Free Book Friday: Medical Books and More

10 or More Free Books Every Day

My idea for the Medical Author Chat version of “Free Book Friday” came after I began subscribing to the Free Kindle Tips and Books Blog. If you are looking for ten or more high rated free books every day make sure you subscribe to FKTB blog. The books featured in the FKTB blog span all literary genres.

Since the focus of the Medical Author Chat podcast is books written by healthcare providers I have tried to focus my Free Book Friday posts on books written by and or about medical professions. I find books by scanning the titles featured on the FKTB blog and reviewing the top free e-books in different health and medical categories on

Request Your Book to be Featured

Michael Gallagher, of FKTB, reports that he receives several dozen author requests per day and rejects 75% of those requests. Since I have yet to receive an author request to be featured the odds are much better that your book will be featured. Please email me, greg at gregfriese dot com, the following about your book.

  • Your name
  • Your healthcare position, ie EMT, RN, MD, etc.
  • Your email
  • The URL for your book
  • Date the book will be offered for free (Friday is most useful)
  • Category or Genre
  • book description

Today’s Feature: Medicine Men: Extreme Appalachian Doctoring

I found today’s feature, Medicine Men: Extreme Appalachian Doctoring (Amazon link), on the FKTB blog. From the description:

Follows bestselling “Heart in the Right Place” which was ranked #1 on Amazon in Biography, Memoir, Science, and Medicine in August and September 2012.

A collection of the most memorable moments from old-school rural physicians who each practiced medicine for more than 50 years in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Hilarious, heroic, heartwarming true stories of miracle cures, ghost dogs, and much madcap medical mayhem.

Jourdan’s work is often compared to James Herriot and Bill Bryson. Her first book is on hundreds of lists of best books of the year, best book club books, and funniest books. “Heart in the Right Place” was chosen as Family Circle magazine’s first ever Book of the Month, won the Elle magazine Reader’s Prize, named #7 Wall Street Journal Nonfiction Bestseller.

Amazon pricing is always subject to change. Confirm product price before making your purchase.

Podcast: Interview with Dr. Steven Feldman Author of Compartments

In this episode of the Medical Author Chat podcast I visit with Dr. Steven Feldman, author of Compartments (Amazon link). We discuss the book, the three principles of “compartments”, and Dr. Feldman’s writing process. Dr. Feldman illustrates the “compartment” principles with several anecdotes from his practice and research as a dermatologist.

Dr. Feldman also shares his process for writing the book, an adaptation from a professional society presentation, and his tips for aspiring writers.

This episode of the Medical Author Chat podcast is sponsored by EMS Manager. Try out a free trial at

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Review of Compartments posted on the Medical Author Chat.

Free Book Friday: You Called 9-1-1 for What?

You Called 9-1-1 for What  (Amazon link), is a short Kindle ebook about the history of the American 9-1-1 system and the myriad of reasons people call 9-1-1 … legit and not so legit.

Today, December 21, 2012, as a hat tip to the end of the Mayan calendar the author, Dave Konig, has enabled free download for any reader with a Kindle device, a Kindle smartphone or table app, or a Kindle desktop computer reader. Download this book now as you wait for the world to end or wait for Christmas dinner to be served.

The book description from

All across the United States when there is an emergency or a crisis there is one number the citizenry turns to in order get assistance… 9-1-1!

But how does 9-1-1 work? More importantly, what doesn’t 9-1-1 work for?

This book provides a brief history of the 9-1-1 system in the United States and provides transcripts of actual 9-1-1 calls from actual people who need help during an “emergency”…you know, like when your local fast food chain runs out of chicken nuggets, when your car battery is dead and your power locks won’t open, or you need assistance being a parent.

The book concludes with a look at the next generation needs of the 9-1-1 system and, as always, encourages all readers that when in doubt, call 9-1-1!

Amazon pricing is always subject to change. Confirm before making your purchase. 

Read my review of this book.

Book Reviews and Announcements: Mid Summer 2012

Book Reviews

Paramedic: On the Front Lines of Medicine on the EduMedic Blog

Please Don’t Dance on my Ambulance on the EduMedic Blog

A Never Event on the Everyday EMS Tips Blog

The Downwind Walk on the High Performance EMS Blog

Currently Reading

How Winning Works by Firefighter/EMT and adventure racer Robyn Benincasa

Resurrecting the Street about the impacts of 9/11 and subsequent recovery of the financial services industry

Book Finds

New book from Michael Perry, Visiting Tom: A Man, a Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace. Michael was a guest on this episode of the Medical Author Chat podcast.

You Cant Park There: the highs and lows of an Air Ambulance Doctor

I heard about this book on Episode 5 of the Harris CPD podcast. The host asks the author for his advice on writing a book of memoirs.

