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Opening Day: Or, the Return of Satchel Paige

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LiveREADS is a dynamic, cutting-edge publisher dedicated to exploring the new frontier of reading. Reviews from both industry insiders and passionate readers have confirmed that the LiveREADS experience is nonpareil: Wired said "it's got other ebooks beat," and eBookNet said "this is what ebooks should be." The company's inaugural publication, ORPHEUS EMERGED by Jack Kerouac, was hailed as the first step in the future of electronic reading and was a critically acclaimed bestseller. OPENING DAY builds upon that ...
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Overview

LiveREADS is a dynamic, cutting-edge publisher dedicated to exploring the new frontier of reading. Reviews from both industry insiders and passionate readers have confirmed that the LiveREADS experience is nonpareil: Wired said "it's got other ebooks beat," and eBookNet said "this is what ebooks should be." The company's inaugural publication, ORPHEUS EMERGED by Jack Kerouac, was hailed as the first step in the future of electronic reading and was a critically acclaimed bestseller. OPENING DAY builds upon that tradition. First off, the design comes alive on the screen with rich color and graphics. There are hundreds of hyperlinks, offering more details on Negro League Baseball and Sachel Paige. There's an interactive baseball trivia game. There's streaming rich media to give you a taste of what's possible in the digital medium. We hope that you enjoy this experience, and that these features have made reading this novella fun and enlightening. Please let us know your thoughts about our first publication. And if you still like paper and ink, buy the paperback edition available from bn.com.
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Editorial Reviews

Atlantic Monthly
I get a good feeling from LiveREADS, in particular from its recognition that "electronic book" is a form of its own that can and should be more than text on a screen
Len Kawell
The folks at LiveREADS have really put together a book that shows what can be done with eBooks. It includes amazing graphic design, links…sound, video, and more." (Len Kawell, one of the founders of Glassbook)
Philadelphia Inquirer
An exciting look into what the future of books might be in the age of the computer…. LiveREADS has started on a very interesting road, indeed.
Tulsa World
"Those familiar with the breathless pace of Standiford's thrillers might be surprised that a story as lyrical and gentle as Opening Day could come from the same hand."
Wired News
What the book of the future might look and sound like.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780970930514
  • Publisher: LiveREADS
  • Publication date: 4/2/2001
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Les Standiford
Les Standiford
Les Standiford is best known for his series of hard-boiled detective capers starring tough guy John Deal -- a hero the legendary James Ellroy once called "the unassailable new kingpin of the South Florida crime novel." Perhaps one of the only popular crime writers today with a Ph.D. in creative writing, Standiford leads the writing program at Florida International University in between books.

Biography

Les Standiford is the co-author of Bones of Coral, a screenplay based on the novel of the same name by James W. Hall, for MGM-Pathe. He is a member of the Associated Writing Programs, Mystery Writers of America, and the Writers Guild.

He wrote the screenplay adaptation of Spill, which has been released as a feature film starring Brian Bosworth and seen recently on SHOWTIME. He is author of the text for the best-selling book of photographs by Alan S. Maltz, Miami: City of Dreams (1997), and of the history, Coral Gables: The City Beautiful (Riverbend Books, 1998).

He has contributed a chapter to the national best-seller Naked Came the Manatee (Putnam, 1997), with Carl Hiaasen, Elmore Leonard, James W. Hall, et al. He is contributing editor of The Putt at the End of the World, a collective novel of golf, published by Warner Books in June of 2000.

He has recently completed a work of nonfiction: Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean.

Standiford's short stories and articles have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, including The Kansas Quarterly, Writer's Digest, Fodor's Guide, Smoke Magazine, The Key West Reader, Confrontation, Three American Literatures (Modern Language Association), Perfect Lies: A Century of Classic Golf Fiction, and Communion: Contemporary Fiction Writers Reread the Bible. His novels have been reprinted in the United Kingdom, Holland, France, Germany and Japan. He has been a regular reviewer for The Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, New York Newsday, and The New York Daily News.

He attended the Air Force Academy, Columbia University School of Law, and holds a B.A. in Psychology from Muskingum College in Ohio and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Utah. He spent twenty years in the West, working at times for the U.S. Forest, the Utah Parks Company, and the U.S. Park Service. He is a former screenwriting fellow and graduate of the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.

He is a past recipient of the Frank O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in Fiction, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction. He is currently Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University in Miami, where he has lived since 1985 with his wife and three children.

Author biography courtesy of the author's official web site.

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    1. Hometown:
      Miami, Florida
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 31, 1945
    2. Place of Birth:
      Cambridge, Ohio
    1. Education:
      B.A., Muskingum College; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Utah

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2001

    Best ebook I've ever actually read!!

    It really did remind me of Field of Dreams. However, instead of Kevin Kosner, it's a 70 year old ex-negro league player with an arm like a cannon! A LiveREAD is really a lot of fun and so much more than just a good read. They make reading a book kind of like playing a video game.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2001

    A HOME RUN

    OPENING DAY has hit a home run with the bases loaded. Found it first on the net and after that wonderful experience, opted to buy it as well. A feel good story that I'd love to see on the big screen. You did good Standiford...bringing back SATCHEL PAIGE!

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