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).
This eBook outlines the distilled essence of meditation practice. It is based on a broad study of the many meditation traditions that have grown up over time in different parts of the world.
Once you know the essential basics, you can adapt the technique to suit your needs. Meditation is something that can be learned in a few minutes, but which can take a lifetime to perfect.
This ancient text was written in Sanskrit around 700 CE by Santideva, renowned Buddhist monk and scholar. This version is written in easy to understand language accessible to the modern reader.
If you are embarking on the path to enlightenment, or just curious, this book could be just the change agent you have been looking for. It is said to be one of the Dalai Lama's favorite texts.
Highly creative people are among the highest paid in the world today. Prestigious organisations compete to get the most creative people on-board. It is a skill you can take to the bank. This book shows you how to cultivate a highly creative mind-set, plus the leadership qualities that will ensure you are taken seriously. Make this the year you take your life to a higher level.
In Being Happy Part 1 we explored the dynamics of happiness through self-actualisation, the achievement of your fullest potential. In Part 2, we discuss the work of Martin Seligman, a foremost proponent of the positive psychology movement and a leading source of advice on being happy.
More correctly known as the Bardo Thodol (or Liberation through Hearing), the Tibetan Book of the Dead in the Buddhist tradition is a detailed description of what one’s consciousness experiences in the period between death and rebirth. Remarkable for its clarity, the Bardo Thodol has been used to good effect in Buddhism for many centuries since its inception in the 8th Century BCE.
When you live with an attitude of gratitude, you inner world comes into harmony with your outer world, recognizing that so much of what nourishes and sustains you in life comes from a source beyond yourself. Gratitude makes you whole and happy because you feel part of something much bigger than yourself, part of everything. Whether you have a little or a lot, you can be happy if you are grateful.
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.
Tokme Zangpo's classic 14th Century guide for travellers on the path to enlightenment. A companion to Santideva’s classic work the Bodhicaryavatara.
While there are English translations of this text, they are a little difficult to understand for many readers living in the 21st Century. The mode of expression and the figures of speech are the product of that far-off time.
Writer’s Block; if you are reading this, you have probably experienced it as the painful condition of having to complete a complex writing task, but being unable to get started and/or finish the job. With the right approach, almost any writing task can be managed.
Overcoming Writer’s Block is a practical guide for anyone wishing to learn some practical strategies t
The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius is a perennial, belonging to a very special category of book that has but a few members out of the millions of books ever published; longevity. It has a simple, powerful message that is as fresh and useful today as it was nearly two thousand years ago. The greater the Truth, the more simply it can be put. Put it to work in your own life and live better.
All of us operate below our maximum potential. Moving towards a self-actualized state is not only possible but your birth right. There is no more worthwhile thing in life than to move towards the fulfilment of your potential. This eBook is a primer to get you started. There is no one right way; each of us will have our own way. Why not make a start today? Nothing to lose, everything to gain.
Koans are a useful sign-post on the path to enlightenment. They reveal abstract Truth that cannot be expressed logically through presenting the reader with a paradox that can only be solved by shifting one's perspective.
A short, practical guide for cultivating an enduringly happier state of mind based on the pioneering work of Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman whose 2004 book Character Strengths and Virtues is considered a classic.
The Guide to Effective Report Writing outlines a practical method for professionals in a wide range of disciplines to develop and maintain reports that address the needs of the reader and which are expressed in language easily understood by the reader.
The Enchiridion of Epictetus is a classic Stoic text, now written in modern English. Long considered an excellent manual of practical philosophy, you can apply it beneficially to your everyday life. The timeless message of the Enchiridion is as practical today as it was in ancient Greece. Perhaps this is where the it gets its enduring power and long-life. It really does work, start using it today.
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.
Assertiveness is a zone on the spectrum between Passivity and Aggression. This book shows you how to find that zone, that sweet-spot. Assertiveness is about rights; yours and those of others. finding a balance between them. Aggressive people violates the rights of others, while the passive person violates their own. he assertive person finds a win-win way to balance these competing interests.
Written in simple language, Satori Now is an elegant restatement of the timeless truths passed down through the centuries by Buddhist and Taoist masters, and brought up to date with perspectives from modern science to give this timeless message new meaning in today's world. Satori Now makes the wisdom of the ages understandable to people living in the 21st Century.
Communications for ICT is an essential guide to technical communication for IT professionals. Whether you want to become a Technical Writer, or simply an IT professional who wants to become better at doing documentation (and that can boost your career), this handy guide is for you. It was written as a text book for a first year University course for IT students.
As English has evolved, words that were once in common usage have slipped out of usage. Some are delightful, others not so much. This eBook blows the dust off over a thousand delightful words, bringing them back to life for a whole new audience. So if you enjoy words for their own sake, or know someone who does, this is the book for you. Makes a great gift.
When you keep your expectations low, you are seldom disappointed, and often happy. Living your life with low expectations is a tremendously liberating way to live; an excellent way to find lasting happiness. Your relationship with the world becomes a steady state where you are usually if not always feeling good. Read this eBook to find out how to get off the emotional roller-coaster and be happy.