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Timeless Landscapes of Princeton — Sept. 28
GWA
Join fellow garden writers on a landscape tour through historic and contemporary gardens of Princeton, N.J. The combination of public and private gardens will allow numerous story and photographic opportunities. Networking with garden writers, local gardeners, historic house docents and landscaping professionals will be a feature of the programming.
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GWA partners with Mediabistro
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GWA has partnered with Mediabistro for a special member opportunity to register for more than 50 education courses for writers, bloggers and more and receive a $50 discount (excluding one-hour webcasts and onsite conferences). If you are also an Avant Guild member, this discount will be in addition to the Avant Guild discount. Use special discount code GWA50. Details.
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GWA thanks all our sponsors
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It takes many people to conduct an annual symposium and among those who play a key role are our many generous sponsors of programs and special events. We thank all our sponsors for the 2013 symposium in Quebec City and encourage GWA members to let our supporters know their contributions are appreciated.
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Business planning for communicators — Nov. 6
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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Google calls book scanning 'transformative' in latest push for fair use ruling
GigaOM
Google and the Authors Guild's eight-year legal fight over digital books is coming to a head once again, as both sides prepare to make their final case next month about whether Google's scanning of more than 20 million library books is fair use under copyright law. In documents filed in federal court, Google argues that the scanning is "transformative" — a legal concept that gained importance after the Supreme Court used it in 1994 to rule in favor of rappers 2LiveCrew, who sampled the Roy Orbison song "Pretty Woman" without permission.
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Apple: Feds aim to 'give Amazon a significant competitive advantage' in e-books case
GigaOM
In court filings, Apple attorney Orin Snyder responded to the Department of Justice's revised proposed punishment for the tech company in the e-books case. Snyder criticized the government for filing "a 12-page broadside masquerading as a brief," and accused them of "seeking a remedy that would give Amazon a significant competitive advantage over Apple." U.S. district judge Dense Cote found Apple guilty of conspiring with publishers to set e-book prices last month, and Apple is appealing that verdict.
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DOJ softens proposed Apple e-book injunctions, slightly
All Things D
The U.S. Department of Justice is willing to temper the proposed remedies in its e-book price-fixing case against Apple, but not all that much. On Friday, the DOJ submitted a revision of its proposed injunction, dialing it back slightly in order to limit the possibility that changes in the publishing and technology industries might cause it to "outlive its usefulness and unnecessarily harm Apple."
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Obama responds to bookseller criticism
Publishers Weekly
In late July a number of regional booksellers associations as well as the American Booksellers Association wrote to the White House to express their concerns about his nationally televised appearance at an Amazon fulfillment center in Chattanooga, Tenn., as part of his tour promoting his economic recovery agenda. There was no immediate White House response to the issues that booksellers raised about Amazon's predatory pricing, its decision to fight state sales tax and other tactics that booksellers view as hurting all small businesses.
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Kobo takes on Amazon in UK with new e-reader lineup
The Telegraph
Kobo has launched a new range of e-readers and tablets in the U.K., in a bid to challenge Amazon's popular Kindle devices. The range includes the Kobo Aura, a traditional 6-inch e-reader with a black-and-white e-ink screen, as well as the Google-certified Kobo Arc 10HD tablet and two Kobo Arc 7 tablets, all of which have capacitive touchscreens and run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
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Why and how the Samsung Readers Hub could be the next iBooks
The Digital Reader
A publisher friend of mine asked me for help the other day. He wanted to get his e-books into Samsung's e-bookstore, because IHO Samsung could become the next major e-bookstore in the not-too-distant future. He thought that Samsung could conceivably have 10 percent of the global e-book market by the middle of 2015. Basically he thinks Samsung could pull off the same trick as Apple, only on a smaller scale (and without breaking the law). He could well be right.
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Did the death of agency pricing for e-books kill Nook?
Digital Book World
Many pixels have been spilled of late on Barnes & Noble's downward trajectory. Needless to say, things aren't going well right now for the largest bookstore chain in the U.S. And I think the Department of Justice's actions against Apple and the five largest U.S. publishers have something to do with it. There are a few factors at play: competition and profits.
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Don't ask what I'm writing
The New York Times
No stage of the writing process — not the editor's first response to the manuscript, not the review gauntlet — is as fraught for writers as those first few months of uncertainty: that miserable time when we think, believe, know with absolute assurance that we've found the key to the novel in our heads, though maybe, probably, definitely not. Want to lose a friend who's a writer? Ask her, a month in, how it's going.
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Why teach and study English?
The New Yorker
Whence, and where, and why the English major? The subject is in every mouth — or, at least, is getting kicked around agitatedly in columns and reviews and Op-Ed pieces. The English major is vanishing from our colleges as the Latin prerequisite vanished before it, we're told, a dying choice bound to a dead subject. The estimable Verlyn Klinkenborg reports that "At Pomona College (my alma mater) this spring, 16 students graduated with an English major out of a student body of 1,560, a terribly small number."
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Self publishing: Here to stay?
The Huffington Post
In 1917 Virginia Woolf and her husband Leonard unpacked a small printing press in the front room of their home. They set up the Hogarth Press to enable them to print small volumes of books that "the commercial publisher would not look at." The Hogarth Press gave the writers of the Bloomsbury circle, which included T.S. Eliot and E.M. Forster, the freedom to write what they wanted, rather than write what established publishers judged sellable. Nearly one hundred years later, it's happening all over again.
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