Altiora Publications

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Altiora Publications is a specialist publisher of quality self-help eBooks, covering practical psychology, 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.

Altiora began publishing print books in 2009. With a growing list of authors, Altiora currently has 30 titles in print and 50 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.

Smashwords Interview

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).
Read more of this interview.

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Communications for ICT: The Essential Guide
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Series: Text Book, Book 5 · For Writers, Book 6. Price: $13.95 USD. Words: 42,170. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2011 by Altiora Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Digital publishing
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.
The Ethical Technologist
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Series: Text Book, Book 8 · Applied Philosophy, Book 7. Price: $13.95 USD. Words: 33,400. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2011 by Altiora Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation and inspiration
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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.
Satori Now: Awakening your Highest Self
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Series: On the Spiritual Path, Book 1 · Buddhism, Book 1 · Applied Psychology, Book 1 · Leadership, Book 1 · Creativity, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,110. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2010 by Altiora Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation and inspiration
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.
What happens when I die?
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Series: On the Spiritual Path, Book 4 · Buddhism, Book 2 · Applied Psychology, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,870. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2010 by Altiora Publications. Category: Nonfiction » New Age » Reincarnation
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.
Being Resilient
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,500. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2014 by Altiora Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Psychology » Stress
Have you noticed, life has a way of throwing challenges your way that can knock you down? If you do not have sufficient resilience, it may be very difficult to pick yourself up and keep moving forwards. This book gives you a wide range of strategies that help you become the person who can pick themselves up and keep moving forwards, stronger than you were before.
The Art of Strategic Non-Action: Learning to go with the Flow
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Series: Text Book, Book 6 · On the Spiritual Path, Book 14 · Buddhism, Book 7 · Applied Psychology, Book 10 · Leadership, Book 6 · Travel, Book 5 · Creativity, Book 8. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,970. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2011 by Altiora Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help
Strategic non-action is a powerful yet under-rated method of influencing events. In the West, action is considered a virtue while inaction is little more than laziness or cowardice. An understanding of strategic non-action gives you access to a deeper intuitive awareness than that gained through action, since knowledge that comes through action is obscured by situation-specific reactions.
Cultivating Intuition
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Series: On the Spiritual Path, Book 6 · Applied Psychology, Book 5 · Applied Philosophy, Book 3 · Leadership, Book 4 · Travel, Book 2 · Creativity, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,350. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2010 by Altiora Publications. Category: Nonfiction » New Age » Meditation
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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.
Communing with Nature
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Series: On the Spiritual Path, Book 5 · Applied Psychology, Book 4 · Travel, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,410. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2010 by Altiora Publications. Category: Nonfiction » New Age » Mysticism
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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.
Being Alone
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Series: On the Spiritual Path, Book 22 · Applied Psychology, Book 21. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,800. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2014 by Altiora Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Psychology » Applied psychology
Let this highly readable how-to guide change loneliness into enjoyable solitude. This remarkable eBook can help you towards a fuller expression of your human potential. The happiness of a meaningful life.
Australian Slang: A Dictionary
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Series: Dictionaries, Book 2 · Travel, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,050. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2011 by Altiora Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Australian slang is richly-textured, often ribald world of understatement, complete with back-handed compliments and laconic humor. This eBook helps visitors to Australia decipher what they hear around them in everyday Australian life. It also gives the causal reader some insight into the often hilarious nature of Australian culture.
The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva
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Series: On the Spiritual Path, Book 10 · Buddhism, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,590. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2011 by Altiora Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Buddhism
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.
Being Anxious: Help for Social Anxiety
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Series: Applied Psychology, Book 30. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,000. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: August 13, 2014 by Altiora Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Psychology » Anxiety
Practical, down-to-earth advice on what Social Anxiety is, what causes it and how you can deal with it. In this no-nonsense how-to guide you will get a set of Cognitive Behaviour Therapies that have been proven to work with a generation of sufferers. – use them, safe in the knowledge that these have already worked for countless people already, people who now live richer, more satisfying lives.
The Dhammapada: Your Guide on the Path to Enlightenment in the 21st Century
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Series: On the Spiritual Path, Book 19 · Buddhism, Book 9. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,610. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2012 by Altiora Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Buddhism
The Dhammapada is a foundational text of the Theravada Buddhist tradition. It is a collection of 423 verses, grouped into 26 themes that the Buddha was fond of telling to those who would gather around and listen. They are the oral teachings of the Enlightened One. How delightful it is to imagine him under a shady tree with a group of people around him, telling these gems of spiritual instruction.
Being Happy: Part 2
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Series: Being Happy, Book 2 · Applied Psychology, Book 18. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,500. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2013 by Altiora Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Psychology » Applied psychology
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.
Leadership & the Tao A new look at the timeless question “What is Leadership?”
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Series: On the Spiritual Path, Book 8 · For Writers, Book 1 · Applied Psychology, Book 6 · Applied Philosophy, Book 4 · Leadership, Book 5 · Creativity, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,300. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2010 by Altiora Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help
For thousands of years people have tried to understand the elusive quality of Leadership. Still no consensus. What it means to be a leader differs according to the circumstances. This book examines the timeless, underlying qualities that must be present in a person if they are to be perceived as a leader by those around them.
Becoming Self-Actualized
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Series: On the Spiritual Path, Book 23 · Applied Psychology, Book 22 · Leadership, Book 16 · Travel, Book 10 · Creativity, Book 12. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,140. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2014 by Altiora Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Psychology » Creative ability
