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As print book revenues plunge, e-books aren't making it up
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Looking at book publishing statistics and noting huge e-book growth is fun — but not in the case of the new statistics released by the Association of American Publishers, which show print book revenues substantially down and the 161 percent growth in e-book revenues in the first six months of the year unable to make up for that loss. More



Report: Amazon working on a Netflix for books
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Amazon is planning to launch a service that would offer customers access to a library of books for a fixed monthly fee, reports The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the matter. Amazon is reportedly in talks with publishers about the service, but it's unclear how far the project has progressed, as some publishers aren't too happy with the idea. More

GWA's Classroom Podcast, Episode 11: The 2011 GWA Symposium
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In this episode of GWA's Classroom Podcast, Jean Ann Van Krevelen interviews attendees of the 2011 GWA Symposium. Tune in to hear interviews with the keynote speaker, Stephen Orr from Martha Stewart Omnimedia, GWA President Debra Prinzing, new author Niki Jabbour and session host Kelly Norris. More

Helianthus salicifolius 'First Light'
‘First Light’ provides a huge shot of brilliant gold color in late fall, when most perennials have called it a season. Better Homes and Gardens magazine proclaimed it the surprise star of the fall season in their test garden: “A shrub-sized branching perennial that was covered with hundreds - yes hundreds - of yellow flowers.” Grows to four feet, a more manageable plant height than other sunflowers. From Blooms of Bressingham®.


7 deadly sins of self-published authors
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Self-published authors have the onerous task of writing, editing and marketing their books. From a business perspective, they are the production/operations department, the sales/marketing department and, of course, the finance department. Few entrepreneurs can bring all that to the table, and as a self-published author, you are most definitely an entrepreneur. More

Region V optional tour deadline is Oct. 14
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Extend your stay with post-meeting tours to the Bellefontaine Cemetery, Bell Demonstration Garden, Schlafly Bottleworks, The Jewel Box, St. Louis Children's Hospital Rooftop Garden and Bowood Farms. More

Gretel - Hybrid Eggplant

Gretel is a beautiful, white-fruited variety that completes our line of mini-fruited eggplants. Gretel will supply as many little elongated-teardrop shaped fruit as larger plants, with maturity starting just 55 days from transplant. Harvest fruit small, about 3-4 inches in length, for the most tender skin, the fewest seeds and sweetest flavor. more


What publishers can learn from online retailers
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What does content mean for online retailers, and how can publishers successfully work commerce into their websites? Those were the questions discussed at a Financial Times panel in NYC. "There are lots of things that merge between media businesses and 2.0 commerce," said Susan Lyne, chairman of Gilt Groupe. "We’re all competition for each other in that we've got limited time to spend on something besides work and family." More

GWAF 2012 scholarship applications now available.
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The GWA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable subsidiary of the Garden Writers Association, has committed funding to provide financial assistance to deserving students for the SPRING TERM 2012. If you know a student or school that should participate, let them know to visit the website for more information. More

Are tablets taking the place of PCs?
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PC sales are expected to slip and tablet sales to surge, according to forecasts. The latest PC shipment forecast from research firm Gartner puts worldwide shipments on pace to sell 352 million units worldwide in 2011, a 3.8 percent increase from 2010. The numbers represent a sharp drop from an earlier estimate in June projecting 9.3 percent growth for 2011. More


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Authors Guild sues universities over online books
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Authors and authors' groups in the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom sued the University of Michigan, Indiana University and three other universities, seeking to stop the creation of online libraries made up of as many as 7 million copyright-protected books they say were scanned without authorization. More

Amazon and Lightning Source: The end of an era?
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For some years now, many small publishers and self-publishers have been using a very effective strategy for distributing their books. This strategy has been widely written about and imitated. It was pioneered by Aaron Shepard and Morris Rosenthal, both early proponents of print on demand distribution. More

Write a how-to article in 6 easy steps
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A how-to is written as a sequence — first you do this, and then you do this. The essential question the writer asks herself when writing a how-to is, "What happens next?" If you are about to embark on a how-to, start at what you consider the beginning, and just keep answering that question over and over again. Before you know it, you will have sketched out a draft of a how-to article. More

Beautiful Outdoor Living in Fall
On your patio or deck, now is the best time of year to enjoy your lush container flowers and plants. Keep the joy alive with
Frost Protek plant covers. Simple and convenient, the covers keep your container plants looking beautiful past cool nights and mild frost. No more heavy lifting to move them inside. No more suffocating plastic, blankets or sheets that crush your plants. 
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Invasive plants and the nursery industry
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There are many stakeholders in the invasive plant arena, including the gardening public, the nursery and landscape industries, the forestry industry, those labeled as environmentalists and government officials, including legislators. Due to the nature of the business, nursery personnel find themselves in the midst of the invasive plant debate. More

Twitter has 100 million active users
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Twitter has 100 million active users logging in at least once a month and 50 million active users every day, CEO Dick Costolo revealed. The microblogging service has a total of 200 million registered users, but how many of those are actually regulars has been open to debate for some time. Costolo, in an informal chat with tech reporters he called his "state of the union," revealed that exactly half of them log in monthly. More

Texas' record drought stressing its green industry
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Weather has been extreme around much of the United States. But Texas would likely win a state-to-state game of one-upmanship. The year began with record freezes and ice storms. That was followed by an unseasonably dry spring, which quickly turned into a searing summer that had Texans measuring the number of days over 105 degrees instead of the usual measure of over-100 days. More
 


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