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In the e-book world, are book covers a dying art?
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In the olden days, a reader might pick up a book because the cover was exciting, intriguing, maybe even beautiful. But in the brave new world of e-books and e-readers, the days when an artist named Chip Kidd could make us reach for a book may be gone. Kidd, an associate art director at publisher Alfred A. Knopf, has designed book covers for the past 25 years for authors like Cormac McCarthy, John Updike, David Sedaris and Michael Crichton. More

Promote your work at the GWA symposium
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The GWA book fair is an opportunity for members to display their works to other members for book and product reviews. Each participating author who registers is entitled to one-half of a 3-foot x 6-foot table space to display his/her work. The registration fee is only $25* to cover the table setup. The book fair will be open during all exhibit hours. Space is limited, so book fair participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. More

Why publishers don't fact-check books
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In the light of recent events, some people have been asking why publishers don't fact-check books. It's a reasonable question. Recently, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt pulled the book Imagine from the shelves after learning that the author had fabricated some of the quotations. But fact-checking is an arduous, labor-intensive process. More

August Quill & Trowel now available
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The August issue of the Q&T is available to members on the GWA website. Download your copy today. More

Tablet users to websites: 'Don't keep me waiting more than a few seconds'
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Five words sum up what a new survey says mobile users want from websites: "Give it to me faster." The latest results from a survey of mobile users by Keynote Competitive Research shows 60 percent of tablet users expect to wait less than three seconds to get to a website. Smartphone users aren't cutting site vendors much slack either: 64 percent say they want websites to load within four seconds. More

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Summer trends report identifies gardening shifts
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Are younger households bringing social media to gardening? The use of social media and YouTube for gardening information is on the rise, according to the June national consumer survey by the Garden Writers Association Foundation. Social media use grew by 5 percentage points over 2011, while YouTube use as a gardening information vehicle grew by 3 percentage points. More

2 years after tipping point, papers' web readership is booming
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From Robert Andrews: As newspapers' print circulation continues to decline, publishers now get the majority of their readers online. But what does that look like in practice? I crunched ABC and ABCe (U.K.) data for the last 12 years to discover the long view. More

Log-in problem extends early registration deadline by 2 days
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The Aug. 8 early registration deadline for the Tucson, Ariz., symposium has been extended to Aug. 10 because of a GWA website problem that may have prevented members from registering earlier this week. Register by Aug. 10 and save $76. More

The perks and pitfalls of signing books
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From Rick Gekoski: I'm not sure when the vogue for authors signing their books in bookshops and at literary festivals began, or when it accelerated into orthodoxy. Sometime in the 1980s perhaps? I have few memories before then of seeing authors hunched at a table in the back of a bookshop, signing books. When I first saw a writer doing this, I was immediately seized by an unsettling combination of desire, envy and cynicism. More

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Authors: Google should pay $750 a book
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Authors suing Google Inc. over the digitizing of books asked a judge to order the company to pay $750 a book for illegal copying and distribution of their works, according to a court filing. Google is being sued over its plan, announced in 2004, to scan millions of books from public and university libraries to provide snippets of text to people who use its Internet search engine. More

How to eat like your favorite authors
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It's a well-known fact (or stereotype) that writers love to drink, but they've got to have something to weigh down all those whiskey shots and mint juleps. So if you too are looking for a little brain food, we've collected a few of the favorite recipes of some of our most beloved literary figures — who, predictably, have lots of very specific advice advice on how to properly prepare everything from eggs to trout to truffles. More

ComScore: More women than men use the Kindle Fire
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The tablet market is still relatively young, with penetration in the fast-forward U.S. market only reaching 47 percent by 2013, but we are already starting to see some usage patterns emerging, according to comScore. In a survey of 6,000 tablet owners in the U.S., the researchers have found the Kindle Fire has more female than male users while iPad skews to males. More

School gardens: A growing class
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Unlike many of us in the horticulture world, a child's first experience with growing plant life takes place in school. For some of us of a certain age, that experience was likely a bean plant growing in a milk carton on the classroom windowsill. For others, sadly, that first foray into growing didn't occur until adulthood — if it has occurred at all. More

Drought intensifies across nation
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Despite some welcome rain in several parts of the country, drought conditions continue to ravage crops, landscapes and everyone's nerves. The U.S. Drought Monitor issued its latest map last week, showing in dramatic fashion just how widespread this natural disaster really is. More


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