If I have accurately described you, and you believe you have what it takes, the journey you must make is a difficult one. The requirements of your challenge is below:
- Submit your contest entry within the next 7 days - The winner will be decided by public vote - Voting will be conducted by reader response on this blog - The vote will last for seven days and seven nights - Winning entry will be announced here and amplified by social media all throughiout the internet (over 8 billion webpages) - Title: “Storytellers: In Pursuit of Happiness” - Author: Thomas Jerome Baker (Title & Author must appear on the cover) - Any questions? Write to ==> firstname.lastname@example.org
** Opportunity knocks. Show off your talent to the world. Are you ready? Can you bring Botticelli’s Venus to life? Yes?
Here are the requirements your Audiobook Cover must meet:
Cover art submitted to ACX must meet the following requirements:
• Images must contain both the name of the title and author(s).
• Images must be no smaller than 2400 x 2400 pixels in size.
• The resolution of these images can be no smaller than 72 dpi.
• Images must be squared. The squared cover must be a true squared cover and cannot be rectangular with colored borders on the side (e.g., CD case cover/jacket).
• Images should be at least 24-bit.
• Images cannot refer to physical CD’s or media other than the audio presented.
• Jewel cases, promotional stickers, and cellophane are not allowed.
• Pornographic and offensive materials are not allowed.
Acceptable File Types
• JPG in RGB format only.
• Upload through ACX.com only.
Each image file should be named with a condensed name of the title. Alpha numeric characters only.
Adhering to Image Specifications
Below are image samples that depict what a properly formatted cover should look like, and some examples that would be rejected.
Cover A displays an appropriately formatted image that would be accepted into production. Native size 2400×2400 pixels (not to scale in this document), with a resolution of 72dpi. Some elements had to change size or placement to accommodate the square size.
Cover B is an example of a cover that’s been rejected for not meeting spec.
Although sized appropriately, we do not accept covers that add borders on the sides (in this example, white bars) of the original cover sized for print editions.
We are asking for true square covers (which may mean layout changes) to add into our production.
Another incorrect example is C.
It is essentially the same rectangular image in B, stretched to meet our image spec. This also goes for smaller sized images, Cover D, being scaled up to meet the size spec.
Although this does meet our size requirements, there is too much noise and pixelation added to the image when scaling up that prevents sharpness and readability.
Is hearing a book as good as reading one? This is possibly the wrong question to be asking in 2013. However, I will give my answer to this question after I share some amazing information with you. First of all, according to a recent CBS News report, Audiobooks have become a $1.2 Billion dollar industry. Evidently, there are a tremendous amount of people who enjoy listening to audiobooks.
Advantages of an Audiobook
Long distance runner? Listen to your favorite audiobook while you enjoy the scenery go by, exercising your body and your mind at the same time.
Commuting to work? Why not listen to Storytellers: The Pursuit of Happiness while commuting to and from work: car, subway, bus, train, ferry, bicycle, walking, your audiobook is the perfect companion. A good audiobook can make your daily commute seem like a walk around the block.
Multitasking: Is there anyone left on the planet who only does one thing at a time anymore? In this busy world we live in, time is a precious commodity. Very few people can afford to do only one thing at a time nowadays.
Who is listening to audiobooks?
74% of those who download audiobooks through public libraries are women. Most are between the ages of 30 and 59 with a college or postgraduate degree, a study by Overdrive downloading service showed.
Most audiobook listeners are commuters. According to the The Times, they make up 47 percent, while 25 percent listen as they’re working around the house, and 23 percent listen while exercising.
Matthew Thornton of Audible, Amazon’s audiobook publisher: “We’re seeing heavy growth among younger listeners, people in and getting out of college who are part of the emerging app culture.”
A Wall Street Journal story (The New Explosion In Audiobooks) described how sales of audiobooks have “jumped by double digits in recent years,” and “shifts in digital technology have broadened the pool of potential listeners to include anyone with a smartphone.” The New York Times noted in June that audiobook sales went up 22 percent from 2011 to 2012.
Digital innovation isn’t just changing the way audio books are created, packaged and sold.
It’s starting to reshape the way readers consume literature, creating a new breed of literary omnivores who see narrated books and text as interchangeable.
Last year, the audio book producer and retailer Audible unveiled a long-awaited syncing feature that allows book lovers to switch seamlessly between an e-book and a digital audio book, picking up the story at precisely the same sentence.
So far, Audible, which is owned by Amazon, has paired some 26,000 ebooks with professional narrations. The company is adding more than 1,000 titles a month and aims to eventually bring the number to close to 100,000.
Finally, is hearing a book as good as reading one?
Yes, hearing a book is as good as reading one, there can be no doubt about that. The evidence overwhelmingly points this fact out, and most experts predict that the audiobook trend will continue to increase in the future. We are talking about a Billion dollar industry, after all. The Audiobook industry is big, and it will only get bigger as innovation and technology responds to the demand for more audiobooks in the ears of more people…
I’d like to finish by inviting you to listen to a preview of my new audiobook: Storytellers: The Pursuit of Happiness. It is performed, in multiple voices, by the talented voice actor, Mr. Rich Crankshaw. You will surely agree that he has made this book come alive with his skills as a voice actor. His voice range is rich and wide in diversity, able to play multiple characters, as he does in this book. This audiobook will be coming out very soon. Be sure to get your copy early. I thank you in advance for your support.
