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More rooms available in Quebec for GWA symposium!
GWA
As the Quebec Hilton is almost full, more rooms have opened at the Delta Hotel and the Hotel Palace Royal. You can complete the symposium registration process and make your room reservation online. Don't wait until rooms are gone.
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Save significant money by registering now
GWA
Regular registration rates for the 65th GWA Symposium in Quebec City end Aug. 3. Register now and save $150 less than the August rates.
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Aug. 21: GWA plans event at the IGC
GWA
If you are participating in the GWA Annual Symposium in Quebec City, why not make a stop in Chicago on your way home? Join fellow garden writers at Navy Pier in Chicago on Wednesday, Aug. 21, for a day at the Independent Garden Center Show and a GWA Meeting. We'll get together for a GWA Region V meeting (members & guests from all regions welcome), a Pizza Party, and a special presentation — The Plant-Orgy Garden — by Brent Heath.
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Sept. 22-24: Garden Bloggers Conference
GWA
GWA is a supporting association sponsor of the Sept. 22-24 Garden Bloggers Conference in Atlanta. Your membership gets you an extra $50 discount on Early Bird registration and $100 off the regular registration. Use promo code GWA13A.
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Nov. 6: GWA Solopreneur Workshop
GWA
If you wish you could be a full-time Writer, Photographer, or Speaker, this high energy, highly interactive workshop is for you! Sean Carrol is THE Solopreneur Strategist and will share insight to assist other solo professionals to grow their businesses to the next level. The workshop will be held at the Manhattan Campus of the New York Botanical Garden in New York City on Nov. 6. For more information, contact Ellen Zachos or visit the GWA website.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


US judge rules Apple colluded on e-books
The Wall Street Journal
Apple Inc. colluded with five major U.S. publishers to drive up the prices of e-books, a federal judge ruled in a stern rebuke that threatens to limit the technology company's options when negotiating future content deals. The ruling — which follows Apple's high-stakes gamble to go to trial even though the publishers settled similar charges — exposes the tech company to as-yet undetermined damages and opens the door for the Justice Department to take a closer look at its other business lines.
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Reading, writing may help preserve memory in older age
CBS News
Being a bookworm, jotting down your thoughts and completing other tasks that keep your brain active may help you stay sharp in your later years. A study published on July 3 in Neurology revealed that reading, writing and doing other mentally-stimulating activities at every age helped stave off memory problems.
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Sony is getting serious about e-books — now offers a 6 percent affiliate fee
The Digital Reader
For the past several years Sony has been sending mixed messages about their interest in e-books. On the one hand Sony has made only tepid efforts to develop new e-readers (replacing the 3 stylish x50 models with a single 6" model, and then replacing that model with a less capable version), while at the same time Sony has also been investing a lot of funds in developing an Epub3 reading app for Android.
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Book publishing's big gamble
The New York Times
"It's official," Alfred A. Knopf Sr. tweeted last week. "We're now #PenguinRandomHouse." Knopf — or rather his ghostly avatar, the actual publisher having sold his namesake firm to Random House in 1960, died in 1984 and rolled over many times since — was celebrating the largest book-publishing merger in history.
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Barnes & Noble CEO resigns after tablet losses
The Wall Street Journal
Two weeks ago Barnes & Noble Inc. scratched its big ambitions to become a player in the tablet hardware business. On Monday, the retailer's CEO was out the door. William Lynch resigned as chief executive, effective immediately, in the wake of last month's news that losses at the bookseller's Nook digital business had more than doubled for the quarter ended April 27.
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As competition wanes, Amazon cuts back discounts
The New York Times
Jim Hollock's first book, a true-crime tale set in Pennsylvania, got strong reviews and decent sales when it appeared in 2011. Now "Born to Lose" is losing momentum — yet Amazon, to the writer's intense frustration, has increased the price by nearly a third. "At this point, people need an inducement," said Hollock, a retired corrections official. "But instead of lowering the price, Amazon is raising it."
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As long as reading survives, so will bookshops
The Independent
It's not a great time to be a bookshop. The business of selling print books from retail premises is being eroded from a number of directions. First, there is the rise of e-books, which now account for as much as 50 percent of sales in some genres of fiction. No bookshop benefits from that. Second, there is the continuing existence of heavy discounting in the sale of books by supermarkets.
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From good to great: What editors do for authors
The Huffington Post
In all the talk about self-publishing, one thing you don't often hear discussed is the role of editors. I'm not talking about the editor an author might hire to vet their work prior to publishing it themselves; I'm talking about editors at major publishing houses. Talented, hardworking editors who have a very personal stake in their authors' novel.
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