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The Dark Side of Peter Pan

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"All children except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up …this is the beginning of the end." The first paragraph of James Barrie's classic story, Peter Pan, introduced its central theme. It sounds innocent, but a look into James Barrie's life gives it a more sinister twist.

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James Barrie, creator of Peter Pan, ended up famous and rich, but a sad and lonely man. He was described as looking prematurely old and withered. Just before he died in 1937, he willed all proceeds from the copyright of Peter Pan to London's Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children. Millions of dollars were realized from the bequest. Under British law, copyrights may extend no longer than 50 years before becoming public property. In this special case, Parliament made an exception and allowed the hospital to continue offering the world's best pediatric care because of the boy who never grew up.

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Why Books Are Important in the World.

Why Books Are Important in the World. | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

"Nothing can add to our intellect more than reading a book.  In books, we can experience new things that we would not normally be able to experience. With an active imagination, you can go to other worlds or made up worlds. Books can change our lives and other people’s lives. Reading can make us more intelligent. Without reading we wouldn’t know anything that we know today. Our forefathers have taught us more than we know."


Via Tracy Kauffman
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Books are who we are, where we have been, where we are going!

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New Smashwords Research Helps Authors and Publishers Sell More Ebooks

New Smashwords Research Helps Authors and Publishers Sell More Ebooks | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Don't let data-driven decision-making cause you to make stupid decisions.

 

Last year at the 2012 RT Booklovers in Chicago, I released a first-of-its-kind study that analyzed sales data for self-published ebooks. Our goal was to identify potential factors that could help authors sell more ebooks.

Two weeks ago at the 2013 RT Booklovers convention in Kansas City, I shared new, updated data in a session titled, Money, Money, Money -- Facts & Figures for Financial Payoff.

Some of the results were surprising, some were silly, and some I expect will help authors and publishers make their ebooks more appealing to consumers

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I haven't ventured into Smashwords but from the sound of thie article, I may be missing out!

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