TESOL is now accepting proposals for a new series that will consist of 80-page books addressing the challenges specific to certain contexts for teaching English language learners.
Scope and Purpose of the Series
The Perspectives on Teaching in Different Contexts series is aimed at raising awareness of the challenges that are specific to a given teaching context both within and outside the United States, from intensive English programs (IEPs) to private tutoring. The books will use concise, accessible language to identify the needs of the learners within a given context and then explain which lesson formats, strategies, and resources most effectively address those needs.
For details on the Perspectives series please see the articles in the 14 August 2013 and 13 September 2013 editions of TESOL’s English Language Bulletin.
The audience for the series includes preservice and in-service English language teachers (ELTs). The series will be particularly useful for those completing their teacher training and considering employment opportunities. The language and content should also be appropriate for experienced language educators who are preparing to teach in a new context and would like to learn what can be transferred and what needs to be adapted.
The project is envisioned as a series of 80-page books, each addressing a different teaching context. Topics limited to a certain geographical region(s) will be considered.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- Intensive English programs (IEPs) at universities - Intensive English programs (IEPs) at private language schools - Community colleges - Adult education - Business English for corporations - English for specific purposes (ESP) - K–12 programs (including large groups in an EFL setting) - Early-childhood programs - Private tutoring (face-to-face and online) - Boarding schools
Length: 80 pages/book (about 20,000 words)
Each book will follow a similar format consisting of the following sections:
- Explanation of the needs of ELLs within the context - Other concerns (e.g., administrative challenges) - Lesson planning: format, materials needed, available resources, objectives, procedures, classroom/ teaching strategies, and assessments - Questions for reflection
Authors should be ELT professionals who have considerable teaching experience in their respective contexts.
Please submit a 500-word proposal for initial consideration by 30 September 2013. E-mail one copy of the proposal, a current CV, and contact information to:
A 500-word summary of the proposed topic that describes the following:
- Explanation of concerns specific to a teaching context - Suggestions for strategies and resources that best meet the needs of ELLs in that context. - A list of conferences or professional meetings at which parts or all of the contents have been presented.
Proposals will be judged on the appropriateness for the series format.
TESOL asks all contributors to assign their copyright to the Association. The author(s) will be asked to sign a contract during the production cycle for the book. Please do not submit work that has been previously published, is currently under consideration elsewhere, or is already under contract, and do not submit work for which you wish to retain copyright.
http://on.fb.me/11VrDfr My new book, “I Live In Chile” is almost ready! It is planned to be out in time to celebrate Chile’s Independence Day, the 18th of September, or as it is known here in Chile, “El Dieceocho”.
I have been experimenting with a visual solution for one comment I received from a Chilean that said, “In Chile we don’t walk around dressed as cowboys and dancing cueca all the time.” However, the exception is during the month of September, when it is a common to participate in many traditional dances and related activities.
So, how do I represent this aspect of Chilean culture, legitimately?
The answer: Meet my brother-in-law, Bernardo León, and his wife, Fabiola. They are the proud owners of a business that is intimately connected with Chilean tradition and culture, called, “Punta y Taco”. Punta y Taco is best translated as “Heel and Toe”, which are two crucial elements in dancing the national dance, “La Cueca”.
Bernardo and Fabioña, as owners of “Punta y Taco” sell traditional Chilean clothing and accessories for dancing cueca: shoes, boots, spurs, hats, ponchos, pants, dresses, skirts, shirts, handkerchiefs, etc. Also, if you would like to learn how to dance cueca, you can find no better teachers than this couple. You can find them at: Av. 21 de Mayo 3225, Local #92, 4030000 Concepción, Chile email: email@example.com
Bernardo and Fabiola have danced cueca with their hearts and souls for the past 45 years (all their lives), since they were both old enough to walk! Have a look for yourself. Here’s Bernardo and Fabiola, dancing the national dance, “La Cueca”!
Chile, I can assure you, is breathtakingly beautiful. Snow-capped volcanoes, glistening glaciers, fire and ice to the south, moving north we begin to find turquoise blue rivers and lakes, a never ending mountain chain, the bluest of the bluest waters, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and passing the fertile central valley, we discover the worlds’ driest desert to the north, the Great Atacama. Believe it or not, flowers grow, naturally, in this desert.
Chile has it all. It’s a marvelous country. Try to dream it, and she will defy your dream. Try to imagine her, and Chile will defy your imagination. Chile, as I said before, has it all…and then some.
Yet beyond all this, Chile is also, people. In fact, after one recovers from Chile’s great natural beauty, her people remain, ever present, across the centuries of recorded time…, and then some.
The people are here. They were here. They will always be here. Close your eyes. Open them again now. The people, they are still there…
They smile, they laugh, they cry, they sing and they dance. They are real. They are here…
The Chile I live in is one of the most beautiful countries on Earth. Yet even more beautiful than Chile herself, is her people. With a great sense of humility, I proudly say, “I Live In Chile”… ¡Viva Chile!
Come along for the journey. It has taken me twelve years to discover her, and when I look at her from all the viewpoints available to me, I can only say two things, 1. She has personality, and, 2. She is beautiful…