GWA News Clippings
July 20, 2011

Borders auction canceled, going-out-of-business sales to start Friday
Publishers Weekly
Borders has confirmed that it will submit the proposal from a consortium of liquidators led by Hilco and Gordon Brothers to bankruptcy court on Thursday. If approved, as expected, going-out-of-business sales will begin under a phased rollout at stores and facilities starting Friday. The sales will continue until the end of September. No auction is necessary, because the retailer did not receive a formal proposal for a going concern bid.More

GWA webinar: Facebook Pages for Garden Writers, Part I: Creating a Compelling Page
GWA
Creating a compelling Facebook page is a must for any writer who intends to promote their book or services online. Join Jean Ann Van Krevelen from White Willow Media to learn the ins and outs of an author page.More

How we read now
The Boston Globe
If you're an adult who reads books today, you are an immigrant from that foreign land — a "digital immigrant." You may love your new iPad, but you were raised in the old country of bookstores, marginalia, the scent of paper, flap copy written on actual flaps. Meanwhile, the toddler playing with his parents' tablet today will grow up a "digital native," as accustomed to the one-click book purchase as you are to a dust jacket.More

GWA Online elections open until Aug. 19
GWA
Visit the GWA members' area to cast your ballot for officers, national directors and regional directors for 2011. VOTE TODAY!More

Dynamic pricing: What it is and what it isn't
The Shatzkin Files (blog)
Dynamic pricing is a buzzphrase making the rounds of publishers at the moment as they begin to get their arms around the opportunities inherent in the agency model. They are aware that Amazon does a lot of pricing automated by algorithms and some of the more creative and tech-minded thinkers are wondering if publishers need to employ technology in a similar way. More

GWA 2011-2012 Member Directory download now available
GWA
GWA has released a downloadable Read-Only PDF of the 2011-2012 directory. Using this directory, you can: electronically search for information using the PDF find function, print pages, directly link to member websites and directly link to member blogs.More

Growing your gardening books library
The Somerville News
Pardon the pun, but gardening books are a perennial favorite with collectors. They have been around from the very first days of writing because they served as guides for the all-important agricultural tasks people had to do each day. The earliest versions of gardening books were nothing like what we think of today. They were advice books, filled with information on how to till the land, what seeds to select, when to harvest, etc. More

Beyond the gnome: New trends in garden art
MSN Real Estate
With garden experts these days urging us to treat our outdoor plots as rooms, the question becomes, "How shall we decorate them?" Oh, so glad you asked. Fashion changes constantly — even in garden decor. There's no time for moss to grow in the restless world of floricultural furnishings. More

2011 GWA Media Awards Recipients
GWA
GWA Awards Chair Beth Botts is pleased to announce the following recipients of the 2011 Silver Awards of Achievement. The Gold Awards for Best Talent and Best Product of the Year will be announced at the Annual Awards Banquet to be held Aug. 29, at the 63rd Annual GWA Symposium in Indianapolis.More

New herbicide suspected in tree deaths
The New York Times
A recently approved herbicide called Imprelis, widely used by landscapers because it was thought to be environmentally friendly, has emerged as the leading suspect in the deaths of thousands of Norway spruces, eastern white pines and other trees on lawns and golf courses across the country.More

Amazon announces Kindle Textbook Rental
Paid Content
Amazon is reaching out to students with the launch of Kindle Textbook Rental. Textbooks are available for periods between 30 and 360 days. Students can extend their rentals in one-day increments as many times as they want. They can also keep their notes and annotations after the rental expires.More

A cloud-based subscription model for books
Publishing Perspectives
The history of books is like a long novel. It's a legendary story that begins with storytellers who then gave way to proto-writing, clay tablets and codices and finally to printed books — thanks to Gutenberg and the invention of movable type which started the publishing industry. More

101 excuses not to write that book
Selling Books
Anyone who attends writers groups and writers conferences will hear a lot of excuses about why people don't write. For fun, here is a list of 101 excuses why people don't write that book they say they are always going to write. See what you think.More

Free Nook Color app helps kids publish
Mediabistro (blog)
This week, Barnes & Noble released a free Nook Color app for its children's online book community Tikatok.com. The app lets kids create and publish their own e-books on the Nook Color, potentially creating a whole generation of kids who grow up with the idea that books are written on devices, for devices. Using the app, young writers can create stories on the Nook Color and submit them to be published into hard, softcover or e-books. More