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Experts: Critics of e-books lawsuit miss the mark
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The U.S. Justice Department has come under criticism since filing an antitrust lawsuit against Apple Inc. and five publishers, accusing them of colluding to fix e-book prices. But many experts say that under antitrust law, the department didn't have much choice. And even if it did, antitrust experts say, it is far from clear that doing nothing would have been wise. More

What consumers say about sustainability in gardening
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How consumers view the importance of sustainable gardening practices has been the subject of discussion among GWA members and green industry professionals for several years. To help address the issue, the Garden Trends Research Committee of the Garden Writers Foundation dedicated its 2011-2012 winter consumer survey to the topic of current consumer attitudes on sustainability and gardening. More

The Kindle Index: What city buys the most e-readers?
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Recently, a new form of reading elitism has come about: judgment against people who haven't yet switched from paper books to digital ones. Even I will confess to patronizingly acting surprised when encountering someone who still reads using the "dead tree format." If the self-appointed "elite" members of society avidly read, then the "elite of the elite" must avidly e-read, right? More

Don't Be a Closet Gardener

Have you resorted to the linen closet when the weather forecast called for frost? Sheets and blankets can soak through and even crush plants as soon as they encounter frost or rain. With Frost Protek covers, you can protect plants the way commercial growers do with a specially designed fabric that is lightweight yet insulating. Click here to request your FREE cover! MORE

If you have ever held copyright to certain published works ...
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The Garden Writers Association works with other groups as part of the Authors Coalition to distribute non-title-specific royalties from photocopies made outside the U.S. GWA's share of these funds is determined by our members' response to the coalition survey. Please update your information More

Kobo reveals big plans
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Kobo will launch its self-publishing platform this quarter and plans on expanding to "a dozen" new countries in 2012, the company's CEO, Mike Serbinis, has told The Bookseller. Serbinis also revealed that thanks to the acquisition of Kobo by the giant Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten, Kobo now had its own "nuclear deterrent" should Amazon begin to cut e-book prices aggressively. More

DK is the growing authority

Turn to DK for authoritative, step-by-step guides to growing flowers, herbs, and fruits and vegetables—in your house, on a terrace, or in a garden. You’ll find practical techniques, inspirational ideas, and problem-solving advice—all beautifully illustrated—in books designed for both beginner and more experienced gardeners. MORE

Baltimore PAR event slide show
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Garden Writers Association and Plant A Row for the Hungry joined with the city of Baltimore, the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and the GRO1000 partners in the dedication of the Upton Edible Garden that will focus on producing locally grown and healthy food options for area residents. The dedication was the kick-off event for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's weeklong "Power in Dirt" initiative. SEE SLIDE SHOW

Technology can keep publishers from perishing
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The larger question raised by the Justice Department's antitrust lawsuit lawsuit against Apple Inc. and five publishers is not legal but existential: Can publishing be saved? The main villain, in the publishers' account, is their once-loved, now-hated competitor: Amazon — specifically, its "wretched $9.99 price point" for most digital books on its Kindle device. There is no doubt Amazon has reduced publishers' profit margins. More

Beautiful on the outside and winter tough inside
Who says you have to sacrifice good looks for hardiness? Penstemon ‘Sweet Joanne’ (pictured) and Prairie Twilight’ have a myriad of flowers that put on a dazzling show in May and June, and their prairie heritage lets them shrug off nasty winters. Vigorous, but not aggressive, growers, both come to Blooms of Bressingham® from the University of Nebraska. Breeder Dale Lindgren specializes in Penstemon.

Google shutters One Pass, its paid content platform
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Google has closed down One Pass, the paid content platform that it rolled out in February 2011 and revamped in February 2012. Only a few newspapers, like the Richmond Times Dispatch and Southeast Missourian, ever signed up to use One Pass. Google Consumer Surveys, unveiled last month, lets publishers monetize content by enacting a "paywall substitute" that gives readers the choice of taking a microsurvey in order to read an article. More

World Book Night: Coming your way, but no room for Amazon
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It's the Super Bowl of literary athletes, the Mardi Gras of bibliophilic partiers, Christmas for book-lovers across the world. It's World Book Night, the day when tens of thousands of volunteers in the U.S. and Europe will hand out millions of free books to underserved communities to encourage reading. In the U.S., 25,000 volunteers will distribute 500,000 free paperback books in some 5,800 communities across the country. More

Casa Flora Inc.
Casa Flora’s vast geographical representation ensures dependable product, consistent supply, and cost-efficient selections. Our corporate office, production greenhouses and a new state of the art laboratory are located in Dallas, TX. Since 2010, our new tissue culture laboratory and greenhouses in China have been supplying the Chinese market while producing Heuchera for Casa Flora in the US. more

How the iPad is changing education
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The iPad may only be two years old, but it's already begun to change many things. Reading is one of them. Work is another. It is selling like crazy, but it will be some time before most of the people you know own a tablet. The market for this type of device may only be in its infancy, but it's already becoming clear how it will revolutionize certain aspects our lives. More

23 timeless quotes about writing
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While fad advice in the writing world comes and goes, some wisdom is so novel that it has withstood the test of time. Culled from 91 years of Writer's Digest articles, interviews and essays, here are 23 of Writer's Digest's favorite writing quotes of enduring advice and inspiration. Enjoy. More

Organic Preen Garden Weed Preventer

Now there's an organic pre-emergent perfect for vegetable gardens. Organic Preen is made of 100% corn gluten formed into granules for easy application. Research at Iowa State University found that corn gluten has properties that prevent seeds from germinating for up to four weeks, making it an effective organic pre-emergent. MORE

A Texas gardener looks to Mexico for inspiration
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Groves of magnolias, oaks, sycamores and maples flourish in Texas, but not the kind found in most American gardens. These are natives of the mountains in northern Mexico, where John Gaston Fairey and fellow plant hunters have collected seeds and cuttings on some 90 expeditions over the last 24 years. "I never liked palms until I saw them growing under big oaks in Mexico," he said. More

H-2B litigation filed
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A group of plaintiffs including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, lawn, landscape and forestry companies and associations have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, seeking to block a sweeping new Labor Department rule drastically rewriting the H-2B temporary and seasonal non-agricultural visa program. H-2B is widely used by the landscape industry and other interests to fill seasonal labor needs. More


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