats and the processes that drive the dynamics of its ecosystems are still very poorly researched and documented. This 'state of the science' synthesis is for the use of all students of Angola's biodiversity, and for those responsible for the planning, development and sustainable management of the country's living resources. The volume brings together the results of expeditions and research undertaken in Angola since the late eighteenth century, with emphasis on work conducted in the four decades since Angola's independence in 1975. The individual chapters have been written by leaders in their fields, and reviewed by peers familiar with the region.

Genre: Business & Money [f] [x]
Length: 567 Pages (40,286 KB)
Lending: Not Enabled
Added: Jul 4th, 2020

Santo Domingo: A Country with a Future by Otto Schoenrich (Good Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 5 hours ago

"Santo Domingo: A Country with a Future" by Otto Schoenrich. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten?or yet undiscovered gems?of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Genre: History [f] [x]
Length: 369 Pages (2,005 KB)
Lending: Not Enabled
Added: Jul 4th, 2020

Lincoln's Plan of Reconstruction by Charles H. McCarthy (Good Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 12 hours ago

"Lincoln's Plan of Reconstruction" by Charles H. McCarthy. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten?or yet undiscovered gems?of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Genre: History [f] [x]
Length: 446 Pages (2,313 KB)
Lending: Not Enabled
Added: Jul 4th, 2020

Marginality: Addressing the Nexus of Poverty, Exclusion and Ecology by Joachim von Braun (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 7 hours ago

This book takes a new approach on understanding causes of extreme poverty and promising actions to address it. Its focus is on marginality being a root cause of poverty and deprivation. "Marginality" is the position of people on the edge, preventing their access to resources, freedom of choices, and the development of capabilities. The book is research based with original empirical analyses at local, national, and local scales; book contributors are leaders in their fields and have backgrounds in different disciplines. An important message of the book is that economic and ecological approaches and institutional innovations need to be integrated to overcome marginality. The book will be a valuable source for development scholars and students, actors that design public policies, and for social innovators in the private sector and non-governmental organizations.?

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [f] [x]
Length: 406 Pages (5,978 KB)
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Added: Jul 4th, 2020

Knowledge and Institutions (Knowledge and Space Book 13) by Johannes Glückler (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 7 hours ago

This open access book bridges the disciplinary boundaries within the social sciences to explore the role of social institutions in shaping geographical contexts, and in creating new knowledge. It includes theorizations as well as original empirical case studies on the emergence, maintenance and change of institutions as well as on their constraining and enabling effects on innovation, entrepreneurship, art and cultural heritage, often at regional scales across Europe and North America. Rooted in the disciplines of management and organization studies, sociology, geography, political science, and economics the contributors all take comprehensive approaches to carve out the specific contextuality of institutions as well as their impact on societal outcomes. Not only does this book offer detailed insights into current debates in institutional theory, it also provides background for scholars, students, and professionals at the intersection between regional development, policy-making, and regulation.

Genre: Business & Money [f] [x]
Length: 322 Pages (6,841 KB)
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Added: Jul 4th, 2020

Elements of Robotics by Mordechai Ben-Ari (Springer) 4.4 Stars (69 Reviews)    Price verified 52 minutes ago

This open access book bridges the gap between playing with robots in school and studying robotics at the upper undergraduate and graduate levels to prepare for careers in industry and research. Robotic algorithms are presented formally, but using only mathematics known by high-school and first-year college students, such as calculus, matrices and probability. Concepts and algorithms are explained through detailed diagrams and calculations. Elements of Robotics presents an overview of different types of robots and the components used to build robots, but focuses on robotic algorithms: simple algorithms like odometry and feedback control, as well as algorithms for advanced topics like localization, mapping, image processing, machine learning and swarm robotics. These algorithms are demonstrated in simplified contexts that enable detailed computations to be performed and feasible activities to be posed. Students who study these simplified demonstrations will be well prepared for advanced study of robotics. The algorithms are presented at a relatively abstract level, not tied to any specific robot. Instead a generic robot is defined that uses elements common to most educational robots: differential drive with two motors, proximity sensors and some method of displaying output to the user. The theory is supplemented with over 100 activities, most of which can be successfully implemented using inexpensive educational robots. Activities that require more computation can be programmed on a computer. Archives are available with suggested implementations for the Thymio robot and standalone programs in Python.

