Comments Policy

The purpose of this blog is to discuss Federal Government publications, their history and value, and  make what the Government Printing Office (GPO) does more open to the public. We encourage comments. Your ideas and concerns are important to ensure that a broad range of Americans are active and informed participants about GPO and Government publications.

We want to publish your comments, but we expect conversations to follow the conventions of polite discourse. Therefore, we won’t post comments that:

  • contain vulgar language, personal attacks of any kind, or offensive terms that target specific ethnic or racial groups
  • promote services or products (non-commercial links that are relevant to the blog post or comment are acceptable)
  • are far off-topic
  • make unsupported accusations

We don’t edit comments to remove objectionable or inappropriate content, so please ensure that your comment contains none of the above.

Reporters are asked to send questions to GPO’s Public Relations Office  through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporter questions will not be posted.

We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, so your comments are welcome at any time. Given the need to manage Federal resources, however, moderating and posting of comments will generally occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted as early as possible the next business day.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment.

Thank you for taking the time to read this comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.

 

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    • Jackie: You’ll be happy to know that the Federal Government does provide free downloadable versions of these materials. The US Government Bookstore sells and distributes the pre-printed materials worldwide, but anyone can download the free versions from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website. As a teacher, you will want to visit the Teachers page on the USCIS website http://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/teachers where you will find downloadable versions of the flashcards under the Educational Products link. Thanks for writing, and enjoy!

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    • GPOBookstore says:

      Reviews for new books are planned in advance based on the publications and promotions schedule, and for older books. in relation to key events on our promotions calendar and online bookstore collections that are being assembled. Unfortunately, we only include older books that are still being sold in our online bookstore and no longer do out-of-print books.

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      Books for the blog are chosen for a mix of new that need to get the word out and old that typically are tying into a significant date. Also, guest bloggers at GPO may have a personal interest in a particular book he or she wishes to write about.

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      I only do the blog, but the Government Printing Office has a Facebook page and Twitter feed as well as a YouTube channel. You can find links to all of these in the right-hand column of our blog. Thanks for your comments!

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    • GPOBookstore says:

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      After our GPO Style Board reviewed your post, here is the official reply:

      I agree that it is a registered trademark. As Chairman of the GPO Style Board I will discuss this change with other members of the Board. Hopefully we can update this in the next edition of the Manual.

      Michael Abramson
      Foreperson/Style Board Chairman
      Proof and Copy Markup Section
      United States Government Printing Office

      So there you have it! Thanks for bringing this to our attention… Keep the emails and letters coming!

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  56. zannias vasilis says:

    AND SOMETHING ELSE:IN 1945 THE USA DESTROYED THE JAPAN
    WITH TWO NUCLEAR BOMBS IN HIROSIMA AND NAGASAKI!TODAY
    MANY THINGS HAVE CHANGED:
    -AFTER ELECTION IN JAPAN THERE IS A NEW GOVERNMENT.
    THIS GOVERNMENT IS NOT SO FAITHFULL TO THE WEST(USA ,
    NATO , …) AS THE PREVIOUS!
    -THE EMPEROR AKAHITO HAS VISITED CHINA RECENTLY!
    -THE JAPAN HAS MAKEN PETITION TO THE USA TO RETIRE THE BASE OF OKINAWA!
    -THA JAPAN WANTED TO PRODUSE P/C WITH ANCIENT GREEK
    CHARACTERS(LANGUAGE OF OMIROS)
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    -THE SYSTEM HAARP HAS EMISSIONED RADIO-FREQUENCY TO
    THE IONOSPHERE!
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    -THE HAARP SEND THIS FREQUANCY TO THE IONOSPHERE (2,5
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    OF EARTH!!!(AND UNDER OF THE LAND FOR MANY KM)!!!
    -THE HAARP HAS EMISSIONED THIS FREQUANCY BEFORE THE
    MIDNIGHT ON 08 MARCH 2011 , AND CONTINUE TO SEND
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  57. Kate says:

    Hi there!

