Launch of All-New Personal Excellence Book: Volumes 1 & 2

Personal Excellence Book - The Very Best of Personal Excellence

Hey everyone! :D Today I’m super excited to announce the launch of the all-new Personal Excellence Book, Volumes 1 and 2! :D

What is Personal Excellence Book?

Personal Excellence Book (PEBook) is the collection of the all-time classics at Personal Excellence. First published in Jul 2010 with 120 articles, there has since been a second edition released in Dec 2010 (130+ articles), celebrating the 2 years of excellence at PE.

Personal Excellence has since grown immensely with over 300 articles today, and I thought it’s now high time to release another compilation of the classics – as celebration of the soon-to-be third year of excellence! :D

Since there’s now a huge volume of material at Personal Excellence given that it’s almost been 3 years of growth together, it’s no longer feasible to put everything in 1 book. Hence, I’ve decided to release PEBook as individual volumes, whereby each volume will contain classics marked by the year they were published!

Introducing: All-New Personal Excellence Book!

As of today, you can now officially purchase the all-time classics of Personal Excellence in 2 volumes – Volume 1 and Volume 2. Volume 1 consists of 101 best articles of Personal Excellence in 2008-2009 (celebrating the first year of excellence), while Volume 2 consists of 101 best articles of Personal Excellence in 2010-2011 (celebrating the second and third years of excellence)!

The 101 articles in each volume include (a) all-time reader favorites at Personal Excellence in the respective years (b) bonus articles that have never been published on Personal Excellence before! Some of them are guest articles which I’ve written on other blogs, which I’ve tweaked and improved for PEBook. Others are all-new articles exclusively written for PEBook only. All in all, there are a total of 33 bonus articles, which means plenty of new material for you to read, on top of the all-time classics!

How’s that for an overload of personal excellence goodness? :D Now you’ll have everything you need to achieve excellence, and more!

(*Note that PEBook Volumes 1 and 2 are pdf ebooks and not physical books, as ebooks make for easier distribution and is a more environmentally friendly channel.)

Read more about PEBook and/or grab your copy here: Personal Excellence Book

Any Questions?

I’ll love to hear your feedback once you’ve purchased your copy. Let me know if you’ve any questions in the comments area! :D

  • Sean

    Been wanting to get my hands on this for quite some time now, looks like the 2first will finally be the day I get it! Looks great Celes :)

    • Celes

      That’s great Sean – let me know how you find it after you get them! :D

  • Charles Cave

    Will these books be in a landscape format similar to the previous editions or will you have other ebook formats – EPUB or MOBI (for Kindle) ?

    • Celes

      Hi Charles! Yes, they’ll be in the same landscape format. The release format for Volumes 1 and 2 will be pdf only. I’m planning ebook formats for future releases though (probably sooner than later).

      That said, the formatting has been revised for improved reading experience on ebook readers. Font has been increased (from 11.5pt to 13pt now), while the pictures have been reduced vs. current PEBook version.

  • Matt

    Looking forward to the release. Have any of the articles in the upcoming volumes 1 & 2 been updated or modified from their first postings or has everything been kept in it’s original state?

    I’m glad you decided to keep everything in landscape format. When I first downloaded one of your free ebooks a year ago I had not ever seen a pdf like that and I wondered why it was in this weird format. Then I realized, “Oh, because that’s how my monitor is shaped.” :mrgreen:

    Now whenever I download an ebook pdf in portrait mode I always wish it was formatted in landscape. Maybe I would feel differently if I had an ebook reader or tablet computer though.

    • Celes

      Hey Matt! :D Yes, some of the articles have been updated from original version in PEBook. I continuously revise the blog articles (anything from correcting spelling/grammar to revising paragraphs of text), but with PEBook it gets a little tricky since everything is already saved in the ebook. I’ve taken the chance to update the articles with the upcoming release.

      I’m glad you appreciate the landscape format. When I first saw the landscape format in an ebook, I thought it was queer, but after using it for a while I found it very easy to scroll/read (on a PC/notebook). Since the original PEBook was landscape, I decided to keep it that way.

      For upcoming ebooks like 30BBM, I’ll likely use portrait. The BIB guidebook will probably be in landscape since I suppose people will probably be reading it on PC/notebooks while working on their blogs.

  • Dannymath

    i will def get this. i can read pdf files on my ibooks app on my iphone. :)

    • Celes

      Sounds great! Let me know how it looks on your iphone. :D I don’t have an iphone or ipad so haven’t had the chance to see how the ebooks look like there.

  • Ngee Key

    Thanks Celes, been waiting for this announcement.
    Glad the waiting time is over.

    And yes, I agree that e-books in the landscape mode are better in terms of reading.
    Perhaps only guidebooks can be in Portrait mode.
    All my e-books that I am creating now will be in Landscape mode.

    Thanks and looking forward to your two volumes.

