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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, September 25, 2001

'Escape Routes' delivered through e-mail

By Vicki Viotti
Advertiser Staff Writer

Reading matter has come through the e-mail pipeline for a long time. A more recent development: Some of it might even qualify as literature.

You can get a free, chapter-by-chapter electronic version of "Escape Routes."
"Escape Routes" is a book about ordinary people who pull themselves through personal trials, written by Johann Christoph Arnold (Plough Publishing, $10). It's just out in print (via plough.com), but readers also can visit escape.plough.com to sign up for a free, abbreviated electronic version, delivered a chapter each week by e-mail.

This is not the first time books have been marketed through free electronic versions. Even Plough released an earlier Arnold title through Web download. However, said publisher spokesman Sam Hine, "a few people had trouble with the downloading process ... e-mail is something everyone is comfortable with and is more convenient to pass along."

And, following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, author and New Yorker Arnold dispatched an e-mail invitation for those "grappling with shock, loneliness, or fear" due to the crisis to contact him — by e-mail, of course: JCA@plough.com.