GWA News Clippings
Jun. 6, 2012

GWA office moving
GWA
The GWA office will be closed June 15-23 as we move to a new location in Texas. Effective June 15, our new address will be 7809 FM 179, Shallowater, TX 79363. Effective June 25, our new telephone number is 806.832.1870 and FAX is 806.832.5244 (also effective June 25).More

The problem with copyrights
The Wall Street Journal
Google Inc. dominates Internet search and advertising and has rapidly diversified with two operating systems, a browser and manifold apps. But concerns about copyright violations and invasions of privacy are frequently raised in discussions about the Internet giant. The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg had a chat with two high-ranking Google executives: Susan Wojcicki, senior vice president, advertising, and Sundar Pichai, senior vice president for Chrome and Google apps. More

Tucson symposium schedule posted
GWA
To help members make travel plans, GWA has posted the program schedule for the 64th GWA Symposium that will be held in Tucson, Ariz., on Oct. 12-15, 2012. Take a look ...More

Kobo unveils self-publishing program
Mediabistro
Canadian e-book company Kobo unveiled a self-publishing platform at BookExpo America. Kobo Writing Life will be available for writers by the end of June. Unlike competitive self-publishing tools, Kobo allows authors to set their book price to 'FREE' at any time without restrictive exclusive agreements; in addition, Kobo pays 10 percent higher royalties on sales in many growing international markets and allows authors more freedom on pricing. More

Post symposium photography workshop announced
GWA
Save the date to participate in the post symposium photo workshop headed by Andrew Buchanan. Registration opens mid-June. View our event schedule.More

The Amazon effect
The Nation
From the start, Jeff Bezos wanted to "get big fast." He was never a "small is beautiful" kind of guy. The Brobdingnagian numbers tell much of the story. In 1994, four years after the first Internet browser was created, Bezos stumbled upon a startling statistic: the Internet had been growing at the rate of 2,300 percent annually. In 1995, the year Bezos, then 31, started Amazon, just 16 million people used the Internet. A year later, the number was 36 million, a figure that would multiply at a furious rate. More

Region I: The gardens of coastal Maine ... Aug. 10
GWA
Our meeting and visit to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens will be on Friday, and there are many wonderful optional destinations suggested for those who want to come early and/or stay longer. The CMBG offers spectacular displays, including a kitchen garden, rose and perennial gardens, mediation garden, garden of the five senses, a Children's garden, native gardens, woodland and other plantings too numerous to mention. See more ...More

What to do when attacked by pirates
The Wall Street Journal
If you were attacked by pirates, who would you want by your side? A loyal horde of head bangers, gangstas and hard-core punks? Or a brainy clutch of bookish types? You'd generally be advised to go with the former group. But it turns out that in the swashbuckling arena of digital piracy, the publishing world is acquitting itself far better than the brash music industry. More

Sign-up for the English Gardens Tours in Litchfield County on June 22
GWA
Join fellow GWA members for tours of stunning gardens and an excellent program on organic practices in Litchfield County, Conn. Registration ends June 15.More

Forget about 'content management;' focus on 'audience development'
paidContent
Media companies have collectively spent billions of dollars on content management systems.  As they upgraded their offline businesses to the digital world, they turned to big enterprise systems to organize their content in an orderly digital database.  And whether via internal systems or a purchased system,  each piece of content knows its place, and the digital migration of media is a fait accompli.More

Daunt: Other devices possible for Waterstones
The Bookseller
Waterstones could sell other devices in store alongside the Kindle, as James Daunt said the arrangement with Amazon is not exclusive. Speaking at the Hay Festival Business Breakfast panel, Daunt said: "We are not selling other devices, but if there was another device that we thought was better then we would." Speaking to The Bookseller after the event, Daunt said he would consider selling other devices "in the future," if customer demand was there. More

Top 10 blog traffic killers
Jane Friedman (blog)
From Michael Hyatt: Assuming you want to increase your blog traffic, there are certain mistakes you must avoid to be successful. If you commit these errors, your traffic will never gain momentum. Worse, it may begin to plateau or begin to decrease. How do I know? After writing more than 1,200 posts and receiving almost 100,000 comments, I have made most of the mistakes you can make—numerous times. As a result, certain patterns emerged. More

Kobo reports 400 percent growth in e-book sales
The Digital Reader
Kobo announced that it has seen stellar growth in the past year. E-book sales and sales of the Kobo Touch are both up significantly. What's more, Kobo has nearly quadrupled its user base, with the number of people reading with Kobo internationally reportedly being up by 280 percent. Kobo was bought by Rakuten in the fall of 2011, and both parties are expecting that it will offer unparalleled opportunities to extend Kobo's reach through Rakuten's other subsidiaries. More

Chicago gardener uses technology to connect growers, foodies
Huffington Post
VideoBriefWhat if locating and buying locally grown produce direct from its source in Chicago was as easy as Google searching for the nearest BYOB? What if the city's urban gardeners were able to join a social-network-meets-online-marketplace that would allow them to connect with both customers and other gardeners? These were the questions gardener Todd Jones had in mind as he has sought to attain funding to get his web initiative, Every Last Morsel, off the ground. More

First lady's book: On growing seeds, healthy kids
The Associated Press via WDRB-TV
From the beginning, Michelle Obama's kitchen garden has been an overachiever, churning out more peppers, parsley and eggplant than expected, and generating interest that — yes, really — crosses oceans. Now, the first lady has added a 271-page book to her gardening resume, and Americans can read all about the planting misses that came with the hits, get tips on gardening at home and draw some inspiration.  More