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Thousands of Stories and Headlines!

Randy's been telling these wacky-but-true stories weekly since 1994, and there must be a lot of them by now, right? Why yes! Yes there are.

Each volume of the This is True book collection contains a full year's worth of columns from This is True, plus many extra stories that didn't make it into the column.

Each week Randy writes 7-9 stories, and only four make it into the free edition. The rest were only in the Premium edition. Not only that, but sometimes there have been extra stories that were pulled for confirmation, because Randy didn't like the tagline, or other reasons. Those have been confirmed or improved, and restored for the books. The result: more than 500 True stories and headlines in each book!

They are not currently available on paper*. We are in the process of making them available on the number-one platform for ebooks, Amazon's Kindle. Click the title to buy on Amazon U.S. (with several alternative links if you're outside the USA):

Each book's title is a real news headline included in that volume.

You Don't Need a Kindle!

Note you do not need a Kindle device to read these books! Get the Kindle app or software for Android phones/tablets, iPhone/iPad, BlackBerry phones, Windows Phone 7, and/or Windows or Mac for free here. (Or check this article from AskLeo!, How do I read a Kindle book if I don't have a Kindle?)

Also Available: True’s Honorary Unsubscribe

The Honorary Unsubscribe is a recurring feature in This is True. While True has weekly examples of the crazy things we humans think we can get away with — jaw-dropping stories of the human thought process, and the realization that we can do better (a lot better!), the Honorary Unsubscribe is the "balance" to that, the opposite: stories of the absolutely coolest people you've ever heard about; the ones who do live a lot better.

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Now, Three Volumes! The first three books of write-ups are now available — just $3.99 each on Amazon for your Kindle (or the free Kindle apps). See below to order.
And the first three volumes collecting those write-ups into book form are now available.

These are the people you wish you had known. Start with the inventors: the same guy invented the computer hard drive and the video cassette. Another guy vinyl — and bubble gum. Even the guy who created the Smiley Face (and why he didn't get rich from it).

And then there's the artists — the creators of music and TV shows you love. Doctors who made radical breakthroughs to improve human life. Even a rocket scientist here and there, who helped humanity reach toward the stars. And, yes, an entertainer or two — the ones who spent their entire lives bringing us joy, only to die mostly forgotten.

The mainstream media tend to worship celebrities and sports figures, but the real heroes in life are often anonymous to the public. You've likely never heard of the doctor known as "the fastest man on Earth" — but you've probably seen his photo, working as his own test dummy, risking his life to learn how to make cars (and even spacecraft) safer. He's in Volume 1.

For full details (including the complete name lists): the full contents of Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3.

The best part: these books filled with stories of the people you wish you had known are only $3.99 each. The stories are fascinating: you won't believe the cool people you have missed in your life.


Also Available: True’s Spam Primer

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New! A full explanation of the spam problem and the solutions that will work for you, even if you're not a techie! It's everything Randy uses to solve his own spam problem, all in one place for the first time. Just $2.99 on Amazon for your Kindle (or the free Kindle apps). Click cover to order.

The Spam Primer started in the This is True newsletter in 1996 as a way to help people deal with a new problem: spam. Even then, author Randy Cassingham realized spam would become a huge problem for everyone who depends on e-mail (and it has: it's estimated that about 90 percent of all e-mail traffic is spam, which makes it difficult for legitimate e-mail to get through, and to find it among all the garbage!)

Spam has of course grown to be more than a nuisance: you can have your identity stolen and see all of your bank accounts drained. This short new book includes full details on how Randy solved his spam problem (he only gets 2-4 in his inbox per week out of the thousands sent to him), plus answers to questions from readers, and more. It's just $2.99.

Click on the cover to order from, or click for the Amazon store you use: Amazon USA | Amazon France | Amazon UK | Amazon Germany | Amazon Italy | Amazon Spain | Amazon Japan | Amazon Brazil | Amazon Canada.

Coming Soon:

  • Volume 9: This is True: Science Confirms: Politicians Lie
  • Volume 10: This is True: Whale Flatulence Stuns Scientists
  • Volume 11: This is True: Chicken Ticketed for Crossing the Road
  • Volume 12: This is True: Teen Sex Survey Reveals Lying Is Rampant in Teen Sex Surveys
  • Volume 13: This is True: Much of the Adult Population Are Poor Role Models
  • Volume 14: This is True: Official Statistics Say Don't Trust Official Statistics
  • Volume 15: This is True: Man Arrested after Chicken Was Found in Pants
  • Volume 16: This is True: One-Legged Suspect Caught with One Stolen Shoe
  • Volume 17: This is True: Police Charge One-Armed Man with Unarmed Robbery
  • Volume 18: This is True: Man Exposes Himself at Association for the Blind
  • Volume 19: This is True: Man on Singles Holiday Finds Himself Alone
  • Volume 20: This is True: Stolen Prosthetic Arm Discovered in Second Hand Shop
  • Volume 21: This is True: Drunk Man Says Dog Drove Him to Store
  • Volume 22: This is True: Animal Rights Activist Beaten with Duck

Coming Soon (within months):

  • The ebooks on other platforms, including iBook (Apple), Play Store (Google), and almost certainly others

  • Paperback versions, created from the ebooks if you Just Must Have Paper

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Yes! we do have some copies left of the older, traditionally published trade paperback books.

