Kindle Questions

Posted on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019 by John Wood
Kindle – Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve been making a strong push for more titles in the Kindle format, and clearly this is what a lot of people want since our releases nearly always achieve a #1 status. As a result, we have also had quite a few questions come our way on that front, so we put this page together to clear up some of the common questions that we receive on a regular basis:

1. What is “Kindle?”

— As per Wikipedia: “The Amazon Kindle is a series of e-readers designed and marketed by the online retailer Amazon.com. Amazon Kindle devices enable users to browse, buy, download, and read e-books, newspapers, magazines, and other digital media via wireless networking to the Kindle Store.

When we refer to one of our publications being available “on Kindle” it means that we have put it into the Kindle e-book format and made it available on Amazon.com in the area of the site known as the kindle store.

2. Do I need a Kindle Reader to read Kindle Books?

— As a matter of fact, you do not. There is a free app that is available for a variety of devices that will allow you to read kindle books on your phone, tablet, or even directly on your desktop PC.

You can find a link to the app on every single page for a kindle product:

When you click on the “Read with our Free App” link, the following window will pop up that shows you all of your options. If you need any assistance with this process, let us know.

3. What is the cost of Kindle books?

The standard price for almost all of our Kindle books is $9.99 but we have a few titles that may be slightly cheaper. On occasion we also might have discount on a new release — we will make an announcement through our daily emails whenever that option might be available.

4. What are some of the advantages of Kindle books?

There are many advantages: one of the obvious advantages that we can start with is the price tag — Kindle titles are always cheaper than their hard-copy printed counterparts. To boot, the fact that Kindle books are downloadable also means there is no shipping cost which means a considerable savings for you. There’s also no wait — you can live on the other side of the world and literally get information into your hands within a few clicks of a mouse.

Kindle books are portable, you have a whole library full of books in the palm of your hand without needing to install extra book shelves at your pad. Kindle books are searchable and you can also make notes at important points that you can refer back to. With the Kindle titles, you can also change the font and increase the text size which are also very useful.

5. How do I get the updates when you add new material to your kindle books?

On occasion we might add new material to an already-published titles. Some people seem to get the updated versions automatically but if you find that you aren’t, log into your Amazon.com account, find the “Your Content and Devices” option on the dropdown and when you click it, it will take you to a list of your Kindle purchases. If titles have been updated since your purchase, there will be an ‘Update available’ button. You have to click it and then re-download the book to your Kindle to see the new version. Also, Amazon may not notify you when a book has been updated so you’ll need to go in and check them all yourself.

6. Where can I purchase your Kindle books?

Kindle books are only available on Amazon.com. We generally send out direct links through email or other social media methods, but you can see our latest Kindle offerings listed on this page or my Author page.

7. I heard that reading Kindle books will damage my eyes, is that true?

We’ve never had any issues with eye strain, and no one who has ever contacted us has ever reported any issues. Your mileage may certainly vary but here is some food for thought on that front:

The great thing about the Kindle screen is that it doesn’t use light to light up the pixels, but rather ink, or ‘e-ink’ as Amazon call it (hence why the screens are called ‘e-ink’ screens). The ink is then simply arranged on the screen where the pixels are and this creates the image. The reason this is so good is that it doesn’t require any light in order to light up – and that means that there are no changes in contrast that your eyes have to adjust to. At the same time there’s no glass and the material of the screen is different and less reflective.” — https://www.healthguidance.org

8. What happens to my kindle books if my computer crashes?

Unlike a PDF, your kindle library is actually stored in your Amazon.com account. Should your computer ever crash or if you break your reader, it would simply be a matter of logging into your Amazon.com account and re-downloading your titles.

9. Are your kindle books available in hard copy?

Some of them might be. For some (but not all) titles, we may be able to print and spiral bind a hard copy version for you for $29.99 (plus shipping and handling) per title. Please contact us with a list of titles that you are interested in if you would like to know more.

10. Are your kindle books available in PDF?

Some of our kindle titles may be available in PDF and availaible for separate sale. Others may not be, although some can also be found in The Iron League which you will have access to if you are a member. We also may have another option where we can present some charged access to some titles through our website in a “flipping book” format. We are currently testing that process and will have more information soon.

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Kindle

Posted on Friday, December 1st, 2017 by John Wood
Kindle
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Try Hand-Balancing! by Sig Klein

Posted on Friday, October 6th, 2017 by John Wood
Try Hand-Balancing!
Sig Klein’s “Lost” Course Shows You How!
Try Hand-Balancing by Sig Klein

The Maestro, Sig Klein, shows his stuff, holding a handstand on a sturdy bench. This wasn’t all though, several full range handstand pushups followed.The details of this movements and several more variations are covered in “Try Hand-Balancing.”

WHEN YOU BUY A COLLECTION, you never know what you might find…

That was sure the case just recently when a big box of “forgotten lore” yielded a very interesting discovery: it turns out that the great Sig Klein wrote a course on hand-balancing that no one today (including me) had ever heard of before.

As you are probably aware, we are BIG fans of all things hand-balancing, and, of course, we are big fans of Sig Klein, so this training guide was certainly worth its weight in gold to us on many levels.

We immediately made plans to shine it up re-release this course again to the world so that everyone could once again benefit from Sig’s teaching.

