GWA News Clippings
July 13, 2011

USAToday.com revamps books coverage, bestseller list
Paid Content
This week, USA Today launched a new books site, books.usatoday.com. The most noticeable changes are to its bestseller list, which now has a more colorful interface and for the first time, features buy links. It's another way that USA Today’s bestseller list is trying to set itself apart from those of the New York Times, whose book bestseller lists are the most influential in the business.More

GWA's Classroom Podcast, Episode 7: Facebook, Part 1: Profiles
GWA
In this episode of GWA's Classroom Podcast, co-hosts Jean Ann Van Krevelen and Ellen Wells discuss how to leverage a Facebook profile to build membership on a Facebook page. Tune in to learn how to use Facebook's friend finder, how content is delivered in news streams and more.More

Combating the stigma of self-publishing
Huffington Post
For all of you struggling to decide whether to self-publish, you really need to look at it like any other business decision you'd make in any other arena in your life. Do you have the capital needed to put your book together professionally? Is it a risk you're willing to take like any other small business venture? Are you willing to put the blood, sweat and tears in? More

GWA Foundation calls for spring 2012 student scholarship grant entries
GWA
The GWA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable subsidiary of the Garden Writers Association, has committed funding to provide financial assistance to deserving students for the spring term, 2012. Students must be enrolled in one of two categories. More

Can online piracy be stopped?
CNBC
A massive new effort to crack down on intellectual property theft spans industries and every point of the content creation and distribution chain. It's called "Copyright Alert System" and it aims to stop people pirating from pirating content online, by very simply preventing them from surfing the web. There's no question piracy is a major issue that costs the economy $16 billion in lost earnings and $3 billion in tax revenues. More

How journalists, community can connect with Google Plus
Mediabistro (blog)
Chances are if you read the 10,000 Words blog, you're a journalist of some stripe and you're also familiar with — and likely already belong to — the latest social network: Google Plus. The new network offers an awesome opportunity for a journalist, or even better a whole news organization, to make the site into something awesome and useful to connect with their community.More

Back to the future: Is media returning to the 19th century?
GigaOM
In a series of articles looking at the evolution of media in a digital age, The Economist comes to the conclusion that new media — and in particular the explosion of blogs and other social media tools like Twitter and Facebook — is taking society back to where it was in the 18th and 19th centuries, before the development of newspapers and other mass media platforms. More

More US adults own a smartphone than have a degree
Mashable
More Americans own smartphones than hold a bachelor's degree or speak another language in their homes, according to a Pew Internet Project report. In a telephone survey, 83 percent of respondents said that they owned a cellphone of some kind and 35 percent of the 2,277 U.S. adults questioned in English or Spanish said that they owned a smartphone.More

Amazon holds back growth of e-books around world
The Passive Guy
David Gaughran, a 33-year old Irish writer living in Sweden, provides details, in dollars and cents, that explain why e-book sales are so low in some countries where they should be much higher. Low e-books sales mean that authors in those nations have a hard time reaching their audiences and indie writing is very tough to pull off. For indie authors in Amazon's favored zones, it means your 99 cent e-book costs readers much more in most of the world.More

Yet another eReader launches, this time for Google
GigaOM
The crowded e-book market has just squeezed in room for one more contender, as iriver has created an eInk reader that works with the Google Books store. Available on July 17 at Target's online and retail stores, the iriver Story HD costs $139.99 and has access to more than 3 million free titles through Google via Wi-Fi. Paid titles are also supported through the Google Books storefront.More

Front-yard vegetables cause stir in Detroit suburb
The Associated Press via Chicago Tribune
A suburban Detroit woman's front-yard vegetable garden has caused a stir after she was cited for violating city rules about landscaping. Julie Bass was cited last month for violating an ordinance in Oak Park, Mich., that requires grass, ground cover, shrubbery or other "suitable live plant material." She's fighting the citation, and a hearing is scheduled for July 26, local newspapers reported. More

Jonathan Drori: The beautiful tricks of flowers
TED
In a visually dazzling talk, Jonathan Drori shows the extraordinary ways flowering plants — over a quarter million species — have evolved to attract insects to spread their pollen: growing "landing strips" to guide the insects in, shining in ultraviolet, building elaborate traps and even mimicking other insects in heat.More

'Plant a Row for the Hungry' gave 11,000 pounds of produce last year
The Freeport Journal-Stanard
As more vegetables and fruits come in season, gardeners in Illinois will have the opportunity to donate excess produce for a good cause. Produce may be donated to local food pantries in Freeport, Pearl City and Lena through "Plant a Row for The Hungry." Pantries weigh the produce and provide receipts for the tax-deductible donations.More

Teenagers revive dead languages through texting
Mobiledia
A funny thing happened to several languages on their way to extinction — they were saved, pulled back from the brink by teenagers and the Internet, of all things. Samuel Herrera, who runs the linguistics laboratory at the Institute of Anthropological Research in Mexico City, found young people in southern Chile producing hip-hop videos and posting them on YouTube using Huilliche, a language on the brink of extinction.More