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Humanist Press Becomes First Freethought Publisher of Ebooks

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Contact: Brian Magee, 202-238-9088 ex. 105, Mobile: (202) 681-2425

bmagee@americanhumanist.org

(Washington, DC – March 28, 2012) – On March 23, 2012 Humanist Press became the only publisher in the humanist/freethought/atheist market to offer new titles as ebooks, making the electronic format the main focus of the publisher. The move is part of an overall effort by Humanist Press to enter the rapidly growing ebook market.  

Candidate Without a Prayer by atheist activist Herb Silverman will be the first title to be launched by Humanist Press as an ebook. This funny and witty autobiography covers Silverman’s journey from an atheist Jew living in South Carolina to his run for governor in the early ‘90s, despite the state’s constitution forbidding it because he lacked a belief in a “supreme being.” 

“The humor and wit in Herb Silverman’s new book will captivate readers and have them laughing out loud,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “His sharp, candid look at running for political office as an atheist in a religiously conservative state will enlighten and entertain believers and nonbelievers alike. We couldn’t be more pleased to have Candidate Without a Prayer set the tone for our new ebook effort.”

Candidate Without a Prayer is a joint publishing project between Humanist Press and Pitchstone Publishing. Pitchstone Publishing will release the hardback version on June 15, 2012.

As the publishing house of the American Humanist Association, Humanist Press has been publishing a wide range of humanist books since 1995, including Eyes Wide Open by best-selling author George Erickson; Humanism As the Next Step by Lloyd and Mary Morain, originally published in 1954 and updated in 1998; and Corliss Lamont's long-lasting The Philosophy of Humanism, having been in print since 1949 and translated into several languages.

Working with e-publishing software from Impelsys, Humanist Press ebooks will take full advantage of the available features, including interactive reader commentary, author videos, and useful web links. Ebooks from Humanist Press will be available at all the major online sites, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Ebooks, and the Apple iBookstore. They will also be available from our own website: www.humanistpress.com.

Upcoming Humanist Press titles will include Hope in Small Doses by Nikki Stern, author of Because I Say So: The Dangerous Appeal of Moral Authority (Bascom Hill, May 2010); Damned Good Company, by lawyer Luis Granados; and Make the Break (If You Can) by retired NASA scientist Reginald J. Exton.

For more information, use the links below:

Press Conference video from National Press Club on March 23, 2012
http://vimeo.com/39282356

Statement on Historical Significance
http://www.americanhumanist.org/system/storage/63/75/4/2969/Historical_Significance.pdf

Small Humanist Press Logo
http://www.americanhumanist.org/system/storage/63/6f/0/2974/Packet_Stickers.pdf

Upcoming Titles from Humanist Press
http://www.americanhumanist.org/system/storage/63/19/2/2966/Upcoming_Titles_From_Humanist_Press.pdf

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Humanist Press is the publishing house of the American Humanist Association, providing material for the humanist/freethought/atheist market since 1995. The American Humanist Association (www.americanhumanist.org) advocates for the rights and viewpoints of humanists and atheists in the United States. Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., its work is extended through more than 100 local chapters and affiliates across America.

Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism, affirms our responsibility to lead ethical lives of value to self and humanity.

 

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