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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Interview with Author Daniel Simone



1.      Daniel, what inspired you to write your new book?  When the Pierre robbery took place in 1972, it spun in the national headlines for 6 months. It was a sensational crime that amused the public and entranced the media. How it was engineered, and how polite and sensitive the robbers had been with the hostages was fascinating to me.  Also, it was a unique crime because the authorities were clueless, and still are to date. It was a perfectly executed heist by astute, sophisticated criminals. And when the sole surviving gunmen, Nick Sacco, contacted my agent, I leaped at the opportunity to have him collaborate with me on the book. 

2.      What is it about? The story is about the famous 1972 Pierre Hotel armed robbery.  The Pierre is a New York landmark that hosts presidents, kings, and queens.  The theme is also about greed, lust, betrayal, political corruption, and a moving romance. Eight Mafia backed gunmen held the hotel under siege for 3 hours, ransacked the guests' safe deposit boxes, and made off with $27,000,000 in cash and jewels. (In 1972, $27,000,000 was equivalent to a quarter of a billion dollars at present value).  That night, the hotel hosted 388 guests, and you can well imagine the situations that arose in those 3 hours with so many people under one roof. But incredibly, whatever happenstances cropped, the robbers were prepared to deal with them without harming anyone. And some of the whirling activity that developed was actually comedic. At the end of the robbery, as a token for the inconvenience the gunmen caused the hostages, they gave each of them a twenty-dollar bill.  The book is also about a heart-wrenching loves story that ended in a tragedy.

3.      So where are the jewels? Come on, tell us!! Shortly after the robbery, the robbers began double-crossing one another, and in the process they squandered most of the loot, except for Nick Sacco, who at the time was the wealthiest jewel thief in the country, if not the world, and the most wanted by the FBI.  Unfortunately, after Sacco entered the Federal Witness Protection Program for an unrelated matter, he couldn't suppress his gambling addiction, and no longer earning as he did in his days of glory as a jewel thief, lost his fortune of approximately $11,000,000.  

4.      What is so interesting about your book that it should be the one people buy if they only buy one book? The book is written in the style of a novel, a genre` called Narrative Non-Fiction.  And because it reads like a novel with vivid dialogues, character development, and dramatic scenes, it's entertaining to a broad audience and not just to true crime fans.  In addition, the book is quite informative, imparting relatively unknown facts that the readers will find amusing and interesting.  And as aforementioned, it isn't a story merely about a robbery; rather it's about a faction of obscure people, their unconventional lifestyle, and the consequences of their actions and mentality.  And of course, lust and betrayal are always appealing to all. More intriguing, the frustrated and baffled authorities, who could not solve the heist, adds another color to the plot.  The story is weaved in a cinematic and suspenseful yarn. In fact, it has already been optioned for a full feature film by Titan Steel Productions. 

5.      Why do these true crime mysteries capture our imagination? True crime captures our fascination because of how criminals are glamorously portrayed by the media and by Hollywood. As a result, they're regarded as heroes, such as Don Corleone in the Godfather, and Henry Hill in Goodfellas.  And our subconscious yearns to lead a life of a debonair, powerful, influential gangster.  But in reality, there's nothing glamorous or suave about those individuals.  On the contrary, 99% of them can hardly scratch a living and are unable to support their families. Most have vices, drugs, alcohol, and gambling.  And they're constantly under the fear of an imminent arrest or of being murdered by a rival. Consequently, their families suffer, and it's a rarity for a career gangster to die at home of old age in his own bed.  Most of them are either killed or die in prison.

6.      How are you marketing your book? My marketing strategies are an array of promotional campaigns, but the most effective are appearances in print and TV media outlets. I prefer to avoid book reviewers. They can be unpredictable without a cause. For instance, a reviewer could praise a book that has no merits, and dispraise the best book on the market.  Submitting a book for a review is a dangerous proposition.

