Vijay Eswaran Celebrates Ten Years Of Sphere Of Silence Read more

Vijay Eswaran Celebrates Ten Years Of Sphere Of Silence

If there is one book that you should be reading right now, it is Sphere of Silence. This is a book written by Vijay Eswaran which is now being celebrated for being on the shelves for ten years. It is a book that is different than most business related books available on the market. What is so special about this one is that it asks readers to listen to their inner selves.

With all of the distractions that are available in our modern world, it is nice to have a book that tells us all to take a step back. Vijay pulls from many of the themes that he learned as a child from the Hindu faith. This is what has influenced him to believe in the idea of inner peace and listening to what your own body is telling you. He asserts that those who take the time to do this are going to be happier because they will be better able to what they really need to be successful in life. That is a lot different than what others will say about the same kinds of experiences.

Huge global problems are of particular concern to Eswaran as he says that only when we listen to what our inner selves are saying can we begin to solve them. Global warming is one example of a problem that he believes can be solved when we start to listen to what we are saying on the inside. It is not always easy to do this, but he believes that this is the best way to take care of the problems that we are faced with. Anything less than this is not being productive enough towards those ends. He encourages all people to take the steps necessary to start to listen to your inner self.

Check out Vijay’s website for more info on him.

The Divergent Trilogy Gets a New Director Read more

The Divergent Trilogy Gets a New Director

Divergent fans stop your Qnet shopping and listen up.  Science-fiction is a hot genre once again. The release of Divergent earned about $200 million worldwide. The concept of a dark future is not a new one and it is not the preferred setting for most big budget sci-fi projects. Usually, these types of films are hit and miss. Divergent was definitely a hit with audiences, but not with critics. The financial success of the film means a new movie is coming forth and a change in quality and style might be achieved thanks to a new director. No, Neil Burger is not returning to helm the next entries in the film.

Changing directors in a major, multi-part planned project is a big deal.

As most filmgoers realize, consistency is not always a common trait among sequels. In some cases, there may be a consistent level of quality but the creative teams from one film to the next change. This could lead to alterations in the direction of a series, which may be unappealing to hardcore fans.

The sequel to Divergent is going to have consistency in direction. Robert Schwentke is signed on as the director of the next film and for two more films to complete the trilogy.

Wait a minute. If there are going to be three more films, would that not come out to four films? A trilogy is only three. There is a bit of sleight of hand here. The third entry is actually going to be two films. The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1 will come out in March of 2016. In 2017, the second half of the third entry will be released. The presence of Schwentke in all these films ensures a level of consistency needed to keep audiences pleased.

Amazon Vs Hatchette: Corporate Giants Play Hardball Over E-Book Prices Read more

Amazon Vs Hatchette: Corporate Giants Play Hardball Over E-Book Prices

Amazon rakes in more than $5 billion a year from book sales. It owns 65 percent of the e-book market, which in turn is 30 percent of the nationwide book market. It is one of the biggest of the Big Box stores, and one of the most controversial. The giant of Jeff Bezos has been accused of censorship, differential pricing, tax avoidance, and most recently, the monopoly of e-book sales.

Amazon used to collect a 30 percent commission per book based on the publisher’s retail price. However, after a price-fixing lawsuit against Apple and five major book publishers, those terms were scrapped and the fight renewed, with Amazon fighting for $9.99 per book.

Although details are sparse, the facts show that Amazon halted book sales from the multinational publisher, Hatchette, due to disagreements about price strategies. Critics claimed that Amazon understocked Hatchette titles, removed discounts and delayed delivery.

Amazon responded by launching the website, an open letter that claims a healthy reading culture – and a paying wage for authors – demands lower book prices. Given the price elasticity of e-books, Amazon argued, everyone benefits from lower prices. Volume beats margin.

Personally, this doesn’t impact me – but a coworker of mine named Jared Haftel is working on an ebook and may need to reconsider his options.