GWA News Clippings
Dec. 7, 2011

EU investigates publishers, Apple on e-book price fixing
The European Commission has opened an investigation into whether a group of international publishers — possibly with the help of Apple — has been fixing ebook prices, and breaching EU antitrust rules. The Commision will look into the "character and terms" of the agreements between publishers and retailers for e-book sales. More

The future of publishing
This video was prepared by the U.K. branch of Dorling Kindersley Books and produced by Khaki Films. Originally meant solely for a DK sales conference, the video was such a hit internally that it is now being shared externally. We hope you enjoy it — and make sure you watch it up to at least the halfway point, there's a surprise!More

Turning self-publishing into self-employed
The Writing Bomb (blog)
If you've never owned a business, you might need to get a handle on a few ideas that may have eluded you when you first imagined going indie and showcasing your work through online, world-wide distribution. Your schedule will likely change because the demands of going indie are immense, much like self employment. But one of the big changes is that you are now running a business whether you like it or not.More

GWA Region I hosts meeting at New England Grows
Join fellow garden writers on Feb. 3, 2012, for a regional meeting featuring Mary-Kate Mackey speaking on how to make a winning pitch. Registration deadline is Jan. 20.More

Kindle Fire offers 'disappointingly poor' experience
Paid Content
Will the projected 3.9 million Kindle Fire buyers this quarter end up disappointed with their new tablets? User-experience guru Jakob Nielsen's new usability report finds the Fire's 7-inch screen troublesome, the magazine-reading experience poor and the device as a whole slow and heavy. More

The Internet: A Writer's Best Friend — March 23, 2012
In a full day workshop by Region II, Daniel Gasteiger will describe how the publishing industry has all but shut out unpublished writers and explains how the Internet provides unprecedented opportunity for both aspiring writers and published authors to succeed. Registrants will need to have a laptop computer to connect with the on-site network.More

Tips on responding to public criticism (inspired by Steve Jobs)
A Brain Scientist's Take on Writing (blog)
The Internet is an interesting place. When people interact through computer screens, it increases anonymity and decreases inhibitions while dehumanizing the person on the other end. This is why online interactions tend to be so polite and respectful. Um, right. The truth is, if you spend enough time on the Internet, you'll eventually take your turn as a punching bag.More

3 things journalists can teach themselves over vacation
While not all news folk can escape from the news cycle during the holidays, if you're lucky enough to have a day or few off, put down the cookies and milk and put that time to good use advancing your career. Here are three skills you can reasonably learn — or start learning — over your vacation that can help you do your job better or land a better job. More

Whether print or digital, newspapers still dominate
Editor & Publisher
The Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York's Zuccotti Park is a microcosm of how a modern day protest is engineered — digital media firepower, crudely painted signs and deployment of a newspaper for hand-to-hand combat. The Occupied Wall Street Journal, supported solely through donations and printed in a secret New York City location, is a well-crafted, four-color broadsheet offering insightful articles and practical information on how to get involved in the revolution.More

EPA proposes rule to combat invasive species in waters
Bloomberg News
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed regulations aimed at preventing invasive species, such as zebra mussels, from entering American waters from commercial ships. The proposal would set the first cap on ballast water dumping for most commercial vessels, according to an emailed statement from the EPA in Washington. More

No place for dye-infused plants
Greenhouse Grower
A story on spotlighted "Princess Alexia Yellow," a dye-infused anthurium RijnPlant Breeding introduced to the European market this year. "Princess Alexia Yellow" currently is not available to growers in the United States, but a lack of availability couldn't restrain a number of readers from commenting online about the anthurium and the role of dye-infused plants in the marketplace.More