Archive - September 20, 2012

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More Good News for E-Book Writers
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HCN Remembers The Peace Corps In Turkemenistan
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Here's How to Advertise Your Book

More Good News for E-Book Writers

The New York Times on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, published an article that says Scott Rudin, the film and theater producer, and Barry Diller, the chairmen of IAC/InterActiveCorp, have formed a partnership and with publishing executive, Frances Coady, and will publish e-books under a new venture called Brightline. According to the article in the NYTIMES (written by David Carr) E-books now account for more than 15 percent of publishers’ revenue, and Carr writes, “posing a challenge to the dominance of print in the long run and leaving the future of brick-and-mortar bookstores in doubt.” Fiction it seems sells best, and major publishers are saying that e-book copies sell more than print copies. The hope of all these partners in Brightline is that the new enterprise, without the legal coy costs and practices of traditional publishing , can find traction. Rudin, in the article states that he he often heard from authors . . .

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HCN Remembers The Peace Corps In Turkemenistan

[This is from http://www.eurasianet.org Written ‘Guljemal,’ a pseudonym for the writer, a Turkmen citizen. Editor note.] Turkmenistan: Reflections on the Demise of the Peace Corps September 19, 2012 – 4:12pm, by Guljemal As a young Turkmen woman who was deeply influenced by interaction with Peace Corps volunteers in the 1990s, I was filled with a wide spectrum of emotions upon hearing about the Peace Corps’ departure from Turkmenistan. Everyone who followed developments in the country suspected that the Peace Corps’ days there were numbered. To some, it was strange that the government of Turkmenistan dragged it out for so long. Even so, the late August announcement was sobering. Reflecting on the Peace Corps’ legacy in Turkmenistan, some questions popped into my head: How effective was it in promoting democratization? How great a loss is its departure for the Turkmen people? How much did and could it achieve in the country . . .

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