GWA News Clippings
Aug. 15, 2014

Sept. 26 — Barnes by Barnes — Philadelphia GWA regional meeting
Join Region II on Sept. 26 in the Philadelphia area for a morning tour of the Barnes' Grounds and Collections, followed by lunch and trunk show. In the afternoon, the tour will continue at the Barnes Art Collection. Register by Aug. 29 the for the early-bird rate.More

Sept. 30-Oct. 2 — Digital Storytelling & Tours in Victoria, BC
Like taking photos? Like telling stories? This introduction to digital storytelling will help you make short films using your photos and narration, to make fun and fun-to-make digital stories. This regional meeting is composed of two half-day workshops and one full day of tours. The digital storytelling session is before and after the tour day, so video taken on the tour can be used to create a short digital story. Register by Aug. 19 for the early-bird rate.More

GWA electronic directory available
An electronic version of the GWA membership directory is available for download. As a read-only PDF, you can electronically search for information using the PDF find function to locate member information, websites and blogs. More

Joni M Becker seeks freelance writers/contributors
Looking for freelance writers interested in providing content for mobile magazine. Any and everything related to flower gardening, even creative pieces, will be entertained. Visit the GWA Jobs page for details. More

How much money the biggest publishers actually make
Digital Book World
Over the past 10 years, sales at the largest publishers in the world have leveled as the book industry felt the effects of recession and of the e-book revolution. According to a new analysis from DBW-partner Publishers Lunch, the worldwide revenues of the largest publishers except Macmillan have ranged from about $8.6 billion to $9.7 billion since 2006. More

Plot thickens as 900 writers battle Amazon
The New York Times
Out here in the woods in Round Pound, Maine, at the end of not one but two dirt roads, in a shack equipped with a picture of the Dalai Lama, a high-speed data line and a copy of Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience," Amazon's dream of dominating the publishing world has run into some trouble. Douglas Preston, who summers in this coastal hamlet, is a best-selling writer — or was, until Amazon decided to discourage readers from buying books from his publisher, Hachette.More

E-books pricing battle — do you see yourself as an author or a publisher?
Talking New Media
The New York Times, it must be admitted, knows its audience: the NYC book publishing industry, and the authors that still publish through the big book houses. Amazon knows its audience, too: self-publishers and small independent publishers who use CreateSpace and the Kindle Director Publishing services.More

Publishers turn to the crowd to find the next best seller
The New York Times
Sandy Hall was nervous. Hall, a librarian in Morristown, N.J., was preparing one recent night to lead her weekly book club meeting with a group of 14 teenagers. The book being discussed, a young-adult romance titled "A Little Something Different," was her own debut novel. "I'm still in the 'I hope they like it' phase," she said an hour before the meeting.More

Why it's so hard to catch your own typos
You have finally finished writing your article. You've sweat over your choice of words and agonized about the best way to arrange them to effectively get your point across. You comb for errors, and by the time you publish you are absolutely certain that not a single typo survived. But, the first thing your readers notice isn't your carefully crafted message, it's the misspelled word in the fourth sentence.More

Robin Williams' death rekindles questions about creativity and depression
Following news of Robin Williams' suicide — which the Marin County Sheriff's office confirmed as the actor's cause of death — it was immediately clear that the comedy giant's impact spanned generations. It seemed that anyone who had ever watched one of his films, sat breathless with laughter during one of his comedy routines, or shouted "Oh Captain! My Captain!" and thought of Williams before Whitman, had flocked to Twitter and Facebook to collectively voice their sadness and disbelief.More

Why the public library beats Amazon — for now
The Wall Street Journal
A growing stack of companies would like you to pay a monthly fee to read e-books, just like you subscribe to Netflix to binge on movies and TV shows. Don't bother. Go sign up for a public library card instead. Really, the public library? recently launched Kindle Unlimited, a $10-per-month service offering loans of 600,000 e-books. Startups called Oyster and Scribd offer something similar.More

Reading disruption
Inside Higher Ed
A technological visionary created a little stir in the late '00s by declaring that the era of the paper-and-ink book as dominant cultural form was winding down rapidly as the e-book took its place. As I recall, the switch-off was supposed to be complete by the year 2015 — though not by a particular date, making it impossible to mark your day planner accordingly.More