This is True’s Book Collections
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.
Weekly Weird News
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.
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 Ask-Leo, 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.
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.
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
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 Amazon.com, 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 (within weeks):
Coming Soon (within months):
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.