Genre: Computers & Technology [f] [x]
Length: 326 Pages (12,965 KB)
Lending: Not Enabled
Added: Jul 4th, 2020

The History of the City of Fredericksburg, Virginia by S. J. Quinn (Good Press) 5.0 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 6 hours ago

"The History of the City of Fredericksburg, Virginia" by S. J. Quinn. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten?or yet undiscovered gems?of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Genre: History [f] [x]
Length: 493 Pages (5,374 KB)
Lending: Not Enabled
Added: Jul 4th, 2020

Italy, the Magic Land by Lilian Whiting (Good Press) 3.7 Stars (4 Reviews)    Price verified 6 hours ago

"Italy, the Magic Land" by Lilian Whiting. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten?or yet undiscovered gems?of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Genre: Arts & Photography [f] [x]
Length: 326 Pages (2,981 KB)
Lending: Not Enabled
Added: Jul 4th, 2020

I have diabetes; diabetes does not have me.: Accident survival guide; a unique story (I have diabetes; diabetes does not have me! Book 1) by Ian Tonge 5.0 Stars (5 Reviews)    Price verified 52 minutes ago

Diabetes can be a scary proposition for any new diagnosis; but it can also consume those who have not yet had the opportunity to manage their condition effectively or are experiencing any issues. I would ask a few questions of any potential reader of this narrative: ?Do you want to beat your diabetes and bring it under your control? ?Do you want to live the life that you want and not driven by worries, anxiety or depression countenanced by a lack of effective management? ?Do you really understand the condition you now have or are faced with? ?Do you realise what will happen with little or bad management practice? ?Do you really want it to take, or retain, control of you and be in command of you? The answers to all of these questions will be displayed in real life scenarios to ensure each one is delivered with evidence of actuality provided. Ian is a long serving practitioner in the art of managing his diabetic life; 62 years and counting. Ian would like to invite you in; to help you feel more contented, calm concerns and move forward more confidently! This is an inspirational story; designed to prove how it is possible to overcome almost everything in the way of you enjoying a great life in the simplest manner possible. 'I have diabetes; diabetes does not have me.' are Ian's memoirs of his battles with diabetes and management of such a chronic condition; to ensure he would be able to lead a fun-filled, exciting and successful life without attracting unwanted problems! This details how he did that; including his unprotected collision with a car travelling into him at over 80 mph. Littered with many amusing anecdotes; this is a truly unique story and is Ian's first memoir depicting his 'physical life' with his diabetic partner. But can he possibly recover his life to any reasonable form after such a devastating accident? These will be his next battles with more daunting issues to fend off!

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [f] [x]
Length: 342 Pages (2,597 KB)
Lending: Enabled
Added: Jul 4th, 2020

Fictions of Authority: Women Writers and Narrative Voice by Susan Sniader Lanser (Cornell University Press) 3.7 Stars (4 Reviews)    Price verified 5 hours ago

Drawing on narratological and feminist theory, Susan Sniader Lanser explores patterns of narration in a wide range of novels by women of England, France, and the United States from the 1740s to the present. She sheds light on the history of "voice" as a narrative strategy and as a means of attaining social power. She considers the dynamics in personal voice in authors such as Mary Shelley, Charlotte Brontë, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jamaica Kincaid. In writers who attempt a "communal voice" -- including Mary Wollstonecraft, Elizabeth Gaskell, Joan Chase, and Monique Wittig -- she finds innovative strategies that challenge the conventions of Western narrative.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [f] [x]
Length: 304 Pages (595 KB)
Lending: Not Enabled
Added: Jul 4th, 2020

Gender and Genre in the Folklore of Middle India (Myth and Poetics) by Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger (Cornell University Press) 3.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 52 minutes ago

In Gender and Genre in the Folklore of Middle India, Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger analyzes six representative Indian folklore genres from a single regional repertoire to show the influence of their intertextual relations on the composition and interpretation of artistic performance. Placing special emphasis on women's rituals, she looks at the relationship between the framework and organization of indigenous genres and the reception of folklore performance. The regional repertoire under examination presents a strikingly female-centered world. Female performers and characters are active, articulate, and frequently challenge or defy expectations of gender. Men also confound traditional gender roles. Flueckiger includes the translations of two full performance texts of narratives sung by female and male storytellers respectively.

