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A new book capturing 50 of the very best stories the Skeptoid Podcast has explored.
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The best content from the Skeptoid science podcast, now in book form for your expanded enjoyment.

Are you better able to make good decisions about your life when you know the science underlying the way the world really works? Are you excited to learn new facts, new history, and gain improved insight and context for what we experience? This book is for you.

Skeptoid 5: Massacres, Monsters, and Miracles is a collection of 50 of the best episodes of the Skeptoid podcast, adapted for print. It will be fully indexed and referenced. But most of all, each of its 50 chapters will be a fascinating peek behind the urban legends we've all heard, to see what's truly going on.

More than 180,000 people enjoy the podcast each week. Creating a book is a huge amount of work, so I hope you will contribute to this project and directly reap the rewards for doing so.

Risks and challenges

eBook conversion, editing, indexing, proofing, and printing prototypes all take time, but I've done it before and I believe November 2013 is a reasonable timeframe. Packaging, shipping, addressing and stamping hundreds of books is also a pretty massive undertaking, but I have a secret plan of attack for that: It involves a pub, many volunteers, and an open tab.

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    Skeptoid 3: Pirates, Pyramids, and Papyrus

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    Receive the above PLUS signed copies of paperback editions of Skeptoid 3 and Skeptoid 4. This will give you a complete set of the three newest, biggest, and best books.

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