7.      Any advice for struggling writers? My advice to aspiring writers is most of all not to be defeated by the uphill road to publishing.  First and foremost, a writer must have a literary agent, and it's almost impossible to recruit a worthy one to represent the manuscript of an unpublished author. I recommend to devise a sensational topic for a book written in a unique, engaging style. I also suggest for a writer to associate himself or herself with an established author and negotiate a co-author arrangement.  A joint venture with a known, published writer is usually  the key to attract an agent.  But above all, never become disenchanted and discouraged. Those who lose their drive to plow forward despite the rejections, will surely lose the quest to see their books published.

8.      Where do you see the future of book publishing is heading? Book publishing has been on a declining slope, and I anticipate that downward trend to  continue. Sadly, everyone of the current generation, and even the older generation, is too engrossed into smart phones, and no one seems to find time to curl up with a book. Perhaps, the best advice I should give to an aspiring writer is to write apps instead of books, or to write screenplays. But that's a whole different conversation for another time.  I truly hope I'm wrong about my negative projection of the current publishing trend.

THE PIERRE HOTEL AFFAIR by Daniel Simone is now available for pre-orders on Barnes & Noble and on Amazon.com. This is the inside scoop of a sensational and famous robbery of the world-famed Pierre Hotel, a New York landmark that has hosted presidents, kings, and queens. The sole surviving armed robber of that bold caper, Nick Sacco, collaborated with Daniel Simone, unveiling never-before-told facts and explosive revelations about the largest unrecovered jewel heist in history.... It is also the story of a love affair that ended in a heart wrenching tragedy. DRAMATIC GRIPPING, AND SUSPENSFUL!
The Pierre Hotel Affair by Daniel Simone and Nick Sacco will be published by Pegasus in May 2017. It will also be available in hard cover, ebook form, and audio CD and can now be preordered at a discount on Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com. See link below:
https://www.amazon.com/Pierre-Hotel-Affair-Gen…/…/168177402X
                               
About the author:  Daniel Simone, born in New York City, is an American author who specializes in writing about sensational crimes in collaboration with one of the perpetrators or investigators of the actual event. He specializes in the narrative non-fiction genre, a stylistic fashion of crafting a true story in the form of a novel, coloring the theme with character dialogues, and vivid scenes dramatized with action and suspense. These elements enliven a story, heightening the intrigue and entertainment of the readers. Simone co-wrote with Henry Hill the The Lufthansa Heist. In early 2015, Simone and a collaborator completed a revelatory, and quite explosive, project about the Charles Manson murder convictions, a forthcoming book exposing never-before-told facts. Simone has also published approximately 130 feature stories in several print publications. See www.DanielSimone.net for more information.

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Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog 2017©. Born and raised in Brooklyn, now resides in Westchester. Named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs

Interview with author David Clapham



The Special and the Ordinary


1. What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book?
Most of us encounter friends or colleagues, or have other members of the family, who are distinctly more talented or ambitious or charismatic than ourselves. What should we do about these ‘special’ people?
I wanted to discuss how ‘special’ people can get away with behavior that is unacceptable from ordinary people; and to present ordinary people finding satisfaction in their lives.

2. What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader?
This coming-of-age tale follows childhood friends, John and Martin, from their youth to adulthood as they grow up in the industrial city of Porterfield, Britain, during the post World War II eras of the 1950s and 1960…John’s “ordinary” persona is shy, intelligent, musically disposed, and exudes a serious approach to establishing himself as a musician…But, on the other end of the spectrum is Martin, whose “special” persona is charismatic, intelligent, precocious and exudes a lax approach to his path in life… While John works diligently to become rooted in the world as a classical musician, Martin easily flits, from being an evangelist to a faith healer to the legal field… The targeted reader is anybody who likes a thought-provoking novel with plenty of humorous incidents. Anyone who is musical (though this is by no means necessary to appreciate the story) will find plenty of interest. 

3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down?
First the ‘special‘ side: I hope readers will be more skeptical of the importance of apparently special people, living or dead; more inclined to question why they are supposed to be so special. The full story is often much more complicated than is presented. For example, evolution is too much associated with Darwin, because scientists are often careless about the history of their subject. But many writers anticipated Darwin in evolutionary theory, despite the term ‘Darwinism’. Then the ‘ordinary’ side: you don’t have to be famous to find satisfaction in your life.

