Monday, April 1, 2013

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein Announces Changes For 'Authors And Technology' Site

'Authors and Technology', headed up by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, serves to bring authors together with technology and to provide training and tools for those who can benefit from using technology both now and in the future

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein believes that using technology such as Skype, teleseminars, chat or webinars to bring authors into libraries, schools, and book clubs, even if thousands of miles away, opens the world up in amazing ways. However, many people do not understand how to use technology to accomplish this and so, for many, that opportunity can be lost. Dr. Holstein created 'Authors And Technology' to help authors gain the knowledge and skills to take advantage of these opportunities.

For a child in a classroom, a simple Skype session with an author, whether he or she be an astronaut, a fiction writer, a scientist, a poet or a mystery writer, can inspire them to develop interests, hobbies, even possible careers they may never have felt were within their reach. As authors visit libraries virtually, they can bring information and discussions to people of all ages and stages of life. Little ones can sit in awe as an author reads her picture book aloud, while seniors can listen to an expert author on the details of preparing for retirement.

"Technology helps us overcome many obstacles," stated Dr. Holstein, "and allows people to come together in ways never before possible. For example, let's say a librarian in Idaho is looking for an author to come and talk about flowering shrubs at a Senior Book Hour. That librarian can invite any author in the world.  An author who lives in Maine and has written a book on plants can be there, via Skype, for the next meeting.  All this can be done virtually, from the comfort of one's home or office.  It's easy when one learns how to use the available technology.”

'Authors And Technology' provides specific discussion groups on nearly every subject. These groups include, but are not limited to, speaking in public, social media, video, blogging, Skype, podcasts, teleseminars, virtual worlds, newsletters and much more.

'Authors And Technology' also gives authors and publishers the opportunity to upload photos, bios, book covers, video and book videos. The site also offers discussion forums, segmented special interest groups and allows for event listings. Each author can develop a personalized page. In addition the site allows for integration with Facebook and Twitter.

More information regarding all the above activities is available by visiting the 'Authors And Technology' site at Questions about 'Authors And Technology' should be directed to Dr. Holstein at Dr. Holstein is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below. Questions about this release can be directed to Don McCauley of the Free Publicity Focus Group at


Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein