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Essential eBooks and audiobooks for understanding the administration of the 45th president of the United States

While it’s tempting to say that the administration of Donald J. Trump was good for the publishing industry, the truth is that many more books were published than the most interested reader could handle.

With the benefit of hindsight we can see that the books tended to land in one of several groupings. There were the views from inside the White House. There were the personal testimonies of confidants to the president and First Lady Melania Trump. And there were the big picture analyses of what it all means, and might end up meaning. …


Whether you’re thinking about launching a new venture or you’re already running your own business, here are 10 must-read business eBooks and audio books recommended by entrepreneurs.

Society is very much enamoured with the idea of “being your own boss,” and it’s not difficult to understand why. We live in a world where the most successful business owners are so incredibly wealthy and powerful that they’ve become quasi-celebrities (people like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Bill and Melinda Gates, for example). From the outside looking in, entrepreneurship seems like a surefire way to thrive. But running a business is a lot harder than it looks.

Any budding entrepreneur will tell you that being their own boss comes with a very unique set of difficulties.

“How do I…


For non-Black people wanting to be part of positive change, it can be tough to figure out where to begin. Change can come from many places — and education is a powerful tool for getting started.

Change will require wading through discomfort, having difficult conversations, and leading by example.

These eBooks and audiobooks will challenge, inform, enlighten, and help readers foster change from within. We’ve organized this list into books for readers seeking:

  • to hear first-hand about the personal experience of being a Black person today
  • to understand the history of systems that perpetuate racism
  • to be educated and directly…

by David James Brock

Welcome to Telegrams from Home, a new collaboration between The West End Phoenix and Kobo Originals. Every week, to help you #StayHomeAndRead, we’ll bring you new works from authors and artists on what it’s like to live through this period of quiet survival.

On May 29 we’ll release Telegrams from Home: Vol. 1, an eBook containing these pieces and many more, with proceeds going to Community Food Centres Canada

If you should meet a grundiboob,
Comfort him with sugar cubes.
— Dennis Lee

I never named my villains, but the truth is they’re all
Grundiboob. …


by Rakuten Kobo’s CEO, Michael Tamblyn

Rakuten Kobo is giving staff the option of staying remote/WFH for the rest of 2020 in our Toronto, Dublin, Darmstadt & Taipei offices. Way back in early March, making the call to go remote for 2 weeks seemed momentous. Now, extending 7 months seems bizarrely normal.

But we are also trying to create some office space in the near future for members of the Kobo crew who want/need some non-home space to work in. Some have small apartments, drummer roommates or bad connectivity. Having a second space where work happens is critical for them…


Welcome to Telegrams from Home, a new collaboration between The West End Phoenix and Kobo Originals. Every week, to help you #StayHomeAndRead, we’ll bring you new works from authors and artists on what it’s like to live through this period of quiet survival.

On May 29 we’ll release Telegrams from Home: Vol. 1, an eBook containing these pieces and many more, with proceeds going to Community Food Centres Canada

“For the first time in my career as a family doctor, I had to tell a patient she has cancer by phone. I couldn’t watch her reaction, offer reassurance, hold her…


It’s easy to lose your get-up-and-go when going anywhere is such a challenge. Old routines have been disrupted, and new routines might not be settling in as quickly or as comfortably as we’d like. Fortunately, one thing we can still count on is the power of reading to bring calm and restore focus. Here’s a list of 11 eBooks and audiobooks to provide motivation, insight and escape — and hopefully help boost your sense of optimism.


Welcome to Telegrams from Home, a new collaboration between The West End Phoenix and Kobo Originals. Every week, to help you #StayHomeAndRead, we’ll bring you new works from authors and artists on what it’s like to live through this period of quiet survival.

On May 29 we’ll release Telegrams from Home: Vol. 1, an eBook containing these pieces and many more, with proceeds going to Community Food Centres Canada

Worries about sickness and safety were making it impossible to write fiction. …


by Rakuten Kobo’s CEO, Michael Tamblyn

At Rakuten Kobo, we’ve been watching the unfolding of the COVID-19 story over the last few weeks. All of our discussions have been about how to keep our employees and their families as safe and healthy as possible as this situation develops. More than fulfilling our mission of making reading lives better, more than making our numbers or building great things, that’s the main objective right now. So, I’m making what I think is the best call for right now, based on what we know today.

After a successful practice run on Tuesday, starting…


In the early fall of 2019, a trio of books arrived all addressing the topic of sexual harassment, the criminal justice system’s handling of sexual assault, and nefarious agents working to cover up sex crimes. It was a lot for readers to take at once but with Harvey Weinstein standing convicted of two counts of sexual assault, now is a great time to pick up these books.

Can I ask an obvious question? What’s #MeToo?

In 2006 civil rights activist Tarana Burke coined the phrase “Me Too” to express sympathy and common purpose with survivors of sexual assault.

“On one…

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