GWA News Clippings
Sep. 19, 2014

HarperCollins is now using digital watermarks to stop e-book piracy
Pirating e-books is a breeze. Their file sizes are so small that it usually takes all of 60 seconds between a Google search and having the book on your Kindle. Now, publishers have hit upon a solution that they hope will trip up pirates: an invisible, traceable watermark on every e-book sold. HarperCollins and e-book distributor LibreDigital, have signed up to use a new technology called Guardian Watermarking for Publishing from Digimarc.More

Registration ends on Friday: Digital Storytelling and tours in Victoria, BC
Like taking photos? Like telling stories? This introduction to digital storytelling will help you make short films using your photos and narration, to make fun and fun to make digital stories. This regional meeting will be Sept. 30–Oct. 2 and is composed of two half-day workshops, an "'Appy Hour" and one full day of tours. The Digital storytelling session is before and after the tour day so video taken on the tour can be used to create a short digital story.More

Sept. 26 — Region II Connect event in Philadelphia
GWA members are invited to attend a Connect meeting in Philadelphia at the Kite and Key restaurant just around the corner and down the street from the Barnes Museum. The time is flexible with food and drinks available as orders from the menu. The crowd will be certain to include many GWA members in town for the Region II Barnes By Barnes meeting finishing up that afternoon. RSVP to Kirk Brown at

Symposium recordings available for download
Audio files of presentations are free to full meeting registrants using a special coupon code. Non-registrants to the 2014 symposium may purchase audio recordings of each presentation for a nominal fee. More

Student scholarship applications due Dec. 2
The GWA Foundation annually grants students in horticulture and journalism special scholarships for college, university and community college participation. Scholarship information may be found on the GWA website under the GWA Foundation tab, the application deadline for the 2015 spring term ends Dec. 1. If you know a qualified student who needs financial assistance, let them know about this valuable program TODAY!More

Barnes & Noble treads water
Publishers Weekly
There was a mix of good news and bad news in Barnes & Noble's first-quarter financials, which the company released last week for the period ended Aug. 2. On the positive side, B&N cut its overall net loss to $28.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2015, down from $87 million in the same quarter last year, with $50 million in cuts coming from downsizing the company's Nook segment.More

George Orwell's brilliant guide to writing well
New Republic
Despite the rank hypocrisy of George Orwell's use of the passive voice, this, "Politics and the English Language," is one of the most sublimely constructed essays ever published in the English language. I wish The New Republic could claim full credit for this one. But Orwell initially ran the piece in London with Cyril Connolly's Horizon before publishing it here. More

Read slowly to benefit your brain and cut stress
The Wall Street Journal
Once a week, members of a Wellington, New Zealand, book club arrive at a cafe, grab a drink and shut off their cellphones. Then they sink into cozy chairs and read in silence for an hour. The point of the club isn't to talk about literature, but to get away from pinging electronic devices and read, uninterrupted. The group calls itself the Slow Reading Club, and it is at the forefront of a movement populated by frazzled book lovers who miss old-school reading.More

Famous writers on the creative benefits of keeping a diary
Brain Pickings
By Maria Popova: Journaling, I believe, is a practice that teaches us better than any other the elusive art of solitude — how to be present with our own selves, bear witness to our experience, and fully inhabit our inner lives. As a dedicated diarist myself, I've always had an irresistible fascination with the diaries of artists, writers, scientists, and other celebrated minds — those direct glimpses of their inner lives and creative struggles. More

Gardening, gadgetry connect to focus on app users' needs
San Francisco Chornicle
When automatic irrigation systems were created back in the '60s, they revolutionized the way we maintained our yards. Today we have the means to remotely monitor the moisture in our soil, select appropriate plants via app, and observe the changing seasons in real time using social media. How else will technology and gardening cross paths? Check out these innovative ways technology and gardening intersect.More

For better or worse, design plays a key role in how we get our news
Among its other disruptive influences, the rise of the web has caused journalism to become detached from the physical objects it used to be embedded in, whether that was a newspaper, magazine or book. Information flows over us like a river now, instead of being chopped up and frozen in time. And that means more than just an aesthetic change in how we consume the news.More

Gardening through the ages
The Frederick News-Post
Gardening is one of those hobbies many of us envision doing into old age. But, as master gardener Carolyn Snyder likes to say, "We're only temporarily able-bodied." Snyder recently gave a presentation to a local garden club she entitled, "Safe gardening: or saving one's back, other body parts and one's sanity while playing in the dirt." More