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Tom Waits Raises Nearly $90,000 with Charity Chapbook

Songwriter and singer Tom Waits has raised almost $90,000 to support homeless services through a special charity edition of a poetry chapbook.

Here’s more from Waits’ blog: “Thank you to all of you who purchased a copy of the Tom Waits ‘Seeds on Hard Ground’ chapbook. Your purchase contributed to the nearly $90,000 raised for the Redwood Empire Food Bank, Sonoma County’s Homeless Referral Services, and Family Support Center. These funds will help provide vital services for people in need during these difficult times.”

Waits (pictured) has promoted the chapbook through his official Twitter feed. The poems were inspired by portraits Michael O’Brien took of homeless men and women–the poems and images will be printed in the forthcoming Hard Ground book. The response was so strong that the singer released a second printing of the charity chapbook.

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Richard Nash Channels Tom Waits to Describe the Apple Tablet Experience

richard_nash.jpgFor the last week, eBookNewser has been asking publishing’s brightest minds a simple question: what do you think the Apple Tablet will do for publishing?

Today publishing consultant Richard Nash contributed the most recent installment of “Apple Tablet & Me” (an excellent romantic comedy title, by this editor’s estimation) channeling a hardboiled lounge singer in a song about the mythical device. “The iSlate/iTablet/iRock will help us sing karaoke better, including, for example, the iconic Tom Waits song, ‘Step Right Up, the Apple Shuffle,’ which goes a little something like this…” A lengthy ode to the Tablet follows at eBookNewser.

Here’s Publishers Weekly senior news editor Calvin Reid on the fabled Tablet: “Now I’m not sure that the Tablet will be the be-all device for reading either but certainly a device that offers multiple functions and a high quality UI experience (color, multimedia, web browsing, high res screen) seems closer to what we all think the digital reading experience should be. Or at least what I think it should be.”