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I Published A Second Edition of my Book!

Updated on June 24, 2014

Accessible American History

As the title indicates, I just published a revised, expanded, and updated second edition of my book “Accessible American History: Connecting the Past to the Present.” (See the end of this hub for links that will take you to where it can be purchased.) It is a collection of essays, arranged (more or less) in chronological order, which provides a general overview of American history. But it is not a generic textbook. Instead, it combines historical discussion with political and social commentary as I try to connect the events and issues of the past with life in the United States today. Essentially, I try to do in this book what I have been doing for almost fourteen years as a community college history instructor: make American history easier to understand and relevant for everyday people.

Many of these essays started as articles here on Hubpages, and if you look to the right, I have placed links to the most widely read hubs that have been included in the book. For those of you who have not read my stuff before, these are a good introduction to both my writing style and to the types of topics addressed in the book. Keep in mind, however, that these essays have been polished up a bit for the book versions, and in some cases, they have been updated in response to recent events. The book also includes some essays that have not been previously published, along with revised versions of essays that were originally published here on Hubpages but are no longer available.

The book is available in three formats:

Electronic Formats

You can buy the book in two different ebook formats. So if you have a Kindle, Ipad, Nook, or other tablet, it is in your interest (and mine) to buy it as an ebook. Because there are no printing and shipping costs, it costs you less than the paperback (and I get a higher percentage in royalties.)

You can buy the book for your Kindle at “” or by shopping at the Kindle store. If you click the link to Amazon below and then click on the book cover to the left, you can read the Table of Contents and the first five essays. With your Kindle, you can also download a sample:

It is also available as an electronic book in the EPUB file format, which is the format used by all non-Kindle electronic readers. (Ipad, Nook, Sony Ereader, etc.) You can get it in this format at "" (see link below), at the Barnes & Noble Nook Store (search the title), and at the Apple Ibooks Store (search the title.) I get higher royalties if you buy it at Lulu than if you buy it at the other sites. (It costs the same for you either way.)

Paperback Format

The book is also available in paperback. If you click the link below, it will take you to my book listing on "Create Space," which is a book publishing division of "Amazon." (You can also buy the paperback at "") For some reason, I make more money when people buy from the "Create Space" page than from "Amazon." (It's the same price for you either way.)

If you buy the book and like what you read, please tell others about it. I have a small-scale publishing operation here, so I need all of the help I can get. Thanks for reading.


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    • Freeway Flyer profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Swendson 

      7 years ago

      Cool. I got an Ipad mini for Christmas. I never really cared about getting a tablet, but now that I have it, I use it every day.

    • Billie Kelpin profile image

      Billie Kelpin 

      7 years ago from Newport Beach

      Glad you replied. I forgot to purchase... will do that today. (I am getting a Kindle Fire this week!)

    • Freeway Flyer profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Swendson 

      7 years ago

      Thank you for your support. Let me know what you think.

      I self-published through Create Space and Lulu. They essentially print on demand and take a cut of the proceeds which is much smaller than conventional publishers. I don't have color pictures, so I'm not sure what would be best for a children's book.

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      Billie Kelpin 

      7 years ago from Newport Beach

      I'm buying the Kindle book because I think it's really important for us to support our fellow hub authors and because your hub titles are intriguing! (I do love history and read snippets of Howard Zinn's People's History...when I get a chance.) I can't see which printer you went with. My children's book ebook has 24 color pages and I'm having a hard time finding a printer that I can be sure is not exploiting people in a factory in Bangledesh or somewhere. I want a printer who has ethical practices. Looking forward to reading your ebook as soon as I download it. I download Kindle for PC so I can read it on my computer as well as on my mobile phone!

    • Freeway Flyer profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Swendson 

      8 years ago

      Thank you. I have sold a bunch of paperbacks through Amazon (and have even signed a few). But I haven't seen any need to produce one through Lulu. I am only selling ebooks through both Lulu and Amazon because they use different file formats, and I want the ebook to appear on as many ebook sites as possible (Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kindle, etc.)

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      Modern Lady 

      8 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Congratulations! That is such a huge acheivement. I hope you celebrated and did something nice. You should be very proud of yourself.

    • Kathleen Cochran profile image

      Kathleen Cochran 

      8 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Congratulations and welcome to the deep end of the pool with the rest of us e-writers. It's a good place to start. Do think about for a hardback version. Your price point is pretty small with them, but I was surprised how many people wanted to buy a book I could sign for them. Do be careful with their formating. They are going to print from your file as is! Unless, of course, you buy their services. Good luck!

    • Freeway Flyer profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Swendson 

      8 years ago


      Mistakes are inevitable. I keep finding little things in my book, which I will probably go back someday and revise. But even then, you have to just go for it at some point.

      I keep wondering if I should have paid an editor or tried to go through a publishing company. There is always the fear of getting ripped off. If nothing else, I have been able to maintain more control by going at it alone and will keep a higher percentage of whatever royalties it may generate.

      So keep at it, and good luck.

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      John Sarkis 

      8 years ago from Winter Haven, FL

      Great Freeway Flyer, I'm working on publishing my first book - scratch that, I attempted to publish my first novel (only novel), but became self-consious because of mistakes and so on. ...I'd probably be okay paying someone to do this for me, as I don't always have the time. ...anyway, this is all WIP...

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    • Freeway Flyer profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Swendson 

      9 years ago

      Yes, you can publish through Kindle Direct Publishing. But if you publish with them, be sure to read their directions for how to format it properly. Create Space is the physical book, self-publishing division of Amazon.

      You might also look into If you publish with them, your book will also be listed on the Apple Ibookstore and the Barnes & Noble nook site. But once again, read their formatting directions carefully, particularly regarding how to set up a Table of Contents.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I should have elaborated a bit.The first was published as a free book and has about 170 downloads. The second is still in process. It has been approved by Smashwords but has not been rated yet. Promotion will be a learning experience.Another hubber just told me about something Kindle is offering that sounds promising.

    • Freeway Flyer profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Swendson 

      9 years ago

      I've managed to sell about 30 so far. (Although I "cheat" by selling some to my community college students.) What marketing techniques have you tried? You seem to have a ton of followers, so I would think that you could translate some of those visitors into book sales.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Congratulations on publishing.I've published two ebooks,both fiction but haven't sold any.

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      Alastar Packer 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Great good success with your the e-book Free!

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      9 years ago

      Congrats on publishing your first book! Hope and wish it is a great success!

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      9 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      Congratulation on your endeavors with achieving this goal. I know it's exciting. Good luck in marketing your accomplishment!

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      Kris Heeter 

      9 years ago from Indiana

      Congratulations! What a great accomplishment.

    • Freeway Flyer profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Swendson 

      9 years ago

      Thanks everybody. Your comments and encouragement keep me writing. Now that this whole publishing process is finally almost done, I can start seeing what you have been up to here on Hubpages.

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      Matt Phillips 

      9 years ago

      I'll write up an Amazon review after I've finished reading it. Great job and congratulations!

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      William Thomas 

      9 years ago from That Great Primordial Smash UP of This and That Which Gave Rise To All Beings and All Things!

      Congratulations, F.F.! I know the book will be a terrific success. I am am so proud of you.

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      L M Reid 

      9 years ago from Ireland

      That is a great achievement, congratulations on publishing your e book

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      Christopher Antony Meade 

      9 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      Congratulations on getting your book published. You should rightly be proud. I hope it will be a great success.


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