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Superfan of V. Subhash

When I started with self-publishing in 2020, you could find my books at:

Later, I started publishing some books under pseudonyms such as Ólafia L. Óla.

Outside Amazon, my ebooks are available from Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Scribd and Vivlio). My ebooks are also available for a fraction of the list price from public and school libraries through apps such as Overdrive.

So, I created this page to have the most up-to-date information about all my books in one place.

Attention Indian Readers: You can pay in Indian rupees to buy some of my books at and (The latter is an importer of books and seems to have cheaper prices.) Both options take three weeks or more to deliver the books.

2020 Fresh Clean Jokes For Everyone

'2020 Fresh Clean Jokes For Everyone' book

The 2020 jokebook has the best one-liners ever written by one author in English. It has over 3100 jokes spread over three parts.

Part 1 (For Learning) is for kids. Part 2 (For Fun) and Part 3 (Only for intellectuals) are written for all ages. They provide hedonistic enjoyment of humour and also contain some extremely sharp political/satirical humour. Part 3 is clearly marked with warning signs to prevent accidental 'triggering' of sensitive adults. All jokes are family-friendly and child-friendly. No 彡 or (‿ˠ‿) humour.

PaperbackAmazon$12, £9, €10$12
eBookThis will never be published. Part 1 of this book is for kids and kids should learn from physical books.

2020 Fresh Clean Jokes For Kids

Mockup image of the 2020 jokebook for kids

This 'for kids' subset of the 2020 jokebook has 2200 jokes. It has all of Part 1 (For Learning) and some non-political jokes from Part 2 (For Fun) & Part 3 (Only For Intellectuals).

PaperbackAmazon$10, £6, €9
eBookThis will never be published. This book is for kids and kids should learn from physical books.

400 Fresh Clean Jokes For Everyone

Comparison of 2020 vs 400 'Fresh Clean Jokes For Everyone'

This was the first installment of the 2020 jokebook with 470 jokes when I wanted to test self-publishing. It has been retained as an ebook sampler. The paperback option provides less value for money compared to the final 2020 jokebooks but it has almost all of the 'politically hot' jokes.

PaperbackAmazon$9.09, £4.9, €6
eBook (Kindle)AmazonFREE
eBook (Nook)BN.comFREE
eBook (all)Apple Books, Kobo, Scribd...FREE

FFMPEG Quick Hacks

Mockup image of FFmpeg book

Quickly learn to use the free command-line video-editing utility FFMPEG - cut, copy, record, edit, tag, convert, rotate, flip, resize, crop, combine, compose, blur, sharpen, smoothen, side-by-side split, PIP inset, fade in/out... Also learn to use subtitles, audio/image files and metadata with video.

This book provides an FFmpeg tutorial, hack collection and desk-side reference.

Because this is a book about multimedia processing, it has to be in colour. Full-colour books are expensive to print.

(full colour, 150 pages)
Buy$34, £20, €24

In the spirit of open source, I have decided to make the ebook free in April 2021, one year after publication in March 2021 to celebrate one year in publishing. This has been my most popular and profitable title so I hope you buy the paperback or any of my other books.

CommonMark Ready Reference

Mockup image of the Commonmark book

This is the first book ever written on CommonMark, the new MarkDown standard.

CommonMark is replacing Markdown as the de facto standard for low-markup text. CommonMark hit the ground with a well-defined standard from Day 1 and is set to replace and overtake MarkDown. and other sites have already adopted it. CommonMark is MarkDown done right. It is highly compatible with the original MarkDown and resolves most of its ambiguities. This book provides a tutorial, hacks collection and a ready reference for the new standard.

PaperbackAmazon$7, £6, €6
eBook (Kindle)Amazon$1$7
eBook (Nook)$1
eBook (all)Apple Books, Kobo, Scribd...$1

Learn To Ride A Motorcycle In Five Minutes

Mockup image of the 'Learn To Ride A Motorcycle' book

Of course, you can learn to ride a motorbike in five minutes! For most of my life, I did not know how to ride a motorbike. But, when I had to do, it took me only five minutes. On my first ride on my first bike, I travelled nearly 100 kilometres, across two cities and one national highway. Acquiring the skill takes less than five minutes and honing it will require a few weeks of practice.

eBook (Kindle)Amazon$6$7
eBook (Nook)$6
eBook (all)Apple Books, Kobo, Scribd...$6

Vastu Shastra Explained

Mockup image of the Vastu book

Vastu Shastra Explained is a plain-English Vástu Śastra building-architecture guide for those who wish to draw their own Vastu-compliant house plans. The book does not upsell Vaastu as a panacea for all ills nor does it portray Vastu as the Indian Feng Shui. Instead, it presents Vastu as a collection of time-tested best-practices in Indian building architecture.

Paperback (full colour)Amazon$11, £9, €9
Paperback (grayscale)Amazon$9, £8, €9
eBook (Kindle)Amazon$6
eBook (Nook)$6
eBook (all)Apple Books, Kobo, Scribd...$6

The ebook can also be borrowed for a fraction of the price from many public and school libraries.

A Really Traditional Alphabet Book

Covers of 'A Really Traditional Alphabet Book'

This children's book bundles an alphabet book (with a writing work area on each letter page) and a jokes-and-puzzles book. The alphabet book uses the same words that have been traditionally used to teach young kids. Young preschoolers can practice reading and writing the English alphabet with this book. The jokes and puzzles are of course new and are sourced from my book 2020 Fresh Clean Jokes For Kids.

Paperback (FULL COLOUR)Amazon$10

Animalia Humorosum by Ólafía L. Óla

Book cover of 'Animalia Humorosum'

This is an illustrated children's storybook based on Aesop's Fables. The stories have been made more believable by changing the ending with a humorous twist. The book is a large-print full-bleed full-colour paperback with a glossy cover.

Paperback (FULL COLOUR)Amazon$11, £9, €9
Print-replica Kindle ebook
(for parental review)
Amazon$1 or FREE
Ordinary eBook (for free parental review)

Ólafía L. Óla will henceforth be my pseudonym of children's books.

Email Newsletter Strategies For Profit

Book cover of 'Email Newsletter Strategies for Profit'

This book not only explains how to create user-friendly email newsletters but also helps you improve email deliverability, organically grow your mailing list, understand industry-standard best-practices and apply practical troubleshooting tips and tricks.

(Print replica)
eBook (Nook)
eBook (all)
Apple Books, Kobo, Scribd...$3

World of Word Ladders by Ólafía L. Óla

Book cover of World of Word Ladders

This series of word ladder puzzles books currently has two volumes.

Volume 1 (Paperback)Amazon$7, £6, €7
Volume 2 (Paperback)Amazon$7, £6, €7
Volumes 1 & 2 (ebook)Newsletter SubscribersFREE

The Devil's Dictionary (Illustrated)

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This 2020 illustrated version of the text-only original (1911) by Ambrose Bierce has contemporary illustrations and the neat easy-on-the-eye look of any new dictionary (modern fonts, two-column pages, starting/ending words on every page).

Dictionary Of Indian English

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The Dictionary Of Indian English, in its first edition, is a glossary of English words or phrases that have been invented in India or have meanings that are different from the ones specified in dictionaries published in the West. Currently, it has around 400 words. In future editions, it will become a full-fledged dictionary.

Ólafia L. Óla's Favourite Traditional Nursery Rhymes (Illustrated)

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The political correctness pandemic has caused many nursery rhymes to be rewritten or eliminated altogether. This illustrated children's book has 50 popular English nursery rhymes in their traditional form.

PaperbackAmazon$11, £9, €9

How To Invest In Stocks, 2nd edition

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This is a plain-English guide to investing in the stockmarket. It assumes that you do not know anything about how stocks, company law, finance or commerce. It has some useful 'extra' information that you will not find in any investment book and no business school will teach you. Mere book knowledge about stockmarkets will not help you understand the markets. Markets are influenced by news and information (there is a difference). This completely revised expanded second edition continues its original premise with up-to-date information.

PaperbackAmazon$7, £6, €6
Kindle ebookAmazon$3, £3, €3

Cool Electronic Projects

Book cover of Cool Electronic Projects

This FULL-COLOUR paperback is a collection of 20 electronics projects for students and DIY hobbyists. The projects are simple, low-cost, daily-use, recycling, survivalist and fun.

Linux Command-Line Tips & Tricks

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This is a tips-and-tricks collection for Linux command-line warriors. Because of its ancient history, BASH scripting has some odd programming constructs that are difficult to memorize. This book also tries to provide a ready-reference for such archaic but crucial details.