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Free eBook on Autism and Relationships

This blog post is a bit unusual. I am testing to see if visitors can download a free eBook from this blog. I have linked to the file, which sits on our Web server.

We have successfully tested the ePub edition of A Spectrum of Relationships. Only the abridged ePub edition is available for free at this time, not an Amazon Kindle edition, due to Amazon's policy requesting only full, commercial editions from small publishers. Until the text is revised and edited, I'm not comfortable publishing it formally.
The commercial version will be released for the Amazon Kindle as well as other devices. In fact, it might be released first for the Kindle, if things go as planned.
Downloading an ePub can be a challenge: some browsers try to open the file directly. To download the ePub, you might have to "right-click" and download the linked file. If you have the ePub extension installed, the FireFox browser will open the ePub correctly.

A Spectrum of Relationships (ePub file) [Right-click, Download Linked File]

For FireFox, the ePub reader add-on:

You can read ePub files in several free applications if you prefer those to FireFox:
The ePub format should work well on a Nook, Sony eReader, and iPad, too.

Google Chrome also has several ePub add-ons, but you have to search for "ePub" at:

Sorry that this is a complex process. Please let me know if you are able to download and read the book. All suggestions and corrections will help improve the final, commercial edition of A Spectrum of Relationships.


  1. Are the periods intended to be italics (or quotation marks, because italics do show up on the titles of books)? I mainly noticed this in the introduction

    This is my first time using the EPub format.

    The "childhood lessons" chapter is fuller than the section I read in the encyclopedia, probably because more is known about infantile development [the first 3 months].

    Who made the cover?

    Several pages or sections do not show up in Firefox.

    (Probably the bullet points/outlines are not overly helpful as they overload the format?)

    And somewhere there was "most of people"...

  2. I located the error "Most of people" in the section "Desires." It will be corrected. I'll update the file ASAP.

    I don't understand the question about titles and italicized type. The format of the "cite" tag is automatic and generally italics in a reader.

    The messy outline on "Page 11" is directly from the DSM, which is why it is a pain. I wanted to recreate the autism criteria as in the manual. The multi-level indent doesn't work well in some cases, but does on most systems.

    We have tested the file in FireFox without any issues. However, we also customized the ePub reader settings (my wife likes "web-like" scrolling vs. book pages).

    The cover was just a sloppy concept I created. I don't plan to use the same design for the final version, but it was quick and easy.

  3. This looks great, thanks! I tried to download by clicking the link and all I got was a page full of gibberish. Then I right clicked but there is no download option. I'm on Firefox. Looking forward to seeing if it's just me or if it's the same for others who are trying. Mostly looking forward to reading your work :)

  4. To get FireFox to handle the ePub format properly:

    I'll add that link the original post, too! I also fixed a few errors already.

  5. And I have found that some of the text shows up if I play around with the sizes. The default in my browser is probably around 20 point.

    (I was able to see the DSM-IV quotes this way).

    There may be problems if the font is too big or too small. (I understand that it is a scalable font).

  6. Great read so far. I'm reading it in MagicScroll in Chrome( with few formating issues. One thing I noticed was a problem with the opening quotes around ��personal space,”(How it appeared)in the Physical Spaces section. This could be a problem with "smart quotes" though they seem to work everywhere else.

    In the third paragraph of the Childhood Lessons section you refer to the “nature vs. nature” debate. I assume one of those should be a nurture.

    Thanks for sharing and I look forward to the full version.

  7. Matthew:

    I will check those issues today and post the updated file by tonight, along with any other corrections we notice. I'm glad the "beta test" approach is working well for the book and it should result in a much improved commercial release this summer.

    Thank you for the kind words, too!

  8. First off, I'd like to thank you for writing this wonderful book, which will certainly help a lot of parents and carers.
    And that is why I have a favour to ask of you. Actually I'd love to translate it into my native language, e.g. Russian. Please, answer me whether you have something against it!

  9. If you email us directly we can discuss translation possibilities. There are some legal rights issues because there will be a commercial edition of the text, but I'm fairly certain the free, abridged content could be translated as long as all original copyright information appears.

    write to: service< at >tameri< dot >com, or publishing< at > with your ideas.

  10. I haven't noticed any issues with the book in Cool Reader for the Android.

  11. This is amazing. The link works yay. Thanks so much. Btw I'd like to learn more about autism so I was wondering if you've got more books on it and you could share them with the same ePub format. I'm trying to help my autistic friend here. Thanks :)
    Great job!


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