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Longtime online writing instruction company Writers on the Net ( is entering the publishing field. Although its first print offering will not be released for several months, it is offering an e-book version online for free. "The Word Book from" is subtitled "A Guide to Misused, Misunderstood, and Confusing Words with Bonus Quirky Tangents and Illuminating Quotations." Authored by Paula Guran, the e-book is available for easy download in PDF from

Answers are provided for questions such as: Is it "affect" or "effect"? Should you use "sensual" or "sensuous"? Why is "whisky" sometimes spelled "whiskey"? Guran explains usage differences and offers advice in a common sense, friendly (and occasionally flippant) manner far removed from pedantic expertise. Examples of correct usage are often provided via profound or amusing quotations from the famous, not-so-famous, and infamous past and present. Sometimes an example offers an interesting fact. ("Fewer than 650 mountain gorillas and 40,000 lowland gorillas are left in the world.") Tangents are taken into some of the quirks and fascinations of the language. You'll discover why Star Trek weapons were dubbed "phasers," when the phrase "wreak havoc" was first used, and how "rap" (referring to music) became a word in mainstream culture.

Writers on the Net is also encouraging online participation in selecting the book's cover. Four choices are offered and visitors are asked to select their favorite.

For more information on Writers on the Net or "The Word Book," please contact

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