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E-book prices get slashed
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The book world is discovering the 99-cent special. Nearly two years after book publishers forced a sharp increase in the price of newly released e-books, a new low-price trend is emerging. A growing number of publishers are experimenting with 99-cent temporary prices on e-books, in hopes of persuading readers to sample a wider range of authors. 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

GWA Training Guide #8: Creating Compelling Videos
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The latest in the Working The Web training guides is now available. Creating Compelling Videos is written by Jean Ann Van Krevelen at White Willow Media to assist members in venturing into the new Internet video medium. Download your free copy. More

Tablet and e-reader sales soar
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There was no must-have toy of Christmas 2011 — for youngsters, anyway. For adults, tablet computers and e-readers were the gifts of choice, judging by a new report that indicates the number of adults in the United States who own tablets and e-readers nearly doubled from mid-December to early January. The report confirms what book publishers say they have experienced in the last few weeks: a big jump in e-book sales after the holidays. More

Final call for awards entries
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The final deadline for GWA Media Awards entries is Jan. 31. Be sure to have your submissions postmarked by that date. Visit the GWA website for further details. 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

E-book bummer? Growth slower than thought
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The year 2011 is widely perceived as a year of outrageous e-book growth, but some new research suggests otherwise. According to new data from Bowker and the Book Industry Study Group, the number of book buyers who also purchased an e-book increased by 17 percent in 2011, compared to 9 percent in 2010 — below the 25 to 30 percent growth that some had hoped for. More

Region II: The Du Pont Cultural Legacy, May 25
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Alfred I. duPont was a quintessential Victorian who lived well into the 20th century. His remarkable achievements contributed to the modern world and helped change the way we live. Nemours Mansion is the spectacular house that Alfred built for his wife in the late-18th-century French style she adored. The gardens at Nemours are the finest example in North America of a traditional French garden. More

Why a cheap iPad won't threaten Kindle Fire
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When it launched in November, Amazon's Kindle Fire was touted as the first tablet to seriously challenge Apple's iPad. Costing just $200, the Fire seriously undercuts Apple's iPad pricing, yet grants access to a robust digital ecosystem full of books, music, video and other downloadable content. Thus was established an irresistible storyline that pits Amazon versus Apple in a zero-sum war of tablet market dominance. More

GWA Honors nominations extended to Jan. 31
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The deadline for nominations for members to recognize the achievements of their peers with a 2012 Honors nomination has been extended to Jan. 31. To honor individuals who have made a significant contribution to the GWA objectives, please complete the nomination form on the website. More

Got Centaurea? You bet your Bluets we do.
And not your grandma’s varieties either. We’re talking glorious purples and ethereal bicolors that also stand up to cold and not-so-ideal conditions. Here are two from Blooms of Bressingham® for your growing pleasure: ‘Amethyst Dream’ with deep purple flowers on soft silver foliage, and ‘Amethyst in Snow’ with snow white flowers and royal purple centers over handsome silver-green foliage. Unique, striking, sturdy and hardy. Can’t beat them.

Learning some things at ABA's Winter Institute
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There is data and anecdata that suggest that we'll look back on 2011 as a year when the hockey-stick-like ebook growth slowed. ("Plateaued" would be too strong a word.) We may learn that even the Christmas devices-as-gifts effect on e-book sales wasn't as strong this year as in years past because many of the "new" devices are actually "replacements," which won't spark the same sort of pipeline-filling buying spree that is apparently set off when people get their first e-reader. More

3 important questions about digital that nobody is asking
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We've started a new quarter, everyone is fresh and back from over-indulging, our customers are thankfully once again buying books, but there are questions, important questions and questions which need to be dragged out from under the rug and thrown into the open. More

Will's unorthodox pitch appeal to publishers?
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Today's feature story discusses an exciting and innovative new business,, which asks an author or publisher to accept a fixed sum of money from the public for the unlimited use of an e-book. A simple and profound idea. Authors are likely to be excited by's pitch. After all, the idea of receiving a fixed fee for the rights to a book is not foreign to them — it's what they do when they routinely sell rights to publishers. More

Apple jumps into textbooks
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Apple Inc., expanding its ambitions in education, joined the race to sell digital textbooks, hoping to get students to trade their book bag for an iPad. The electronics company unveiled a new version of its iBooks digital book store that supports textbooks featuring quizzes, note-taking, study cards and other features, like the ability to interact with a diagram of an ant. More

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How to write a best seller
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Of the billions of words of advice that writers have given writers over the centuries, a favorite is that of the French short-story virtuoso Guy de Maupassant, who needed only four: "Get black on white." A short stroll through the massive library of advice books for writers proves that if there's anything writers like more than writing, it's telling other people how to do it. But not surprisingly, no two writers ply their craft the same way. More

Consumers ready to spend again
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The mood about consumers was upbeat at Today's Garden Center's The Essential Buyer's Conference, which took place at AmericasMart in Atlanta and was sponsored by Demdaco. Keynote speaker Kelly Corcoran offered tips on trends for 2012. The most significant was that of consumer attitudes, since this colors all other trends. Consumers are tired of gloom and doom, Corcoran says. More

SunPatiens showing no signs of downy mildew
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Although downy mildew only affected Impatiens walleriana in parts of the Northeastern United States last year, its spread across much of Europe should serve as an indicator of what could come this spring or in the coming years here in the U.S. "The downy mildew issue has been devastating in Europe," says Mark Seguin, marketing manager at Sakata Seed America. "It's really unprecedented as far as the market impact it's had on Impatiens walleriana." More

Texas, USDA confirm citrus disease in San Juan orange grove
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The Texas Department of Agriculture said a case of citrus greening was confirmed in a commercial orange grove in San Juan, Texas. The case was also confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the Texas agency said in a statement. A portion of Hidalgo County was under temporary emergency quarantine, the agency said. More


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