The only available volumes are 1, 4, 5 and 6 — and when those run out, they will not go back to press. The only printed version will be the new "instant print" editions.

To Order from the remaining stock, see our shopping cart for online ordering by credit/debit card (and Paypal).

And again, once we catch up a bit we will have new versions of the paperbacks available, both through our shopping cart and direct from Amazon. Stay tuned to True for information.

12 Comments on This Entry

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Posted by Steve Milwaukee on January 20, 2009:

I like using batteries in my AC powered Kindle, besides wanting to save a tree. Also, these old eyes aint what they used to be, and the Kindle lets me set the font size without paying through the nose for a large print version (which is not available.) Please consider making your books available in a Kindle or MOBI format for us few eBook readers. (You won't burn in Hell if you don't.) Thank you.


We're definitely looking into Kindle, for both our books and our Premium newsletters. Stay tuned! -rc

Posted by Jennifer, Ohio on February 3, 2010:

I have a eBook reader too. Mine is not a Kindle, rather an EZReader. It reads 22 different formats of eBooks. I do hope that you can publish the books in eBook formats other than Kindle as not everyone has a Kindle and carrying the whole collection would be quite cumbersome.


One step at a time, but I'm sure we won't be limiting things to Kindle alone. -rc

Posted by jack, India on May 13, 2011:

Please publish it in the E book formats. I am waiting for this. Thanks.


That is in the works. -rc

Posted by Raul Copado - Spain on June 18, 2011:

Please, consider publishing them in the Apple Store, I'd be really glad to learn english while having the best of the funs while reading these amazing stories instead of boring news in my iPad. Thanks.


They will be available in the Apple store, and several other places, in addition to Amazon, yes. -rc

Posted by Steve, Las Vegas NV on January 24, 2012:

My first stop to purchase This is True books was to see if they were available on Kindle. It is also possible to provide download links at the store website. Please advise when these books are available on the Kindle!


"Soon"! I'll announce it in TRUE for sure. -rc

Posted by Robert in Oklahoma on April 3, 2012:

I was waiting for these books to become available on Kindle. Now they are! Awesome! I can hardly wait for the rest of them; keep up the good work!


Thanks, Robert. More are definitely coming; my goal is to see if I can catch up completely -- which means 18 books total, before Christmas. Not sure if I can or not, since volumes 1-6 are easy because they were already edited, but I'm definitely going to try! -rc

Posted by Tom, Decatur Illinois on April 3, 2012:

Was so excited to hear these books are available for the Kindle I didn't see your link and went straight to Amazon to find them. Learned two things; (1) not good to search for "This Is True" as there are several other books with those words in the title and (2) searching on Randy Cassingham in the Kindle store also show that your "The True Stella Awards" is also out for the Kindle.


Yeah, Stella has been on Kindle for some time, but the price is ridiculous -- more than a printed copy -- so I've never promoted it. -rc

Posted by Chuck in FL on April 6, 2012:

Out of curiosity, why does your newsletter (#929) state that Amazon Prime members can only borrow the books for two weeks? Is that something built into your books? Normally Prime members can borrow a book for an indefinite amount of time (but only one at a time).


It looks like I'm mixing two things together: you can get a free book up to once a month with Prime -- one at a time. You can also "borrow" books from other Kindle owners if "lending" is turned on for that book (and it is for mine), and that is limited to two weeks. During those two weeks, the original purchaser cannot read the book. -rc

Posted by clive, Ladysmiyth,bc,canada on November 9, 2012:

Great stuff. Always such a good read. Thank You for all the work.

Posted by Colleen - Cleveland area, Ohio on December 22, 2012:

Finally... (Took ME long enough) I bought all the True books you have so far on kindle! Thanks for your hard work! Merry Christmas!!


Thanks, Colleen: that really helps support my work. Enjoy your Christmas reading! -rc

Posted by Joe- Wisconsin on February 24, 2013:

I can't find it on Kobo. They only have one book of yours...The True Stella Awards. Can that be fixed...or will i have to get a different reader?


Above: "They will be available in the Apple store, and several other places, in addition to Amazon, yes." That will include Kobo, Sony readers, Nooks, and pretty much any reader that uses a standard file format. -rc

Posted by Claudia - Newbury Park, CA on February 11, 2014:

These books are a compilation of the unbelievable things that "normal" do. Things that get them arrested, ridiculous zero tolerance events -- peanut butter sandwich gun of 6 year old. Reading anyone or all of them (really save yourself time and order all!) will leave you laughing in stitches or shaking your head at stupidity, beyond your imagination.

And if you don't want to wait for the next issue to come out, subscribe to This is True -- free or paid (paid has way more content) and each week your email will raise to a new level of hilarity or disbelief at humanity. The highlight of Monday is This is True in my mailbox.

And as a side note the publisher Randy Cassingham is a all-over great guy and serves his community.

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