GWA News Clippings
Sep. 11, 2014

Apple CEO, other execs hit with shareholder suit over ebook conspiracy
Apple shareholders are suing CEO Tim Cook along with some of the company's other executives and directors, claiming that their role in a price-fixing conspiracy with publishers damaged the company. According to a complaint filed in California state court, Cook and other senior Apple figures bear "responsibility for ensnaring Apple in a multi-year anticompetitive scheme" that resulted in a highly-publicized trial and a proposed $450 million payout.More

Dispatches from Italy: Spectacle and magic in the gardens of Verona
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Sometimes the stars align to make a garden visit magical, that's what happened at Giardino Giusti in Verona. The spectacular views standing on top of the towering "Mascherone" were sweetened by songbirds hidden in the spires of cypress trees. At noon, the city's church bells sang in concert with the birds creating a natural symphony performance. More

New publisher resurrects KC Homes & Gardens magazine
Kansas City Business Journal
KC Family Media Group is resurrecting the long-standing Kansas City Homes & Gardens magazine. The 28-year-old magazine was slated for permanent closure in July, after an announcement from its then-owner, Georgia-based Network Communications Inc. To consolidate its home luxury magazine division, NCI eliminated seven magazine publications throughout the country. Kansas City was one of them.More

How those under 30 engage with libraries
Pew Research Internet Project
Younger Americans — those ages 16-29 — especially fascinate researchers and organizations because of their advanced technology habits, their racial and ethnic diversity, their looser relationships to institutions such as political parties and organized religion, and the ways in which their social attitudes differ from their elders.More

EU Court: Libraries can digitize, but not distribute
Publishers Weekly
A European Union court held that European libraries can digitize works in their collections but, without an explicit exception by a member state, are limited to displaying digitized works at dedicated reading terminals. The directive comes after a German court asked the Court of Justice of the European Union for clarity on a pending case, in which a German university is being sued by a publisher for digitizing works for use at "electronic reading posts."More

How Stephen King teaches writing
The Atlantic
Stephen King's "On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft" has been a fixture in my English classroom for years, but it wasn't until this summer, when I began teaching in a residential drug and alcohol rehab, that I discovered the full measure of its worth. For weeks, I struggled to engage my detoxing, frustrated, and reluctant teenage students. More

Mundy: 'Amazon driving publishers to the wall'
The Bookseller
Former Atlantic Books chief executive Toby Mundy has warned that Amazon's drive to take half of publishers' profits is driving companies "to the wall." Speaking to the Sunday Times, Mundy said that some in the industry believed Amazon was "actively pursuing the destruction" of publishers by its tactics.More

Charting Nook's decline
Digital Book World
Barnes & Noble's Nook division hasn't fared well over the past four years. What was once thought to be the only credible challenger to Amazon's dominance of the e-book business in the U.S. has fallen into a distant second or third position in the marketplace (Apple at this point may sell more e-books than Barnes & Noble — finding out if this is true or not requires talking to a range of publishers, authors and distributors, work we attempted on a small scale here.)More

Publishers gave away 122,951,031 books during World War II
The Atlantic
In 1943, in the middle of the Second World War, America's book publishers took an audacious gamble. They decided to sell the armed forces cheap paperbacks, shipped to units scattered around the globe. Instead of printing only the books soldiers and sailors actually wanted to read, though, publishers decided to send them the best they had to offer. More