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The bookstore's last stand
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In March 2009, an eternity ago in Silicon Valley, a small team of engineers was in a big hurry to rethink the future of books. Not the paper-and-ink books that have been around since the days of Gutenberg, the ones that the doomsayers proclaim will go the way of vinyl records. No, the engineers were instead fixated on the forces that are upending the way books are published, sold, bought and read: e-books and e-readers. More

Poseidon 43 - Hybrid Tomato

What makes a great tomato? In parts of Asia pink tomatoes are are considered the best, as pink tomatoes are typically sweet to the taste with low acid levels. If you are looking for a mild tomato, this pink tomato is sure to please.

Region I: English Gardens and Organic Practices in Litchfield County
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Come and enjoy a June day in Litchfield County, Conn., exploring unique English-style gardens and learning about organic gardening in theory and practice. The program starts at the historic Bellamy-Ferriday House and Gardens in Bethlehem with a talk by Bill Duesing, Executive Director of NOFA (Northeast Organic Farmers Association). More

Analyst estimates Amazon has sold 6 million Kindle Fires
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Given Amazon's reluctance to disclose hard numbers regarding the number of Kindles it has sold and the interest in the Kindle Fire as a tablet competitor, we're left with estimates that hopefully used some sort of scientific method. One Wall Street analyst thinks he has a number. Stifel Nicolas' Jordan Rohan put out a research note with an estimate that Amazon sold 6 million Kindle Fires during the holiday season. More

Can We Plant Yet??

Much as we'd like to, it may not be time yet for most of us. But when it comes time to put tender seedlings outside, be prepared to help them withstand any remaining cold weather. Frost Protek plant covers provide an ideal and inexpensive greenhouse for your seedlings. MORE

Region VI to meet at Yard, Garden & Patio Show
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Join fellow Region VI members for a meet-and-greet networking event on Feb. 17 at the Oregon Convention Center in Wilsonville, Ore. More

The economics of e-books
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A quick Google search on "economics of e-books" will result in a mix of articles either espousing gloom and doom for the book publishing industry, or discussing the unfairness of e-book pricing. Most of the discussion focuses on comparing e-books to printed books. This is not a valid comparison because the economics are completely different. More

How Does Your Garden Grow?
DK has invaluable tips and insight for every gardener, whether a novice or expert. From picking the right garden design and plants to gardening in containers and planting the perfect kitchen garden, our books are authoritative, practical, essential guides for every green thumb. Click here to get growing.

Think before you Tweet, and other good advice from experts
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Officially, Sree Sreenivasan is the dean of student affairs and a professor at Columbia University's Journalism School, but for many he is the curator of Sree's Tips, a Tumblr blog crammed with how-to social media information, as well as a leading figure in the social media movement. This past weekend he was also the point person for Columbia's Social Media Weekend in New York. More

The secret to becoming a successful writer
Anne R. Allen's Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The secret to becoming a successful writer is not learning to write one perfect book. It's learning to write as many good books as you can. So once you've got the nuts and bolts down, stop obsessing and write another book. More

A crowdfunded approach to setting e-books free
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What do "To Kill A Mockingbird," "A Wrinkle in Time" and the "Little House on the Prairie" series have in common, besides being beloved? None of them are available legally as e-books. A new site,, aims to make these and other e-books available to the public (and in libraries), as DRM-free Creative Commons works, via crowdfunding. More

NEW for 2012 - Campanula 'Blue Rivulet'

With prolific, long-flowering star-shaped flowers, ‘Blue Rivulet’ has a spreading habit that’s more compact than C. Blue Waterfall. That makes it perfect for use in smaller gardens and a very interesting addition to combination planters. It’s also terrific for use as a colorful groundcover, in the front of the border and rock gardens. From Blooms of Bressingham®.

How Amazon's KDP Select saved a book
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Here is the deal with Amazon's KDP Select Program: In exchange for providing Amazon a 90-day exclusive, authors get their book(s) listed with the Lending Library, which allows Prime members to borrow books electronically. Second, authors are able to run free promos: For each 90-day period enrolled in Select, an author can make the book available for free for up to five days. More

Should you read reviews?
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No matter where you are in your career, it's painful to read a negative review. Painful, and counterproductive. The problem is, they're inevitable, if you're writing the way you should be. You must be fully yourself in your writing if you want to reach the people you're meant to reach. So, someone's going to disike you. It's a fact. An unpleasant, painful fact. More

Looking for the 50 percent solution
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E-books and other forms of digital content are transforming all aspects of the book publishing industry. While the transition from print to digital is not moving at the same pace for all segments, within five years it is generally believed that e-book sales will account for about half of trade revenues. With that in mind, PW asked nine executives to tell us how their company is preparing for that eventuality. More

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Kobo exec bemoans 'unlevel playing field'
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If Canadians can buy digital books without paying sales taxes, Canadian e-book providers face a slippery slope, a Kobo Inc. executive says. Daniel Budlovsky, Kobo's vice president of finance, was responding to an observation that Quebec residents who buy e-books from his company pay about 15 percent in taxes, while their neighbors, who buy through industry giant, pay no taxes. More

PHS Invites GWA for NYC Media Event
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For 24 hours, the screening room at New York's Eventi Hotel (6th Ave. and 30th St.) will be transformed into a garden paradise. Come for a quick escape; leave with a handful of great story ideas. This one-day transformation is led by the team that created Millennium Park in Chicago; landscaped Disney and increased overnight visitation to Philadelphia by 66 percent in the past 15 years — so you know it will be spectacular. They're here to give you an ephemeral glimpse of the Philadelphia International Flower Show (March 4-11) themed, Hawaii: Islands of Aloha, and to tell you about a dozen other intriguing Philadelphia stories, many with ties to nature. More

New USDA zone map unveiled
American Nurseryman (blog)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released the new version of its Plant Hardiness Zone Map, updating a useful tool for gardeners and researchers for the first time since 1990 with greater accuracy and detail. The new map — jointly developed by USDA's Agricultural Research Service and Oregon State University's PRISM Climate Group — is available online at ARS is the chief intramural scientific research agency of USDA. More


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