Nonprofit First Book to Provide New Books to Schools and Programs Devastated by the Storm
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In the aftermath of last week’s storms, First Book, a nonprofit organization that provides new books to children in need, is raising funds to restock schools and home libraries throughout the affected communities.
“Even as first responders are working to provide these families with electricity, water, and other critical resources, First Book is joining forces with our local volunteers and partners to replace hundreds of thousands of lost and destroyed books in schools and libraries in low-income communities,” said Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book.
“After distributing more than five million books in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, we know new books can be valuable lifelines for those whose worlds have been turned upside down,” Zimmer said.
Thanks to the generosity of First Book’s partners in the publishing industry, every $2.50 donation will be matched with an additional new book.
“In the months to come, as infrastructure is repaired and replaced and families are able to return home, we’ll be there to ensure that kids who lost so much will have the books they need,” said Zimmer.
About First Book
First Book has distributed more than 90 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada. By making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education. For more information, please visit us online or follow our latest news on Facebook and Twitter.
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Web Site: http://www.firstbook.org
Jefferson’s Legacy: A Brief History of the Library of Congress Now Available in Digital Format
NEW YORK and WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Reaching out to the academic market in time for the new school year, the Library of Congress and Copia Interactive today announced the free eBook release of Jefferson’s Legacy: A Brief History of the Library of Congress, the Library’s hallmark publication, as well as a collection of rare lectures.
Starting today, readers can come to Copia (www.thecopia.com) and download the 107-page book by John Y. Cole for free. A fascinating read for historians, librarians, and anyone who loves books, Jefferson’s Legacy is a full color exploration of the national library, from President Jefferson signing the Library into law in 1802 to its struggle for space to its expansion that has made it arguably the world’s greatest repository of cultural information. In addition to the detailed history, the eBook showcases various stunning collections, the buildings that comprise the Library and the librarians that built the vast institution.
The Library has also republished its collection of rare lectures, starting with 6 titles in the Bradley Series-–lectures about Plato, de Toqueville, Clausewitz, and others. This will be followed by the release of a series of Literary Lectures, featuring out-of-print works by literary luminaries such as Thomas Mann, Ralph Ellison, Saul Bellow, and T.S. Eliot. These historic publications are available for as little as $4.99 each.
“As a bookseller, we are honored to be working with the Library of Congress, an institution committed to housing ideas and knowledge in all their concrete forms: books, music, films, maps, atlases and data,” said Ben Lowinger, Copia’s Senior Vice President. “Sharing information and ideas is why we built Copia-–to allow readers to share thoughts and research in the margins of their eBooks.”
Whether accessed through the cutting edge Copia social reading site, or as subscription-based or printed content, these new online offerings bring Library of Congress resources right into the
classroom, fulfilling Jefferson’s insight that “education is the cornerstone of democracy.”
About Copia Interactive, LLC
Copia (www.thecopia.com) unites content, community, collaboration, and commerce in a single software platform to deliver digital media across an array of computing, mobile, personal entertainment, and eReading devices. Copia also provides highly customized, co-branded, white-label solutions through its “Powered by Copia” program. The Copia platform is developed by Copia Interactive, LLC – a portfolio company of DMC Capital Funding, LLC (www.dmccapitalfunding.com).
About Open Book Systems, Inc. (OBS)
Founded in 1982, OBS (www.obs.com) is an independent publishing services company, for both traditional and e-publishers. An internet publishing pioneer, OBS has produced hundreds of books, online publications, and systems for the industry. Offerings include management consultation and editorial, translation, design, production, and technical publishing services. In the ever-changing publishing landscape, OBS helps publishers future-proof their business.
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Web Site: http://www.thecopia.com
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Elvis Presley’s Personal Notes Revealed For The First Time In New “Graphic Elvis” Digital App For Today’s 35th Anniversary
Newly released app shares never before seen notes, memorabilia and reflections by Elvis, combined with original artwork and short stories from acclaimed graphic novel writers and authors!
Memphis, TN (PRWEB) August 16, 2012
“Graphic Elvis: The Interactive Experience,” is a new interactive digital book app from Liquid Comics, created under license from Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.
