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Wal-Mart stops selling Amazon Kindles
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Wal-Mart Stores Inc will no longer sell Inc's Kindle e-readers and tablets, severing its relationship with a major competitor and placing a bet that consumers are more interested in Apple's iPad and other gadgets. The world's largest retailer, which has been trying to catch up to Amazon in online sales, said the decision was consistent with its overall merchandising strategy. More

Voting deadline Oct. 5; only 11 percent have cast ballots
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The 2012 GWA Board of Director elections are open for voting, and only 11 percent of the membership has cast ballots. Please take a few minutes to exercise your right to participate. Our online ballot process is quick and easy. Vote today! More

How journalists can turn their stories into conversations
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Social media have made it easier than ever for journalists to engage their readers in conversation. They've also changed the way we think about other, "nonsocial" media. Maybe that's why many journalists have given up on monitoring our comment sections. The philosophical justification goes something like this: Journalists can't justifiably restrict the free speech of their readers while relying on it for their work. More

GWA Symposium hotel deadline is Sept. 27 — Call today
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Additional rooms for the 64th GWA Symposium are available at the Embassy Suites hotel, but the registration deadline is Sept. 27. Call today if you need a room. More

From Twitter's headquarters, data-driven best practices for journalists
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From Lauren Rabaino: Every time I train a new reporter on how to use Tweetdeck or set up a Twitter account, I get the questions about "best practices." You probably do, too, as you train your news staff. Sure, we can tell them to use hashtags and at-replies, but then you get the question of "Why?" because, of course, you're training journalists. Now you have the why. More

Discount airport shuttle rates
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Arizona Stagecoach is offering 30-35 percent discounts on airport shuttle services. For information ... More

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Paul Krugman and the economics of books
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Paul Krugman is a Nobel laureate in economics, a professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton, and a provocative columnist at the New York Times since 1999 with over 850,000 Twitter followers. He is also a bestselling author, most recently of End This Depression Now. Writers like Krugman are prized in the world of publishing — possessing gravitas, while remaining sound investments because of their substantial popularity. More

Tricky business issues in photography workshop
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Top off your 2012 GWA Symposium experience with a special workshop on some of the most important business topics for photographers from beginners to working pros. Don't miss this all-day, five-part seminar concentrating on creating, storing, preparing, marketing and licensing photos in the garden and horticultural market as seen through the eyes and experience of GWA member and professional photographer Andrew Buchanan. All levels of photographers are welcome to take part in the workshop. More

What can technology do for stories?
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What can technology do for stories? That's a question which ought to induce a sharper sensation of vertigo than it actually does. For centuries, the main platform for the delivery of narrative fiction has been the printed book. The book is a medium so stable, so solid, and yet so versatile, that until very recently its existence could pretty much be taken for granted. More

Should you expose all your book's content to search engines?
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O'Reilly Media's Joe Wikert took a look at the intersection of online discovery and search engines. Look at the analytics of any website, he argues, and you'll find that most inbound traffic comes from Google. This, he says, raises questions: What should publishers be doing to take advantage of that fact? How much material should be given to search engines to guarantee that the results displayed will point directly to their websites? More

How important is e-book cover art in 2013?
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Traditional print book covers draw many parallels with billboards and conventional marketing to appeal to casual readers. When you walk into a bookstore and there are thousands of books present, they start to all blur together. Bright colorful images and racy cover art are increasingly becoming more bold to grab people's attention. When indie authors self-publish and release digital firsts, how important is cover art? More

Paid and free editing software for manuscripts
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I'm stuck in the writer's cave right now with yet another round of edits. It's tedious and often boring, but, considering I'm not sure I'll have enough money later to hire a professional editor, it's worth it. That's why I'm doing this round with free editing software. Using software to help you edit your manuscript isn't an easy cheat. You'll still need to do the work of re-writing and you'll still need your beta readers. However, editing software can make self-editing a little less worrisome. More

New publishing companies are leaner than established competitors
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For the better part of two decades, many people have seen the potential quandary the digital transition posed to big successful full-service publishing organizations. If distribution no longer requires scale, what does that mean to the companies that not only succeeded by creating distribution at scale, but which also are largely locked in to their high-cost, high-maintenence infrastructures? More

Newsprint joins the Internet of things
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Lots of people are trying to bridge the divide between paper and the internet. Some efforts include augmented-reality playthings that enliven pages and QR codes that introduce hyperlinks to print, while many expect e-readers will evolve in to flexible, hi-res, connected digital "paper." But what if the printed word could become digital today? That's what a project called Interactive Newsprint is promising. More

Can Amazon turn out-of-print books into gold?
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As the soaring popularity of e-books reshapes the book business, publishers and authors seem to be sitting on a big potential resource: the millions of out-of-print books still unavailable on e-readers. Just how big is the opportunity? A new study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon pegs the figure at more than $400 million. More


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