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Publishing Notes: Amazon v. Walmart

January 31st, 2014 Comments off

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Here is the latest summary of Amazon’s financial results and condition. Recent reports have indicated that Walmart is planning to go head-to-head with Amazon in the future. That should prove interesting! Just to give you some perspective of just how huge Walmart is, I looked at their 2014 operating income results: $39 BILLION dollars, with total revenue of $469 BILLION dollars.

So, if Walmart is serious about trying to take on Amazon, if I were Amazon, I’d be a bit on the nervous side!!

Amazon’s net sales increased 22 percent to $74.45 billion in 2013, as compared to $61.09 billion in 201, the company revealed today. The company’s net sales increased 20 percent to $25.59 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013, as compared with $21.27 billion in fourth quarter of 2012.

Amazon’s operating income increased 10% to $745 million, compared with $676 million in 2012. The unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the year on operating income was $29 million. Net income was $274 million, or $0.59 per diluted share, compared with net loss of $39 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, in 2012.

“It’s a good time to be an Amazon customer. You can now read your Kindle gate-to-gate, get instant on-device tech support via our revolutionary Mayday button, and have packages delivered to your door even on Sundays,” stated Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com.

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Who Spends the Most Time Reading?

July 1st, 2013 Comments off

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Sign of the Times: Progressive Children’s Curriculum

February 16th, 2011 19 comments

Spiritual Lessons for Children —
New Curriculum Changes How We Think About God

The Center for Progressive Christianity and ProgressiveChristianity.org, continues to change the face of progressive Christianity with its groundbreaking children’s curriculum—A Joyful Path. Created for use in congregations, small groups, or individual families, it is ideal for those who are looking for spiritual affirmations for children freed from dogma and creed. The language is inclusive, inter-spiritual, and intelligent. Sensitively written and beautifully illustrated, this curriculum focuses on behavior before belief, creating and practicing a spiritual path, and knowing one’s true self. It celebrates children’s naturally joy-filled life, and draws upon their compassion and innate wisdom. Written with ages 6-10 in mind, the material can easily be simplified for younger children as young as three, or expanded for older children up to twelve by using the teacher material at the beginning of each lesson.
A Joyful Path has been described as a “breath of fresh air”, a “goldmine”, and “the best curriculum I’ve ever taught”. Teachers the world over have raved about how this curriculum encourages children to listen and respect all people, to think of the entire world as our family, to celebrate and care for our earth, and to see God within everyone. While it offers a way of life which centers around Jesus’ teachings, this curriculum respects the teachings of other wisdom paths and avoids the exclusivity often associated with religious studies.

It differs from traditional church curriculum in many ways. This curriculum avoids speaking at children, telling them what to believe or how to behave. Rather, it creates space for children to learn on their own. It is fun and interactive, full of activities, games, and ideas to use children’s own experiences to help them discover truth for themselves. While it uses the Bible as inspiration, it is not bible centered, nor does it refer to God as something outside of ourselves as a powerful deity with human like qualities. Based upon our most current understanding of the universe, and drawing upon a plethora of wisdom teachings, each lesson or affirmation encourages children to use their energy in positive ways and to see themselves as interconnected to all.

Parents, educators, churches, and communities can all benefit from curriculum that is spiritually progressive and relevant in today’s world. For more information, contact us at center@tcpc.org or go to www.ProgressiveChristianity.org to see for yourself.

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The Future of Digital Books

April 16th, 2010 2 comments

Here’s a peek at what the future holds for digital books and the reading experience that will be typical for coming generations, just a hint of the possibilities.

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The Digital Revolution is Not About to Close the Book on Print

April 15th, 2010 2 comments

With the advent of the iPad, we have yet taken another significant step forward in the world of digital publishing, media, reading, interaction with content, etc. Some are, as usual, hailing this as yet a closer move toward the day when print is dead. No more paper. No more books. No more teacher’s dirty looks. Oh, wait, I’m getting sidetracked….

The point is that at each step of the way along the path of the new emerging technologies in publishing, we are told that print will soon be dead, but it isn’t. We have more printed materials being pumped out than ever before. Here’s an interesting article that gives some perspective, and here’s a snippet:

The iPad will not destroy print. But it will create innovative models like, for example, works that mix text and audio-visual content, creating a different and exciting product. Revolutions are full of contradictions. It took printed books in the Gutenberg revolution many years to replace handwritten ones. If history is any guide, print media and books are likely to coexist with digital newspapers, magazines and books for some time. New models will emerge with the experimentation. Publishers and advertisers are entering uncharted waters.

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Cyberbrethren is Now Available on the Kindle

May 18th, 2009 2 comments

So, Amazon has opened their blog distribution network to, well, anyone with a blog. Cyberbrethren is now available via monthly subscription to all Kindle owners and readers. It will be interesting to see what happens. I’m having a hard time figuring out why anyone would actually use a Kindle as their blog reader, and pay to view blogs, when they are available for free over the Webernet. Here is a screen shot of Cyberbrethren’s Amazon Kindle location:

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