4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?
I benefitted greatly from professional editorial advice, particularly from developmental editors who take the whole narrative into account. For both The Special and the Ordinary and my earlier Odd Socks I paid for editing at the Jacqui Bennett Writers Bureau and then bought  packages from iUniverse that included developmental editing. Valuable advice was ‘Show, don’t tell’ – which often means using dialogue to reveal personality and to narrate; and ‘Don’t change viewpoint in the middle of a scene’ – which editors regard as very amateurish. I followed the editorial recommendations with minimal argument because I had learned the hard way from my scientific publishing that it is best to comply with reviewers’ and editors’ recommendations.

5. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
The market for novels is super-saturated. A traditional publisher wants to have some selling line related to the peculiarities of the author. Otherwise the author can resort to self-publishing. He can take comfort from the fact that traditional publishers often miss good and best-selling novels. For example, Faber and Faber passed on a political novel to their publishers’ reader, T.S. Eliot, who turned it down on the grounds of literary weakness. He also commented that he was aware that he was probably at the same time rejecting the opportunity to publish the author’s next novel. Titles? Animal Farm and 1984, by George Orwell; best-selling novels on lists of 100 greatest books of all time.

6. What great challenges did you have in writing your book?
I can usually think of plenty of material to write about, and can construct dialogue, but I have problems in organizing the narrative. I’m inclined to write a scene and then ask how did the characters get into all this, and then go back in time to explain. Editors don’t like this and want a more chronological narrative. They complain that I hop through time.

7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
The Special and the Ordinary is topical, because President Trump is a splendid example of a ‘special’ person like my character Martin Holford who is forgiven for behavior that would normally be unacceptable. In contrast, the internet, which is always topical, is an example of a movement where many ordinary people like my Johan Haworth, unknown to the general public, have come up with lots of good ideas that have collectively transformed daily life.

About the Author: David Clapham grew up in Sheffield, England, and received a bachelor’s degree in Botany from the University of Oxford. After working for five years at the Welsh Plant Breeding Station at Aberystwyth, Wales, he moved to Uppsala in 1973 where he still lives today. He is an emeritus researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and a consultant for a forest company.  David and his Swedish wife Lena have two children. The Special and the Ordinary is his second novel, after his earlier Odd Socks. For more info, please consult: www.davidhclapham.com

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How Authors Should Promote Books On News Trends



What’s trending in the news that authors should capitalize on to promote their books?

One of the best ways to promote a book is to position the author as an expert on a timely topic during a news cycle that seems friendly towards such topic. But timing, positioning and execution are paramount to the success of the news chaser.

So what should one connect to and exploit for media coverage?

First, anticipate the news cycle.  If this week the discussion is about Fox TV’s work environment and the decline of cable television’s top star, how will the story play out the following week, if at all?  You want to get ahead of the curve and anticipate where this will go.

Second, think about things that are certain to come up, such as graduation season, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, NHL and NBA championships, PGA US Open, Memorial Day BBQ’s, summer vacations, and honorary days –weeks – months and anniversaries of major events or birth-death dates of famous people.  Peg your story to these things and you instantly sound relevant.

Third, look at cycles and patterns.  Study polls and surveys.  Can you make some outrageous claims or raise major questions based on the data you’ve examined?  Can you make some wild predictions?  Go for it!

Fourth, know that what’s being covered will soon dry up.  Unless something new happens soon, Korea will become a smaller story.  Look at how the Russia scandal gets very little play now. Here today, gone tomorrow, so don’t anchor yourself to a sinking ship.

Fifth, look to past media coverage for ideas.  Scan the headlines of June 2016 or June 2015 to alert yourself to the types of seasonal stories that may be covered this June. Borrow some ideas – or realize you need to pitch fresh ones if some of them were overdone.

Sixth, think outside your genre.  Just because you write a health or business book doesn’t mean you can’t be a political, parenting or faith story depending on how you’d crossover or merge two seemingly separate spaces.

Seven, go beyond your reader demographic.  If your book is for women, come up with male-centric story ideas.  Instead of pushing a story about what women want from a relationship, go to the men’s side and push a story about “What men need to know about what women want in a relationship.”