Write a Book by Blogging the Book Content

Someday I am hoping to write a book. My planned technique is to write the book as a series of blog posts and then bundle those posts into an ebook for the Kindle. Obviously this idea is not unique, but it sure seems sensible.

Recently I listened to this podcast with Nina Amir about her book, How to Blog a Book.

Sounds like a good book for me read as a I prepare to blog my own book.

King Frog: 100 of the Best Group Games Ever Played

My friend Mike Kinziger asked for my help spreading word about his book, King Frog: 100 of the Best Group Games Ever Played. This book is perfect for summer camps, physical education teachers, after school programs, recreation agencies, church groups, and scout troops. I sent a copy to my friends at Camp Manito-wish.

Learn about the book and purchase at

Podcast: Interview with Clifton Castleman about the Wilderness First Aid Guide

In this episode of the Medical Author Chat podcast I talk to Clif Castleman, WEMT, about The Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness First Aid. We discuss his background as an Eagle Scout, American Red Cross instructor, volunteer EMT, and degree in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management from Penn State University. Clif is a founder of the Center for Wilderness Safety and also works as a safety ranger with the National Park Service in Virginia.

The Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness First Aid is a compact book meant to fit in a first aid kit and be accessible and easy to understand by the reader. The book and the Wilderness First Aid course are used by Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, SAR professionals, Sierra Club leaders, and outdoor enthusiasts.

We also discuss Clif’s process for writing the book and his experience publishing with

Buy the book, take a course, and learn more from any of these links: – Center for Wilderness Safety




More Advice for Authors from Seth Godin

Noted book author and marketing expert Seth Godin wrote a post recently, Advice for Authors part 1 and 2. If you are an aspiring book author it is certainly a post worth reading.

He writes, “Blog mentions, on the other hand, matter a lot.”

He does not mention podcasts. I am not sure how much podcasts matter for authors and book sales. I can tell you that Amazon affiliate sales (through my links) of books by authors interviewed on this podcast are low. For most books my affiliate sales are probably in the single digits. A few titles have achieved low double digit sales. What I don’t know is how often a podcast plants a seed for later mention.

If you are an author do podcast appearances matter? Have they helped your sales?

If you are a podcast listener does hearing an author on this or other podcasts influence your purchasing decision?

The market for books by paramedics and EMTs is a micro niche. Maybe 10 books sold through a podcast for this niche is significant. I am not sure.

If you are looking for book ideas I added an Amazon book store recently, EMS Books for your Kindle.

2012: 12 n ’12 Reading Challenge for EMS Professionals

Happy New Year!

A few days ago I read about the 12 n ’12 Reading Challenge on the Books on the Nightstand Blog.

Are you ready for a 2012 reading challenge. These are my ideas, but you are welcome to come up with your own 12 n ’12 reading challenge.

1. 12 books written by paramedics

2. 12 EMS World or JEMS continuing education articles

3. 12 books written by authors from your service area

4. 12 books about the history of your city, region, or state

5. 12 books from any genre on an eReader

6. 12 books from any genre in hardcover or softcover

7. 12 chapters in your paramedic or EMT textbook

8. 12 journal articles on a hot topic like capnography, airway management, or pain management

9. 12 blog posts from the archives at,, or the

10. 12 books in a 2nd language

11. 12 books on leadership, management, or teaching

12. 12 books on computer programming, accounting, or graphic design

What are your ideas for a 12 n ’12 challenge?

3 Great Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Kindle Fire

Millions and millions of the Kindle Fire were opened on Christmas morning. I have been enjoying my Kindle Fire since late November and use it daily for web browsing, reading and sending email, social networking, reading books, and watching videos. I use my phone and laptop significantly less than I used to, pre-fire.

Three ways to get the most out of your Kindle Fire.

1. Check out Digital Books from your local or regional library. I check out books, including new releases, from the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium. I receive an email when a book I have held is available and ready for download. The link takes me to Amazon and I can download the book to my Kindle device or Smartphone with the Kindle App.

2. Select one Kindle book for free each month. I used this feature to read the first two books in the Hunger Games triology. In early January I will be eligible to download my next free book. Browse Kindle eBooks

3. Download a free app everyday from the Amazon android app store. One of my daily website visits is the Amazon android app store. A paid app is offered for free everyday. I have downloaded some of my favorite apps, like the ad free version of TripIt, and on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day I was able to download interactive books, Charlie Brown Christmas and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, for my kids. Browse the Amazon Android App Store

Between the free apps and cost free library downloads my Kindle Fire will have paid for itself in early 2012.

How are you getting the most out of your Kindle Fire?