Altiora Publications is a specialist publisher of quality self-help eBooks, covering practical psychology, popular culture, philosophy and spirituality.
Established in 1994 by David Tuffley, PhD, Altiora is one of the oldest eBook sellers on the Web. Its Software Engineering project management titles have been selling continuously since 1994, making it one of the oldest, most established internet bookseller.
Altiora began publishing print books in 2009. With a growing list of authors, Altiora currently has 50 titles in print and 70+ eBook titles. New titles are being added every month.
Altiora makes its titles available at reasonable cost for both print and eBook versions to make them accessible to readers, particularly students, for whom the high price of books is a barrier.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
SW has given me access to the iTunes sales channel, as well as Sony, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and others.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love writing material that will help people live a fuller, happier life. All of my work is somehow dedicated to doing that. All of us have enormous potential, and almost none of us has reached that potential - yet!
I don't need to know the people whose lives are somehow affected by my work. Its enough to know that it is happening. One of my books, (Being Happy: Part !) has been downloaded well over a million times by the time of writing this interview (Sept 2014).
True happiness, lasting happiness is within everyone's grasp through a process known as Self-Actualisation, a natural state within the reach of everyone. This kind of happiness cannot be obtained through the acquisition of things. The fleeting gratification in getting things is not true happiness. That is an illusion created by our global consumer society.
Intuition can be cultivated by building an awareness of how your microcosmic inner self is a small but perfectly formed representation of the macrocosm outside. This is how you are connected to all things; in a sense you are all things. The felt awareness of this ultimate Truth is Enlightenment. You don't just think it, you feel that it is true, know it at a deep level.
What is it about airline travel (in Coach/Economy) that brings out the worst in people? Brief and to the point, this short eBook is written in plain English for anyone travelling on airlines who wants to make the experience more enjoyable. Follow the advice for a trouble-free flight. It is written by a seasoned traveller with the keen eye of the social scientist.
Nature is the manifestation of the Cosmic Mind. There is a pervasive non-conceptual intelligence that permeates Nature and which finds expression in the billions of life-forms and intricate ecosystems that make up the biosphere of this planet. Anyone who invests the time to know Nature is richly rewarded for their effort. Close communion with Nature is one of the great pleasures in life.
The Ethical Technologist is an exploration of what it is to be a change agent during this most dynamic period of human history. Ethical conduct in technology development comes down to a simple, two-part proposition; people must be told what the consequences of using a technology will be and give their informed consent, and secondly, that they must not be harmed by using it.
First-person account by British Army Private Albert Money of his experiences in one of the bloodiest and most futile battles of World War 1. Seriously wounded by machine gun fire he spent hours in No-man's land lying in a muddy ditch surrounded by the dead and dying, eventually crawling back to the British trenches. Casualties for the day, 10,000 men. Territory gained, not a single inch.
Every Moment is the Best Moment is for anyone seeking a richer, deeper experience of life. The modern world is pre-occupied with material wealth. A good standard of living is great, but when wealth and status becomes an end in themselves, we have lost sight of what is most important in life. This eBook can help you cultivate a higher awareness while continuing to live in the world.