Top 10 2012 – Non-Fiction eBooks

Here are our most downloaded adult non-fiction eBooks for 2012 – yes it’s The Fry Chronicles again at number 1 :

1- The Fry Chronicles/ by Stephen Fry
“Thirteen years ago, Moab is my Washpot, Stephen Fry’s autobiography of his early years, was published to rave reviews and was a huge bestseller. In those thirteen years since, Stephen Fry has moved into a completely new stratosphere, both as a public figure, and a private man. Now he is not just a multi-award-winning comedian and actor, but also an author, director and presenter. In January 2010, he was awarded the Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards. Much loved by the public and his peers, Stephen Fry is one of the most influential cultural forces in the country. This dazzling memoir promises to be a courageously frank, honest and poignant read. It will detail some of the most turbulent and least well known years of his life with writing that will excite you, make you laugh uproariously, move you, inform you and, above all, surprise you.” (Overdrive summary)

2- Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia/ by Elizabeth Gilbert
“It’s 3 a.m. and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She’s in her thirties, she has a husband, a house, they’re trying for a baby – and she doesn’t want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing: pleasure, devotion and balance. So she travels to Rome, where she learns Italian from handsome, brown-eyed identical twins and gains twenty-five pounds, an ashram in India, where she finds that enlightenment entails getting up in the middle of the night to scrub the temple floor, and Bali where a toothless medicine man of indeterminate age offers her a new path to peace: simply sit still and smile. And slowly happiness begins to creep up on her. A funny, tender, utterly beguiling story about a woman’s search for happiness.” (Overdrive summary)

3- Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals/ by Jamie Oliver
“If you love food and have hungry mouths to feed when you get home after a long day, then allow Jamie to introduce you to a revolutionary way of cooking. In 30-Minute Meals he’ll show you how to make a complete meal in the time you’d normally spend on one dish. What you’ll be able to achieve in 30 minutes will absolutely blow your mind! This is not about compromising on quality. It’s about being organised, working fast and using shortcuts and clever tricks to put insanely delicious plates of food on the table in no time. Each meal has been carefully crafted so that there’s no faffing about – just good, fast cooking. Jamie has created complete menus of foods that go beautifully together and planned the recipes in a unique and easy-to-follow way. This kind of cooking is all about using every minute wisely, having fun and reclaiming your kitchen for the job it was meant for. Once you start cooking this way, not only will you love it; you’ll never look back.” (Overdrive summary)

4- Civilization: The West and the Rest/ by Niall Ferguson
“If in the year 1411 you had been able to circumnavigate the globe, you would have been most impressed by the dazzling civilizations of the Orient. The Forbidden City was under construction in Ming Beijing; in the Near East, the Ottomans were closing in on Constantinople. By contrast, England would have struck you as a miserable backwater ravaged by plague, bad sanitation and incessant war. The other quarrelsome kingdoms of Western Europe – Aragon, Castile, France, Portugal and Scotland – would have seemed little better. As for fifteenth-century North America, it was an anarchic wilderness compared with the realms of the Aztecs and Incas. The idea that the West would come to dominate the Rest for most of the next half millennium would have struck you as wildly fanciful. And yet it happened. What was it about the civilization of Western Europe that allowed it to trump the outwardly superior empires of the Orient? The answer, Niall Ferguson argues, was that the West developed six “killer applications” that the Rest lacked: competition, science, democracy, medicine, consumerism and the work ethic. The key question today is whether or not the West has lost its monopoly on these six things. If so, Ferguson warns, we may be living through the end of Western ascendancy. Civilization takes readers on their own extraordinary journey around the world – from the Grand Canal at Nanjing to the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul; from Machu Picchu in the Andes to Shark Island, Namibia; from the proud towers of Prague to the secret churches of Wenzhou. It is the story of sailboats, missiles, land deeds, vaccines, blue jeans and Chinese Bibles. It is the defining narrative of modern world history.” (Overdrive summary)

5- The Quantum Universe: And Why Anything That Can Happen, Does/ by Brian Cox & Jeff Forshaw
“The authors of the international bestseller Why Does E=mc2? present a simple theory that leads to concrete and quite astonishing predictions for the natural world” (Overdrive summary)

6- How to Do Everything iPad/ by Joli Ballew
“Tap into every feature of your iPad! Get the most out of the revolutionary iPad with help from this easy-to-follow guide. Covering both the Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 3G models, How to Do Everything: iPad shows you how to quickly master the basics, such as customizing your iPad, using the Multi-Touch screen, accessing the Internet through wireless and cellular connections, syncing, and backing up your data. Learn to use Mail, Safari, iBooks, iTunes, Maps, the App Store, and much more. View photos and video, create a slideshow, watch movies, use GPS, and play games. If you’re looking for a book as cutting-edge and streamlined as the iPad itself, you found it!” (Overdrive summary)

7- Loving Sex/ by Laura Berman
“Loving Sex is a frank, approachable book for couples. It is the first contemporary sex guide to put as much emphasis on emotional connection as on physical pleasure, providing the foundation for a lifetime of intimacy.
Written by Dr Laura Berman who has over 20 years’ experience of helping couples achieve greater intimacy, Loving Sex is guaranteed to help you experience the heady heights of physical ecstasy and emotional intimacy.” (Overdrive summary)

8- iPad 2: The Missing Manual/ by J. D. Biersdorfer
“The iPad is an amazing media device, once you really know how to use it. In this entertaining book, New York Times tech columnist and iPad expert Jude Biersdorfer shows you how to get the most out of this sleek tablet to surf the Web, send and receive email, watch movies and TV shows, read eBooks, listen to music, play games, and even do a little iWork. It’s the book that should have been in the box.” (Overdrive summary)

9- Arguably/ by Christopher Hitchens
“A collection of the most important and controversial writings from the unapologetically provocative yet universally admired Christopher Hitchens.” (Overdrive summary)

10- iPad 2 Fully Loaded/ by Alan Hess
“Apple’s new iPad 2 offers new functionality, WiFi or 3G connectivity, a choice of data plans, and a new and more powerful iOS 4 operating system in a thinner, lighter device. This book shows how to get the most from every feature. It covers the two front- and rear-facing cameras, advice on using the multitouch display, and the pros and cons of WiFi vs. 3G. Then it explores video chatting with FaceTime, streaming music and movies to your HDTV, tips on shooting HD video, how to sync the iPad to your computer and transfer content, and much more.” (Overdrive summary)