    Ngee Key

    • Celes

      Thanks for your support Ngee Key – I appreciate it! Look forward to your feedback when you get the 2 volumes. 2 more days! :D

  • Ariane

    Excellent Celes !

    I am looking forward to the launch !

    I will let you know how it reads on my smartphone (with Adiko app).

    • Celes

      Great – thanks Ariane! :D

  • techlib

    I am a big fan of you! I used to read your blog regularly… Awaiting for the moment 21 Sep, 4pm London Time ;)

    • Celes

      Thanks a lot techlib! 24 hours left before the release! :D

  • Gordon

    Hi Celes, its priceless and timeless content! I will be keen to get both volumes

    I love the way it all comes together structurally and strategically – some great insights for my own blog.

    • Celes

      Thanks Gordon! :D It’s definitely a must-have and collector’s item for any reader of PE. Let me know how you find it after you get your copy. :D 5 hours to launch!

  • Glenn

    Hi Celes, apologies, obviously I’m far too late mentioning this, but I have a suggestion I was just reminded of whilst reading advantage 6 above. It would be great if the links within the articles that link to other articles, would link to those actual articles in the ebook itself rather than to the blog. That’s the one big problem I had with the original. If I was reading it on my phone, those links wouldn’t be an option. Then if I clicked on any whilst reading on the computer, every time a security dialog box would appear asking me if I wanted to open the link externally, and if clicked yes, the link would open in Internet Explorer which I don’t use. As a result, for most of this year I’ve actually been reading most of your articles on the blog itself which has provided a more pleasant reading experience with articles linking to one another, your index and reader favourite pages.

    The only alternative for the ebook would be to find that article listed in the contents. But with the books split into two now, it will mean having to check both ebooks if an article in one book links to an article that’s included in the other ebook without having to resort to reading it on the blog. This might be easy enough when reading on a computer using Acrobat reader with the contents listed on the left, but for mobie devices and tablets this would take a lot more effort going back and forward between the cuerrent artice you’re reading and the contents.

    Another suggestion would be to completely remove all links from the ebooks so that readers aren’t removed from that book reading experience. I think this would probably be the best option. No links at all. Imagine reading an ebook version of a well known book such as The Hobbit and finding links within the story itself that link to Peter Jackson’s website where he talks about making the movie? He might have a lot to offer there, but as soon as you click on that link, you’re then immediately in web browsing mode rather than book reading mode. With no links, the only option readers have will be to read the book without distractions. And I have found myself that those links in articles can be very distracting! I hope this makes sense?

    • Amanda

      Your idea is really great. I totally agree. :) Hope that Celes will make it so in the next edition! :) Or even better, this!

    • Celes

      Hey Glenn – thanks for your feedback! :D You’ve raised very valid points and these were actually the same things that I was seriously thinking over when I was creating the book last year. The reason why I kept the links is because it’s an easy way for the reader to look for more information if he/she chooses to; there’s always the option to ignore if one prefers to continue reading. I personally find the links pretty useful actually – when I’m connected to the net and on a web browsing mode, I do click on them to get more information. Otherwise if I’m reading it offline, I just ignore the links accordingly and focus on the content.

      I did consider having the links direct to the articles *within* the book, but the problem now that the material is in different volumes is that some articles will still have to be linked over to the blog, which then makes it confusing (having links within the book and outside the blog). In the end I kept the links to the blog because I continue to update some articles at the blog on an ongoing basis, so readers can easily see the latest versions at the blog if they want to.

      FYI – the links to the bonus articles link to within the book by the way, since they can’t be found on the blog. One thing I do is I just hover over the link (which shows me whether it’s linking within the book/outside the book), which then helps me determine if I’m going to click it now or check out the link later on.

      My best suggestion would be to ignore the links if you’re reading from a mobile device, where it’s difficult to click back/forth with different screens. I’d say it just takes some getting used to? For example, I never found the links distracting, probably because I just mentally tune them out when reading.

  • Edward Leonor

    Hi Celestine… Still searching these books. any available store here in the Philippines?

  • Bob

    Hi Celes,
    I would love to upgrade from PEBook1 at a special top-up price” How can I order as I haven’t found an email with a coupon code and I’ve checked all the Paypal email I could find as you have suggested.
    I look forward to your reply.
    Kind regards,

    • Celes

      Hi Bob!

      1) What paypal email did you use to purchase Personal Excellence Book previously?
      2) What was the invoice / transaction number? You should have received an email receipt along with your purchase in the past – the details can be found inside.

      • Bob

        Hi Celes,
        Thank you for your help.
        1.) The paypal account and email used to purchase the PEBook has been closed.
        2.) I found an old email with the the original transaction id was: 1UV92650RS3144647 made around 24/2fifth July 2010.
        I look forward to you reply.
        Kind regards,

        • Celes

          Hey Bob,

          No problem! I’ve found and tallied with the old transaction – just added your current email (Bob**** @ gmail) to the newsletter list for past pebook buyers. You’ll be receiving an email with the code very shortly (in an hour). Let me know if you still don’t get it! :D

          PS – Thanks so much for your ongoing support – I really appreciate it!

