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GWA Office Holiday Schedule
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GWA wishes all our members a Happy Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. Please be safe in your travels. The GWA office will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Friday, Nov. 29.
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Student Scholarship applications due Dec. 2
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The GWA Foundation annually grants students in horticulture and journalism special scholarships for college, university and community college participation. Scholarship information may be found on the GWA website under the GWA Foundation tab, but the application deadline for the 2014 spring term ends Dec. 2. If you know a qualified student who needs financial assistance, let them know about this valuable program TODAY!
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The GWA event calendar is open to all members who have a date-specific, location-specific event to share with all members. To post and event, visit ...
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AHS Seeks Digital Communications Manager
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Primary responsibilities include: writing and editing content for AHS website, e-newsletters, social networking sites, and other communications media; coordinating website updates and maintenance; creating and distributing mass e-mails; tracking and analyzing user data; interacting with AHS members and constituents; exploring new online communications tools to build the organization's online presence and foster community. Visit the GWA Jobs page for details.
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Report: Copyright contributes $1 trillion to U.S. economy
Publishers.org
For the first time, the core copyright industries added over $1 trillion in value in a single year to the U.S. economy, accounting for almost 6.5 percent of the total U.S. GDP, according to a new study released by the International Intellectual Property Alliance. The study tracks the economic impact and contributions of U.S. industries creating, producing, distributing, broadcasting or exhibiting copyright materials.
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Barnes & Noble profit jumps on cost cutting
The Wall Street Journal
Barnes & Noble's fiscal second-quarter profit jumped as the bookstore retailer cut costs, masking a bigger-than-expected decline in revenue, which fell 8 percent to $1.73 billion. Revenue in the Nook digital-book division fell more than 30 percent. The struggling retailer in August abandoned any plans to split up the company. After considering the idea for 18 months, it said it had decided not to divide its retail stores from its Nook e-reader and e-books operation.
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Tracking the downward trend on e-book prices
Digital Book World
If you've been following along with the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list, you’ve probably noticed that over the past 15 months, the prices for best-selling e-books have generally dropped. Last year around this time, the average price of a top-25 best selling e-book was near $12. Now, it's closer to $6.
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Amazon making big changes — authors beware!
Author Marketing Experts Inc.
Amazon.com is shaking things up again, this time with the keywords and book description. In the past you were allowed, encouraged even, to use similar book titles and author names in your book description. This is no longer the case. Amazon has been notifying people about this, but I just spoke with an author who got no notification, her book was simply pulled off of the Amazon site. Do NOT use author names or book titles in your book description or keywords/tags.
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Flipboard raising another $50 million
CNN Money
Social news app Flipboard is in final negotiations to raise $50 million in new venture capital funding, Fortune has learned. This would be an extension to the $50 million that Flipboard scored just two months ago, at a reported $800 million valuation. CNN's understanding is that the round always was intended to be $100 million total, with Rizvi Traverse Management leading both parts. The split was caused by different timing needs of certain Rizvi investors.
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What's happening at Bloomberg is logical extension of paywall-focused media business
GigaOM
Bloomberg has been under fire recently for some of the moves it has made on the editorial side of the business, including the alleged spiking of a story that was critical of China. According to a report in the New York Times, this is just part of a much larger shift in which the news entity is retrenching, and going back to its focus on business-oriented news briefs.
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