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Available on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Apple, Google and Sony, free Facebook download on February 20, 2013
For Immediate Release: LOS ANGELES /NEW YORK/TORONTO – February 20, 2013 marks UN World Day of Social Justice –a day to celebrate the progress that has been made in equity, human rights and dignity for all. This is also a day to look forward to all of the work that is left to be done, in a world that desperately needs equality for all citizens of the Earth. To celebrate UN World Day of Social Justice, Premier Digital Publishing and author Randa Handler are giving away the first book in a new eBook series that celebrates diversity, tolerance and equality.
In the story, intergalactic traveler Cubbie Blue and his tiny dog Dot befriend three multi-racial boys and help to show them that dignity and equality are rights that belong to every person. The travelers meet a diverse group of people and confront issues such as peer bullying, while learning the importance of protecting the environment and appreciating true friendship.
Cubbie Blue and His Dog Dot can be downloaded by liking Premier Digital Publishing’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Premier.Digital.Publishing/app_208195102528120. Author and publisher ask parents and grandparents, teachers and librarians, friends and family, to share Cubbie Blue’s story with young readers and help pass along the message of tolerance and equality for all people. The download is available until February 28, 2013.
About the Author:
Randa Handler is an international journalist, publicist and publisher. Her interview with actor Rock Hudson (his last) was published worldwide. In 2003, Handler moved into publishing, successfully launching an educational series of children’s books used as ‘lesson plans’ by elementary school teachers. She is currently dedicated to writing and illustrating children’s books. Her first releases include If I Were King and two installments in the Cubbie Blue series. Her website is: http://www.randahandler.com.
Cubbie and His Dog Blue (978-1-62467-068-8) $3.99, Cubbie Blue and His Dog Dot-Book 2 (978-1-62467-069-5) $3.99 and If I Were King (978-1-62467-070-1) $4.99 eBooks by Randa Handler can be purchased from Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Apple, Google and Sony. Further information on the books can be found at: http://www.premierdigitalpublishing.com/Titles/authors/randa-handler/
“UN World Day of Social Justice is an important day for all of us to celebrate the progress we have made toward a better world, but also to remember the many challenges that remain in the struggle for universal human rights and equality. We have partnered with Randa Handler to share the messages of tolerance and equality prevalent in her Cubbie Blue series. Sharing these messages with our children can only help us move forward as a just society,” said Thomas Ellsworth, CEO of Premier Digital Publishing.
“If children are taught early on that being different is cool, the world will be a better place to live in.” ─Randa Handler, author of If I Were King and the Cubby Blue series.
About Premier Digital Publishing: Los Angeles-based Premier Digital Publishing is a leading independent digital publisher and innovator in eBooks, enhanced eBooks and interactive content. Led by a team of digital media pioneers, the company ranks among the top suppliers of quality eBook entertainment to the industry’s most prominent tablet reader distributors and top-tier retailers.
For further information, please contact:
Yvonne Hunter, VP, Marketing
Premier Digital Publishing
Los Angeles: (310) 889-0852
Toronto: (647) 348-2024
Sharon Gannon and David Life: authors, artists, activists and Masters of Jivamukti Yoga Method, present their newest collaboration Yoga Assists ($11.99 Enhanced eBook, $29.99 trade paperback)
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LOS ANGELES /NEW YORK/TORONTO (February 6, 2013) Yoga, as a North American practice and lifestyle, has evolved, increasingly popular as a second career, with more than 20 million Americans are now flocking to yoga classes. In the United States alone, it’s a $7-billion-a-year industry, with more than 25,000 studios, as reported by The Globe and Mail in August 2012.
Initially, in North America, yoga assists were called “corrections”. The idea was that the student was doing something wrong and the teacher could manipulate the wrongness away. Later came the word “adjustment”, which the authors concede is a little better, conveying the student is on the right track and some adjustments are needed.
In Yoga Assists, world renowned Jivamukti Yoga practitioners Sharon Gannon and David Life use the word “assist” to convey an act of mutuality with a larger, more universal significance. They communicate the idea that in yoga two beings are interacting together on various levels of consciousness to foster a decrease in avidya, “mis-knowing,” and an increase in vidya, or the knowing principle. With practical, hands-on instruction and detailed illustrations (demonstration is enhanced on the iPad) Sharon Gannan and David Life demonstrate the giving of yoga as an art.
