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About to Light It Up!

We are just about ready to launch LET IT BE & LIGHT IT UP!

Four months ago, I was sitting in meditation. I use an app with a zen bell on my phone to begin and end sitting in the morning. When the bell rang, a thought appeared (just before I opened my eyes). Wouldn’t it be supportive to have a visual body on the screen that filled with light, in corresponding parts of the body, as one practiced a mindful body scan? Many people are visual learner’s and with this body scan app, it assists one and all. After researching the idea, I realized that there are no similar apps available.

Since that time, we’ve refined the meditation content, had it recorded beautifully by voice-over artist and child advocate, Carla Sikand, and the video creatively rendered by Francis Batagglia at Green Rocket. Janet Brumbaugh, at Lynx Software, brought it home combining all the aspects and programming. I’ve often remembered to “Let it be”, as we met each change and challenge.

We’ve received some very kind quotes from people who tested the app and are submitting it to Apple tomorrow. We’ll let everyone know when it is available. It can take up to two weeks before it is approved and a release date is set.

In the meantime, LET IT BE & LIGHT IT UP!

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Print Is Hanging On

Pew: E-Reading Surges, but Print is Hanging On
by Andrew Albanese
Publishers Weekly
16 January 2014

E-books are rising in popularity, but print remains the foundation of Americans’ reading habits. Such is the conclusion of a new post-holiday survey from the Pew Research Center. The survey, conducted in the first weeks of 2014, found that most people who read e-books also read print books, and that just 4% of readers are “e-book only.”

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In addition, the rise in e-books may also be sparking a slight rise in reading, or a least a stablization. Overall, “76% of adults read a book in some format” over the previous 12 months, up slightly over the last survey conducted to report on e-reading activity during the 2012 holiday period. According to the survey, the “typical American adult” read or listened to 5 books in the past year, and the average for all adults was 12 books.

The survey also found that the tablet market is continuing its rise. Some 42% of adults now own tablet computers, up from 34% in September, the survey found, suggesting more than a few adults found a tablet in their stocking this holiday season. But don’t bury the e-reader just yet: the number of adults who own dedicated e-readers rose to 32% from 24% in September. In all, fully half of all Americans (50%) now own either a tablet or an e-reader, up from 43% in September.

For the most part, the survey revealed a widening profile of reading in America—including print, digital, and audio, with more Americans reading in multiple formats. As of January 2014, some 76% of American adults ages 18 and older said that they read at least one book in the past year. Almost seven in ten adults (69%) read a book in print in the past 12 months, while 28% read an e-book, and 14% listened to an audiobook. “In general, the vast majority of those who read e-books and audiobooks also read print books,” the survey notes, with significant overlap:

87% of e-book readers also read a print book in the past 12 months, and 29% listened to an audiobook.

84% of audiobook listeners also read a print book in the past year, and 56% also read an e-book.

A majority of print readers read only in that format, although 35% of print book readers also read an e-book and 17% listened to an audiobook.

Overall, about half (52%) of readers only read a print book, while just 4% said they only read an e-book, and just 2% only listened to an audiobook. Some 9% of readers said they read books in all three formats.

Read entire story and more at PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY.

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