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New Mexico Students Publishing Club
The New Mexico Students' Publishing Club

Empowering students in New Mexico, the NM Students' Publishing Club is using Powis Binding machines to spread their enthusiasm for writing. The oral history of a small village just 10 miles southeast of Carlsbad, New Mexico is being preserved for future generations by their efforts. The NM Publishing Club supports their writers in a number of ways to promote their published works, such as telemarketing and press releases. The NM Publishing club offers these and other services through their membership.

They aim to nurture young students and their potential. Powis is proud to further the efforts of organizations like the NM Publishing club. Using our state of the art binding machines, professional quality books are bound, sold, and even made available to libraries so that everyone can enjoy them.

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Book Mobile
Book Mobile

The Book Mobile program, which was started by Brewster Kahle and Dave Walburn in San Francisco, has inspired a similar program in India, where two vans, equipped with computers and satellite dishes that link them to the Internet, are providing on-demand books at an affordable price to people around the country. Visitors to the vans can choose from the hundreds of books in English and Hindi that are available from various web sites. Once a book is chosen, for a nominal fee, it is downloaded from the Internet, printed, bound, and trimmed.

The vans are operated by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC). CDAC has been operating two Book Vans since April 2003, as a pilot project and are planning to install 50 more vans across the country. "Response to the program has been fabulous," R. K. Verma, Executive Director at the CDAC, said. "We have received enquiries about it from several parts of the country."

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Memento Press
Memento Press

Memento Press opened the world's first Photobook store in 2004. They then pioneered personal design services, tailoring perfect, custom Photobooks for every occasion. Memento's flag ship boutique is located in the heart of downtown San Francisco, near Union Square and the Financial District.

In 2007, an Army sergeant serving in Iraq contacted Memento, asking if soldiers in his brigade could purchase Memento's renowned quality, at a more-affordable price. Working with Powis, Memento designed, printed and bound a chronicle of their tour at 80% below retail. Memento then donated books to each family who lost a loved one. Since then, Memento continues to support combat troops with free and low-cost services. As one Vietnam combat vet said, "Your books will help them turn the page."

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826 National
826 National: www.826national.org

826 National is a network of eight youth literacy organizations nationwide. The network, co-founded by award-winning author Dave Eggers and veteran public school teacher Ninive Calegari launched with the opening of 826 Valencia in San Francisco nearly ten years ago. 826 supports students with writing skills and helps teachers get their students excited about the literary arts. The organization provides writing workshops for children ages 6-18 attending underserved schools. Children brainstorm, write, illustrate and leave the one-day workshop with their own bound book -- experiencing the excitement of being a "published" author. The Fastback binding system is so quick and easy to use, volunteers with little-to- no training are able to bind children's writings immediately onsite so that they can take their own book home. Powis has taken great interest in 826 National by donating Fastback machines and the binding materials for the books.

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