          • Bob

            Hi Celes,
            Thanks for your email. I’ve purchased the new PEBOOK and it is full of motivational and informative material. I am enjoying reading the articles which are not any where else – Keys to becoming a better communicator and Ways to instantly meet like minded people.
            I would love to see a kindle version with links to articles within the books.
            Your path of excellence is an inspiration for us to follow.

            • Celes

              Thanks so much Bob for your kind feedback! :D I will look into releasing a kindle version with links within the book for the next version. Many readers have feedback about wanting kindle versions, so it’s quickly becoming top on my priority list now, esp with more people getting kindle these days.

  • Chestnut

    Just downloaded Volume 2, and I’m pleased! The range of topics is far beyond what’s in typical self-help books, and Celes has a knack for giving clearheaded, well-thought-out advice that’s beyond her years. It’s great to be able to open this during a spare minute to remind myself of good habits.

    Some of the bonus articles are really good–not just rehashes of what you can find in her other articles. Even for the free content, I think it’s good to support Celes. Hopefully her travels this year will help her write even wiser articles for us in the future.

    • Celes

      Thanks for your support Chestnut! I appreciate it. :D I’m glad that you like the bonus articles – I made sure they had unique value vis-a-vis the other articles before including them in the book.

      Regarding free content, I recognize that some may not be willing to spend money if some of the content is already given away free on the blog, but ultimately I see the real value of the book as a one-stop shop to get access to the personal growth lessons in life. All the material inside the book comprises of timeless strategies, so they can never expire regardless of whether we are reading them 1 year, 3 years, 5 years or 10 years from now. This makes it a timeless investment for growth.

  • Cj

    Really do enjoy your columns, Celes, truly inspiring. However, an ebook is nearly the same as reading your blog (wonderful as it is!), and a hard copy vs. a soft one would make a much nicer and more easily accessible read for many, not to mention a wonderful gift. Hope you will seriously consider this thought. All the best!

    • Celes

      Hey Cj, thanks for your feedback! :) For sure, I’m planning a hard copy book in the future, though for a different book. It’s not feasible with PEBook itself as (a) there are over 850 pages for Volume 1 and 1,160 pages for Volume 2, so not only is it impractical to have it printed for both cost and logistical reasons, it’s also not environmentally friendly (b) part of the value of the PEBook comes from the inbound links that redirect you to other related articles (c) Given that a lot of the loyal readers at the bog are increasingly digitally wired, with tablets/phones/ebook readers, the ebook format suits most for them.

      That said, many readers have expressed interest in getting hard copies of my work, so it’s really a matter of time before I release a hard copy version with one of my next books. On an ongoing basis though, ebook is probably going to remain the dominant distribution format, because of the same reasons I shared above.

  • http://gmail Claire R

    That is a logical point. We can look forward to a third volume in the future! Wow.

    • Celes

      I anticipate at the rate of new articles at the blog now, a third volume will probably be due in 2013 (with the fourth and fifth years of excellence). So Volumes 1 & 2 will pretty much be the mainstay personal growth tools for the next 2 years, till Vol 3 is out. Look forward to endless new volumes moving forward. :D

  • Ngee Key

    Hi Celes,

    There is only one word to describe your two volumes of books and that word is Amazing :)
    The information, articles and your selfless sharing how to live your best life comes to me at the right time.

    There are so many Personal Development books out there, but none of them come close to it.
    In fact, I found a lot of these other books in the market provide little value but more on their advertising of their other services or books.

    I believe you are on the right path and please continue your good deeds and your selfless sharing. Your contribution to the society is going to impact a lot of us out there who are seeking to live their best life.

    I just shared this great news with all my friends on FB, LinkedIn and Twitter, hoping that they can learn how to live their best life too with purpose and meaning :)

    Once again, thanks with appreciation.


    Ngee Key

    • Celes

      Dearest Ngee Key, as I’ve been repeatedly telling you on my Facebook page, I really appreciate your kind support and supportive comments about my work and what I’m doing. I feel very blessed to have acquainted with you somehow over the internet and look forward to getting to know you better moving forward. Your words mean a lot to me and I’ll continue to share my best material moving forward, as I’ve been doing in the past 3 years. :D

      • Ngee Key

        My greatest pleasure Celes. I feel happy to support those who make a change in people’s lives, just like I have support from you as well. It is amazing and a blessing to me too on how we get acquainted somehow on the Internet. Guessed the 6 Pixels of Separation does work :) Definitely look forward to know and support each other to continue to share our best ability for the benefit of others :)

  • Tatt

    Thumb up!! I’ve already bought the couple set, thank you for your great work :)

  • Charles Cave

    Just bought the upgrade and what great value – the two volumes have a total of 2,014 pages! I will start reading and applying the new articles. Well done for such a magnum opus.