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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 12, 2006 / 14 Iyar, 5766

A silent publishing revolution

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If what I'm seeing is any indication, we're on the verge of some remarkable changes in the world of book publishing. And, it's all coming from folks who have access to computers, basic software programs as well as, oh yes, the Internet.


While many in the industry are awaiting the arrival of BookExpo America at the Washington Convention Center on May 19, some of the real excitement in publishing was to have happened on May 8.


That was the day SpiderWorks LLC, a Virginia-based firm, was due to release "The Xbox 360 Uncloaked," a look behind the scenes of the creation and launch of the Microsoft gaming computer, which broke as many hearts last Christmas, due to short supply, as it probably warmed.


The book is written by Dean Takahashi, a veteran tech reporter for the San Jose Mercury News whose work is respected by many in the industry. You can download an electronic version of the book for only $14.95; if you want a printed copy, it's $10 more. Details on the volume can be found at www.spiderworks.com.


But that print copy will come to you via Lulu.com, a print-on-demand book publisher in Morrisville, North Carolina. The four-year-old brainchild of Red Hat Software co-founder Bob Young, Lulu exists, a company statement says, "in order to foster a more open marketplace for intellectual property. ... At Lulu there is no gatekeeper, no grizzled editor deciding what and who is worthy of reaching the marketplace."


What that means to SpiderWorks and Mr. Takahashi is that they can set up a print book and not have to worry about warehousing, storage, shipping or any of the traditional elements of publishing. The electronic version is easy to download if one has a high-speed Internet connection. For print buyers, Mr. Young's Lulu handles the heavy lifting.


Lulu.com is, as advertised, accessible to individuals who want to be publishers as well. If you want to publish a book in a six-inch-by-nine-inch format, you can do so, either as a "perfect bound" paperback, a saddle-stitched booklet, a plastic-coil-bound book or one with hard covers, the latter with or without a dust jacket. The firm charges a binding fee of $4.53 per copy for the non-hardcover bindings, and $14 for a hardcover without a dust jacket, $15 with a dust jacket, plus 2-cents per page for printing. For a 300-page book, that can mean a base cost of between $10.53 and $21 for each copy, with no minimum order.


The technology is called print-on-demand and unlike some other printing ventures, Lulu requires you to be your own editor, or non-editor as the case may be. Upload your book as a PDF file and you're off to the races, but you must do your own layout and formatting, not to mention editing. Needless to say, the SpiderWorks firm did those things for Mr. Takahashi; others can find freelance editors and designers through listings on the Lulu site.


As you might imagine, the books for sale via Lulu.com vary all over the lot in terms of subject matter and quality. Some, such as Mr. Takahashi's Xbox tome, are very much like the commercially published books you'd find at Barnes & Noble; others are, well, probably best described as "acquired taste" items. Apart from that aspect, though, just imagine what the technology can do: it can make you an instant published author. While you may or may not become the next John Grisham as a result, a once-exclusive playing field is now a whole lot more level.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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