With a release date timed to celebrate the life and legacy of Elvis Presley on the 35th anniversary of his passing on August 16, 2012, the digital book app features for the first time, a number of Elvis’ handwritten personal notes and reflections written in the margins of his personal book collection at Graceland.
The notes reveal rare insights into the inner workings of the legendary music icon, showing his deep spiritual quest and exploration of the mystical. Elvis shared his passion to seek out the deeper mysteries of life commenting, “All I want to know is the truth, to know and experience God. I’m a searcher, that’s what I’m all about…”
In a section of the interactive app called “The Searcher,” readers can zoom in and explore selected pages from Elvis’s books with doodles, words, numerological notes and handwritten phrases with sayings such as:
“God loves you, but he loves you best when you sing”
“O Lord thy sky is so great and my plane is so small”
“If one can’t give what they have and share then they will always be empty”
In another section of the app called “The Legend,” rare photos and memorabilia from the archives at Graceland in Memphis are showcased, including Elvis’ signed boxing gloves from Muhammad Ali; a letter from Douglas Fairbanks inviting Elvis to London to perform for the royalty of England; and sketches of Elvis’ wardrobes by his longtime designer Bill Belew.
Elvis shared the impact of comic books on his life in his famous acceptance speech for the 1971 Top Ten Outstanding Men of America award. “When I was a child ladies and gentlemen, I was a dreamer. I read comic books and I was the hero of the comic book…so every dream that I’ve dreamed has come true a hundred times.”
Honoring Presley’s love of comic books, each section of the app is interweaved with original artists renditions of Elvis in imagined scenarios as well as short stories and animations by acclaimed graphic novel creators, including Stan Lee (co-creator of the Avengers, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man).
Stan Lee commented on his participation of the book by saying, “What a thrill it is for me to be included in a book celebrating the life of Elvis Presley. I remember the time I first saw him on TV, when he burst upon the music scene like a blazing comet. I remember his indescribably rich voice, his incredible sense of rhythm, his magnificent range– from rock, to pop, to ballads and hymns. I remember the indescribably powerful impact he had on the youth of the nation– and the world. How lucky we were to have seen and heard him, because there was only one Elvis Presley, whose songs and whose memory will live forever.”
Stan Lee was joined by some of the most acclaimed graphic novel creators in the industry to portray the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll in unprecedented visual styles. Graphic Elvis creators included, Paul Pope, Jimmy Palmiotti, John Cassaday, Paul Gulacy, Ryan Kelly, Greg Horn, Jeevan J. Kang, Jeff Spokes, John Higgins, Mukesh Singh, Steve Rude, Celia Calle, Dean Hyrapiet, Joe Petruccio, Joshua Dysart, Stan Goldberg, Saumin Patel, Tony Millionaire, Samit Basu, Chris Eliopoulos, Peter Bagge, Michael Avon Oeming, Keron Grant, Gilbert Hernandez and many more.
“Elvis Presley transcended every entertainment medium he touched, from music to movies to concerts, and now to graphic novels,” stated Liquid Comics Co-Founder & CEO, Sharad Devarajan. “We are honored to work with some of the most acclaimed creators in graphic fiction to commemorate the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll on the 35th year anniversary of his death.”
Liquid Comics developed Graphic Elvis: The Interactive Experience, with mobile app developer, Pixo Entertainment. The app is now available for download across all iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android enabled devices. A free ‘lite’ version of the app features previews of various sections of the book as well as an animated short and a few pages of Elvis’s notes. The full app can be downloaded for a purchase of $9.99.
In addition to the digital app, Liquid Comics has released an exclusive slipcase, hardcover, 12” x 12” record-album sized collector’s book, Graphic Elvis. The book, which is priced at $195 and limited to only 2,500 copies worldwide, is available with limited supplies from major online retailers and at http://www.GraphicElvis.com.
To Review “Graphic Elvis The Interactive Experience” digital app please email press(at)liquidcomics(dot)com
To download the “Graphic Elvis Interactive Experience” digital app visit:
For Apple: http://tinyurl.com/GraphicElvisapp
For Android: http://tinyurl.com/GraphicElvisappAndroid
To purchase the “Graphic Elvis Limited Hardcover Collectors Book” visit:
As seen on USA Today! Commemorating the 2012 35th anniversary of his death, Graphic Elvis is an illustrated homage to Elvis'' lifelong appreciation of comic books. In the same way comic books inspired Elvis, this book will enable today''s premiere comic book artists to find inspiration from Elvis'' treasured archives at Graceland, creating a unique visual experience for his millions of fans. Beyond original illustrations and stories, the book also features Elvis'' hand-written notes and reflections on life.
