GWA News Clippings
Oct. 12, 2012

Google, book publishers settle long-running copyright case
Google and a trade group representing U.S. book publishers announced they have settled a copyright dispute that has dragged on for seven years. The Association of American Publishers and Google said in a joint statement that as a result of the settlement, the Google Library Project will receive access to publishers' copyrighted books.More

Rumors of consolidation in the publishing industry
The Bookseller
Hachette Livre chairman Arnaud Nourry has predicted that worldwide consolidation of the publishing industry will continue and said his company is interested in making acquisitions. Meanwhile, the Observer has reported analyst speculation that Rupert Murdoch could acquire Penguin following the departure of Marjorie Scardino.More

Here comes Apple's smaller iPad
The Wall Street Journal (blog)
Apple's Asian component suppliers have started mass production of a new tablet smaller than the current iPad — the so-called "iPad Mini" — that's destined to compete with Google's and Amazon's new tablets, according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal. It's smaller than the current 9.7-inch iPad and will have a lower-resolution display compared with Apple's existing tablet.More

6 tips for getting free-lance gigs
In Sir Walter Scott's "Ivanhoe," freelancers or freelances were mercenaries — knights who didn't belong to any kingdom's army. Instead, they offered their lance-wielding skills to wealthy landowners. They were the private security officers of their day. Today, freelance journalism can feel like a constant battle: to come up with good ideas, to pitch them to the right places and to land assignments that both pay well and leave enough room for more writing.More

The 7-inch tablet advantage
From Melissa J. Perenson: Tablets aren't a one-size-fits-all hardware category. Depending on your tasks and needs, a smaller tablet may do more than just save you money — it may actually be a better choice for you. From spending time with tablets of all kinds, I've noticed when and why I frequently reach first for a smaller tablet. Some of these reasons may hold true for you, too. More

'Publishers have lost the plot'
The Telegraph
The Anglo-Afghan writer Tahir Shah believes book publishers have not paid enough attention to advances in technology. Speaking at the Wigtown Book Festival, Shah said: "It really blows me away that (book publishers) didn't see all the poor b*****ds in the music industry closing the doors behind them. ... Publishers have lost the plot."More

Your right to resell your own stuff is in peril
Tucked into the U.S. Supreme Court's agenda this fall is a little-known case that could upend your ability to resell everything from your grandmother's antique furniture to your iPhone 4. At issue in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons is the first-sale doctrine in copyright law, which allows you to buy and then sell things like electronics, books, artwork and furniture, as well as CDs and DVDs, without getting permission from the copyright holder of those products. More

4 surprising benefits of gardening
Mother Nature Network
If the idea of digging in the dirt has never much appealed to you, consider this: A growing number of studies are finding improved mental and physical health benefits of gardening that extend far beyond the obvious rewards of exercise and fresh air. And in this economy, the free food certainly doesn't hurt. There's no need to dig up your entire back yard, either.More