“Yoga assists are not static,” says David Life. “They comprise a flowing dance of body, breath, and energy, a mutual intention. They are based on continuous focus and awareness of the relationship between partners in the process. In each encounter between yoga student and teacher there is an equation of reciprocity.”
Through this book, with the “assistance” of Sharon and David, practitioners will deepen their understanding of the fundamental principles of yoga assists and apply them in practice and in service to others.
“Sharon Gannon and David Life have brought the blessings of Yoga and increased the quality of countless lives that have been touched by their teachings. Sharon and David have created not just a way of moving with their offering of the Jivamukti Yoga Method but a new ethical way of being,” said Thomas Ellsworth, CEO of Premier Digital Publishing.
Yoga Assists (ISBN 978-1-938582-86-8) is available January 29th, 2013 from Premier Digital Publishing for $9.99 (eBook) $11.99 (Enhanced eBook) and $29.99 (trade paperback original).
About the Authors:
Sharon Gannon and David Life are the creators of the Jivamukti Yoga Method, a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings. The Jivamukti Yoga method emphasizes asana, scriptural study, devotion, prayer, music, chanting and meditation as well as animal rights, veganism, environmentalism and political activism. There are 12 Jivamukti Yoga schools around the world, in the USA, Canada, and England.
Sharon and David are recognized as “innovators in yoga” by Yoga Journal. Vanity Fair credits them with “making yoga cool and hip” and Time magazine has named Jivamukti Yoga one of the important forms of hatha yoga taught in the world today.
They have co-authored three books on yoga: Jivamukti Yoga, Practices for Liberating Body & Soul (2002), with a Foreword by Sting and translated into Italian, German and Russian and The Art of Yoga (2002), with a Foreword by Ravi and Anoushka Shankar. Their newest collaboration is Yoga Assists.
About Premier Digital Publishing:
Premier Digital Publishing is a leading independent digital publisher and innovator of eBooks, enhanced eBooks, print-on-demand books and interactive content. Led by a team of digital media pioneers, the company ranks among the top publishers of quality eBook entertainment to the industry’s leading tablet and eReader manufacturers and eBook retailers. The company is based in Los Angeles with offices in Toronto and New York.
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Yvonne Hunter, VP, Marketing
(New York/Los Angeles/Toronto) January 14, 2013 – Thomas Ellsworth, CEO of Premier Digital Publishing, announced today a strategic alliance with Ingram Content Group, for the management and distribution of print and digital content commencing this month.
Led by digital media veterans Thomas Ellsworth and Toronto-based President and GM Hutch Morton, Premier Digital has quickly established itself as a tech-savvy and content smart player in the fast-changing digital publishing world.
“We’re nimble, we think differently and we’re not bound by the restrictive elements of legacy publishing,” says CEO Ellsworth. “We have proven our ability to deliver higher returns to authors combined with a more flexible approach to publishing.”
“Our new distribution agreement with Ingram,” adds Ellsworth, “gives us global reach in all channels: eBook, print and bricks and mortar retail. No stone is left unturned. We can completely customize the publishing experience, with a wide range of programs.”
John Ingram, CEO of Ingram Content Group, commented, “Tom’s record of growing business in the online space is impressive,” says Ingram. “We are pleased to support Tom and his team as they continue to develop their innovative solution for a dynamic marketplace.”
With a business model that offers authors and intellectual property holders a revenue share comparable to self-publishing, in just over a year in business, Premier Digital Publishing has notched publishing deals with thriller writer Alan Jacobson, sci-fi bestseller Piers Anthony (father of the Xanth novels), and publishing rights to the works of Andre Norton, named by Life magazine as the Grande-Dame of science fiction and fantasy.
In addition to genre publishing, Premier Digital’s ability to develop and deliver enhanced and interactive eBooks for children across a broad rand of tablets and eReader devices has already attracted multi-series publishing deals with Britt Allcroft (creator of Thomas & Friends and Shining Time Station), SD Entertainment (Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina, My Little Pony) and BabyFirst TV (seen in over 80 million households in 35 countries).
