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The Reading Renaissance
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Satan in Seattle, as the walking wounded of the book business describe, continues to expand from the shores of Lake Union, with nearly a dozen new office buildings housing the global nerve center of earth's largest online retailer. By contrast, a few miles away is lovely old Town Hall, a sanctuary for the written word. More

Final call for May 24 Region III meeting at Taltree; registration closes May 14
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This week is the final chance for members to sign up for the Region III meeting at Taltree. Tour Taltree's award-winning Railway Garden, Hitz Family Rose Garden, Meyer Memorial Pavilion Garden and Native Plant Garden, with an opportunity to visit Oak Islands, a display of oaks from around the world and associated understory plants. Hear Carol Michel tell her secrets for blogging success. More

How to self-publish an e-book
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Like many new writers, Deborah Reed started by pitching her two novels to traditional publishers. After one particular rejection, she told her agent to stop bothering. The publisher's representative said that she enjoyed Reed's thriller, "A Small Fortune," but already had a novel that fit the same genre. ... A decade ago, the story probably would have ended here. 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

GRO1000 expands healthy food options in Corpus Christi
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The Garden Writers Association and Plant A Row for the Hungry joined with The City of Corpus Christi, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and the GRO1000 partners in the dedication of The EDGE Garden at Lindale Park that will focus on producing locally grown and healthy food options for area residents. Mayor Joe Adame led the dedication that kicked off his strategic plan for community gardening set forth in the City's recently compiled Integrated Community Sustainability Plan. See slide show. More

It doesn't matter what e-books cost to make
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Book publishers are trying hard to defend the pricing of e-books — perhaps in part because they've been accused by the Justice Department of rigging prices to keep them artificially high — by arguing that it costs a lot more than most people think to produce the electronic version of a book. But as author Chuck Wendig notes, what e-books cost to manufacture or distribute is irrelevant to everyone but the publishers themselves. 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

Awesome Annuals video now available
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Join Barbara Wise and Pamela Bennett as they highlight new, cutting-edge annuals and ways to "repurpose" some old favorites. Learn how to help the gardener make wise choices by teaching them where those plants thrive. This presentation will also cover the top varieties and their performance under minimum maintenance standards. More

You really don't want to drop the new Nook Simple Touch
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From Kyle Wagner: The Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight is an excellent e-reader. It's the best, actually. But it's not indestructible. And with new features like a frontlit display, there are new things that can go wrong. Like the frightful little light tunnel that popped up after I scratched the new Nook's screen all to hell. The gash happened after I accidentally dropped a remote control about six inches onto the screen. More

Study analyzes local markets, media consumption of gardening homeowners
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As spring continues to blossom, a new study from local market consumer research firm Scarborough reveals that of the nearly 164 million homeowners in the United States, nearly half (49 percent) gardened in the past 12 months. 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

Almost all publishers have seen e-booksellers get metadata wrong
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Imagine if when a book hit Barnes & Noble store shelves, it had a different cover than when the proof left the publisher. That's what nearly all publishers are experiencing with their e-books, but in a digital way. According to an upcoming study from the Book Industry Study Group set to come out in a month, 95 percent of publishers have had the experience of creating their e-books with one set of metadata and seeing an altered set of metadata at the point of sale. More

Are publishers waking up from their dream about apps?
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When Apple's iPad arrived on the scene in 2010, many magazine and newspaper publishers saw it as a gift from the gods: a chance to turn back the clock and convince consumers to pay for their content in a new form. But for many, that dream has given way to the cruel reality that apps are at best a stop-gap measure, not a dramatic new business model. More

Finding time for blogging
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From Joel Friedlander: The faces looking at me were excited but a little concerned. I had just finished a presentation on how blogging can be an amazing weapon in your book marketing arsenal, the remarkable effects you can achieve by just investing your time and almost no money. It was question-and-answer time, and the first question showed where that concern was coming from. More

Organic Preen Garden Weed Preventer

Now there's an organic pre-emergent perfect for vegetable gardens. Organic Preen is made of 100% corn gluten formed into granules for easy application. Research at Iowa State University found that corn gluten has properties that prevent seeds from germinating for up to four weeks, making it an effective organic pre-emergent. MORE

Publishers keep passing the open windows
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The publication of the latest e-book and physical book numbers show how far the publishing industry has gone in a short period of time, where it is going, but sadly not how to get there. The unvarnished truth is that e-books are keeping our heads above water, but the pace of change is also hindering our capacity to swim. More

Does sustainable matter to gardeners?
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This past winter, the Garden Writers Association surveyed consumers about their attitudes and actions regarding sustainable gardening. What, exactly, do gardeners see as sustainable gardening? Growing edibles (66 percent), reducing use of chemicals (58 percent), reducing or eliminating watering the lawn (53 percent), using organic products or methods instead of chemical fertilizer (48 percent) and creating habitats for insects, birds and wildlife (52 percent). More

Gardeners can have their gardens and eat them, too
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Do garden center customers ask for "edible" plants? Maybe not. But we're willing to bet they want "herbs" or "salads" or "colorful veggies" to add to their backyard bounty. No matter what they're called (let's just agree to use "edibles," at least for the time being), these bountiful plants have quickly become a staple in home gardens. More


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