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MAY 16 — Early exhibit booth discounts EXTENDED
GWA
Don't delay, sign up today and get the discounted rate. See who has already committed to show their latest information, products and/or services at the 66th GWA Symposium in Pittsburgh for the greatest gathering of garden communicators in 2014.
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June 6 — Symposium early registration deadline
GWA
Online registration is open on the GWA website! Take advantage of early registration rates though June 6.
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July 12 — Post Longwood Preview Connect meeting
GWA
Region II directors announce a GWA Connect gathering beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, June 12, at Applebee’s restaurant, 815 E Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square, PA 19348 (610-444-8092). This Connect gathering will focus on sharing network opportunities and discussing the press preview opening of the Longwood Gardens Meadow Garden at 5 p.m. that evening.
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Supporting GWAF can be very rewarding
GWA
Make a donation to the Garden Writers Association Foundation and have your name entered to win a laptop computer or a digital SLR camera or an iPad! Drawing will take place at the Annual Awards Banquet.
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Pittsburgh hotel block for the 2014 GWA Symposium
GWA
The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh is the only Pittsburgh hotel directly connected to the David L. Lawrence Pittsburgh Convention Center by skywalk. A special block of rooms has been set aside for GWA meeting participants. Discounted room rates are available until the block is full or July 16, whichever comes first! Act TODAY.
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Hort. Science/NC State University seeks Director, JC Raulston Arboretum
GWA
The Director of the JCRA will be responsible for the overall leadership, vision and administration of the arboretum. Visit the GWA Jobs page for details.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


EU orders Google to let users erase past
The Wall Street Journal
Europe's top court ruled that Google Inc. can be forced to erase links to content about individuals on the Web, a surprise decision that could disrupt search-engine operators and shift the balance between online privacy and free speech across Europe. Under Tuesday's ruling, individuals can request that search engines remove links to news articles, court judgments and other documents in search results for their name.
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Apple, Amazon and the uncertain future of the book startup
GigaOM
Any company that comes along trying to reinvent book publishing is competing not only with traditional book publishers but also with Amazon, which is almost 20 years old but keeps finding new ways to shake things up. Print book buying continues to move online, and Amazon, which is now delivering on Sundays and offering same-day delivery in a growing number of cities, has a lock on that business.
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Tend your garden
Ja Konrath (blog)
Your e-books function much like a garden. On rare occassions, a plant will thrive with little help from you. Others may whither and die no matter how much help you give them. But the majority need to be constantly tended. Planted, watered, fertilized, weeded, pruned, mulched, replanted, harvested. In other words, lots of work.
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Is someone being annoying on Twitter? Now you can mute them!
PC Magazine
Have you ever seen an annoying tweet in your feed and wished there was a way to shut that person up without having to take the drastic measure of completely unfollowing them? Now there's a way! Twitter announced it is rolling out an oft-requested "mute" option for the Web and for its iOS and Android mobile apps. The new feature will be making its way to all Twitter users over the coming weeks.
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Why aren't teens reading like they used to?
NPR
Harry Potter and The Hunger Games haven't been big hits for nothing. Lots of teens and adolescents still read quite a lot. But a roundup of studies, put together by the nonprofit Common Sense Media, shows a clear decline over time. Nearly half of 17-year-olds say they read for pleasure no more than one or two times a year — if that. That's way down from a decade ago.
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The philosophy of creativity
Scientific American
There is little that shapes the human experience as profoundly and pervasively as creativity. Creativity drives progress in every human endeavor, from the arts to the sciences, business and technology. We celebrate and honor people for their creativity, identifying eminent individuals, as well as entire cultures and societies, in terms of their creative achievements. Creativity is the vehicle of self-expression and part of what makes us who we are.
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Should self-publishing authors hire editors, producers and cover designers?
Digital Book World
Self-publishing is something of a misnomer, given the various ways that authors can publish books outside of a traditional publishing relationship. In particular, we might consider two modes of indie publishing, do-it-yourself and team publishing. DIY is for authors who go it entirely alone. Authors who seek to make their projects team efforts may engage others to help them with various aspects of publication.
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Why books stink
The Huffington Post
The dirty little secret of the publishing industry is that virtually every new work of fiction and nonfiction hitting the market today is a piece of garbage. Publishers have always had a strategy of throwing a lot of spaghetti at the wall and hoping that something sticks. Today, for a variety of reasons, nothing's sticking. The spaghetti is uncooked, stale, flavorless or all three. It's enough to make a serious reader cry.
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