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92 percent of college students prefer reading print books to e-readers
New Republic
Readers have been dreading the rise of e-books since before the technology even existed. A 1991 New York Times piece predicting the imminent invention of the personal e-reader spurred angry and impassioned letters to the editor. One reader wrote in to express his worry that the new electronic books wouldn't work in the bath.
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GWA Media Awards now open for submissions
GWA
GWA — The Association of Garden Communicators — is pleased to continue its latest modernization of the Garden Media Awards Program using an online entry and judging process. GWA will be awarding the prestigious GWA Garden Media Awards to the top professional communicators in the lawn and garden genre for 2014. Entries must be submitted by March 16.
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Feb. 2 — GWA member directory advertisement reservation due
GWA
Allied Trade members of GWA have access to this key group of professionals who have a significant impact on gardening product sales and markets. A free ad in the Annual Membership Directory is included in each Allied Trade membership. Non-member companies offering gardening products or services may also advertise in the Annual Membership Directory for a fee.
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Feb. 13 — GWA Honors nominations due
GWA
Members can recognize the achievements of their peers with a 2015 Honors nomination. To honor individuals who have made a significant contribution to the GWA objectives, please complete an official nomination form.
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March 15 — GWA member directory profile info updates due
GWA
Please log in to update your profile for this year’s directory. In support of GWA's continuing efforts in sustainability, the 2015-16 Directory will be available both in printed and electronic formats. The file will be available online in the Members Area in a read-only Adobe PDF format. If you wish to support our sustainability efforts, you can log in to the GWA and opt out of receiving the printed version of this year's directory.
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Job opening: Blooms seeking horticultural writer
GWA
Seeking a freelance horticultural writer to write a series of paragraphs, in the range of 30-50 words, on various perennial cultivars, portraying them in an accurate, positive and interesting manner. The copy thus produced would be published in the form of informational signs and displayed at retail nursery outlets.
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Publishers are lining up behind 'Netflix for books' services. But why?
Wired
On Tuesday, startups Scribd and Oyster both announced partnerships with publishing heavyweight Macmillan to bring over a thousand new titles to their respective e-book subscription services. That means the two startups are now working with majority of the so-called Big Five publishers; both had previously offered books from HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster.
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Should authors and publishers spy on readers?
Digital Book World
Okay — that title is slightly provocative. But it's not an unreasonable question to ask. Traditionally, authors and publishers knew nothing about how readers actually read books. Book publishing was, and often still is, a one-way flow of information, from content creators to consumers. E-books are changing all that.
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Nook results could jeopardize Barnes & Noble split-up plan
Wall Street Journal
Barnes & Noble Inc.’s consumer stores enjoyed an upbeat holiday period, but poor results at the Nook digital business potentially complicate plans to split that division off into a separate public company with the college bookstore group. Nook revenue, which consists of digital devices, e-books and accessories, fell 55 percent to $56 million for the nine weeks ended Jan. 3.
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Facebook is eating the media
Slate
Imagine for a moment that you run a website. You sell advertisements on the site, so you make money when people visit it. If people stop visiting your site, either you'll have to find a new business model, or you'll be out of a job. (For Slate, this does not require a great feat of imagination.) In the early days, people came to your site directly, by laboriously typing in your URL — let's call it yoursite.com.
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If you love green urban spaces, shout it from the rooftops
The Telegraph
The spaces in between are what make urban living bearable. It's not just the great formal parks that allow cities and their inhabitants to breathe, but the humble scraps of green space that lurk unexpectedly between buildings. The great majority of the U.K. population may now live in urban areas, but deep in our souls we remain intimately connected to the land.
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30 tips for writing a book in 30 days
Writer's Digest
Sometimes it's a lone writer who's been putting off a story idea for too long, and decides it's now or never. Sometimes it's a pair or a group determined to find out what they can achieve by sharing self-imposed deadlines and strong pots of coffee. Sometimes it's peer pressure or curiosity about National Novel Writing Month.
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25-plus of the most majestic libraries in the world
Bored Panda
Though they are losing ground to the e-book and the audio book, libraries were once central hubs of human intellectual progress. There's something about them that still attracts people, however — whether it's their magnificent architecture or the unmistakable smell of books and dust, scholars and dreamers alike still enjoy perusing their hoards of literary treasures.
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It's time to plan your spring garden
Take Part
Dreaming over a slew of seed catalogs is the way many of us make it through the winter. The great thing about mail ordering seeds is that by the time you get them, you've usually forgotten what you've asked for — it's like Christmas all over again! On the down side, however, it's all too easy to overreach and order absolutely everything that catches your fancy.
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