“Ingram is pleased to support Premier Digital Publishing’s model with our integrated print, digital, and full-service distribution services,” said Phil Ollila, Chief Content Officer, Ingram Content Group. “Traditional publishing roles are changing and the barriers to publishing are lower than ever before. Our comprehensive solutions will help Premier Digital get the most value out of their content and reach more readers worldwide.”
Agent Cynthia Manson concurs. “PDP speaks the language of online retail, and a more flexible business model (encompassing revenue share, art design, and marketing) is appreciated by a lot of authors. It’s a new model for publishing, and one whose time has come.”
Premier Digital titles are available from leading -e-retailers including Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play, SONY and a long tail of independent eBook storefronts. The company supports a broad range of eReader devices including Kindle, Kindle Fire, iPad, iPhone, Nook, Kobo, Android devices and Sony Reader. New titles launched this month in print include New York Times Notable Author Greg Dinallo’s The German Suitcase, a Premier Digital First and 2012 Nook Book of the Year. Available titles can be viewed in Edelweiss and booksellers can purchase print books via Ingram’s ordering tools ipage®, phone, fax and email.
About Premier Digital Publishing
PDP is a leading independent digital publisher and innovator of eBooks, enhanced eBooks, print books and interactive content. Led by a team of digital media pioneers, the company ranks among the top publishers of quality eBook entertainment to the industry’s leading tablet and eReader manufacturers and eBook retailers. The company is based in Los Angeles with offices in Toronto and New York. For further information, visit: www.premierdigitalpublishing.com
Ingram Content Group Inc. is a subsidiary of Nashville-based Ingram Industries Inc. The company provides books, music and media content to over 39,000 retailers, libraries, schools and distribution partners in 195 countries. More than 26,000 publishers use Ingram’s fully integrated physical and digital distribution, logistics, and manufacturing solutions to access global consumer demand, and realize the full business potential of book content. Ingram’s operating units are Ingram Book Company, Lightning Source Inc., Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Periodicals Inc., Ingram International Inc., Ingram Library Services Inc., Spring Arbor Distributors Inc., Ingram Publisher Services Inc., Tennessee Book Company LLC, and Coutts Information Services. For more information, visit www.ingramcontent.com
Thomas Ellsworth has made a career out of disrupting analog incumbents, most notably in wireless / mobile and content publishing. An author himself, (The Rat, The Race and The Cage, 2006), he understands the author’s perspective in today’s digital market: creators of the books that readers crave and love deserve a much greater share of the revenue in today’s digital market than legacy publishers can or will offer. Read his blog at: “It Has Come To This”
Previously Ellsworth was CEO of GoTV Networks, a leading mobile media company that pioneered the production and publishing of mobile programming and high-end “super applications” for tier-1 partners including the NFL, NASCAR, SONY Crackle, Univision and the Oprah Winfrey Network. Prior to leading GoTV to a successful acquisition in mid-2011, he was the EVP of Marketing for JAMDAT Mobile a publisher of wireless games that went “end to end” from startup in 2001 to one of the most successful IPOs of 2004 to a $680M acquisition by Electronic Arts in 2006. Prior to that, he was VP of Business Development at Sprint where managed Sprint’s involvement and interest in a wireless incubator JV. He has over 20 years of new media, mobile and publishing experience.
President and GM
Hutch Morton, a member of the founding management team, has driven the adoption of new content publishing business models for over a decade. He was an early member of management teams that launched multiple digital content startups. An experienced sales and marketing executive, he ran a strategic digital marketing agency from 2006 – 2011 that built innovative campaigns for tier-1 entertainment brands including Fox, NFL Networks and Discovery Network. Morton has a history of delivering results in lean business organizations and brings tat to PDP’s day to day operations and marketing.
