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Introducing our newest series of stories ...
for your newspaper (print version) and for your website (video version) ... 

"Welcome to the official home of INVENTION MYSTERIES. Here you'll find NIE materials, which are available to you as in-paper features or as a tab, in both the print version and / or as weekly videos. Feel free to call me anytime at 800-337-5758 if you have any questions or to place your order."

Paul Niemann                                        

"The Invention Guru"                                       

NIE Coordinators: Here's the Power Point titled:
"How to Attract More Teachers, Students & Sponsors"

“Paul Niemann’s INVENTION MYSTERIES stories have been a hit with our teachers and their students.  And Paul is great to work with.” -- Nancy Govoni; NIE Manager of the Daytona Beach News - Journal

The INVENTION MYSTERIES stories are for students from 4th grade -- 9th grade. These articles are entertaining AND educational, and are based on Paul's syndicated newspaper column (now in its 6th year). INVENTION MYSTERIES reveals the little-known secrets behind well-known inventions. INVENTION MYSTERIES combines education with entertainment, making it ideal for elementary and middle-school students. These fun, stand-alone stories (as opposed to a serial) are well-illustrated and are ideal for school reports. Although the stories are intended for a younger audience, they are engaging enough for students as high as the 12th grade and adults. 

         Click on any link below to read a few of the Invention Mysteries lessons ...

Here's why you've never heard of the other person who invented the telephone.

Which U.S. Presidents were the most successful inventors?

Learn the differences between a patent, trademark and copyright.

N.I.E. Coordinators:  Each ready-to-use article is between 550 -- 750 words long and includes an activity guide and illustration. Select any 10 of these interesting stories about inventors and inventions ... or call Paul at 800-337-5758 and he will select 10 for you. 

“The INVENTION MYSTERIES series has been a tremendous success! We ran the stories for 20 weeks in two dailies and increased our NIE circulation by over 1,000 papers in each newspaper, each week! We had two local businesses sponsor the page in both papers and received $8,500 in sponsorship revenue. We’d love to run twenty more.” -- Cheryl Showstack; Educational Outreach Manager of The Enterprise (Brockton, MA) and The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, MA)

INVENTION MYSTERIES received positive comments from our sponsors ... I have two sponsors who sponsor the stories. You have been great to work with and I love your stories.” -- Nelia Fonseca; NIE Coordinator of The Herald News, Fall River, MA)

“We had a lot of new subscribers sign up for the paper on the day INVENTION MYSTERIES first ran.” -- Hastie Kinter; NIE Coordinator of the Indiana (PA) Gazette

Pricing for each set of 10 articles ...
INVENTION MYSTERIES is priced to meet your budget. Purchase 3 or more series and receive a 20% discount. New N.I.E. orders placed by August 31 will include 10 free copies (5 sets) of the INVENTION MYSTERIES books. Articles are available on your choice of CD-ROM, e-mail attachment or printed material. Cost per series is based on circulation, as shown here:

Circulation size:

Price per set of 10 articles, 
illustrations & activity guides:

under 20,000


20,000 -- 100,000


100,000 -- 200,000


200,000 -- 300,000


300,000 -- 400,000


400,000 & up


If you prefer to receive a set of articles other than in increments of 10, please call (800) 337-5758 or send an e-mail to Paul at for pricing. Articles are available on your choice of CD-ROM, e-mail attachment or printed material. Either way, you'll be able to adapt the material to fit nicely into your newspaper's format. You will receive an invoice in the mail after your order has been completed.

Pricing for each set of 10 videos ...

Circulation size:

Price per set of 10 video stories for web sites:

under 20,000


20,000 -- 100,000


100,000 -- 200,000


200,000 -- 300,000


300,000 -- 400,000


400,000 & up


Please call (800) 337-5758 for rates, or send an e-mail to Paul at 

"The Pleasanton Express has just finished publishing eight installments of Paul Niemann’s INVENTION MYSTERIES. These stand-alone chapters provide readers with insightful stories behind well-known inventions and the gifted inventors behind them. INVENTION MYSTERIES stories are great for Newspapers in Education programs, area teachers and adults. Each chapter includes art work and newspaper activities, all at a great price. Learn the surprising details behind trademarks, the World Wide Web, the material used for bullet-proof vests and much, much more. INVENTION MYSTERIES will entertain your readers, and teach them at the same time." -- Lisa Luna, Lifestyles Editor / NIE coordinator of the Pleasanton (TX) Express


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