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October 18, 2003

At 1:00 CDT, Lasker, Poggiani, and Mayerle were present. As no one else arrived, quorum was not made.

Lasker mentioned the article requested by the magazine ebookweb.org, and her transmittal of the request to those who might author such: Publicity and a board member who works in Marketing would write it. Poggiani suggested asking Commo. Lasker will follow up.

Lasker asked Mayerle about the Midwest Fur Fest; he said that he was investigating. Poggiani will send bookmarks to Mayerle for the Fur Fest.

Lasker has heard from LosCon that no auction for the benefit of ReadAssist.org is planned. Poggiani mentioned planning to recruit a ReadAssist Agent who will set out bookmarks at LosCon, and mine the Dealers Room for URLs.

The three then discussed guestbooks, generally.

At 1:30, quorum was despaired of, and the three members present left the room.

From the last meeting:

Lasker portioned out tasks:

Submitted by Pam Poggiani.

Committee Reports

Treasurer's Report

  Deposits Expenses Balance
Previous Balance     $1,361.67
Interest 0.33    
Current Balance     $1,362.49

/s/ Jody Dorsett, Treasurer

Website Report

The website was updated on September 30, adding many links obtained at WorldCon.

Luis Cedeno, Webmaster, is investigating free Guestbook programs, so that a Guestbook may be added to the website.

Many of the Russian SF sites mentioned in last month's report include pirated texts of books, and are therefore no longer under consideration as links for ReadAssist. The Chinese site sells software. The Spanish sites await investigation.

URLs for possible links are awaited from the Agents who attended Icon and ConStellation.

Pam Poggiani, Website Designer

Publicity Report

We have buttons! These will be sent to ReadAgent Agents to wear at conventions in the hope of eliciting questions about the site.

Requests for reciprocal links to the websites added at the end of September yielded an unexpected response: eBookWeb, a magazine, has requested an article on ReadAssist.org. This request was forwarded to Judith Lasker, Chair.

Bookmarks for and conversation about ReadAssist were present at Icon and ConStellation.

Pam Poggiani, Publicity Deputy

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