Genre: History [f] [x]
Length: 381 Pages (2,254 KB)
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Added: Jul 4th, 2020

The Total Work of Art in European Modernism (Signale: Modern German Letters, Cultures, and Thought) by David Roberts (Cornell University Press and Cornell University Library) Price verified one day ago

In this groundbreaking book David Roberts sets out to demonstrate the centrality of the total work of art to European modernism since the French Revolution. The total work of art is usually understood as the intention to reunite the arts into the one integrated whole, but it is also tied from the beginning to the desire to recover and renew the public function of art. The synthesis of the arts in the service of social and cultural regeneration was a particularly German dream, which made Wagner and Nietzsche the other center of aesthetic modernism alongside Baudelaire and Mallarmé. The history and theory of the total work of art pose a whole series of questions not only to aesthetic modernism and its utopias but also to the whole epoch from the French Revolution to the totalitarian revolutions of the twentieth century. The total work of art indicates the need to revisit key assumptions of modernism, such as the foregrounding of the autonomy and separation of the arts at the expense of the countertendencies to the reunion of the arts, and cuts across the neat equation of avant-gardism with progress and deconstructs the familiar left-right divide between revolution and reaction, the modern and the antimodern. Situated at the interface between art, religion, and politics, the total work of art invites us to rethink the relationship between art and religion and art and politics in European modernism. In a major departure from the existing literature David Roberts argues for twin lineages of the total work, a French revolutionary and a German aesthetic, which interrelate across the whole epoch of European modernism, culminating in the aesthetic and political radicalism of the avant-garde movements in response to the crisis of autonomous art and the accelerating political crisis of European societies from the 1890s forward.

Genre: Arts & Photography [f] [x]
Length: 305 Pages (663 KB)
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Added: Jul 3rd, 2020

Enhanced Living Environments: Algorithms, Architectures, Platforms, and Systems (Information Systems and Applications, incl. Internet/Web, and HCI ... by Ivan Ganchev (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 12 hours ago

This open access book was prepared as a Final Publication of the COST Action IC1303 "Algorithms, Architectures and Platforms for Enhanced Living Environments (AAPELE)". The concept of Enhanced Living Environments (ELE) refers to the area of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) that is more related with Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Effective ELE solutions require appropriate ICT algorithms, architectures, platforms, and systems, having in view the advance of science and technology in this area and the development of new and innovative solutions that can provide improvements in the quality of life for people in their homes and can reduce the financial burden on the budgets of the healthcare providers. The aim of this book is to become a state-of-the-art reference, discussing progress made, as well as prompting future directions on theories, practices, standards, and strategies related to the ELE area. The book contains 12 chapters and can serve as a valuable reference for undergraduate students, post-graduate students, educators, faculty members, researchers, engineers, medical doctors, healthcare organizations, insurance companies, and research strategists working in this area.

Genre: Computers & Technology [f] [x]
Length: 340 Pages (41,114 KB)
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Added: Jul 3rd, 2020

Theory and Applications of Ordered Fuzzy Numbers: A Tribute to Professor Witold Kosiński (Studies in Fuzziness and Soft Computing Book 356) by Piotr Prokopowicz (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 7 hours ago

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. This open access book offers comprehensive coverage on Ordered Fuzzy Numbers, providing readers with both the basic information and the necessary expertise to use them in a variety of real-world applications. The respective chapters, written by leading researchers, discuss the main techniques and applications, together with the advantages and shortcomings of these tools in comparison to other fuzzy number representation models. Primarily intended for engineers and researchers in the field of fuzzy arithmetic, the book also offers a valuable source of basic information on fuzzy models and an easy-to-understand reference guide to their applications for advanced undergraduate students, operations researchers, modelers and managers alike.

Genre: Computers & Technology [f] [x]
Length: 340 Pages (13,693 KB)
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Added: Jul 3rd, 2020

Care in Healthcare: Reflections on Theory and Practice by Franziska Krause (Palgrave Macmillan) 5.0 Stars (3 Reviews)    Price verified 29 minutes ago

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. This book examines the concept of care and care practices in healthcare from the interdisciplinary perspectives of continental philosophy, care ethics, the social sciences, and anthropology. Areas addressed include dementia care, midwifery, diabetes care, psychiatry, and reproductive medicine. Special attention is paid to ambivalences and tensions within both the concept of care and care practices. Contributions in the first section of the book explore phenomenological and hermeneutic approaches to care and reveal historical precursors to care ethics. Empirical case studies and reflections on care in institutionalised and standardised settings form the second section of the book. The concluding chapter, jointly written by many of the contributors, points at recurring challenges of understanding and practicing care that open up the field for further research and discussion. This collection will be of great value to scholars and practitioners of medicine, ethics, philosophy, social science and history.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [f] [x]
Length: 309 Pages (514 KB)
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Subject-Oriented Business Process Management by Albert Fleischmann (Springer) 3.1 Stars (4 Reviews)    Price verified 5 hours ago