Previously he was VP of Marketing for GoTV Networks a leading mobile media company that pioneered the production and publishing of mobile programming and high-end “super applications” for tier-1 partners including the NFL, NASCAR, SONY Crackle, Univision and the Oprah Winfrey Network. Prior to that, he was Director of Marketing at JAMDAT Mobile a publisher of wireless games that went “end to end” – from startup in 2001 to one of the most successful IPOs of 2004 to a $680M acquisition by Electronic Arts in 2006. Earlier in his career, Morton was a Product Manager with the web pioneer eToys.com. He has nearly 15 years of digital media experience.
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LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK/TORONTO (January 9, 2013) – America’s leading network for toddlers and moms BabyFirst and pioneering digital publisher and innovator Premier Digital Publishing, Inc. have joined to launch a series of eBooks under the BabyFirst imprint featuring the network’s renowned child development entertainment brands including Harry the Bunny, Peekaboo and VocabuLARRY. The BabyFirst eBooks are available through Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook.
Premier Digital Publishing’s proprietary development engines for the production of Enhanced eBooks give content owners a simple solution to bring enhanced children’s ebooks to the maximum number of devices. Working from a single set of assets, Premier Digital Publishing produces multi-feature ebooks optimized for iBooks, Kindle Fire, NOOK Kids, and more.
The BabyFirst e-Book line will initially feature six individual titles, with two separate stories contained within each title, at a suggested retail price of $3.99.
BabyFirst reaches 80 million homes in 35 countries around the world, and offers four screen integration on television, web, mobile apps, and film. BabyFirst videos are ranked #1 in over 15 countries and the US, garnering over 1.5 million views each month. In the mobile market, BabyFirst is a market leader in apps for tots, named “new and noteworthy” by Apple, with over 2.7 million downloads of 77 different apps featuring favorite series characters.
“BabyFirst ranks as the most trusted destination for quality original child development entertainment among moms nationwide. It is a privilege to bring BabyFirst’s wonderful collection of characters including Harry the Bunny to another form of media. The BabyFirst e-Books will extend the network’s unique parent-child experience into the nurturing realm of digital books,” said Thomas Ellsworth, CEO of Premier Digital Publishing.
“We are delighted to team with Premier Digital Publishing for the launch of BabyFirst’s exciting line-up of e-books based on our network’s popular characters. Their team played a pivotal role in expanding the frontier of digital publishing and we look forward to working closely with them to introduce young families to the magic of BabyFirst brands in e-Book form,” said Guy Oranim, CEO of BabyFirst.
ABOUT EACH SERIES
Harry the Bunny Series
The “Harry the Bunny” series of pre-school enhanced eBooks are designed to support boys and girls ages 0-3+ as they are introduced to different types of animals, receive fun surprises and increase their digital fluency and pre-literacy skills through the navigation of enhanced digital content.
The “Peekaboo” series of pre-school enhanced eBooks are designed to support boys and girls ages 0-3+ and are based on the hit TV series on BabyFirstTV. Through this series children navigate through new environments, become familiar with new words and objects, and are exposed to pre-literacy skills through interaction with enhanced digital content.
Just like the popular BabyFirst TV series, the Shushybye eBook collection will contain original songs and dialogue voiced by the Shushy characters. Shushybye is the land where dreams are made for children by the Shushies who reside in such villages as Nap Valley and Snore Shore. The Shushies create dreams based on children’s Dream Wishes and send them back in Dream Boxes as they fall asleep. The series is designed to encourage creativity among growing children as well as an appreciation of music and the arts.
The “VocabuLarry” series of pre-school enhanced eBooks are designed to support boys and girls ages 0-3+ and takes babies and toddlers on an interactive journey as VocabuLarry meets all different things in the world such as “people who help,” “things that go” and more! VocabuLarry helps to introduce valuable linguistic skills, basic phonemes and encourages literary confidence with fun animations that come to life with the simple touch of a finger.
About Premier Digital Publishing: Los Angeles-based Premier Digital Publishing is a leading independent digital publisher and innovator in eBooks, enhanced eBooks and interactive content. Led by a management team of digital media pioneers, the company ranks among the top suppliers of quality eBook entertainment to the industry’s most prominent tablet reader distributors and top-tier retailers.
