GWA News Clippings
Jul. 11, 2012

In e-book war, the independent publishers strike back
The Atlantic
To briefly recap: In April, the Department of Justice filed anti-trust cases against Apple and five publishers alleging that they had joined in a scheme to raise the price of newly released and bestselling e-books. Three of the publishers insisting they had done nothing wrong, settled with the DOJ rather than undergo protracted and extremely expensive litigation and accepted stringent terms on future pricing strategies. More

2012-2013 GWA Directory PDF now available
The GWA 2012-2013 Membership Directory is now available from the website in read-only PDF format. Members may download a free copy at the following URL. ...More

How Amazon squeezes writers to make investors richer
Daily Finance
When writer Andrew Hyde published a new e-book through, the online megaretailer promised him 70 percent of sales. But a hidden fee slashed his initial take to slightly more than 50 percent. As a leading seller in the fast-growing digital book market, can Amazon afford to anger authors? As the company expands from retail into cloud computing, two reasons suggest that it can — and will.More

Region V Meeting at IGC: Correction
The date for the Region V meeting at the IGC is Aug. 21, not Aug. 22 as reported last week. Please visit the GWA website for details. ...More

Your e-book is reading you
The Wall Street Journal
It takes the average reader just seven hours to read the final book in Suzanne Collins's "Hunger Games" trilogy on the Kobo e-reader — about 57 pages an hour. Nearly 18,000 Kindle readers have highlighted the same line from the second book in the series: "Because sometimes things happen to people and they're not equipped to deal with them." And on Barnes & Noble's Nook, the first thing that most readers do upon finishing the first "Hunger Games" book is to download the next one.More

Coastal Gardens of Maine meeting deadline July 28
Region I will tour The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens on Aug. 10, and there are many wonderful optional destinations suggested for those who want to come early and/or stay longer. The deadline for registration is July 28. More

How to pitch agents at a writers' conference
Writer's Digest
So you're at a writers' conference and you have a chance to sit down with an agent. This encounter is basically like speed dating because you have about five minutes to get the person across the table from you to want, if not to commit to a relationship, at least to try one out. You have probably 15 seconds to make a lasting first impression. Another 30 to build curiosity. A mere few minutes to captivate, inspire and intrigue ... More

Report: Amazon plans 3 new Kindle Fire tablets to rival iPads
USA Today
Amazon is planning three new Kindle Fire tablets to go mano a mano against rivals Google and Apple, according to industry tracker DisplaySearch. Online retail giant Amazon is eyeing production of the new tablets — all with 7-inch screens — timed for the holiday shopping season, according to DisplaySearch. Meanwhile, Apple is prepping a mini iPad on the same schedule, says DisplaySearch.More

The new world of publishing: Editing and proofing
Dean Wesley Smith (blog)
Let's talk about editing and proofing. One of the great new myths is that traditionally published books are cleaner and better proofed than indie-published books. Traditional publishers use this myth as a selling point to keep writers mailing them books. Well, maybe it's true, but not always. Of course, this is impossible to actually get data on, since every book is different and goes through a different path to a unique publication.More

Loving the craft when we tire of the writing
Writer Interrupted (blog)
For writers, there’s nothing worse than those "off days." The ones that Wally Writer and Annie Author rarely talk about because their writing is just too picture-perfect. Everything they create is a masterpiece. Every word they write is beautiful and filled with deep, profound meaning. They don't often admit mistakes, because…well ... they just don't make any!More

Microsoft's downfall
Vanity Fair
Analyzing one of American corporate history's greatest mysteries — the lost decade of Microsoft — two-time George Polk Award winner (and V.F.'s newest contributing editor) Kurt Eichenwald traces the "astonishingly foolish management decisions" at the company that "could serve as a business-school case study on the pitfalls of success." Today, a single Apple product — the iPhone — generates more revenue than all of Microsoft’s wares combined.More

Abandoned Walmart in Texas transforms into a giant library
Good E-Reader
McAllen, Texas, found itself in the all-too-common situation of having an abandoned Walmart on its hands. Instead of leaving the location as a target for vandals or opening up another big box store, the city took matters into its own hands. They submitted the location to the International Interior Design Association's 2012 Library Interior Design Competition and managed to win! McAllen now boasts the largest library in the United States, at 125,000 square feet!More

Boxwood Blight found to infect Pachysandra in the landscape
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station recently confirmed that in June 2012 an established bed of Pachysandra (Pachysandra terminalis) was found to be infected by Boxwood Blight (Cylindrocladium pseudonaviculatum). The infected Pachysandra leaves exhibited "diffuse yellow haloes" but no stems lesions or dieback was observed. The Pachysandra bed was adjacent to newly planted Boxwood (Buxus) plants that were found to be infected with the disease.More