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Judge approves e-book pricing settlement between government, publishers
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In a decision that could start an e-book price war in the publishing industry, a federal judge approved a settlement between the Justice Department and three major publishers in a civil antitrust case that accused the companies of collusion in the pricing of digital books. The long-expected approval soundly rejected criticisms of the deal that had accumulated throughout the summer from hundreds of parties. More

That was fast: Amazon is already discounting settling publishers' e-books
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Just four days after a federal judge approved the Department of Justice's settlement with HarperCollins, Hachette and Simon & Schuster for allegedly colluding with Apple to fix e-book prices, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google and other e-book retailers have already begun discounting HarperCollins ebooks. For now it appears that Hachette and Simon & Schuster e-books are not being discounted yet. More

GWA 2012 online election ballot now available
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The 2012 elections ballots for the GWA Board of Directors are now available. Member voting runs from Sept. 12 to 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Oct. 5. You must be a member in good standing at the time you cast your vote. Any member requiring assistance with the online ballot should contact Jamie Livingston at or call 806.832.1870. More

9 things authors do that irritate their Facebook fans
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The secret to Facebook success is simple: follow the Rule of 4 C's — consistently create compelling content! If you're an author who's been watching a slow decline in your fans' Facebook engagement, then you probably already know some of the secrets to Facebook failure, but we'll review them below. It's never too late to change course! More

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Chance at new laptop, digital SLR and iPad from the GWA Foundation
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Make a donation to the Garden Writers Association Foundation and have your name entered to win one of these great items! Drawing will take place at the Annual Awards Banquet. (Attendance not necessary to win). Act now and avoid the crowd. More

A new era for e-readers — or the beginning of the end?
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Amazon's recent announcement brought e-readers into the spotlight again with a lighter, brighter and sharper e-ink Kindle. But more admiration was lavished on the new Kindle Fire HD models, which constitute the biggest rival to the iPad yet. Tablets are the apple of the tech world's eye, but does that mean that e-readers are going to be left out in the cold? More

Student scholarship grants now open
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The GWA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable subsidiary of the Garden Writers Association, has committed funding to provide financial assistance to deserving students for the SPRING TERM 2013 ... details here. More

E-book authors continue to see self-publishing stigma disappear
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As the recent news about e-books has mostly revolved around the price-fixing settlement that was just approved, it's worth pointing out, or reiterating, how the e-book market continues to take off despite being a digital marketplace with all the same potential pitfalls as the recording industry. Despite those potential troubles, we continue to see a rise in the popularity and saleability of self-published authors. More

Don't forget symposium FAQs before you go
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The GWA Annual Symposium is a whirlwind of activity from start to finish. Whether this is your first or 64th symposium, review answers to frequently asked questions before you leave for Tucson, Ariz. More

E-book marketing: Include live contact information
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From James Moushon: One of the most important things you can do in this e-book world is to provide your reader with your current contact information. I monitor more than 50 author and e-book expert blogs on a regular basis, and finding their contact links is quite a challenge. Surprisingly, I find the same problem in the current e-books that are being published. If they do include link information, rarely is it a live link. More

3 tips for writing when life is chaotic and crazy
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It's that time of year again, when the kids are back to school, fall activities crank into gear, and the schedule gets flipped upside down and shaken around a bit. As I stare at my calendar at the month of September and continue to add things to the crowded round-up, I can't keep from wondering how in the world I'll be able to carve out enough concentrated writing time. More

Science confirms the obvious: Literature is good for your brain
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In news that probably isn't going to blow your mind, researchers have found that reading is good for your brain. But it's not as straightforward as "book learnin' is good for you." By asking a test group of literary PhD candidates to read a Jane Austin novel inside of a functional magnetic resonance imaging machine, a Stanford researcher has found that critical, literary reading and leisure reading provide different kinds of neurological workouts, both of which constitute "truly valuable exercise of people's brains." More

Can your day job lead to better writing?
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For some writers, a day job is a means to an end — and something they dream of one day quitting to pursue a dream of writing full time. But for other writers, a day job can actually fuel a writing career, whether that's by developing skills that are helpful to the business of writing, by developing subject matter expertise that comes in handy in their work or by simply providing plenty of fodder for lifelike characters and plotlines. More


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