About BabyFirst: BabyFirst is the nation’s leading TV channel for babies, toddlers and their parents. The network’s mission is to provide educational and entertaining content guided by trusted child development professionals to aid in school readiness. Launched in 2006, BabyFirst reaches approximately 35 million homes in the US via DirectTV, Dish Network and Comcast Cable systems and Rogers Cable in Canada. The network is also seen internationally in more than 35 countries. For more information on the channel, visit www.babyfirsttv.com.
For further information, please contact:
Steve Syatt, SSA Public Relations on behalf of BabyFirst
Yvonne Hunter, Premier Digital Publishing
Los Angeles: (310) 889-0852
Toronto: (647) 348-2024
An Exclusive New Twitter story from Piers Anthony, entitled “Forbidden Fruit” launches on his twitter stream on Boxing Day – December 26, 2012. This story is about a woman’s struggle with her fleeting youth and the desperate and magical measures that she’ll go through to get back her strength, vitality and sex appeal – plus supernatural and psionic abilities.
Want to read this sumptuous story? Here is an excerpt from the first chapter. To access the whole story follow the father of contemporary Science Fiction Piers Anthony – @PiersAnthony.
“Forbidden Fruit” by Piers Anthony
Edith was a 50 year old divorcee, reasonably set financially, but unsatisfied. She had lost her husband to a woman half her age. She knew that was the way men were, hopelessly superficial, always with eyes on youth instead of maturity. But still it irked her. She had moved to this apartment complex, but had not yet gotten acquainted with the other inhabitants, not even those on her floor. The prior occupant of this suite had cleared out all her things, but overlooked one: an odd fruit in a drawer of the refrigerator. Edith would have returned it to her, but the woman had departed for parts unknown. Uncertain what to do with it, she let it be. Until one day she discovered that the fruit was sprouting. It was roughly cubical, and the sprout was square in cross section.
Curious, she took the fruit out and studied it more closely. It was striped with red and green bands and the growing stem was gray. She put it in a pot with good moist soil, by a window with morning sunlight, and it grew rapidly. The leaves were square and blue. Edith tried to research the fruit and plant, but could find nothing even close. It seemed to be one of a quite unusual kind. In a week it was about two feet tall and well filled out with branches and leaves. She was amazed by the velocity of its growth. Then it flowered, and that was another surprise. The blooms were cubic and black. She waited for the first one to open. It didn’t. It just sat there, a glossy cube about an inch on a side, hiding whatever was inside. What was it waiting for? An invitation?
There was no smell, no indication. It was a locked locket, secret. Finally Edith extended a forefinger cautiously and touched it. Then the flower opened explosively, releasing a small cloud of purple vapor. Edith accidentally breathed it. And paused, amazed. Because suddenly she had a phenomenal new awareness. She could see around corners. She could hear the faint thoughts of neighbors. Her feet lifted from the floor.
She could float and fly! She could move objects merely by looking at them and willing the motion. She tried it with a heavy couch. It rose an inch, moved, and settled down a little to the side. She had telepathy and telekinesis! Did she really? She went to the couch and checked. It was definitely in a new place; she saw the old marks of its feet on the floor. Maybe these were psionic powers, super science or magnetism or whatnot. Mind control of physical things. But it seemed like magic.
Or was she hallucinating? That seemed far more likely. She needed a more objective judgment. But there was no one else to ask. So she continued to experiment. She became invisible, including her clothing. She walked through a wall, ghost-like. What next? Then she got a wicked idea. She made herself half her age. Suddenly her dress was loose about her waist and tight about her chest.
Edith looked in the large bathroom mirror. Then she stripped naked and looked again. She was definitely a healthy 25 year old woman. She turned in place, admiring her well-formed breasts and her firm shapely buttocks and her nicely fleshed thighs. Wow! Perfection! Unless it was just her foolish imagination. She just had to have the input of another person, who had not breathed the purple vapor.
Well, why not? She walked through the door without opening it and down the hall to the apartment of her handsome young neighbor. The plaque on the door said KENT. She knocked. In a moment the door opened. Kent stood there, staring without speaking. Then Edith realized that she had not dressed again, after the mirror. She was flashing him with a perfect nude 25 year old woman.
Well, in for a nickle, in for a dime. “Hello,” she said. “I think I need a friend.”