    How can someone become a government book reviewer? I posted a comment last night and I’m not sure if it went through.

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  58. Kate says:

    I had no idea there was even a service for government book reviews!

    My best friend works for social security and told me about this site and I am so excited to dive into what books have been reviewed.

    I’m a huge book nerd. Is there a team that gets paid to read books? If so, how can I apply to that team?

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  59. amarjyoti acharya says:

    When reading limericks on press,
    it gives one some hope.
    That some governments have what it takes –
    while others often seem to grope!
    A sense of humour often does it;
    if it’s not so bad…
    that some foreign nationals sometimes find out,
    after the French that they never had!
    So would I put my name here?
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    Or would my e-mail address get me
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    At a life that was meant for romance.

    The past tense in romance is what I have got,
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  60. Helio HCF says:

    JIM CAMERON, sua escrita é fantástica, eu tenho a agradecer muito pelas inúmeras noticias, e escritas
    recebidas no meu gmail, pelo governo federal,sob.
    todos os aspéctos, e todos os generos, principalmente
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  61. rudraksha says:

    Thank you, Jim Cameron. Good work and a motto of “one nation under God” is good.

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  62. rudraksha says:

    I am pleased to the government being this responsive in its serving the public.

    Innovation is imperative if we are to keep up with the changes.

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  63. netameta says:

    so thats like a government book store ?

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  64. Hi Jim, I’m wondering if you can share contact info so that I can submit an idea for book review. Thanks.

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  66. Lovely to see the government being so attuned to its public. Enjoying the blog a lot.

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    Really enjoying the blog! I work with our library’s gov pubs and like to search out our collection whenever you feature another book. I would love it if you could create a facebook page that posts links to your posts.

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  69. Debra McCracken says:

    This blog has been such a refreshing change from
    GPO. Thank you, Jim Cameron, and the powers-that-be that allowed him this venue. I have worked with government publications for 11 yrs. here at UNLV, but will shortly be leaving govpubs to work with children’s literature and curriculum at one of our branch libraries. I plan on staying tuned to this blog, and hope you will feature some of the publications aimed at children and K-12 teachers!

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    • govbooktalk says:

      Thank you very much. I do hope to profile some publications aimed at those age groups in the near future. It’s just a matter of selecting from the huge list of books I could talk about!

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  70. diana bell says:

    GPO publications
    where can i find out about selling your books?

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    • govbooktalk says:

      GPO requires a letter on business letterhead requesting to be recognized as a book dealer. If your locality requires a booksellers license, include a copy with your letter. If no license is required in your locality, indicate that in your letter. The letter should be addressed to: U.S. Government Printing Office, Customer Contact Center, Mail Stop IDCC, Washington, DC 20401.

      Once your letter is received, you will be assigned a book dealer number and be able to buy books from GPO at a 25 percent discount and then resell them.

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  71. Patrick Counahan says:

    When will these books be available in audiobook form?

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    • govbooktalk says:

      The individual Government agencies that produce these books decide on the format(s) they will use. If you have an interest in a particular title, I suggest contacting the publishing agency.

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  72. 19to82 says:

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  74. John J. Ahearn says:

    The site is excellent. I am pleased to the government being this responsive in its serving the public.

    Innovation is imperative if we are to keep up with the changes that we are all facing. Glad to see you take this step. Keep up the good work.

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  75. eric johnson says:

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  76. Nydia Jacobs says:

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    Let God bless this site that we may truly become, “one nation under God”

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  77. Joe Harmon says:

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    • Richard Connell says:

      Only “conspiracy” was (1)the White House not telling the public that war with Japan was immanent
      (2)State Department never said that they doubted if any of Japan’s real demands could be met. I was 10 years old on December 7 1941 when my parents sent me to the news kiosk for the special edition of the Boston Record.
      “Dad, where is Pearl Harbor?”

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