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July 25 — Last chance to save money
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Regular registration rates for the 66th GWA Symposium in Pittsburgh end Friday, July 25. Take advantage of the $150 regular registration savings over the late registration fee. Act now!
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Support GWAF scholarships and PAR
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You can support the GWAF even if you can't be in Pittsburgh. Make a donation to the Garden Writers Association Foundation and have your name entered to win a laptop computer or a digital SLR camera or an iPad! Save time and sign up online before the meeting. Drawing will take place at the Annual Awards Banquet, and you do not need to be present to win.
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2014 election ballots
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2014 GWA election ballots due by Aug. 1. Cast your vote now.
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Sept. 26 — Barnes by Barnes — Philadelphia GWA Regional Meeting
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Join Region II on Sept. 26 in the Philadelphia-area for a morning tour of the Barnes' Grounds and Collections, followed by lunch and trunk show. In the afternoon, the tour will continue at the Barnes Art Collection. Register by Aug. 29 the for the early-bird rate.
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Sept. 30-Oct. 2 — Digital Storytelling & Tours in Victoria, BC
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Like taking photos? Like telling stories? This introduction to digital storytelling will help you make short films using your photos and narration, to make fun and fun-to-make digital stories. This regional meeting is composed of two half-day workshops and one full day of tours. The digital storytelling session is before and after the tour day, so video taken on the tour can be used to create a short digital story. Register by Aug. 19 for the early-bird rate.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Does going on vacation make you more creative when you get back?
Vox
The evidence is pretty clear that taking a vacation makes people more productive when they get back to work. But could they be more creative, too? That's the claim of a new study, in which Dutch researchers gave creativity tests to workers before and after they took a trip and found they scored better afterward. Still, it's a very small study and may not provide an accurate measure of the kind of real-world creativity that yields actual benefits.
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Digital sales up 10 percent in first quarter
The Bookseller
Consumer e-book sales rose 10 percent in the first quarter of 2014, according to the Publishers Association, with strong performances from children's e-books, and digital downloads of audio titles. The figure show the continuing slowdown in digital growth rates, after last year's industry-wide growth rates of about 20 percent, but also how e-books continue to gain ground over print-book sales, which were down 2.5 percent in the first quarter, according to Nielsen BookScan data.
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Amazon unveils e-book subscription service, with some notable absences
The New York Times
After months of speculation, Amazon on Friday introduced a digital subscription service that allows subscribers unlimited access to a library of e-books and audiobooks for $10 a month. The service, Kindle Unlimited, offers a Netflix-style, all-you-can-read approach to more than 600,000 e-books, including blockbuster series like "The Hunger Games" and "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," nonfiction titles like "Flash Boys" by Michael Lewis, as well as literary fiction and classics.
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Can the publishing industry do a better job of managing change than the music industry did?
Talking New Media
The news that Amazon had launched a new e-book subscription service, Kindle Unlimited, seemed like the perfect piece of information to pass on to an acquaintance — a verocious (that's almost a real word) reader of what she describes as mostly trash novels. "I haven't bought a book in months," she told me this morning. "Don't have the time."
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Mobile-ad spending leaps, but trails user growth
The Wall Street Journal
After less than a decade of existence, smartphones and tablets this year will draw more money from advertisers than the centuries-old newspaper industry or the nearly century-old radio sector, a sign of just how rapidly technology is transforming media habits. But given how much time Americans spend on their devices, mobile-ad spending could be much higher, an indication that marketers remain uncertain about the medium's effectiveness.
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Riding the juggernaut that left print behind
The New York Times
Even if you aren't one of those people worried about media consolidation — there are many in that number — the big bolt of lightning last week that pierced a summer of ennui in entertainment and publishing news was hard to resist. The unrequited bid that Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox made for Time Warner Inc. had it all: defensive consolidations taking shape in both distribution and content production; two like-size media behemoths in an awkward, high-stakes dance; secret meetings; board intrigue; and a naked grab for size and power.
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