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Amazon Kindle has its best day ever on Black Friday
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Amazon's Kindle e-readers and tablets sold exceptionally well on Black Friday. The Kindle Fire was especially hot — it was the bestselling product across all of that day. Kindles were selling well not only on Amazon, but also at Best Buy and Target. "Kindle Fire was the bestselling tablet in our stores on Black Friday," said Nik Nayar, vice president of merchandising at Target. More

Symposium presentation proposals due Dec. 21
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The GWA Symposium Program Committee is accepting presentation proposals from speakers for the 2012 symposium to be held Oct. 12–15, 2012, in Tucson, Ariz. There is particular interest in proposals that address core competency topics developed by the GWA Education Committee. All online applications must be received no later than Dec. 21, 2011. More

Interested in e-books? Don't start with buying an e-reader
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Christmas is coming and lots of people are encouraged to buy e-readers. Those devices dedicated to reading e-books are available at affordable prices. They are a hot product category. Today, almost everyone everywhere is talking about them. But you shouldn't rush right out to buy one. If you're interested in reading e-books, you should start with reading about e-books. More

IGCs Discover New Gold Rush!
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2011 Symposium recordings available
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GWA's 2011 Annual Symposium speaker presentations, handouts and audio recordings are available online. Free session materials are provided for each session description. To purchase audio recordings of each presentation, please click on the shopping cart icon located beneath each session description and click the Paypal logo to complete your shopping process. Only $5/session for members. More

How one writer went from 2,000 words a day to 10,000
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Drastically increasing your words per day is actually pretty easy. All it takes is a shift in perspective and the ability to be honest with yourself (which is the hardest part). Writer Rachel Aaron created a metric, a triangle with three core requirements: knowledge, time and enthusiasm. Any one of these can noticeably boost your daily output, but all three together can turn you into a word machine. More

Mark the Date!

The talk of the industry, The IGC Show continues on into its record 6th year! Make your plans now. August 21-23, 2012.

Hear the GWA webinar on Creating A Compelling Facebook Page
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Creating compelling Facebook pages is a must for writers who intend to promote their books or services online. Hear Jean Ann Van Krevelen from White Willow Media discuss the ins and outs of an author page. More

The e-book value chain is still sorting itself out, and so are the splits
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The division of the consumer's dollar across the publishing value chain has a history of change. Fifty years ago, discounts from publishers to retailers often topped out at 44 percent and even wholesalers seldom got more than 48 percent off the retail price on hardcover books. Today, discounts into the mid-50s for big retailers and for wholesalers are common. More

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More Facebook — using pages to promote your brand
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In the first GWA Facebook webinar, we discussed how to create a compelling page. In Part II, Jean Ann Van Krevelen of White Willow Media discusses strategies and techniques for promoting your brand via pages. More

Copyright industries report captures impact on US economy, jobs and global reach
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The International Intellectual Property Alliance 2011 "Copyright Industries in the U.S. Economy" study reported that the core content production and distribution industries, including book and journal publishing, added more than $931 billion in value to the U.S. economy, nearly 6.4 percent of the gross domestic product. More

Every garden needs a 'Blue Cushion'
A compact mounding habit and a long flowering period combine in Lavandula ‘Blue Cushion’. This superb selection is a long-time “tried and trusted” favorite for the perennial border, container or herb garden. Of course, it also serves the fragrance and culinary purposes traditional to the genus. From Blooms of Bressingham®.

UK gets ball rolling on digital copyright exchange
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U.K. business secretary Vince Cable has appointed former Ofcom deputy chairman Richard Hooper to lead a feasibility study on establishing a digital copyright exchange. Cable recently agreed with Professor Ian Hargreaves' suggestion, in his Review Of Intellectual Property And Growth, that a body be created that lists copyrighted works. More

Invasive species are a blight on US landscape
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America is under siege — not by a foreign power, but by invasive species slowly working their way across the nation, leaving a sometimes-devastated and often-changed landscape in their wake. Just as Dutch elm disease from Asia removed an iconic tree from the American landscape beginning in the 1940s, the emerald ash borer may conquer the ash tree in coming years. More

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Labor unrest
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The labor situation in the green industry might be summed up this way: lots of clouds, not much hope for silver linings anytime soon. Though many businesses have trimmed their workforce during the economic downturn, the fact remains that farm, nursery, greenhouse and seasonal employers depend significantly on hired labor that wasn't born here and has papers that look better than they really are. More

Restrictions considered for imported boxwoods
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USDA's Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service has informally indicated to ANLA that they have been intercepting several quarantine pests, notably pathogens, on imports of boxwood from various countries. APHIS is exploring restricting buxus imports worldwide until risk assessments are conducted and appropriate mitigation measures are put into place, according to Craig Regelbrugge, ANLA's vice president for government relations and research. More


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