Eight, shrink your targeted reader into silos.  If you wrote a general book about personal finance, send out niche story ideas:  How Hispanics need to follow these five steps to get their finances in order – or – How to discuss money with your kids.

Nine, look at the news every day, from multiple sources and media outlets.  Determine which story you have the best chance of latching onto and develop at least five pitches.  Send them all out, dividing them up amongst a variety of media outlets.  Spray and pray – see what works by throwing it all out there.

Lastly, tie into the news by:

  • Demanding some type of action step.
  • Questioning what’s been reported.
  • Offering unique insight/advice/information.
  • Showing why or how a story is likely to be resolved.
Being an author and book promoter means you are a story teller, an entertainer, a researcher, an expert, and a unique personality all rolled into one.  Use the news to make news.  Be a news maker by going after what already makes the news -- or will soon.

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Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog 2017©. Born and raised in Brooklyn, now resides in Westchester. Named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs

Monday, April 24, 2017

Interview with author Robert Eggleton




Rarity from the Hollow: A Tragic, Comedic, and Satiric Science Fiction Adventure that Supports the Prevention of Child Maltreatment


1. What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book?
Thanks, Brian, for inviting me to tell your readers a little about myself and my debut novel, Rarity from the Hollow. I’m a retired children’s psychotherapist with over forty years in the field of children’s advocacy. Most of my writing has been nonfiction: nationally distributed social service models for serving youth in the community as opposed to sending them off to giant institutions; research on foster care drift with children bouncing from one home to the next without ever establishing permanency; dozens of investigative reports published by the West Virginia Supreme Court on systemic issues affecting child welfare; statistical reports on the occurrence and correlates of child abuse and delinquency…. These documents are now archived by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

Over the years, I’ve been exposed to or directly involved in hundreds of situations involving traumatized kids – experiences that tugged at my heart strings, hard. In 2002, I went to work at our local mental health center. It was a day program for kids with serious mental health concerns, many having been maltreated, some sexually abused. Part of my job was to facilitate group therapy sessions. It was the type of job that I brought home after work, and the first job that I’d held since college that production of written work was not part of my job description. The need to write started churning inside me. I’d dabbled in fiction and poetry as a young man, having won the eighth grade short story competition and a few poems had been published, including one in our state’s Annual College Student Anthology, so I started writing fiction again. Initially, my reemergence into fiction writing was in pursuit of psychological relief from work stress rather than to produce anything meaningful for others to read.  

One day in 2006, I met a skinny little girl during a group therapy session. Instead of merely disclosing the horrors of her maltreatment by one of the meanest daddies on Earth, she also spoke of her hopes and dreams for the future. My protagonist was born that day, Lacy Dawn: an empowered victim who confronts the evils of the universe. I started writing fiction after work, sometimes late into the evenings. It was exhausting, but when I felt so discouraged with the condition of the book marketplace that I was about to give up, I found another source of inspiration. I decided to donate half of author proceeds to the prevention of child maltreatment. After identifying a worthwhile recipient,  http://www.childhswv.org/, this inspiration continues to sustain my drive to write fiction.

2. What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader?
In a nutshell, Rarity from the Hollow is a story of victimization to empowerment filled with tragedy, comedy, and satire. A most unlikely savior of the universe organizes a team of zany characters to address an imminent threat to the universe. Due to its social commentary and political allegory, not because of sexual or violent content, the target audience is adults who are not prudish, faint-of-heart, or easily offended. 

3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down?
My hope is that readers of Rarity from the Hollow will be sensitized to the huge social problem of increasing child maltreatment in the world and its potential impact on civilization. There is nothing preachy in the story. It was written for enjoyment as a strategy to provide food for thought to last a long time, as opposed to a tragedy that one wants to push out-of-mind as quickly as possible. Its political allegory does not advocate for one position or any other, pure parody of both extreme capitalism and democratic socialism based on my understanding of positions held by Donald Trump back when he was on The Apprentice, and those held by Bernie Sanders. Some readers of my novel may question the logic of President Trump’s proposed budgets cuts of domestic spending, as will affect child welfare services, while others may not. But, I hope that all readers of my novel will at least give serious consideration to the impact regardless of their politics. Further, I hope that readers of my novel will consider making charitable contributions to programs that prevent child maltreatment among other worthwhile causes when they are in a position to make personal donations.    

