Wednesday, May 17, 2006

About Matt Tinaglia, editor of Parma Endorion

Parma Endorion: Essays on Middle-earth, 3rd Edition is one of the most popular eBooks in the world. With more than 1 million downloads, only electronic works by Seth Godin and Stephen King have been downloaded by more people. Although I wrote the 1st edition of Parma Endorion as a collection of Web essays in late 1996 and early 1997, it didn't achieve the breakthrough worldwide recognition it has realized until the English language edition of the Ebook was released in January 2002.

Within 3 weeks, more than 25,000 downloads prompted eBooks'n'Bytes to proclaim Parma Endorion as the top download of the year. It didn't hurt that the Parma Endorion 2nd Edition Web site had just been selected as one of the most scholarly Tolkien resources on the Web by writer Angela Gunn for the now discontinued Yahoo! Internet Life Web site. Angela's article was published in December 2001 to coincide with the release of Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring".

Since January 2002, Parma Endorion: Essays on Middle-earth, 3rd Edition has been translated into Spanish and Italian. Portions of the eBook or earlier versions of the essays have also been translated into Greek and Polish. A Portuguese language translation of the eBook was started in 2005 and should hopefully be finished in 2006.

As a free download, Parma Endorion has been widely distributed across the Internet by authorized and unauthorized distributors. Our estimate of more than 1 million downloads is most likely extremely conservative. Fans around the world cite Parma Endorion as a source for their reserach. Thousands of students, teachers, librarians, and research students have used Parma Endorion as a resource for their literary papers, theses, and dissertations.

All that is to say, this eBook which has touched so many people's hearts and minds would never have been published had it not been for Matt Tinaglia. Matt not only edited the English and Spanish language versions of the book, he designed the eBook format and layout. He inspired me to update my research and produce a once-in-a-lifetime achievement. The Parma Endorion eBook is my Silmaril. As Feanor said he could never reproduce the Silmarils, I don't see how I can ever produce anything that will enjoy the success of Parma Endorion. Its popularity and influence have amazed and humbled me in many ways.

Well, earlier this year, when I launched this blog, I offered members of the Endor Discussion Group (which used to be Xenite.Org's Middle-earth Mailing List) an opportunity to win a feature article. The first person to find the correct URL for my then unannounced blog won the contest.

I didn't think to disqualify Matt, and he found the URL within a day.

So, after many months and considerable effort, I have finished the official Xenite.Org profile of Matt Tinaglia.

Please drop by and read Matt Tinaglia: Six Sigma Meets Middle-earth. You'll learn a little more about Matt and something about an industrial processing revolution that helps explain why American industry's productivity has skyrocketed over the past 10 years.


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