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E-book sales surge after holidays
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Carolyn McCosh says she has loved "real books, the printed-on-paper kind," ever since she got her St. Louis Public Library card in first grade. The 45-year-old had little interest in e-books — until Christmas. Along with millions of others, she unwrapped a Kindle Fire, a gift from her boyfriend and "a huge defining moment for me." More

GWA Classroom Podcast, Episode 16: Creating Video
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In this episode of GWA's Classroom Podcast, Jean Ann Van Krevelen and Ellen Wells talk about tools for promoting your book online. Join in and learn about both traditional marketing and new marketing tools for building readership on the web. More

Barnes & Noble offering deal for $199 Nook tablet
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Barnes & Noble Inc. said it is temporarily cutting the price of its Nook tablet by $50 for customers who purchase the device with a subscription to celebrity news magazine People, an offer that puts its upfront price tag on par with Inc.'s Kindle Fire tablet. The offer comes just days after Barnes & Noble slashed its guidance for the current year and said it is pursuing strategic exploratory work to separate the successful Nook business. More

IGCs Discover New Gold Rush!
Sun Gro Horticulture, the supplier trusted by more professional growers, proudly introduces Black Gold Garden Products, a new line of natural and organic potting soils and fertilizers exclusively for IGCs nation-wide, featuring a broad selection of OMRI listings available in turn-key indoor sets and high volume outdoor soils and amendments. more

Region VII to meet at Canada Blooms
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Region VII's annual winter meeting is being held Saturday, March 17, at the Direct Energy Centre, 100 Princes' Blvd., in Toronto during Canada Blooms. The deadline for registration is Feb. 28. More

Apple facing $1.88 million lawsuit in China over illegal book downloads
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Apple will be required to defend itself in a Beijing court after officials accepted a case filed by nine well-known Chinese writers against the company, demanding that it pays the authors $1.88 million for selling illegal downloads of their work on the App Store. China's People Daily reports that the writers are unhappy that unauthorized versions of their works have been submitted to the App Store and that the company is directly profiting from sales of illegal downloads. More

Amsterdam - Hybrid Tomato

Just like a work of art by the great Dutch Masters. Amsterdam is sure to wow you with its sweet flavor. In our trials this year, Amsterdam had one of the highest brix levels of all tomato varieties. Brix levels are indicators of sugar levels in produce. If you like a sweet tasting grape tomato then you should try Amsterdam. more

Region I meeting deadline is Friday, Jan. 13
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Friday, Jan. 13, is the deadline for early registration discounts for the Region I meeting at New England Grows. Late registration closes Jan. 20. More

The authors who are going it alone online — and winning
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A change in policy at the 164-year-old Chicago Tribune is not something to be taken lightly. But when Julia Keller, the newspaper's Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic, calls something a "revolution," you sense things may be about to change. She's referring to her newspaper's policy on reviewing self-published books. It's a simple one: they don't. 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.

Working the Web training guide #7: Social Media Marketing Plan
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Download your free copy of our latest training guide for members on social media marketing plans produced by Jean Ann Van Krevelen of White Willow Media. More

Selling e-books outside of the US
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If you're thinking about self-publishing, make sure you don't forget to look beyond the borders of the United States. You might be surprised just how many of your potential readers are NOT in the U.S. More

NEW for a New Year - Verbena 'Seabrook's Lavender'

This handsome Verbena is smothered with clusters of lavender flowers with a darker lavender eye. Very floriferous and long flowering, June until late September. Its low growing and spreading habit makes it ideal for borders or patio pots. It also stands up under drought conditions. A tender perennial (Zones 8 to 10.) Lovely grown or mixed with Verbena ‘Homestead Purple’. From Blooms of Bressingham®.

Advice for authors: Part 1 and Part 2
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If you're an author or an aspiring author, it's time to end the fruitless struggle with a dying business model and think hard about how the world has changed. Best-selling author Seth Godin has written two posts on this. One is six years old. The other is five years old. But they might be more relevant now than ever. More

Newspapers, paywalls and core users
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This may be the year where newspapers finally drop the idea of treating all news as a product, and all readers as customers. One early sign of this shift was the 2010 launch of paywalls for the London Times and Sunday Times. These involved no new strategy; however, the newspaper world was finally willing to regard them as real test of whether general-interest papers could induce a critical mass of readers to pay. More

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How to avoid 10 common conference mistakes that writers make
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Writers drop precious money — not to mention writing time — on conferences every year, which makes it doubly disturbing that so many of us fall prey to innocent mistakes that can keep us from getting the most out of them. So we asked 10 conference organizers to share the pitfalls they most often see writers tumbling into — and how to avoid them. More

Giant weed creates threat to ecosystems, border security
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Weed control has become a matter of national security. Along U.S. southern coastal rivers, most particularly Texas' Rio Grande, an invasive species of plant known as giant reed is encroaching on the water, overrunning international border access roads and creating a dense cover for illegal activities. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has called for a plan to control this weed. More

Pest management lessons for 2012
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One of the most rewarding — yet challenging — aspects of farming is that you're always learning. In 2011, higher soybean prices put a twist on soybean insect and disease control. "With $14 soybeans, versus $6, you have to look at things differently," advises Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie. More


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