Publishing Tools I Use: Ultimate eBook Creator

If you’ve never published a Kindle book before, you might wonder about the nuts and bolts of creating the book file itself. My advice is not to worry too much about it until you’ve actually written something.

‘The Congress shall have Power to lay and collect Taxes …’

Do you share my suspicion that those ten words of the Constitution were really the whole purpose of that document, and all the rest is just scaffolding and window dressing? P.S: The latest Republican tax “reform” plan is just silly tinkering (again), amounting to little more than changing out a minor gear or two in […]

How to Get Me to Change My Political Stance

I have a point of view about politics and “government” that puts me at odds with many of my family, friends and people I meet. It’s uncomfortable. I don’t like the distance it puts between me and people I care about. Of course, I would love to change their minds to bring them around to […]

The Comment Door Is Open

Commenting is enabled here at Pifflesnoot, but so far I’m the only one who has left a comment (for testing purposes). If you’ve a mind to comment on anything, even to say hi, please do. It would help me to make sure all the gears on this new blog are turning. I’ve noticed that some […]

Publishing Tools I Use: Kindle Reading App

You need very little in the way of software or other tools to publish an e-book through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) platform. However, there’s a handful of free and paid tools, and a couple of inexpensive paid services, that I find make my work easier. One is the free Kindle Reading App.

Recommended: Learn French with Frencheezee (YouTube)

Lately I’ve become interested in learning French, or at least becoming more familiar with it. I don’t have great hopes that I’ll ever actually speak it, considering that I can’t speak Spanish, other than tourist variety, after years of studying that language. But I figure at a minimum I can pick up some French vocabulary, […]

Vintage Newspapers: Untapped Source for E-book Publishers (Part 2)

Old newspapers are a good resource for public-domain material that can be turned into e-books. I previously discussed this in a general way and showed some examples of books I and others have published on Amazon’s Kindle platform (see Part 1). Now I want to talk about the public domain a bit more and why […]


When I was setting up Pifflesnoot, I considered adding a blogroll or list of favorite links to my sidebar. Then I decided, no, it would probably end up being too long and too random. Instead, I’ll post occasional recommendations of people and sites I think at least some of my visitors might like. (I’ll assign […]

I’m from Alabama, and I Don’t Care about the Alabama Senate Race

To be clear, I don’t live in Alabama now. But I grew up there, in Mobile, and spent many years in Birmingham. For that reason, people assume I must take special interest in the Senate race there. I don’t.

Vintage Newspapers: Untapped Source for E-book Publishers (Part 1)

Do you publish e-books? Do you want to publish an e-book? If you’re not quite up to tackling that blockbuster novel you know you have inside you, there’s a ready source of public-domain material available to you to use as content for a possible book: old newspapers.