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The Wisdom of Others

Personalized Books of Wisdom


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Published 05/18/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by Jess Meli
What can you use the app for?

The Wisdom of Others is an application that provides users with the ability to create personalized books of quotes. Users can create the books and let people they invite contribute to the book. With a registered account, various types of books can be developed. The books created can contain personal quotes and favorite or applicable quotes from other people. Invited participants or contributors can include friends, family, work colleagues, acquaintances and others who may have something to contribute to the book project. The application provides users with the ability to create different types of books based on their desires or requirements. There are also a variety of books available for previewing on the website. There are books for parenting, graduating, weddings and many more topics that are of interest to a variety of people. Finished books can be ordered and delivered. Contributors can also order books that they have provided content for.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

The inspiration for the appliaction began in the spring of 2005 when letters were written to invite married couples to contribute words of wisdom and insight durig the wedding of friends of the founders. Headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, the Wisdom of Others has become a unique way to create a book of contributions from different people. Dedicated to charity and giving back, the Wisdom of Others pledges to donate 5% of their profits to foundations including the Alzheimer's Foundation of America and the American Association for Cancer Research.

What are the differences to other apps?

The Wisdom of Others is relatively unique in gathering personalized content to create an actual book. When contributors have or create an account, their can contribute to a personalized quotebook. The Wisdom of Others provides an online medium for contributions from different parties who can easily be invited to add content to a book. It is nice to have a resource that can be used to gather input from different sources in an orderly manner. Other applications can collect input and record information that is maintained online in a journal format. However, the Wisdom of Others goes even further by allowing users publish the content of their books as PDFs, electronic formats and physcial books.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The Wisdom of Others application provides a friendly and easy to use interface. Information regarding where users can sign up and create accounts is clearly provided. The application also provides options to users for inviting contributors to participate in the book project. Contributors can be invited through email, Facebook, Twitter and URLs. This provides useful and alternative methods of getting people involved and acquiring their quotes or other information for the book.

How does the registration process work?

In as little as four easy steps, users can begin placing quotes, wise sayings, useful advice and practical information in a book format. Registration for users begins by creating an account on the Wisdom of Others website. Afer signing up or creating an account, immediate access is given to users to begin setting up their book. Users can also begin to invite contributors and reviewing the contributions. When all contributions are complete, book owners can conduct final reviews and place books orders, if desired. The Wisdom of Others website proudly advertises four easy steps for users to go from book start to finish.

What does it cost to use the application?

Pricing begins at $9.95 for PDF versions of books. More expensive pricing is available for electronic publications or bookstore-quality materials. Users are guaranteed satisfaction when they publish or order books. It is easy to find support for various topics regarding the applaiction including making, paying for and ordering a book. Pricing is based on the type of book created and the number of contributors a book has. Discounts for large book orders are offered. Users can also benefit from free shipping when a certain order size is requested. However, there are limitations on the number of countries books can be shipped to.

Who would you recommend the application to?

This application is also great for those who desire control on the content they are creating. The Wisdom of others users are responsible for all the content that is provided in their books, including proofreading, editing or chaning any of the content contained in the book. However, those contributing to a book also need to sign up for an account on the website. This could deter participants, especially if they would rather avoid such additional requirements. Hence, people who are willing to create user accounts and also realize that their contributors would have to also create user accounts would be ready to use the application and easily get their contributors involved.

  • Users can create or contribute to a personalized quotebook
  • Preview personalized quotebook pages and get inspired
  • There are different books available on various topics
  • Books can be published, ordered and given as gifts
  • There are different ways in which book contributors can be invited to contribute


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