Activities performed in organizations are coordinated via communication between the people involved. The sentences used to communicate are naturally structured by subject, verb, and object. The subject describes the actor, the verb the action and the object what is affected by the action. Subject-oriented Business Process Management (S-BPM) as presented in this book is based on this simple structure which enables process-oriented thinking and process modeling. S-BPM puts the subject of a process at the center of attention and thus deals with business processes and their organizational environment from a new perspective, meeting organizational requirements in a much better way than traditional approaches. Subjects represent agents of an action in a process, which can be either technical or human (e.g. a thread in an IT system or a clerk). A process structures the actions of each subject and coordinates the required communication among the subjects. S-BPM provides a coherent procedural framework to model and analyze business processes: its focus is the cooperation of all stakeholders involved in the strategic, tactical, and operational issues, sharing their knowledge in a networked structure. The authors illustrate how each modeling activity through the whole development lifecycle can be supported through the use of appropriate software tools. The presentation style focuses on professionals in industry, and on students specializing in process management or organizational modeling. Each chapter begins with a summary of key findings and is full of examples, hints, and possible pitfalls. An interpreter model, a toolbox, and a glossary summarizing the main terms complete the book. The web site www.i2pm.net provides additional software tools and further material.

Genre: Computers & Technology [f] [x]
Length: 394 Pages (44,432 KB)
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Added: Jul 3rd, 2020

EL JOVEN HITLER (1889-1939): Edición integral de las cuatro novelas de la saga (Spanish Edition) by Javier Cosnava 4.6 Stars (5 Reviews)    Price verified 21 hours ago

La novela histórica que relata la vida de Adolf Hitler y de su familia desde antes de su nacimiento hasta los meses previos al estallido de la segunda guerra mundial Reseñas A las almas sensibles les costará digerir esta historia si es que se atreven con ella (... ) La capacidad de Javier Cosnava para trasladarnos a esa época e introducirnos como espectadores en la mente de un ser tan despreciable me ha parecido magnífica (... ) Un modo muy personal de contar la historia y las palabras justas se aúnan para hacernos hervir la sangre, y eso, señores, es talento. (Anika entre libros) Se hace corta por el modo en el que engancha (... ) La declaración del autor de que es una obra singular y valiente no es gratuita. Me permito añadir que no es una lectura para todos los estómagos, aunque se crean habituados a los horrores. (Juan Ángel Laguna Edroso. Escritor) La historia más cruda que he leído nunca.(Javier Pellicer, Escritor) Hasta ahora, una lectura nunca me había marcado tanto como para provocarme pesadillas. (Celia Zaragoza)

Genre: Foreign Languages [f] [x]
Length: 497 Pages (1,214 KB)
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Added: Jul 2nd, 2020

Chinese Characters with Associations: Easily Memorize 300 Chinese Characters through Pictures (HSK Level 2) by Lusine Torosyan 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

Some Chinese characters are very simple and are made of just a few strokes, while others are made of other simpler characters, which are called radicals. Radicals are simple characters that combine to create compound Chinese characters. They have various meanings and can usually help you to understand the meaning and the pronunciation of compound characters. There are around 200 radicals in the Chinese language; therefore some people compare those radicals with letters or the roots of words. This book focuses on the above-mentioned idea. Here, all the characters are broken into radicals to help you perceive Chinese characters as logical compounds, each representing a part of Chinese history, culture, and philosophy. The book will also show you how each character is used in sentences and phrases. Some characters come along with short grammatical explanations and cultural facts. Most of the character associations in this book have no etymological value, that is, they do not show how the character originated. The associations are made by the author for the sole purpose of remembering how to write the characters. This book is for you if: • You decided to learn Modern Standard Chinese, called "Mandarin" or Put?nghuà. • You want to start learning Chinese simplified characters. • You want to pass HSK Level 2, or you want to start learning in a fun way. • Having the HSK Level 2 vocabulary list, without any explanations, visualizations and grammar points is not enough for you. • You have Visual Memory, so it is easier for you to remember something with visualizations, associations, and games. • You love to have fun while learning! Write Chinese Characters with Associations" is enough if you want to pass the HSK Level 2 exam, but it is advisable that you also use the "New Practical Chinese Reader"-s, which you can find online or in your local Confucius Institute office. Also, each dialogue of that book is recorded by native speakers, and you can find ...

