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Amazon acquires UK's top online bookstore
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Amazon announced that it will acquire The Book Depository, a U.K.-based online bookseller that offers more than 6 million titles and shipping to more than 100 countries. The Book Depository claims on its site that it is the fastest-growing bookseller in Europe and the U.K.'s largest dedicated online bookseller, with more than a million customers. More



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GWA Foundation releases 2011 Early Summer Garden Trends Report
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Consumer gardening plans continue to change as presented in the 2011 Early Summer Gardening Trends Survey conducted in June as the second of four scheduled national consumer gardening trends surveys this year. While 55 percent of households with a lawn or garden planned to use weed control on their lawns this summer, that is 5 percent less than in 2010. More

Career makeover: From lawyer to mystery writer to do-it-yourself writer
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Paul Levine is 63 years old, but that didn't stop him from reinventing himself — for the second time. In the 1980s he was a successful trial lawyer. Then Levine began writing mystery novels, publishing 13 of them, and selling 400,000 copies of a single title. More

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Women like e-readers; men prefer tablets
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Owners of e-readers and tablets are heavy readers of printed versions of magazines and newspapers. Women prefer e-readers; "wow" factor of tablets appears to attract men. As publishers continue to experiment with digital media platforms, the latest consumer research from GfK MRI shows that adult owners of e-readers and tablets are also heavy readers of the printed versions of magazines and newspapers. More

GWA Foundation announces 2011 fundraiser
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Want a chance to win a digital SLR camera or an Apple iPad? Make a donation to the Garden Writers Association Foundation and have your name entered to win one of these great items! Drawing will take place at the Annual Awards Banquet. More

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Writing naked (nakeder than Orwell)
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George Orwell was on the right track. Just say it. Say it clearly. Say it now. Say it without fear of being criticized and say it without being boring. If the goal is no feedback, then say nothing. If the goal is to communicate, then say what you mean. More

Fair use and copyright: The law is the law
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To the Editor: I am troubled by the plethora of articles in your publication that, from my point of view, which is that of a literary agent, encourage your readers to break the law when it comes to the use of copyrighted material in the classroom and elsewhere. More


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GWA symposium speakers posted for Indianapolis
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Keynote speaker Stephen Orr is joined by more than 30 speakers and panelists for the 63rd GWA Symposium that will be held in Indianapolis on Aug. 26-29. Visit our website and see the outstanding talent that will be available to you during this unique educational and networking event. More

The importance of online relevancy
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A group of SEO consultants talked recently to magazine writers and editors about how content fits in with a company's overall success. One line that one of the consultants said during the presentation perfectly sums up how important online work is to any company or news organization's bottom line: "If you're not relevant online, you're not relevant." More

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Global publishing: Staying put
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With the global economy still struggling to get on a solid footing in 2010, the world's largest publishers had a mixed performance in the year, although the majority of companies managed to post sales gains in the year. That was definitely the case at Pearson, where revenue increases in trade and educational publishing combined to keep the U.K.-based publishing giant atop the Livres Hebdo/Publishers Weekly world publishing rankings. More

7 platforms changing the future of publishing
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Passive Guy tweeted about this a couple days ago, but it's worth a little deeper look. A website called Brain Pickings examines some "new publishing" platforms (websites). They are very different from each other in approach, but all are aiming to disintermediate publishers and most are focused on writing shorter than book-length. More

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Poll: Plenty of e-book shoppers buy directly from author or publisher
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E-retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble are still the primary places that people buy e-books. But publishers and authors can achieve success selling e-books directly. That's one thing science fiction/fantasy author Stephen Hunt learned when he recently undertook his own survey on e-book reading habits. More

40 years of Project Gutenberg: A mini guide
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On the 40th anniversary of Project Gutenberg, we have a special e-book gift for all our volunteers and visitors. Marie Lebert and friends have put together a mini picture guide on the history of Project Gutenberg; from the founding of the project by Michael Hart, to the first native French e-book, the inauguration of the Distributed Proof-readers, to the posting of e-book No. 30,000. More

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3 ways to make your online relationships matter
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A key component to any platform is the relationships that you have and grow. You can jump into social media, start a blog and do everything right content-wise, but without a little help from your friends, it can be a tough and lonely road. If you suspect this is an area where your platform could use some development, here are three goals that anyone can achieve in a short timeframe. More

Spam decreased 82.22 percent over past year
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We have some great news for you: There was a whole lot less spam sent today than there was a year ago. A graphic illustrates how there were more than 225 billion spam emails sent per day in July 2010, and in June 2011, that number has dropped to approximately 40 billion. That's an 82.22 percent decrease in spam over a year. More
 


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