In today’s life, information plays a crucial role in modeling how people live and correlate with each other. Information has been on the rise courtesy of the expanding access of internet. Unlike decades ago when information could be found published in hard copy, today information has gone digital the internet plays a crucial role in the expanding distribution of digital content and specifically information material.
We have various platforms which have grown so popular in the distribution of digital content such as Amazon publishing through Kindle, iTunes bookshop and Google bookstore amongst others. These platforms have played a crucial roles in the selling and purchase of digital books and other informational materials.
Formerly, this website belonged to the ‘Chile Book Chamber’. Below was there address in case you want to pay them a visit.
Chilean Association of Publishers, Distributors and Booksellers
Av. Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins 1370 Oficina 501
Santiago de Chile
Tel: (56-2) 672 0348, Fax: (56-2) 687 4271
The Chilean Book Chamber was and still is, an organization that brings together publishers, booksellers, distributors and direct sales organizations. Here is a list of fundamental objectives:
- defense of freedom of action, importation, sale and circulation of books;
- promotion and dissemination of Chilean books, inside and outside the country;
- generating and supporting initiatives to train people dedicated to publishing, editing, marketing and distribution of books;
- promoting reading habit, cooperation in eradicating illiteracy, creating libraries, organizing exhibitions, fairs and all initiatives that encourage the creation and literary production.
True to the aforementioned purposes, the Chamber offers to its members the following services:
- Opportunity training and development of human resources linked to the sector;
- Legal counseling;
- Conducting National and International Fairs.
- Chilean export promotion of books and trade missions;
- Support initiatives promoting content and reading;
- Service Award ISBN and barcode.
- Permanent support against the reality of piracy and reprographics.
Giving Back to the Community
I was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer in 2009. This was the most shocking incident in my life. None of my family has ever been diagnosed by breast cancer before, which explained why the bad news got me by surprise. Actually it had been three years since I went for a mammography check because I felt that the risk of contracting the cancer was a bit low. Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I had not gone for a mammogram that day.
I had had accompanied a friend to the hospital for a mammogram check when I decided that I too needed one. When I went for the check, the radiologist who was checking me seemed worried. My breast had dense tissue and she felt that she was missing something. If you happen to have dense tissues in your breast, the screening may become difficult and also according to what she claimed, there were high chances that I could suffer for breast cancer. I literally didn’t believe that last bit and I almost ruled it out.
Recovering from Breast Cancer
However, when I went out and explained to my friend about the incident, she advised me to request for further screening test. We went in together to see the radiologist and I explained my concerns. She was a lovely lady in her late 30s or early 40s. She suggested that I needed to undergo a breast ultrasound which would help in the investigation of the tissues.
The diagnostic exam was set for the following. That day, I went to the hospital all alone. Although I was a bit nervous, I felt that I had nothing to fear. While the test was done, the technologist also decided to run a Doppler Ultrasound so as to ascertain the flow of blood in the breast. She then suggested that I await the results of the test for about an hour. Since I had activities that I needed to attend to, as well as participating in daily fitness routines and a healthy diet that helped me shed fat and to keep myself healthy, I decided that I would come for them the following day.
The next morning, to my utter disbelief, I was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer. Luckily, the cancer was only located in the right breast. After listening to the advice of the radiologist, I was offered with two of the best option that would be best for me: either I undergo a mastectomy or breast conserving surgery (BCS). I opted for the former.
I underwent counseling for two weeks before lumpectomy was performed, after recovery; I underwent radiation and chemotherapy for another 8 weeks. During this time, I joined a local cancer group where I got a lot of emotional support from other cancer victims and survivors. In the group, we were involved in various charity activities as we sought to sensitize and create awareness of breast cancer. In one instance we visited a local library in my town where we talked with the readers that we found there.
The library was in a deplorable state and I felt the need to take part in renovating and digitizing it. Since I had undertaken an early retirement after my diagnosis, I felt the need to give back to the community through supporting the local library.