4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?
As a novice to the fiction marketplace with only a debut novel and a few published stories, I’m no expert. I have noticed that a lot of debut novelists seem to put everything, perhaps to a fault, into their creations, and soon seem to fade into the sunset. My best advice to fellow writers would be to look at the long haul. It is not likely that one will be discovered like Elvis singing on the porch stoop of an apartment in a low-income neighborhood. Do not bet the family farm that you will be discovered as an author just because you are a great writer who has produced a remarkable piece. Be patient with ongoing persistence. Keep writing and submitting with conservative expectations and investments. 

5. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
Again as a novice, I see the book world and industry heading toward increasing standardization. Despite the advent of self-publishing which was expected to open-wide the doors of free speech and creativity, our culture seems to repeating the same themes over and over again. Beat Poet Ferlinghetti warned about the impact of the conglomeration of publishers. In my opinion, his warning was prophetic. I hope that I’m wrong. I don’t know if it’s true, but I’ve read that Big Five publishers spend tens of thousands of dollars promoting a single title. I’m not highly well-read in the most popular Young Adult and Romance genres, but of the several that I have read, they feel cookie-cutter. Like everybody else, I receive email spam. The other day, I received an advert for a software program that, essentially, writes your book for you after you plug in details, like character names, etc. Indie authors who strive to produce avant-garde works, even though publication is more possible at a lower cost today than ever before, face stiff competition. Due to their proliferation, books are now the cheapest form of entertainment available – many for free or 99¢. Competition by other forms of entertainment, enhanced by technology, such as special effects in movies and video games, seems to have reduced readerships. Perhaps related, action-based plots in genre fiction seem to be dominating more literary techniques. In the field of science fiction, which I love, for the last couple of years an organization named the Sad Puppies have protested in favor of pulp fiction at the Hugo Award ceremonies. Again, these are my observations as a novice author, mostly a reader and lover of books.    

6. What great challenges did you have in writing your book?
The only major challenge that I experienced with the actual writing of Rarity from the Hollow was when cutting great scenes that just didn’t fit the story. I struggled with debate over either cutting them or revising the story to make the scenes fit because they were so good. My challenge has been with promotions after the book was finished. It is a traditional small press publication. This was great because I’ve never had to spend any money on anything to get it published, but small presses have next to no advertising budget. I’ve spent much more time promoting my debut novel than it took to write it.

7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
As the author, I recommend that prospective readers buy Rarity from the Hollow because it is a fun read with meaningful content that is enough food for thought to last a long time. Early tragedy in the story feeds and amplifies subsequent comedy and satire. This means that readers will get a bigger bang for their time spent reading than if they had selected a book quickly forgotten after the last page. 

About the author:
Robert Eggleton has served as a children's advocate in an impoverished state for over forty years. Locally, he is best known for his nonfiction about children’s programs and issues, much of which was published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from1982 through 1997. Today, he is a retired children's psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia, where he specialized in helping victims cope with and overcome maltreatment and other mental health concerns. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel. Its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines.  Rarity from the Hollow

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A Timeline Of The History of Printing



YEAR             EVENT

3100 BC          Cuneiform, one of the earliest known writing systems was developed in Sumer (modern day Iraq). Wedge-shaped marks were made on clay tablets by a blunt stylus cut from a reed.

3000                Papyrus plant, paper-like material used as a writing surface in Egypt.  Ink from lamp-black made in China.

500                  Amate, a beaten paper-like material, made in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. Parchment, a material made from processed animal skin, used as a writing surface in Pergamon (Anatolian Greece, Asia Minor, now Turkey).

100                  Paper invented in China by monks. Codex book form emerges in the Roman Empire. Coptic binding in Egypt.

200                  Woodblock printing in China.

868                  The oldest dated printed text known:  The Diamond Sutra, a Chinese translation of a Buddhist text now preserved in the British Library.

