Richard's Home Online


Here I post thoughts, memories, stories, novels, plays, essays, reading lists, genealogical research, info about ebooks for sale, and matters of interest to friends and family.  This isn't your typical web.  It's meant to be idiosyncratic and fun.  I always welcome feedback and suggestions.

I'm the publisher of Seltzer Books, with over 14,000 time-tested books in ebook format, available for sale through Barnes & Noble (Nook), Kobo, Apple, Google Play, and PublishDrive. Earlier, I published entire libraries of books on CD and DVD primarily for the blind, who used "screen readers" to convert the text to voice. I also made a quixotic attempt to build and run my own ebook store, Quench, trying to single-handedly compete with the likes of Amazon. My publishing company was originally known as B&R Samizdat Express and consisted of just my wife Barbara (B) and me Richard (R). Samizdat means "self-published" in Russian. Barbara died in 2012, and I recently got an offer that I couldn't refuse for the domain name So I am now rebuilding the web site as 

In the early days of the Web, I worked for Digital Equipment's Internet Business Group as their "Internet evangelist." When the company was swallowed by Compaq (which was later swallowed by Hewlett-Packard) I worked independently as an Internet marketing consultant, writing extensively about business on the Internet. Many of the books, articles, and speeches I wrote back then are available here. My AltaVista Search Revolution was the first consumer-oriented book about search engines. Library Journal, called it "indispensable". My Web Business Bootcamp was a pioneering guidebook for Internet start-ups.

My original web site, which I used as a sandbox to test ideas about the Web, has been preserved by the Internet Archive as part of their Wayback Machine.  They have stored 666 versions of that web site, captured from November 1996 to September 2017.
This link takes you to the part of the archive that is devoted to Select the date you are interested in; then you can browse the archive the same as you do the live web, clicking on link after link.  Everything from the web site is there, including all the issues of my Internet-on-a-Disk newsletter and the hundreds of articles from my blog. 

Richard Seltzer,


  The AltaVista Search Revolution:How to Find Anything on the Internet, Osborne/McGraw-Hill, 1997 and 1998, with Eric J. Ray and Deborah S. Ray
     The first consumer book about search engines. (AltaVista was the forerunner of Google.)
Winner of the "Distinguished Technical Communication Award," the highest award given by the Society for Technical Communication Publications.    
     2 editions, Hebrew and Japanese translations. Braille version published by National Braille Press    
     "This complete guide to using the AltaVista web searching/indexing system will be indispensable to both librarians and patrons.... Get one copy to circulate, nail one down in the computer lab, and pass one around the reference desk."
-- Library Journal

  Ethiopia Through Russian Eyes by Alexander Bulatovich, translation by Richard Seltzer (Red Sea/Africa World Press, 2000)      at Kobo     at Nook    at Apple
     including 78 photos taken in Ethiopia in 1896-1898
     "...the most important book on the history of eastern Africa to have been published for a century...."
   Old Africa (complete review)

  The Lizard of Oz, fantasy, 1974, revised and expanded 2018  at Kobo  at Nook query message for second edition     at Apple      at Nook      at Kobo
"An intriguing and very entertaining little novel" Library Journal
     "Carroll and Tolkien have a new companion"
     "A work so saturated that the mind is both stoned with pleasure and alive with wonder"
Lancaster Independent Press
     "A commentary on our times done delightfully" Philadelphia Bulletin
     "A gallery of figments of contemporary culture that could take its place on the library shelf of memory along with classic figures of children's fiction" Valley  Advocate

  Now and Then and Other Tales from Ome, children's stories, 1976    at Kobo     at Nook     at Apple
     "A highly original collection of short stories, sometimes humorous, sometimes profound." Boston Globe

  The Name of Hero, historical novel, Tarcher/Houghton Mifflin, 1981    at Kobo     at Nook     at Apple
     translation of this novel into Russian 
     sources and related documents

   Saint Smith and Other Stories, 2011    at Kobo    at Nook     at Apple

 Echoes from the Attic, novel, with Ethel Kaiden,2008     at Kobo     at Nook     at Apple   query message

  MGMT MEMO: Management Lessons from DEC, 2018    at Apple    at Nook    at Google Play

  Snapshots of DEC, 2018     at Apple     at Nook

 Web Business Boot Camp Hands-on Internet lessons for manager, entrepreneurs, and professionals, Wiley, 2002     at Apple     at Nook     at Kobo

- Take Charge of Your Web Site, MightyWords, 2001

  Shop Online the Lazy Way (Macmillan, 1999. Braille edition published by National Braille Press)    at Nook    at Google Play    at Apple  

  The Social Web: How to build successful personal or business Web sites, 1998)     at Apple  

  The Way of the Web Lessons from the Internet. How to adapt to the new business environment, 1995)    at Kobo     at Apple

  Dryden's Exemplary Drama, senior thesis at Yale (1969)    at Apple     at Google Play     at Nook

 Death of the Federalist Party, paper written in high school, in 1963.   at Apple     at Google Play