Reaching our fullest human potential is our destiny and by necessity must be our mission in life. Understanding this and making self-actualization your mission in life is the secret of true happiness. This short eBook uses Maslow’s work to paint a portrait of the self-actualizing person. Let it guide you on your own unique journey.
Tao Te Ching: Lao Tzu's Timeless Classic for Today
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Series: Text Book, Book 1 · On the Spiritual Path, Book 2 · Applied Psychology, Book 2 · Applied Philosophy, Book 1 · Leadership, Book 2 · Creativity, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,480. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2010 by Altiora Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Healthy aging
The Tao Te Ching was written 2,500 years ago. Its longevity is due to the power and simplicity of its message. This edition presents this timeless message in plain English for all to understand. This book exercises a powerfully transformative effect on those who contemplate it. Let it do so for you.
Being Happy: Part 3 Managing Your Expectations
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Series: Being Happy, Book 3 · Applied Psychology, Book 26. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,410. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2014 by Altiora Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Emotional healing
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.
Zen Koans: In Today's Language
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Series: On the Spiritual Path, Book 3 · Applied Philosophy, Book 2 · Leadership, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,150. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2010 by Altiora Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Religion and self-improvement
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.
Becoming More Intelligent
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Series: Applied Psychology, Book 24 · Applied Philosophy, Book 16 · Leadership, Book 17 · Creativity, Book 13. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,370. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2014 by Altiora Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity
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.
The Four Sublime States: The Brahmaviharas
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Series: On the Spiritual Path, Book 18 · Buddhism, Book 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,380. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2012 by Altiora Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Buddhism
The Four Sublime States are the best possible relationship with the world and everyone in it. They also offer the possibility of liberation from the cycle of re-birth when your time comes to leave this life. Could there be a more worthy goal in life than this? The Buddha urged us to adopt these sublime states, making them our habitual state of mind with which to embrace the entire world.
Being Mindful: Living in the Now
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Series: On the Spiritual Path, Book 24 · Buddhism, Book 12 · Applied Psychology, Book 25 · Leadership, Book 18 · Travel, Book 11. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,850. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2014 by Altiora Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
If you can observe your thoughts, who exactly is doing the observing? It is not the ‘I’ that has a name and a life history -- your egoic self. This simple question is at the centre of the great religions and spiritual traditions in the world. Learn about this new dimension of thought by cultivating the gentle art of mindfulness.
The Pursuit of Happiness: The Art of Not Taking Offence & Going with the Flow
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Series: On the Spiritual Path, Book 20 · Buddhism, Book 10 · Applied Psychology, Book 16. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,410. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2013 by Altiora Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Psychology » Anxiety
Happiness is an elusive quality for many in today’s world. But there is a powerful, little known secret in the pursuit of happiness. It takes a minute to learn and a lifetime to perfect. It is simply this; to not mind what happens and not react. It is the gentle art of not taking offence and learning to go with the flow. Settle in for the ride as the secret of strategic non-action is revealed.
The Essential Stealth Camper Van Guide
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Series: Travel, Book 12. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,240. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2011 by Altiora Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Travel - Reference
The basics of living the stealth camper life; what kind of vehicle to use, how to set it up and how to go about finding a place to sleep where you will be safe and undisturbed. Can't afford to pay rent, or simply enjoy the freedom of the road? This is a primer guide for people who want to know how to live comfortably, safely and economically in their van in a typical urban environment.
Battlefield Colloquialisms of World War I (1914-1918)
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Series: Dictionaries, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,580. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2013 by Altiora Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Dictionaries
Battlefield slang is a colourful glimpse at the lives of British soldiers in 'The Great War'. Despite the horrors of daily life, they injected sardonic humour into everything. This book records for posterity the language of the trenches before it disappears altogether. Includes first hand account of Albert Money of the King’s Royal Rifles Corps who was wounded in action at Aubers Ridge in May 1915
Anger Management: a Self-Help Guide
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Series: Applied Psychology, Book 13. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,530. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2012 by Altiora Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Anger
Anger Management: a Self-Help Guide gives you a fresh perspective on the nature of anger. Once you see it in this new light, it becomes easier to manage. You understand what it is. It will never go away completely since it is part of human nature, but it can be brought under control so that it does not continue to create problems for you or the people around you.
Charismatic Leadership: A How to Guide
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Series: On the Spiritual Path, Book 17 · Applied Philosophy, Book 9 · Leadership, Book 9. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,760. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2012 by Altiora Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Psychology » Applied psychology
Charisma is a subtle light that shines from within a person who is living their life to its fullest potential. It is perceived as the result of certain outward behaviors, yet true charisma comes from deep within a person approaching self-realization. This heightened awareness has been called enlightenment, Satori, awakening. In this book it is called self-actualization. Find out how you can do it.
The Bodhicaryavatara: A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life
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Series: On the Spiritual Path, Book 9 · Buddhism, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,930. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2011 by Altiora Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Spiritual awakening
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.
Desolation Row: Bob Dylan’s epic poem revisited
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Series: Text Book, Book 10 · For Writers, Book 7 · Applied Philosophy, Book 10. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,030. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2012 by Altiora Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Lyrics
In Desolation Row, Bob Dylan takes a collection of classic themes and weaves a rich fabric that expresses the reality of 1960’s America. Dylan is not only a deep thinker, but also a broad thinker who articulates and condenses his ideas into elegant verse. He has been described as one of the most significant poets of the Twentieth Century, this epic poem is arguably his finest work.
The Social Drinker: How To Keep It That Way
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Series: Applied Psychology, Book 17. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,090. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2013 by Altiora Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Body cleansing & detoxification
Do you enjoy a drink or two in the company of others, or does it go beyond that? Where do you draw the line between what is good for you and what might be doing you harm? if you can stop after a couple of drinks, then you don't have a problem. But if you have difficulty stopping, when one drink is too many and twenty is not enough, then yes, maybe your drinking has moved into the red zone.


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