First, we had all the text transcribed so that we could lay it out more readily. Second, we carefully re-scanned each image at the highest resolution possible in order to avoid the dreaded moire (checkering) effect…  blemishes, specs, age spots and imperfections in the images were digitally edited and/or removed, and finally each scan was, enlarged, cropped, centered and leveled.

Our original plan was to put out this “lost” course as a hard copy, and you know how we like to do it, taking a lot of time, effort and great care in paper selection, layout and all other aspects of the presentation so that you end up with something in your hands that you can be proud to own.

We still intend on doing that at some point, but it recently came to our attention that a lot of people might also like to get an electronic copy. There are, of course, advantages in either case, but the immediate bottom line is that, with most of the layout work done, we could get an electronic copy up and ready to go in a matter of days and make it available immediately.

And so we did… and, as of the time of this writing, the electronic Kindle version of “Try Hand-Balancing” by Sig Klein is current climbing the charts over on Amazon.com.

Now, just to give you an idea of the kind of information that is covered in this course, here’s quick a look:

  • The THREE most important reasons to give your lower body a rest and increase the strength of the upper body by turning your training upside-down!
  • Why hand-balancing is and can be of the utmost importance for women and how a several groups of women easily show up their male counterparts
  • The simplest method for practicing your hand balancing skills — a skill that you should be able to do easily, even if you have never even attempted a handstand before
  • The two important factors that you must take into consideration when using the wall for practice
  • A simple-as-pie elementary exercise that will help you learn to position your feet correctly
  • How to perform the basic movement that will help you bridge the gap into advanced advanced exercises and movements
  • The two simple calisthenic exercises that will increase your hand-balancing skills
  • The spectacular hand-balancing feat that can be done with a simple chair, which is also a fantastic abdominal strength builder
  • Why Sig Klein believes every human being should be able to manage the weight of his body under all conditions
  • How hand-balancing builds steady nerves and quiet tempers through strengthening “concentration”
  • How to perform the highly impressive “Tiger Bend” and the small detail that finally allowed Sig Klein to conquer it. Also, why brute strength alone may not get the job done.
  • A three image sequence on how to perform the push-up-to-hand-stand on low parallel bars and why the low parallel bars are more of a challenge than high parallel bars for this movement
  • Details on the handstand bench push-up and its variations. How many times can Sig perform this movement?
  • The highly impressive “free” barbell hand-stand, and why Sig Klein says it is “only the b-e-g-i-n-n-i-n-g”
  • How to perform the Planche on low parallels
  • What Sig Klein feels is the biggest secret of hand-balancing success, and why you won’t get far without knowing it…
Additional Instruction from John Wood!

But that’s not all! Sig Klein wrote this course roughly seventy five years ago, but the principles which make hand-balancing work are eternal. When I embarked on my own hand-balancing journey, unsurprisingly, I learned from and practiced many of the movements that Sig discusses in his course. Since I went from knowing absolutely nothing about hand-balancing to being able to hold a “pretty good” one, (especially for a former nose-guard) there were a few additional details that I wanted to share along with what can already be found in Sig’s course.

So, in the latter pages of the course, I have put together TEN tips, tips, techniques and pieces of advice that I wished I knew when I got started, or which I learned along the way. Here’s an idea of what I mean:

  • The biggest mistakes that I made with my first hand-balancing effortss, why I initially quite and the completely random experience at an amusement park that occurred about a decade later pulled me back in
  • The biggest Secret to hand-balancing success – yes, Sig covered it already, but I wanted to list it again just to make absolutely sure that it sinks in.
  • How long will it take you to be able to hold a handstand? Everyone progresses at different rates, but I can tell you how long it too me, and the markers that I like to use.
  • What to do in case you have a bad workout …and the foolish mistake that *I* made that lead to one of the worst hand-balancing workouts that I ever had, something that I sure never repeated
  • How my early hand-balancing workouts will differ from my later ones, and the types of movements I recommend putting your focus toward early on
  • How to break up your training into three distinct phases: the “conditioning” phase, the “practice” phase and the “mastery” phase and the specific types of training that should happen in each
  • What my early hand-balancing workouts looked like, how long they generally lasted and why that time frame was important
  • The simple way that I like to keep track of my exercises to ensure progress is taking place
  • “Strait talk” on using the wall for your practice, when it is important and when it is a good idea to stop using it.
  • How often to train.. what I learned about frequency, and how often I currently practice
  • Why being “never satisfied” is a good thing when it comes to hand-balancing and how to make it work for you
  • A discussion on training environment, and how you can avoid the mistake that I made that made my wife very angry
  • Mental training for hand-balancing, a lesson from a Jedi master and how to not be your own worst enemy
  • The two visualization techniques that I use, and how they help me improve in my sleep!

IMPORTANT: Try-Hand-Balancing by Sig Klein is currently ONLY available in electronic format on the Kindle and available from Amazon.com. The order button below will take you directly to the order page on Amazon.com where it can be purchased. If we go ahead with a PRINTED version we will make an announcement once it is ready.

Order now!____$9.99 (Click this button to order from Amazon.com)
All Contents, Including Images and Text, Copyright © 2005-2018 by John Wood and Thunderdome Media Inc., Not to be reproduced without permission, All Rights Reserved
Author: John Wood. All contents, including images and text, copyright © 2005-2018 by John Wood and Thunderdome Media Inc. Not to be reproduced without permission. All rights reserved. We will most likely grant permission but please contact us if you would like to repost. IMPORTANT: Equipment and books, courses etc. pictured in blog posts are generally not available for sale unless specifically noted.