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Amazon trying to wring deep discounts from publishers
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The bad news came to McFarland & Co. in an email from The world's largest Internet retailer wanted better wholesale terms for the small publisher's books. Starting Jan. 1, 2012 — then only 19 days away — Amazon would buy the publisher's books at 45 percent off the cover price, roughly double its current price break. For McFarland, an independent publisher, Amazon's email presented a money-losing proposition. More

Region III announces May 24 meeting
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Join fellow GWA members for behind-the-scenes tours of Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, Rita Gabis Stroll Garden and Brincka-Cross Gardens. Hear award-winning blogger Carol Michel share what she's learned as the creator of one of the longest-running garden blogs. More

Sources: E-books settlement talks advancing
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The Justice Department could reach a settlement in the next few weeks with Apple and some of the major publishers suspected of colluding to push up electronic book prices, according to two people close to the negotiations. While negotiations are still fluid, the settlement is expected to eliminate Apple's so-called "most favored nation" status, which had prevented the publishers from selling lower-priced e-books through rival retailers such as or Barnes & Noble. More

Whose Berries? Man vs. Bird

You enjoy watching birds in your garden, until you see them eating your berries. Win the battle with Frost Protek plant covers. The same fabric used by commercial growers has been made into clever covers available to the home gardener. Great for birds, insects, and more, the covers are an ideal organic solution to pest problems. Covers quickly secure around shrubs, strawberry plants or containers. MORE

'Lets Talk Plants' video now available
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Join Melinda Myers and Nicholas Staddon as they interview a series of guests about new plant introductions. Learn about the hottest new plants you'll be able to write about this season and next. The guests will discuss regional appropriateness, best attributes and commercial viability of each plant. You'll love this marathon of exciting new plants. More

When books mattered
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One hundred years ago, the architect Ernest Flagg designed what might be thought of as the Apple store of its day: a sumptuous Beaux-Arts showcase for the retail business of Charles Scribner's Sons, book publishers. The Scribner's bookstore at 597 Fifth Avenue in New York, between 48th and 49th Streets, presented a generous glass front, enough to intrigue passersby but not enough to reveal all the treasures within. One had to go inside. 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

New task force profiles posted on website
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Visit the GWA Members Area to see the new task force profiles listed under "Committee/TF Info." More

How copyright protection makes books vanish
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A chart shows a distribution of 2,500 newly printed fiction books selected at random from Amazon's warehouses. What's so crazy is that there are just as many from the last decade as from the decade between 1910 and 1920. Why? Because beginning in 1923, most titles are copyrighted. Books from before 1923 tend to be in the public domain, and the result is that Amazon carries them — lots of them. More

Colorful and Sun Loving
NEW! Coreopsis verticillata ‘Sweet Marmalade’ has stunning blooms that open deep orange, then mellow to soft apricot yellow. Flowers bloom on and on June through September in full sun. A sport of Coreopsis 'Creme Brulee, another popular Blooms of Bressingham variety. USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 9. Prefers well-drained soils.

Vook launches e-book creation and publishing platform
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Vook is launching a new business with its Vook e-book creation and publishing platform, a comprehensive, cloud-based tool that allows authors and publishers to turn any document into a professionally styled e-book. Vook's platform then makes it easy to distribute the finished e-book to Amazon, iBooks and The platform also allows users to embed images, videos and other multimedia into e-books to create enhanced e-books. More

Kobo to become a publisher
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Canadian-based e-book seller Kobo is following in Amazon's footsteps and creating a publishing arm that will deal directly with authors. Kobo will roll out its program sometime next year, according to CEO Michael Serbinis. Like Amazon, which announced two weeks ago that it would be publishing 122 original titles this fall, Kobo will be offering complete publishing services for authors, including book editing and design. 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

All-you-can-read tablet magazines ... unless you have iPad or Kindle Fire
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Digital magazine joint venture Next Issue Media is going live with its long-delayed digital newsstand. Users will be able to read many popular magazines like People, Glamour, Real Simple and the New Yorker for a flat fee — if they have an Android tablet running 3.0 (Honeycomb) or later. For now, iPad and Kindle Fire users need not apply, though the company plans to submit an iPad app to Apple for approval in a few weeks. More

Why Amazon can't win a tablet price war against Google
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When you order something from Amazon, it comes in a box. Let's say you browse the website looking for a book, a wristwatch or a muffin pan. When you find the object of desire, you click an "Add to Cart" button. Amazon already has your credit card and address, so it's easy for you to buy and for them to sell. The cardboard box your item arrives in is the physical manifestation of Amazon's fulfillment of your order. More

Book marketing and publicity: Advice from 3 experts
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A smart marketing consultant can be the secret weapon in an author's campaign to market and promote a book. That's according to Adrienne Biggs, one of three experts interviewed for this post. Since not all authors are experienced or even comfortable selling themselves, professional consultants can help with customized marketing strategies to reach your targeted audience of eager readers. 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!

Free-lance writing: 10 tips to better interviews
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For a full-time freelancer, many of the most effective tactics for drawing out interviewees are not unlike those a counselor would use in talk therapy. Psychoanalytic methods can, in fact, improve the way we approach the interviewing process — and can help our sources come to life and really open up, too. With that in mind, here are 10 ways thinking like a therapist can lead to both better interviews and better stories. More

With low barriers to entry, creative economy will continue to grow
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The creative economy worldwide will continue to grow at 5 percent to 6 percent a year, driven by low barriers to entry for creators, who are growing in both number and the kinds of things they are creating. The number of people and the scope of the things they are doing that are being included in the creative economy is exploding, according to John Howkins, author of the book, "The Creative Economy: How People Make Money From Ideas." More

New-age vegetables a gateway to next gardening generation
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It's no surprise that most 20- and 30-something-year-olds aren't digging in the dirt quite like the 40-and-up crowd. They've got college debts to repay and less time on their hands than previous generations, as they're spending more time at work and setting aside less time for themselves. Costs are also a big concern for young people. The price of gas is soaring, and food prices are going up along with it. More


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