Genre: Reference [f] [x]
Length: 1,000 Pages (79,341 KB)
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Added: Jul 2nd, 2020

Vaquita: Science, Politics, and Crime in the Sea of Cortez by Brooke Bessesen (Island Press) 5.0 Stars (26 Reviews)    Price verified 29 minutes ago

"Intrepid conservation detective story." -- Nature "A lucid, informed, and gripping account... a must-read." -- Science "Passionate... a heartfelt and alarming tale." -- Publishers Weekly "Gripping... a well-told and moving tale of environmentalism and conservation." -- Kirkus "Compelling." -- Library Journal In 2006, vaquita, a diminutive porpoise making its home in the Upper Gulf of California, inherited the dubious title of world's most endangered marine mammal. Nicknamed "panda of the sea" for their small size and beguiling facial markings, vaquitas have been in decline for decades, dying by the hundreds in gillnets intended for commercially valuable fish, as well as for an endangered fish called totoaba. When international crime cartels discovered a lucrative trade in the swim bladders of totoaba, illegal gillnetting went rampant, and now the lives of the few remaining vaquitas hang in the balance. Author Brooke Bessesen takes us on a journey to Mexico's Upper Gulf region to uncover the story. She interviewed townspeople, fishermen, scientists, and activists, teasing apart a complex story filled with villains and heroes, a story whose outcome is unclear. When diplomatic and political efforts to save the little porpoise failed, Bessesen followed a team of veterinary experts in a binational effort to capture the last remaining vaquitas and breed them in captivity -- the best hope for their survival. In this fast-paced, soul-searing tale, she learned that there are no easy answers when extinction is profitable. Whether the rescue attempt succeeds or fails, the world must ask itself hard questions. When vaquita and the totoaba are gone, the black market will turn to the next vulnerable species. What will we do then?

Genre: Science & Math [f] [x]
Length: 320 Pages (1,725 KB)
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Elena & Meg: A Rule Shattering Love Story by Meg Stone 5.0 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

Elena and Meg fled Russia, crossing the planet entirely on their own to be together. Featured on NPR and BBC, this is their awe-inspiring account of escape, survival and freedom. Meg is a rebel. Push her, and she pushes back. She takes outrageous risks, looks for thrills, throws herself into horrifying and hilarious situations... until it all becomes deadly serious. Then, everything changes. She grows up, learns what it means to love, to take responsibility, face death, face life, and the meaning she gives it. She learns to measure value in heartbeats, not dollars. In a year-long run for their lives, Meg not only rescues the deer-in-the-headlights Russian, who risked everything and crashed into her life, but rescues herself.

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [f] [x]
Length: 333 Pages (2,873 KB)
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Added: Jul 1st, 2020

Suffering-Focused Ethics: Defense and Implications by Magnus Vinding (Ratio Ethica) 5.0 Stars (3 Reviews)    Price verified 29 minutes ago

The reduction of suffering deserves special priority. Many ethical views support this claim, yet so far these have not been presented in a single place. Suffering-Focused Ethics provides the most comprehensive presentation of suffering-focused arguments and views to date, including a moral realist case for minimizing extreme suffering. The book then explores the all-important issue of how we can best reduce suffering in practice, and outlines a coherent and pragmatic path forward. "An inspiring book on the world's most important issue. Magnus Vinding makes a compelling case for suffering-focused ethics. Highly recommended." -- David Pearce, author of The Hedonistic Imperative and Can Biotechnology Abolish Suffering? "We live in a haze, oblivious to the tremendous moral reality around us. I know of no philosopher who makes the case more resoundingly than Magnus Vinding. In radiantly clear and honest prose, he demonstrates the overwhelming ethical priority of preventing suffering. Among the book's many powerful arguments, I would call attention to its examination of the overlapping biases that perpetuate moral unawareness. Suffering-Focused Ethics will change its readers, opening new moral and intellectual vistas. This could be the most important book you will ever read." -- Jamie Mayerfeld, professor of political science at the University of Washington, author of Suffering and Moral Responsibility and The Promise of Human Rights "In this important undertaking, Magnus Vinding methodically and convincingly argues for the overwhelming ethical importance of preventing and reducing suffering, especially of the most intense kind, and also shows the compatibility of this view with various mainstream ethical philosophies that don't uniquely focus on suffering. His careful analytical style and comprehensive review of existing arguments make this book valuable reading for anyone who cares about what matters, or who wishes to better understand the strong rational ...

