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GWA Symposium registration now open
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Online registration for the 2012 GWA Symposium on Oct. 12-15 at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson, Ariz., is now open. The early registration discount extends to Aug. 8. Snail-mail symposium information is being distributed this week. To register online, visit the GWA website. More

What is the future of publishing?
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There has been a great deal of handwringing in the book publishing world for the last decade or so over what the Internet is going to do to traditional publishing. And in the last few years, experimentation has increased, with successful authors like Seth Godin bypassing traditional publishing, new ventures like NetMinds from Tim Sanders and team, and the explosion of various kinds of self-publishing. More

Region V meeting at IGC — registration deadline is Aug. 8
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Join fellow garden writers at Navy Pier in Chicago on Tuesday, Aug. 21, for opening day of the Independent Garden Center Show. IGC, one of the largest garden-related trade shows in the Midwest, boasts more than 1,000 vendor booths. See the newest products coming to market, hear inspiring speakers and network. More

As tablet race heats up, Apple may try smaller device
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The tech companies are at it again — trying to catch the blockbuster iPad in a race to win the tablet market. Google on Friday began shipping its Nexus 7, which is smaller and less expensive than Apple's iPad, and is meant to compete with both that device and Amazon's Kindle Fire. This summer, Microsoft announced that it would create its own tablet, Surface. And Amazon is working on a new version of the Kindle Fire, with a larger display, that could compete more directly with the iPad. 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

Region I to visit Coastal Garden of Maine — registration deadline is July 28
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Come see and photograph beautiful gardens of coastal Maine. Network with other garden communicators and enjoy magnificent Maine in August this summer! Our meeting and visit to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (132 Botanical Gardens Drive, Boothbay, Maine 04537) will be on Friday, and there are many wonderful optional destinations suggested for those who want to come early and/or stay longer. More

E-books remain tax evaders — for now
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Those who order "Fifty Shades of Grey" in paperback generally pay sales tax, but in most of the country the e-book version is tax free. That may soon change. Republican governors are gradually easing their longtime opposition to sales taxes on online purchases, The Wall Street Journal reported. This will push up the price for the wide variety of tangible goods sold on sites like (Amazon did not respond to requests for comment.) More

GWA Post Symposium Photography Workshop
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Top off your 2012 GWA Symposium experience with a special workshop on some of the most important business topics for photographers from beginners to working pros. Don't miss this all-day, five-part seminar concentrating on creating, storing, preparing, marketing and licensing photos in the garden and horticultural market as seen through the eyes and experience of GWA member and professional photographer Andrew Buchanan. All levels of photographers are welcome to take part in the workshop. 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

Kobo's Tamblyn: 'Publishers should experiment more'
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E-book sales in the U.S. are dominated by two companies that are thought to control about 90 percent of e-book market share: Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Kobo, an upstart from Canada, aims to change that. In the past two-and-a-half years since the company's launch, Kobo has built e-reading and tablet devices and launched its business in over a dozen countries. More

Electronic version of 2012-2013 GWA Directory available to members
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Click the graphic to the left to download a read-only PDF of the directory. More

Barnes & Noble introduces Nook for Web
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Bookseller Barnes & Noble is bringing its digital eReading platform Nook to the web, making eBooks available to read online. The platform lets Barnes & Noble customers access their Nook library from their browser. It works on Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer. To get people to try out the platform, the book retailer is making it really easy to access. More

Will Amazon take over the world?
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From their strongholds on the American West Coast, companies like Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon have used the Great Recession as an opportunity to think big, invest and take the world by storm with their products and services. All four of these firms' success is obviously and irrevocably linked to technology. But one of these companies — Amazon — is a tech company that is firmly rooted in the age-old industry of retail. 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

Scribd and the new era of the $10 textbook
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The traditional textbook publishing model, based on dead trees and middlemen, can force students to shell out hundreds of dollars for a stack of photocopies. Now, two law professors are showing how easy it can be for academics to offer an alternative at a fraction of the price. Eric Goldman and Rebecca Tushnet are both trademark experts and popular bloggers. This week, they offered a new package of course work called "Advertising and Marketing Law: Cases and Material" for sale on Scribd for just $10. More

Secrets of blog posts that get tons of comments
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From Joel Friedlander: When you're a new blogger, you dream of the time when readers will visit your blog and leave a comment. Isn't that true? You want the sign that someone has noticed, the social engagement, the "social proof" that your blog is worth stopping for. When I started this blog, the odd days when someone would leave a comment were wonderful, special. More

Garden myths: Sorting fact from fiction
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Does talking to plants really make them grow better? (Debatable.) Will adding sugar to the planting hole sweeten the tomatoes that grow there? (No.) Scientific studies debunk myths, such as "poinsettias are poisonous," and many gardening experts now include such findings when giving advice. We turned to a few to help sort fact from fiction. More

House Agriculture Committee passes Farm Bill
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Following debates and votes on 109 amendments, a process that took over 15 hours, the House Agriculture Committee voted to pass the Farm Bill out of Committee. The vote was 35 to 11. The next step in the House is unclear as it is possible that Speaker John Boehner may not even allow the bill to come up for a vote on the House floor. Boehner is no fan of farm subsidies. More


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