Does Joel have any books?

DanQuit Silver
Joined: 07 Jan 2009, 19:33

21 Jun 2003, 13:52 #31

Thanks to all the people that helped create the ebook. I printed it out and had it professionally binded yesterday. Image

Actually a few days ago I emailed the Freedom/Whyquit managers saying they should create a book, I hadn't noticed this thread at the time.
Once again thanks to everyone who helped with the book. I plan on printing and binding two more copies for family members.

Dan.
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Joel
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

10 Sep 2003, 21:13 #32

Yesterday we made a couple of revisions in the ebook at www.whyquit.com/joel/ntap.pdf. One revision was a minor statistic change in a couple of articles. Another was the inclusion of "The Smoking Dream" article, which we forgot to put in the first time around. The third and to me the most significant change was that Bill was able to get the size of the PDF file down to 1.3 megabytes. That means that the entire book now fits on a floppy disk. The reason that this change was so important to me was it now means you can give the entire book on one floppy disk to friends or family members who may have slower Internet connections or who are skittish about downloading files off the Internet. Feel free to distribute the book to as many people who you know who have any interest in starting their quits or to ex-smokers you know who you feel would find the material beneficial in reinforcing their ongoing efforts to never take another puff.

Joel
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Joel
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

29 Oct 2003, 10:30 #33

Image Here is a little history of the creation of the e-book.
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Joel
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

29 Apr 2008, 03:56 #34

A question was raised about the origin of the phrase "Never Take Another Puff." Made me think of this one which talks about the origin of the e-book.

This video talks about the phrase too:
Video Title Dial Up High Speed Audio MP3 Audio Length Created
What is your quit smoking mantra? 8.60mb 14.0mb 3.55mb 5.79mb 12:47 11/17/06
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stoneris1
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:44

29 Apr 2008, 04:59 #35

And, Joel, if people are still downloading your "book" at a rate of a thousand a day, then over the years you would have had a best seller, and maybe you wouldn't have made bundles, but you'd certainly be better off financially than you are now (and you are a rich man in so many ways). Certainly, I am grateful that your work has been free. Frankly, I would have paid for all that you have to offer, including a book and your consultation work on this forum. But you are doing it all for free and helping so many, many people because of it. I am ever grateful that you are such a kind soul, along with all the other old timers and managers and assistant managers that hang out here helping people like me along. If there is a heaven, and I'm am agnostic, you'd have a place near the main man (and so would all the helpers here). You do great work. You certainly are deserving of all the good that might come your way, and I hope much good comes your way. We, I, certainly owe you. You have no doubt by now saved thousands of lives. You've no doubt improved that quality of life of countless more.

I thank you even though I'm only on day 17. I am ever grateful. My wife and kids are ever grateful for you and all those here at Freedom and whyquit.com.

NTAN.

Jim Stoner
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Joel
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

29 Apr 2008, 05:23 #36

Hello again Jim:

I actually meant to pop up the string Never Take Another Puff..... the book instead of this string. It gave a more current explanation of the origins and progress of the book. Here was a post written in that string in July of last year:
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From: Joel Sent: 7/19/2007 7:42 PM
From back in November of 2005:
From: Joel Sent: 11/11/2005 4:54 AM
We have had the book online for a couple of years now. For the first two years we didn't have the ability to count how many people had downloaded it. I would get a few emails a month from people who read it and just figured that not too many people were reading it. I still get the same amount of emails about it, a few a week.

But on August 4 of this year when we migrated our servers, one of the new features we got was individual counters for the different pages people hit at Freedom and for the first time we were able to see just how many people were downloading the actual book. To our amazement and delight we have found out that lots of people have downloaded the book, to the tune of 93,219 downloads since August 4. This translates to a little over 967 downloads per day.

Some time next week we will hit the 100,000 mark. Unfortunately we will never know how many people downloaded it in the two previous years. What we know now though is that a lot of people are getting the information that can really give them the understanding as to what they need to do to totally break free and stay free from smoking. Even if they skip reading the other 149 pages, as long as they follow the directions on the cover they will succeed, for the directions of the cover which Bill cleverly disguised as the title is simply Never Take Another Puff!

Joel

From yesterday:
The "Never Take Another Puff" e-book has been downloaded 961,673 times since we started tracking it back on August 14 of 2005. I actually think we put the e-book up back on June 12 of 2003, but we really had no way of tracking how many of them were being downloaded at the time. I kind of thought that maybe five to ten a day were being downloaded, maybe with a little surge here and there when we did some kind of press release.

Then when we switched our hosting company in 2005 and actually had counters of individual page hits, I was stunned to find out that on average over 800 were going out every day. That number has continued to grow. The average number of downloads of the book that have occurred since August of 2005 is just about 1,664 per day.

So in reality, we are probably way over a million downloads already, considering we don't have the numbers for over two years, but I figured we would just do our announcements when we actually can see that the number of downloads are at the one million mark.

As of midnight last night, 1,210,834 books have been downloaded since we started counting in August of 2005. We also have a lot of people accessing the videos, with 784,516 videos being watched or listened to since October of 2006.
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Joel Spitzer
Joined: 13 Nov 2008, 14:04

08 Jul 2012, 14:02 #37

From above post:




"I actually meant to pop up the string Never Take Another Puff..... the book instead of this string. It gave a more current explanation of the origins and progress of the book." Just fixed the link here.








Today I wanted to update current statistics. I kind of got lazy over the past few years and stopped tracking stats daily, instead checking every now and then. Well it seems I had not checked since May 2, and in the past couple of months we hit milestones for both the books and the videos. Sometime in the past two months both resources went over the four million download mark.




As of midnight Friday the book had been downloaded 4,069,162 times and there were 4,155,940 watched or listened to. Honestly, if you were to have told me back in I would have thought you were nuts. Here is what I wrote on the topic back in 2008:






"The "Never Take Another Puff" e-book has been downloaded 961,673 times since we started tracking it back on August 14 of 2005. I actually think we put the e-book up back on June 12 of 2003, but we really had no way of tracking how many of them were being downloaded at the time. I kind of thought that maybe five to ten a day were being downloaded, maybe with a little surge here and there when we did some kind of press release.




Then when we switched our hosting company in 2005 and actually had counters of individual page hits, I was stunned to find out that on average over 800 were going out every day. That number has continued to grow. The average number of downloads of the book that have occurred since August of 2005 is just about 1,664 per day.




So in reality, we are probably way over a million downloads already, considering we don't have the numbers for over two years, but I figured we would just do our announcements when we actually can see that the number of downloads are at the one million mark."




Like I said, I hadn't checked statistics for a couple of months. Over that time period the average daily download rate for the books are 1,335 books per day.The videos were being accessed at a little over a thousand a day. They are a little harder to track precisely because they are in various locations and various formats, between the whyquit.com site and various youtube channels. 
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