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Columbia Records Celebrates 125 Years Of Great American Music With 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story
Written by Pulitzer Prize-and GRAMMY-nominated author and historian Sean Wilentz, 360 Sound illustrates sweeping cultural and business changes in music over more than a century
Special deluxe version includes book by celebrated journalist Dave Marsh highlighting his selection of the 263 most important songs in Columbia’s history along with a drive including all tracks
NEW YORK, July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Columbia Records will celebrate its 125th anniversary with the release of a book titled 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story on the great American record label and its role in initiating recorded music, cultivating great artists, and igniting cultural change. Written by Pulitzer Prize-and GRAMMY nominated author and historian Sean Wilentz, the book provides a journey through Columbia Records’ storied past and its contributions to entertainment from the invention of commercial recording through the present day.
360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story, published by Chronicle Books, will be released on October 30 th. It begins in the late 1880′s, when Columbia, under the leadership of Edward Easton, seized upon the phonographic inventions of Thomas Edison and others to offer the public the first commercial musical recordings. The book goes on the explore the rich stories of how Columbia’s artists and producers have redefined American music and performance over the past 125 years, at once reflecting and shaping changes in the wider culture.
Simultaneously, Columbia Records will release a deluxe package, which will include, in addition to a hard cover copy of the Wilentz book, a separate book, written by Dave Marsh, entitled 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story: Legends and Legacy. Marsh has culled from Columbia’s vaults a collection of 263 songs and tracks of the greatest historical, as well as musical, significance, and his book offers his thoughts on each selection. The package also includes a beautifully crafted drive with all 263 recordings.
360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story will also be available as an e-book through multiple platforms.
Columbia’s list of major performers, past and present, is unsurpassed and includes much of the most important, and beloved music in all genres, including pop, rock, country, show tunes, classical, jazz, R&B, hip-hop, and blues. Artists recorded by Columbia and its subsidiaries have included Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Miles Davis, Leonard Bernstein, Johnny Cash, Beyonce, Adele, Billy Joel, Al Jolson, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Robert Johnson, Bing Crosby, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Tony Bennett, Simon and Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, Neil Diamond, Aerosmith, Elvis Costello, Willie Nelson, Yo-Yo Ma, LL Cool J, James Taylor, Philip Glass, Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill, Dixie Chicks, John Mayer, Jack White, and more.
360 Sound includes 300 rare and intimate photographs from the Columbia archives and sidebar discussions of crucial developments and performers written by eminent music historians Dave Marsh and Colin Escott. The book offers a virtual history of the music industry from its infancy, tracing Columbia’s pivotal technological as well as business innovations, not least its invention of the LP. It also reflects on the connection between Columbia’s artists and music and sweeping cultural and political changes, from the emergence of mass commercial culture to the rise of the civil rights movement and beyond.
The release of 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story will be celebrated with a launch event in New York on Oct. 30 th. Additionally there will be a retrospective exhibit at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles. An event is set for November 7 th at the Museum on opening day.
360 Sound author Sean Wilentz is one of the nation’s most prominent historians. His books and commentary on music, politics, and the arts have received numerous awards, including a Pulitzer Prize nomination, and his writing on music has been nominated for a Grammy Award. He is currently the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton University.
Dave Marsh has written more than 20 books on rock and popular music. He has written extensively for publications including Rolling Stone and Playboy. Since 2004, he has hosted a two hour weekly show on XM/Sirius Radio.
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This company’s web site http://www.columbiarecords.com/
For 125 years, Columbia Records has remained one of the most vibrant and storied names in prerecorded sound, nurturing the careers of legends such as Bessie Smith, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé, and many more. Written by distinguished historian Sean Wilentz, 360 Sound tells the story of the label's rich history as it interweaves threads of technical and social change with the creation of some of the greatest albums ever made. Featuring over 300 rare and revealing images from the Columbia archives, this lavishly illustrated celebration is a must-have for any serious music fan.
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