My sibling’s new book: We Can Do It!: A Problem Solving Graphic Novel Guide for General Physics

My sibling’s new book: We Can Do It!: A Problem Solving Graphic Novel Guide for General Physics

My sibling, Scott Calvin, has a new book out today in the USA Kindle store!

We Can Do It!: A Problem Solving Graphic Novel Guide for General Physics

It uses cartoon characters to explain physics (Scott is a physics professor at Sarah Lawrence).

It’s only $3, and even better, it’s part of

Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

so members can borrow it at no additional cost.

It’s too soon for there to be any reviews, and as I’ve mentioned before, I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to review my own family’s books for you. 🙂

One important point:

Regular readers will know that I don’t knowingly link to books where text-to-speech access has been blocked.

They may be surprised to see that the Amazon product page says that this book is “not enabled”.

That’s come up with other books in the blog. It’s not that text-to-speech has been blocked in this case: it’s that the words aren’t accessible to the program because they are part of the illustrations.

The text-to-speech software that our Fire tablets (and older EBRs…E-Book Readers) with text-to-speech capability use needs to be able to read the text. It has to be text: not in an illustration.

I know in this case that Scott’s publisher did not block it…it’s just a technical thing.

That’s why it is concerning that Amazon puts this on the product page:

“The publisher has requested not to enable Text-to-Speech for this title.”

I believe that is inaccurate in this case.

My guess is that that explanation appears on every book’s product page when it says that text-to-speech is “not enabled”.

I suggested to Scott that Amazon be contacted, and a request be made to have that language removed.

I’ve found Amazon to be pretty responsive in the past…I hope this is something that they can change in this case and others where it would be appropriate.

I’d be interested in hearing what you think about the book, and I’m sure Scott would appreciate that as well. You can do that by making a comment on this post, and/or leaving a review at Amazon/Goodreads.

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.



4 Responses to “My sibling’s new book: We Can Do It!: A Problem Solving Graphic Novel Guide for General Physics”

  1. Bert Smith Says:

    OMG!!! College education has degenerated to such a low that cartoons are being used to illustrate physics. This sounds more like an approach better suited for a less than high school level general science course or perhaps a college level course for home economics majors.

  2. Scott Calvin Says:

    Bert: Two of these cartoon characters were first developed for my technical book “XAFS for Everyone” (, which is aimed at graduate students, post-docs, and practicing scientists. It has been out for more than two years, and has been well received.

    Galileo used popular dialogues in his day to communicate his most technical work. The dialogues were written in Italian, the language of the people, rather than Latin, the language of scholars. In tribute to that history, one of the characters is named “Simplicio,” after Galileo’s character of the same name.

  3. Lady Galaxy Says:

    Perhaps for books like this, it would be more appropriate for Amazon to say, “Text to speech not available.”

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