Sunday Rally Dispatch is a collection of news updates of interest to our poet-blogger community members. I've collected announcements from diverse sources in order to attempt a reflection of the geographic and cultural diversity of our community. Your contributions from your area of the world or interests are welcome. Please forward them to Jamie Dedes at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contributions will be subject to editorial discretion and space constraints. Feedback welcome.
LIVING THE [SELF] PUBLISHING DREAM: Barnes & Noble (B & N) offers self-publishing poets and writers expanded DIY (do it yourself) eBook options with the launch of its PubIt! platform, which enables them to make their works available through BN.com and across a range of e-readers. You need a B & N account, and you need to register with PubIt!. Apparently, you can upload books directly in ePub format, but you can also upload them in HTML, RTF, TXT, DOC or DOCX. Then, B & N claims, PubIt! will automatically convert your book to ePub.
With this across-device ePub format, you might have your book up and for sale with 72 hours. B & N offers 65% in royalties and allows books to be priced from $0.99 to $199.99. It's is the more flexible pricing platform. Amazon offers 70-percent, with rates applying to books priced from $2.99 and $9.99.
B & N extends two promises:
- automatic conversion and
- the Nook emulator.
The later allows previews of how your digital text will appear. However, some users report difficulty getting either of these to work. It could take time for B & N to refine this service to make it wholly accessible. When and if that happens, it would offer an alternative or addition to Amazon’s Kindle format. [This is meant as information only. It is not an endorsement of PubIt! or any other self-publishing platform nor is it to be read as an endorsement of or recommendation to self-publish.]
CHINESE POET/BLOGGER/ACTIVIST JAILED: BEIJING — Liu Xiaobo, an impassioned literary critic, political essayist and democracy advocate repeatedly jailed by the Chinese government for his activism, has won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of “his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” MORE [New York Times, October 8, 2010]
POETS ARE ROCKSTARS: “What poets do is one of the absolute coolest forms of expression I’ve ever known, and many of them writing today are doing things with poetry that make my hair stand on end in excitement. Some of them make me want to run out in the streets and howl. Some of them make me feel human. They can, through the manipulation of words, set things straight in my head that have tossed around like clothes in a dryer for months, years. POETS LIGHT ME UP.” Death of the Underdog, An Open Letter to Poetry, Jen Woods, Editor, Typecast Publishing SOURCE [The Hustle Montage]
HOWLING ABOUT HOWL, Allen Ginsberg’s controversial book-length poem comes to the screen: “It's hardly an easy sell: take Allen Ginsberg's hallucinatory epic poem Howl and turn it into a movie, highlighting the social context of its creation and publication as well as Ginsberg's personal motivation. It sounds like a university thesis - and in some ways Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's film is not unlike that - but Howl [the movie] is much more than an academic portrayal of the birth of American literary counterculture. It's also a provocative and moving attempt to address concepts of freedom of expression constructed in a manner designed to reflect both the poem that inspired it and the debate that pursued it.” MORE. SOURCE: [The Quietus] The schedule of U.S. showings is here. On September 24, 2010 became available via Cable Vod.