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Do e-books make it harder to remember what you just read?
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On many levels, e-books seem like better alternatives to textbooks — they can be easily updated and many formats allow readers to interact with the material more, with quizzes, video, audio and other multimedia to reinforce lessons. But some studies suggest that there may be significant advantages in printed books if your goal is to remember what you read long-term. More

Tools & Techniques for Effective Online Videos
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In our second release from the video recordings of the 2011 GWA Symposium, Kevin Gragg gives an excellent presentation on developing videos for on-line use. View this member exclusive session. More

Rascally Rabbits and Destructive Deer

Be it young seedlings or new growth on perennials, deer and rabbits just can't resist tender shoots. Help your plants off to a strong start with the protection of Frost Protek covers. Place the fabric covers over your potted plants or in-bed seedlings when new growth is vulnerable to nibbling critters. MORE

Publishers mount strategies to target e-book pirates    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As sales of electronic books and readers skyrocket, the threat of piracy and other copyright issues loom. Publishers are test-driving different litigation strategies to fight illegal downloads. They are also arguing in court that author contracts, some decades old, give them the exclusive rights to publish e-books. In 2007, there were 147,000 e-reader sales, compared with an estimated 18.7 million in 2011 and a projected 23 million this year. More

Exhibitor seniority period ended March 2
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The exclusive registration period for exhibitors with seniority ended March 2. That means 2011 Symposium exhibit booths for the Tucson meeting are now open to all interested parties. Reserve your booth now for the best garden media event of the year. More

Looking for an eye-popping container idea?

Coreopsis ‘Limerock Ruby’, ‘Limerock Passion’ and ‘Limerock Dream’ create a striking combination. The Limeorck series’ compact, uniform, and heavy flowering nature is unsurpassed for summer-long beauty into early fall. From Blooms of Bressingham.

ISBN for self-publishers: Answers to 20 questions
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ISBN is the unique numeric identifier that's used around the world to identify books. New self-publishers are often concerned with making sure their books are registered properly, that everything is done so that their book can be sold without any problems or confusion. Because this area is specific to the book business, there's a lot of confusion and misinformation about ISBN and how it works. More

Symposium sponsor opportunities narrow
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GWA thanks key industry companies for their early support of major symposium events. A variety of opportunities still exist; so, contact the GWA office to reserve your chance to spotlight your company or product with the leading gardening communicators at the 64th Annual Symposium in Tucson. 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

Citi: Top Kindle Fire activity: Reading e-books
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Analysts don't know how many Kindle Fires have been sold any more than you do. Sometimes, though, they do cool stuff like an analysis of their family's Amazon Prime usage — or, in the case of a new Citigroup report, a survey on Kindle usage and Prime membership. Some tidbits from Citi analyst Mark Mahaney's survey of more than 1,100 "U.S. Internet consumers." More

Plant A Row joins GRO1000 in San Francisco
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Garden Writers Association and Plant A Row for the Hungry joined with The City of San Francisco, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and the GRO1000 partners in the launch of an expanded community garden and food distribution operation in San Francisco's Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood. The installation of the expanded Quesada Gardens Initiative is part of the nationwide GRO1000 gardens and green spaces program. More

AzaMax is a concentrated all natural broad spectrum pest control, antifeedant and insect growth regulator, controls pests through starvation and growth disruption for a broad variety of plant applications. Effectively controls spider mites, thrips, fungus gnats, aphids, whiteflies, leaf miners, worms, beetles, leafhoppers, scales, mealy bugs, nematodes and other soil borne pests. Can be applied up to the time or day of harvest. more

Barnes & Noble Nook needs work if it's to go international
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An enlightening and frustrating evening in equal measure took place in London, where Barnes & Noble sponsored a Nook developer event and panel discussion on the state of the tablet market. The bookseller is definitely planning to launch its tablet outside of the U.S., but after a developer event in London that was very light on details, the takeaway from several app makers was that a lot more work needs to be done. More

ISPs to start policing copyright by July 1
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The country's largest Internet service providers haven't given up on the idea of becoming copyright cops. Last July, Comcast, Cablevision, Verizon, Time Warner Cable and other bandwidth providers announced that they had agreed to adopt policies designed to discourage customers from illegally downloading music, movies and software. Since then, the ISPs have been very quiet about their antipiracy measures. 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

New York Times cuts free article access by half
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The New York Times plans to cut the number of free articles non-subscribers can access each month by half, from 20 presently to just 10. The change takes effect in April. About a year ago, the newspaper site announced it would begin charging online readers for access to its stories and content accessed via and its spread of tablet and smartphone apps. At the time, and since, the site offered 20 free articles per month, even to non-subscribers. More

Chinese writers' group sues Apple
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A group of 22 Chinese authors have filed a claim against U.S. technology group Apple, alleging its App Store sells unlicensed copies of their books, Chinese state media reported. The group, the Writers Rights Alliance, petitioned Apple last year to stop electronic distribution of the writers' books and had earlier persuaded Baidu, China's largest search engine, to stop publishing their material on its Baidu Library product. More

GreenView® with GreenSmart® Specialty Fertilizers

Now there’s a smarter way to give your garden the nutrition it needs, with a unique fertilizer blend of conventional and organic fertilizer sources called GreenSmart. GreenView with GreenSmart sets the stage for exceptional performance, by providing plants the nutrients they need to thrive. Gardeners will quickly see the difference!

Incredible edible landscaping at the garden center
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Edible landscaping is a trend on par with succulents, terrariums and vertical gardening, which is to say that it's popular in the media, so your customers are curious about it. Rosalind Creasy introduced the concept with her 1982 book "Edible Landscaping," revised in 2010. The Edible Estates project by Fritz Haeg spawned a book by the same name in 2008. Ivette Soler published "The Edible Front Yard" in 2011. More

Saving IR-4 critical to greenhouse crop protection
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Think about the high-profile plant diseases growers are encountering these days — downy mildew on impatiens, boxwood blight — and what the consequences will be if garden centers don't have the appropriate products to protect those plants. If funding for the IR-4 Project is reduced or eliminated, as President Barack Obama's 2013 budget plan is currently designed, the list of crops growers no longer produce could grow longer. More


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