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Awards for Achievers
June 29, 2012   
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The upmarket Zwierciad這 (Mirror) women’s magazine has handed out its latest round of Kryszta這we Zwierciad這 (Crystal Mirror) awards to outstanding academics, figures from the world of culture, artists and other public figures. The annual award ceremony, now in its 17th year, was held May 28 in the gardens of the Kr鏊ikarnia Palace in Warsaw and was a special one in that it marked the magazine’s 55th anniversary.

The recipients of the 2012 Kryszta這we Zwierciad這 awards were actress Maja Komorowska, pianist Leszek Mo盥瞠r and oncologist Prof. Cezary Szczylik. A special award went to New York-based Polish novelist, playwright and screenwriter Janusz G這wacki.

For the fifth time, the magazine also handed out a readers’ choice award called the Kryszta趾i Zwierciad豉 (Mirror Crystals), which is given out to young people who have interesting projects under their belt and are continuing to hone their talents.

This year’s Kryszta趾i Zwierciad豉 winner is pianist and composer Piotr orzechowski, who has won acclaim for inventively combining jazz with classical music. Also known as the “Piano Hooligan,” Orzechowski caught the magazine’s attention with his defiant attitude to music, which has won admiration from those in the know.

Orzechowski is the first Polish performer to win the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival. He was only seven years old when he received his first award, for a jazz piece that he composed himself. Orzechowski is a student at the Music Academy in Cracow and tours with his High Definition quartet.

Zwierciad這 magazine has handed out its Kryszta這we Zwierciad這 awards since 1996. Since 2005, the awards have also been given out to figures considered to be consensus-builders, capable of uniting people rather than dividing them. Past winners include film directors Agnieszka Holland and Andrzej Wajda, politicians Danuta Hbner and Jerzy Buzek, Nobel Prize-winning poet Wis豉wa Szymborska, authors Hanna Krall and Paulo Coelho, and historian Norman Davies.

E-Books Take Off
International sales of e-books and of devices for reading them by bookstores in the United States have risen rapidly.

According to the American Publishers Association, its members sold 3.4 million e-books outside the United States last year, four times more than in 2010. Revenues from such sales totaled $21.5 million last year, up from $4.9 million in 2010.

The figures have been boosted by Amazon, Barnes&Noble and other major online stores which sell both e-books and Kindle and Nook e-book readers, and which allow users to buy electronic books with one click.

Research indicates that the number of e-book readers in Poland has reached 100,000, half of which are Kindle devices from Amazon.com. While readers in Poland are buying e-books in English, sales of Polish e-books are on the rise as well and the number of stores selling these is growing.
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