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Big win for Canadian photographers
Canadian photographers won a great victory as they now officially own the copyright to all their photographs regardless of whether they were commissioned.
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GWA Honors Nominations now open for 2014
Members can recognize the achievements of their peers with a 2014 Honors nomination. To honor individuals who have made a significant contribution to the GWA objectives, please complete an official nomination form.
Historic changes coming to GWA Garden Media Awards
The Garden Writers Association is pleased to announce the latest modernization of its Garden Media Awards Program to an ALL NEW on-line entry and judging process. The program is in final stages before release, and we believe this is the only national on-line media awards contest for the Lawn & Garden Industry.
GWA will be awarding the prestigious GWA Garden Media Awards to the top professional communicators in the lawn & garden genre for 2013. All works primarily focused on gardening are eligible for the 2014 Garden Writers Association Media Awards Program and may be submitted by individuals or publishers that are GWA members or non-members.
Although book and some photo entries still may be submitted in original published form via mail or courier, all other award entries are now being accepted in electronic format. The advantages are:
For more preliminary information the 2014 GWA Garden Media Awards, visit the GWA website.
- No more postage, packaging or dash to the post office to enter
- No more expensive express mail costs
- Enter any time you want – 24/7
- Instant submission at the click of a button
- Simple on-line payment
- Individual entry acknowledgement
Judges' critiques are back!
Limited time and resources forced the elimination of judges’ comments from the GWA Garden Media Awards program years ago — NOW THEY ARE BACK for 2014! Each contest entrant can opt to receive judges’ comments to help guide future work development. GWA is pleased to bring back this valuable service as a learning tool for members. For more preliminary information the 2014 GWA Garden Media Awards, visit the GWA website.
Nearly half of parents plan on buying e-reading devices for kids this holiday season
Digital Book World
E-reading devices and the digital books to fuel them will be popular gifts this holiday season, an October 2013 study by PlayCollective with Digital Book World reveals. Almost 46 percent of parents plan to purchase a new device for their child to read e-books, up six percentage points from last year. Over half (57 percent) of these parents intend for the device to belong primarily to their child. And, good news for publishers, nearly three-quarters of parents plan on buying e-books for their children this holiday season, more than last year.
Court denies bid to examine Amazon's e-book pricing
Judge Denise Cote this week denied RoyaltyShare founder Bob Kohn's application to conduct his own "discovery" into Amazon's allegedly "predatory" e-book pricing. Cote's order denying Kohn's latest application, without explanation, sets up a potentially charged final fairness hearing for the final two publisher settlements (Macmillan and Penguin) on Dec. 6.
A mixed blessing in slowing e-book sales
It is rare that an industry would see the declining growth rate of its fastest-growing product as anything but bad news. But many in the book business see the slowdown in the sale of e-books as a positive. PW interviewed more than a dozen industry members to get their views on the impact of the slowing growth rate of e-book sales and found many have mixed views.
The 8 most influential people in e-book single publishing
The Huffington Post
If you want to understand the burgeoning world of e-book singles, it helps to know who the players are. With that in mind, Thin Reads has created the first list of the most influential executives in the e-book single industry. These are people who decide or influence what we read when it comes to this exciting new form of digital content. And more importantly, they are starting to put their stamp on popular culture and mainstream journalism.
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Paton says what most media CEOs won't about paywalls — they are a short-term tactic at best
Digital First Media CEO John Paton — who runs the second-largest newspaper chain in the U.S. — has made it clear in the past that he is not a fan of paywalls, so the news that he is rolling out metered subscription plans at about 75 of his company's papers might seem a little surprising. But at least Paton is willing to admit something few other media executives have when put in a similar situation: namely, that paywalls are short-term tactic, rather than a long-term strategy.
Google kills Currents, launches a Flipboard-style Newsstand with support for newspaper paywalls
Apple is no longer the only mobile platform with a digital Newsstand: Google said that it is launching a one-stop Android shop for magazine, newspaper and blog content called Google Newsstand, an app created by merging Currents — the Flipboard-style magazine app it first launched in 2011 — with its existing Google Play magazine store. The company says the app will offer more than 1,900 free and paid content sources.
Welcome to Twitter, now what can you do?
What is Twitter? What seems like a simple question is actually a mystery that's difficult to solve. Even the founders of Twitter didn't agree on exactly what it should be. According to "Hatching Twitter: A Story of Love, Power, and Betrayal," cofounder Jack Dorsey envisioned a way for people to share their status, while Noah Glass wanted to connect people who felt alone, and Ev Williams decided to make Twitter about "what's happening."
Publishing salaries 'a big issue'
Publishers have defended their record as employers after claims that book industry employees are facing tough conditions, with starting salaries failing to rise and an increasing use of short-term contracts. Suzanne Collier of bookcareers.com, which is running a periodic survey on salaries across the trade, said she had noticed concerning trends.
As we head to FutureBook 2013, I wonder what will dominate the conversation. Amazon? Slowing e-book growth? Tablets? Start-ups? Last week in The Bookseller I asked four FutureBook speakers what their preoccupations had been over the past 10 months. Their responses spoke of an industry confident in itself, but aware that in this digital age the ground under them is never still.
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