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [f] [x]
Length: 314 Pages (3,989 KB)
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Added: Jul 1st, 2020

ASVAB Prep Plus 2020-2021: 6 Practice Tests + Proven Strategies + Online + Video (Kaplan Test Prep) by Kaplan Test Prep (Kaplan Publishing) 4.5 Stars (215 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

Kaplan's ASVAB Prep Plus 2020-2021 features proven strategies and realistic practice for all sections of the ASVAB and AFQT. This edition includes flashcards, expert videos, and an online Quiz Bank with over 250 questions to help you face the test with confidence. Get everything in ASVAB Prep 2020-2021, plus two more practice tests, 650 additional practice questions, and flashcards from our all-star team of test experts. With ASVAB Prep Plus 2020-2021 you can study on the go. Log in from anywhere to watch video lessons, complete quizzes and take practice tests. The Most Practice • Flashcards to help you reinforce important concepts for the technical subtests • Six introductory math videos that review basic concepts commonly seen in the Arithmetic Reasoning and Mathematics Knowledge subtests • More than 1,850 realistic practice questions with explanations • Six full-length ASVAB practice tests with detailed explanations: 3 online and 3 in the book • Customize your practice with an online Quiz Bank that lets you select problems by topic and difficulty • Tear-out math and verbal study sheets for portable review and an extensive word list to help you build your vocabulary • Detailed subject review, including targeted strategies for vocabulary questions and math problem solving Expert Guidance • Comprehensive content review and expert methods for tackling all technical topics: science, electronics, auto/shop, mechanical information, and object assembly • Specific strategies for mastering the Computer Adaptive Test format • We invented test prep -- Kaplan (www.kaptest.com) has been helping students for 80 years. Our proven strategies have helped legions of students achieve their dreams.

Genre: Education & Teaching [f] [x]
Length: 648 Pages (29,743 KB)
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Added: Jun 19th, 2020

Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color by Andrea Ritchie (Beacon Press) 4.7 Stars (19 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

"A passionate, incisive critique of the many ways in which women and girls of color are systematically erased or marginalized in discussions of police violence." -- Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow Invisible No More is a timely examination of how Black women, Indigenous women, and women of color experience racial profiling, police brutality, and immigration enforcement. By placing the individual stories of Sandra Bland, Rekia Boyd, Dajerria Becton, Monica Jones, and Mya Hall in the broader context of the twin epidemics of police violence and mass incarceration, Andrea Ritchie documents the evolution of movements centered around women's experiences of policing. Featuring a powerful forward by activist Angela Davis, Invisible No More is an essential exposé on police violence against WOC that demands a radical rethinking of our visions of safety -- and the means we devote to achieving it.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [f] [x]
Length: 362 Pages (7,229 KB)
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Added: Jun 16th, 2020

Long Time Walk On Water (Vol.2) by Joan Barbara Simon 3.5 Stars (50 Reviews)    Price verified 21 hours ago

A black woman and single mum, starting over. A white man who wants something more. Will they take a chance on each other? Everyting gonna be alright? London, 1960. Rose is looking for a new start. Thousands of miles away from her Caribbean home, she scrapes together money to send for her children while adjusting to a strange, new world. Jack's life is full of disillusionment. He cares little for his council flat, his town, or even his wife. The only thing that gives his life sparkle? His Jamaican friends down at the docks. When Jack meets Rose at a bus stop, a new and unexpected future unfolds... If you like rich settings and realistic characters: Long Time Walk on Water. This captivating multicultural historical novel with its splash of something quite unique, its touch of romance, reggae style, will win your heart forever. Told with pride, poise, humour and grace, this modern classic by Joan Barbara Simon, literary terrorist, will have you shouting about if from the rooftops! 'Rich, complex and beautifully written. It is something unlike anything I've read before and yet it's recognisable and resonant because all of life is in it. An absorbing and affecting read.' (online reviewer) 'Beautifully crafted (... ) will leave the reader as changed as Simon's characters. Highly, highly recommended.' (Dan Holloway)

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [f] [x]
Length: 300 Pages (1,150 KB)
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Added: Jun 15th, 2020
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