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  1. 1. Five Minutes in Books Featuring Benjamin Franklin and J.K. Rowling
  2. 2. Benjamin Franklin “A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one.”
  3. 3. Poor Richard’s Almanac • Yearly Publication that ran from 1732 – 1758 • Contained weather predictions, proverbs and home-making advice • Sold 10,000 per year
  4. 4. Library Company of Philadelphia 1731 • Began when Franklin and his friends pooled book collections and opened them to the public • First American subscription library • Allowed members to borrow books • Perhaps the first truly public library
  5. 5. J.K. Rowling “Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy.” ~ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  6. 6. From Jo to J.K. • Overcame many early obstacles to become published – 12 Separate publishers turned her down before finding one to sign her. Took a full year to get a contract after finishing the first manuscript. – Joanne not the best name for an author selling books to young boys. Chose to use J.K. after advice from Publisher.
  7. 7. The Author for Everyone • Read by adults and children worldwide • As of 2009, 325 Million copies of the Harry Potter books have been sold. (how many have read?) • From Rags to Riches: Rowling is the first Billionaire author in history
  8. 8. The Harry Potter Phenomena • Seven books = Eight movies. Book seven will be released in two parts. November 2010 and May 2011 • Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens in the Spring of 2010 at Universal Orlando • Undoubtedly, the world’s most successful Children’s series of all time. • Translated into 65 different languages • Why the fuss?
  9. 9. The Characters and Elements of Harry Potter • Kids relate to the characters and feel as if the are growing up alongside them. – The relationships of the characters give the reader an element of “realism” that brings them into the story and keeps them hungry for the next book to be released. • Kids learn lessons as the characters learn lessons.
  10. 10. Advances in Printing • During the years of Poor Richard’s Almanack, printing was done on the Gutenburg Printing Press. • The Gutenburg Press was used from 1454 until the 1800’s and was more convenient and efficient than manual copying. • The Gutenburg Press was succeeded by Lord Stanhope in 1800 with a complete cast iron constructed press. However Stanhope’s press still only produced 250 sheets per hour.
  11. 11. Advances in Printing Today, when J.K. Rowling prints a new book, it is likely printed on a Printing Press similar to the 2008 Rapida 106 by Koenig & Bauer, which can run off sheets at an amazing 18,000 sheets per minute.
  12. 12. References: