Aug 25

There are all kinds of precedents for blogs becoming books, and all sorts of ways, even, to turn a blog into a sort of a book … software that will suck up all your posts and headers and produce, from a blog, something resembling a book.

It seems a little backwards, doesn’t it? The trend is away from books, and toward blogs.

I’m still trying to come up with something that lets me post Beauty from Afar a little bit at a time, and comment and update as I go, in a way that makes sense both for readers and myself. I have the book copy digitized, that’s not a problem. I can produce pretty little ebooks if I want … though there are so many formats for THAT, it’s ridiculous. I’m not a Kindle lover but will probably make a Kindle version at some point.

Anyway, bear with me for a bit. I’ve been very busy with content for Prisma Dental … which is all related, but not the same.

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Jun 25

Beauty from Afar: A Medical Tourist’s Guide to Affordable and Quality Cosmetic Care Outside the U.S. will be going out of print soon, and the rights to the book have reverted to me, the author. This is a good thing, because I plan to offer the book online.

You can look for substantial changes to this web site by later on in the summer.

I’ll be using the blog format, obviously. I am leaning toward offering the entire book online, supporting it with advertising; and also offering an ad-free e-book. I’m interested in the experiences of other authors who have put their books online after regaining the rights from a publisher. Thousands of copies of Beauty from Afar are already in print, and sold; nonetheless, I have learned that most people want to research medical travel and tourism from in front of a computer screen, not from in front of an open book.

In the meantime, I still recommend that people interested in getting affordable major dental work abroad check out the Prisma Dental blog, which I edit. The story of my visit there in 2004 remains at:

If you wish to write to me directly, the email address is jss (@) beautyfromafar (dot) com; or you can use the form at:

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