932                  Chinese printers adapt Wood-block printing to mass produce classical books.

1041                Movable type invented in China.

1282                Watermarks first used in Italian-made paper.

1309                Paper first used in England.

1377                World’s oldest extant book printed with movable metal type Baekun Hwasang Chorok Buljo Jikji Simche Yojeol published in Cheungju Korea, now at the Bibliotheque Nationale.

1438-44           Adjustable type mold developed by Johannes Guttenberg in Mainz (Germany)

1454                First dated European document:  a papal indulgence attributed to Gutenberg.

1455                Gutenberg’s Bible completed by his creditor Johann Fust and his own workman Peter Schoeffer.

1462                Fust and Schoeffer first to use a printer’s mark.

1539                Juan Pablos (Giovanni Paoli) became the first printer in North America (Mexico City).

1563                Printing in France forbidden without royal permission under penalty of death.

1584                The University Press at Cambridge begins operation, and has done so continuously since.  It lays claim to being both the world’s oldest university press in and the oldest printing and publishing house.

1600                Spain outlaws papermaking in its New World colonies.

1611                Publication of the first edition of the King James Bible.

1655                The London Gazette, first regularly published English newspaper.

1690                Papermaking in America (Philadelphia).

1710                Statue of Anne regulates copyright in Great Britain.

1731                Poor Richard’s Almanac, published by Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1735                Publisher John Peter Zenger acquitted of libel in colonial New York City, setting the legal standard.

1755                A Dictionary of the English Language by Samuel Johnson.

1768                Encyclopedia Britannica is published.

1775                Common Sense by Thomas Paine is released.

1810                Composition ink rollers developed in London to replace ink balls.  The History of Printing in America by Isaiah Thomas.

1825                Typographia ty Thomas Curson Hansard is published.  Louis John Pouchée, a London type founder, produces ornamented types now regarded among the best of their kind.

1830                Paperback books appear in England and Ireland.

1839                Practical photography developed.

1851                Paper made from wood pulp.

1866                American Printer.  A Manual of Typography by Thomas MacKellar is published.

1875                Mimeograph invented by Thomas Edison.

1884                Grolier Club, a bibliophilic organization, founded in New York

1886                Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works.  Historic Printing Types by Theodore Low Devinne.

1892                Biliographical Society (of London) founded.

1904                The Bibliographical Society of America established.

1905                The Society of Printers established in Boston.

1919                The Newberry Library establishes the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing.
1927                Society of Typographic Arts founded in Chicago.

1937                The American Imprint Inventory begins under Douglas C. McMurtrie a Depression-era section the Historical Records Survey to identify and catalogue US imprints produced before 1800 (1890 west of the Mississippi). Suspended in 1942.

1943                Papermaking:  The History and Technique of an Ancient Craft by Dard Hunter is published.

1946                Bookbinding, Its Background and Technique by Edith Diehl is published.

1955                Printing for Pleasure by John Ryder, it popularized the amateur and fine press movement after World War II.

1957                Association Typographique Internationale (A TypI).

1964                Printing Historical Society founded in London.

1971                Project Gutenberg, oldest digital library of public domain books launched.

1974                American Printing History Association founded.  The Center for Book Arts founded in New York, the first not-for-profit organization of its kind in the United States.

1983                Desktop publishing appears.

1985                Minnesota Center for Book Arts opens in Minneapolis.

1991                World Wide Web is launched.

1995                Amazon.com founded.

1996                Fine Press Book Association founded.

1999                Blogger online self-publishing app launches.

2001                Wikipedia, a free, online collaborative encyclopedia, is launched.

2004                Facebook social network launched.

2006                Twitter social networking service launched.  It allows users to send and read 140-character messages called “tweets.”

2007                Kindle e-reader developed by Amazon.com.

2008                College Book Art Association is formed, professionalizing book art education, supporting academic book artists and students, setting standards, and promoting the field.

2009                Nook e-reader developed by Barnes & Noble.

2010                Apple iPad tablet introduced.

2012                London Centre for Book Arts opens.

Note: Excerpted from The Printing History Association 


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Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog 2017©. Born and raised in Brooklyn, now resides in Westchester. Named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs