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Indie bookstores aren't dead — they're making a comeback
The Huffington Post
"The Death of the Independent Bookstore?"; "Is the Bookstore Dead?"; "Why Bookstores are Doomed": those headlines are from Slate (2006), Jewish Journal (2011), and Business Insider (2013). For years, journalists have made these types of predictions about the death of independent bookstores: if the chains didn't crush them, Amazon would. If Amazon didn't, they would die anyway because people just weren't reading.
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2015 GWA Annual Symposium call for presenters
The GWA Symposium Program Committee is accepting presentation proposals for the 2015 Annual Symposium Sept. 18-21 in Pasadena, California. Proposals are due by Dec. 1.
GWA Connect event at Landscape Ontario's Expo 2014
Join fellow Region VII GWA members at Landscape Ontario's EXPO 2014 on Thursday, Oct. 23. Take advantage of this opportunity to network and check out the latest garden/landscape products. RSVP (affirmatives only) to firstname.lastname@example.org before Oct. 14.
Student Scholarship applications due Dec. 1
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, the application deadline for the 2015 spring term ends Dec. 1. If you know a qualified student who needs financial assistance, let him or her know about this valuable program TODAY!
2014 GWA Symposium presentation materials
GWA's Annual Symposium speaker presentations, handouts and audio recordings are available. All program slide presentations and handouts are accessible to everyone for free downloading. See materials available shown under each session description.
Apple was just granted a patent for a digital newspaper
Apple has been granted a patent for a flexible display that can be used as a self-updating digital newspaper.
Patently Apple reports that Apple refers to the device as a "digital periodical," and that it can be used for both reading and also advertising.
Don't get too excited about the "iNewspaper" (or "Apple Paper") just yet, however. The caveat here is that Apple files many patents, most of which do not become actual devices sold at retail.
Authors Guild names new executive director
The Authors Guild announced that Mary Rasenberger, a lawyer and six-year Copyright Office and Library of Congress veteran, will take over as executive director of the organization on Nov. 3. She succeeds Paul Aiken who will continue to consult for the Guild. Last year, Aiken announced that he had ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Finally, a Big 5 publisher raises digital royalties (but there's a catch)
Digital royalties have been one of the major sticking points in the debate over traditional vs. self-publishing, with many people (even from the traditional publishing world) arguing that big publishers should raise digital royalties on e-books to at least 50 percent. Nonetheless, until now, publishers' standard royalty on new e-books has been stuck at 25 percent.
User generated magazine wants to pay contributors
This week, StoryBy launched in beta. It's the first peer generated, crowdsourced forum based "magazine" that also aims to share its revenue with contributors. The platform was spawned out of frustration with what CEO Olavi Toivainen calls "old style" forums: hard to search, difficult to follow and to contribute to. StoryBy is focused on making reading an immersive experience, which will benefit users and brands.
What makes for a brilliant book cover? A master explains
If you find yourself in a bookstore, Peter Mendelsund can be hard to avoid. His dust jackets wrap big-name contemporary releases like The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. He's created ingenious covers for reissues of Dostoyevsky, Kafka, and other literary giants, updating a wide swath of the canon with a striking, graphic look.
Grow Pittsburgh opens a lending library for gardening tools
Pittsburgh City Paper
For many city-dwellers, the prospect of urban gardening sounds nice on paper ... until you realize your apartment's linen closet is a terrible place to store compost and shovels.
But local urban-agriculture nonprofit Grow Pittsburgh is trying to solve that problem using principles of the sharing economy.
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Fear not the long sentence
By Roy Peter Clark: A year ago I wrote an essay for the New York Times titled "The Short Sentence as Gospel Truth." It argued that authors express their most important ideas or dramatic moments in the shortest sentences. This turned out to be a popular piece, the most emailed of the day. Teachers and editors anointed the short sentence as the solution to many writing problems.
'No, thank you' — On rejection and writing
Think of rejection and writing, and you likely think of publishing. An author submits his or her work and receives a resounding no thanks. This, however, is only one form of rejection that writers face during their career. Bad reviews and paltry sales are also forms of rejection. Authors must also prepare themselves for these hits to their ego.
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