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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 July 5, 2012/ 15 Tammuz, 5772

If You Can Read This, Thank a Writer

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | We who work for newspapers have a love/hate relationship with the Internet. On the one hand, more people than ever -- millions every week -- are reading our product. On the other hand, fewer are paying for it. Search engines, such as Google, make it easier to look up information, but they're pirates that make money off print content without paying for it. Facebook and Twitter get our names in front of new noses for free, which is good, but those sites require constant care and feeding.

For young readers, paperless newspapers are preferable because they're presumed to be good for the environment. For old news hands, however, paperless means free. Well-meaning people now chime in and suggest that newspapers could make more money by dispensing with print. They don't understand that pop-up ads generally don't produce the revenue needed to bankroll a room full of editors and reporters.

With e-books, finally there's an advance that bridges the two worlds. Paperless need not mean payless anymore.

It's not a new technology, I know. I bought my parents a Kindle two years ago, and I've had my Nook for about as long. The Wall Street Journal reports that there are 40 million e-readers and 65 million tablets -- iPads and other devices. In the first quarter of this year, e-books generated more revenue than paper books.

The San Francisco Chronicle now boasts an iPad app and an e-edition, which allow readers to browse an on-screen version of the print edition.

Political writers have seized the opportunity to produce the sort of books on the presidential campaign trail that used to appear postelection but now run in installments as the election plays out. Already, writers at Politico and Real Clear Politics have released two books each on the 2012 presidential race.

The walls at the home of South Dakota author Joseph Bottum are lined with beautiful books carefully collected over a lifetime of loving literature. "I like the physical object of a book," Bottum told me. "It's a technology that I was trained very young to use." In this brave new world, this bibliophile is working on his third Kindle Single, this one on New York Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.

With magazines running shorter pieces on fluffy topics, Bottum told me, "the long-form essay has become harder and harder to place, which puts writers in an awkward spot. Either they write short or they write books." E-books signal an opportunity for strong writing to "find its natural market without the high overhead that magazines had."

Nick Dunne, the protagonist in Gillian Flynn's new novel, "Gone Girl," was a New York magazine writer before magazines began "shuttering, succumbing to a sudden infection brought on by the busted economy." He was on the top of the world -- actually getting paid to write -- when suddenly, he laments, writers "were like women's hat makers or buggy-whip manufacturers."

I read those words on an e-book. And I wonder whether technology and innovation finally have come to the rescue.

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