    Dark Woods and Other Poems     at Apple     at Nook


- Size Matters

- The Gentle Inquisitor

- The Choice

- Creation Story

- Chiang ti Tales

- Hands


  Without a Myth and Five Other Plays     at Apple   at Google Play   at Nook

- Without a Myth, three-act play (1971) - Heel, Hitler, ten-minute play (2015)

- The Barracks, a three-act stage play (1989)

- Rights Crossing, a two-act historical play, set in the American Revolution (1976)

- Mercy, a two-act historical comedy, set in the American Revolution,  based on the lives of Mercy Otis Warren and General Johnny Burgoyne. (1975)

- Heel, Hitler, ten-minute play (2015)

- The Lizard of Oz, children's play (1976)


- The Lizard of Oz radio script,
episode 1, episode 2, episode 3

- Spit and Polish, a full-length screen play (2001)

- Traffic Jam, a short screen play (1972)

-  Family on Demand, first episode of proposed sitcom, co-written with Ethel Kaiden (2004)


- From Russia and Ethiopia to the Internet (Wesleyan College) article
- Surviving as a Small Business in the Age of Google: Generate Search-engine Traffic (NEXPO, Washington, DC)  article
- The Future of Business on the Internet (Lewiston, Maine)  script
- Increase Traffic on the Internet Without Advertising (IQPC Conference, San Francisco, CA)  article
- Corporate-wide Knowledge Management  (ExpoManagement 98, Buenos Aires, Argentina)  article
- Business Opportunities on the Internet (Comdex, Buenos Aires, Argentina)  script
- The Social Web: from Hyper-links to People-links  (Web Week 97, Oak Ridge National Labs, Oak Ridge, TN)  book
- Basics of Effective Web Sites: How to Succeed When the Rules of the Game Change (Boston)  book
- Building Communities on the Internet (Internet Expo/Email World, Boston, New Orleans)  article


- Current thoughts on all topics

- Internet Present & Past

- Internet History

- Internet Strategy and Marketing

- EBay and Other Online Auctions

- Internet Search

- Community and Collaboration

- Web Site Design

- Working At Home
- Publishing and Ebooks

- Glimpses (essays toward a personal philosophy)



The Story of the Trojan War in Unintentionally Humorous Verse doggerel written in the sixth grade (age 11)

- Hi-Q or Peg Solitarie, a solution to the game solved and recorded in the third grade (age 8)

- Stories Written in the Second Grade


- Uncle Adolph's Cruise of Fiction - A collection of stories woven together as a novel. Nine people on a Caribbean cruise share stories at dinner for seven days. The ring-master is Uncle Adolph, a larger-than-life and almost larger-than-death figure, who looks like W. C. Fields, wears a straw hat to dinner, and chews on a rubber cigar, who spouts wit and stumbles into wisdom, with inimitable turns of phrase. The themes of their stories, both real and fantastic, near-magical romantic coincides as well as tragedy, include truth and love, love and lies, love and time, love and death, and love and renewal, balancing light-hearted and sometimes racy humor with path. You come to know the tellers of the tales and shipboard life as if you were there, joining them for dinner each night, as the dramas of their personal lives, past and present, unfold.

- Making Time, Seventy-year-olds meet on a world cruise and fall in love. Then when sharing stories about their past, they realize that they fell in love with one another and married 46 years ago. query message

- Beyond the Fourth Door, The first door is birth. The second is death. Frank and Marge go through the fourth door. query message

- Breeze
, a trilogy of novellas, connected by soul transference. query message

- Lenses, a book-length collection of essays that look at knotty questions from unusual angles, looking for a publisher. query message

- What Did Newton Say to the Apple? and other word play query message

- Sign Me Up, (picture book)

- What Can You Do With a Fifth Foot (picture book)


- Alternate Lies: a novel about Mercy Otis Warren and General Johnny Burgoyne, during the American Revolution

- Pop Goes the Universe, novel about the end of everything

- Uncle Adolph's World Guide Book. for those who would prefer to stay home and read about it

- The Name of Man, historical novel, sequel to The Name of Hero  opening chapters available here

- The Name of God,
historical novel, sequel to The Name of Man


Seltzer Books (titles organized as Virtual Book Tables)

Catalog (with links to ebook stores)


My Twitter account is @seltzerbooks Click here to get there.


Sixty Years of Reading (complete list of books I've read since 1958)

Recommended contemporary books (published since WW II)

Books read this year (2018)

My book reviews

Book reviews by Dean Rink



The Cary-Estes Genealogy by May Folk Webb and Patrick Mann Estes

The Cary-Estes-Moore Genealogy by Helen Estes Seltzer

Richard's genealogy page (listing over 1600 direct ancestors)


English-Greek Dictionary, a Vocabular of the Attic Language by S. C. Woodhouse (1910), a hyperlinked version

DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation), the world's second largest computer company before its demise in 1998, where I worked 1979 to 1998.

Grace Sherwood, Virginia Witch

Mercy Otis Warren


World War II

Robert Greene

General Johnny Burogoyne

Civil War (to come)  privacy statement