“I didn’t know Edith had a daughter!” he said.
Oops! He recognized the resemblance. Her face had not changed as much as her body. “I’m not exactly that,” she said cautiously. Meanwhile she was thrilled to verify that he did see her, and saw her as young not middle aged, and that they could interact.
So the magic was real; it was not her personal hallucination. Not imagination. He had just alleviated her most worrisome doubt.
“Oh, her niece?” he asked. Edith grasped at that. “Yes. I’m—Eden. Visiting for a few days.” Because he’d never believe the truth.
“But you’re naked!” Edith thought fast. “Yes. That’s why I need help. I was going to take a shower, but stepped out the wrong door.”
Would he buy that story? “And got stranded without the key,” he said. He was accepting it! “Yes. It’s awkward. Could I come in?”
“Of course,” he said. He opened the door wide, and she stepped into his apartment. “Let me get you a robe.” He hurried off.
Edith breathed a silent sigh of relief. Not only was she verifying the reality of the magic, she was learning Kent was a nice guy. He returned in a moment with a somewhat scruffy bathrobe. “Sorry—this is all I’ve got.” “It’s fine,” she said, putting it on.
“Can I get you something to drink?” He paused, embarrassed. “Like water?” Edith did a quick assessment. Was he coming on to her? More important: was she interested? She knew what healthy 25 year old women did. They captured the interest and passion of men. Now she was one of those sirens. Why shouldn’t she enjoy the perquisites? Also, she was curious about the limits of this conversion.
December 19, 2012 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – (LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK/TORONTO) Premier Digital Publishing, Inc., a leading innovator in ebooks, announced today an agreement with intellectual property studio and 3D production specialist SD Entertainmentto publish a series of gorgeously illustrated “coffee table” ebooks, and four original series of enhanced ebooks for children.
Readers can download the books on all e-reader platforms including Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble and, and read on devices including Kindle, Kindle Fire, iPad, iPhone and Nook. Read more →
December 21st or 22nd, 2012 is the widely publicized Mayan “End of the World” date is almost upon us (depending on which Mayan “expert” is speaking). Five hundred years ago Nostradamus predicted that we would inherit a troubled world in the throes of convulsive political, financial, technological and environmental upheaval. He was right.
Continuing a 75-year family legacy of translating the prophecies of Nostradamus begun by his grandfather, former President of United Arts and a producer of many hit films, Robert Lawrence provides a whole new interpretation for the 2012 edition. Read more →
Five eBooks available now for Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Sony Reader and Google Play
(Los Angeles/New York/Toronto) December 11, 2012 – Premier Digital Publishing announced today the launch of the beloved children’s series Britt Allcroft’s Magic Adventures of Mumfie – Mumfie’s Quest as eBooks by award-winning author Britt Allcroft, notable creator of Thomas & Friends and Shining Time Station. Britt Allcroft’s Magic Adventures of Mumfie, based on the works of Katharine Tozer, first came to television in the 1990’s to international acclaim in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Japan from critics and viewers alike. Mumfie has returned with an extensive series of new eBooks for fans of all ages, to delight, entertain and educate a whole new generation of readers. Read more →
Premier Digital Publishing is proud to share this amazing news and accomplishment from one of our top thriller authors. Greg Dinallo has published five other fantastic thrillers with PDP: Final Answers, Purpose of Evasion, Red Ink, Rockets’ Red Glare and Touched By Fire.
Learn more about The German Suitcase:
A vintage suitcase is pulled from the trash by a young New York advertising executive brainstorming a campaign on her way to work. The account is Steinbach Luggage, the German answer to Louis Vuitton and Hermes. There’s only one problem with the vintage bag—like Steinbach’s CEO, it’s a Holocaust survivor, as evidenced by the name and other personal data painted on it. It is hallowed memorabilia, and no one dares open it until they can determine if the is owner still alive. The holocaust survivor turns out to be an 89 year-old member of New York’s Jewish aristocracy, a prominent philanthropist and surgeon. When he gives his consent, the documents found inside the suitcase pique the interest of a New York Times reporter, whose investigation begins to unravel a devastating secret that has been locked away since the day Dachau was liberated…