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Amazon's mobile ambitions grow
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article Inc. plans to expand its mobile platform and broaden its offering of devices beyond e-readers and the Kindle Fire tablet, analysts, developers and retail partners said ahead of results next week from the world's largest Internet retailer. Amazon is to introduce up to five or six tablet SKUs, or stock-keeping units, according to Demos Parneros, president of U.S. Retail for Staples Inc., which sells the Fire. More

Help the GWAF and get a chance for a prize
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Make a donation to support student scholarships and Plant A Row for the Hungry by the Garden Writers Association Foundation and have your name entered to win one of these great items! Drawing will take place at the Annual Awards Banquet. More

12 essential social media cheat sheets
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Getting around a social media site is not always easy. For some users, it's a matter of getting used to social media. For others, the issue is keeping up with constant updates and changes to features, privacy settings and account specifications. This, of course, is why social media cheat sheets exist. Cheat sheets are basically infographics that can give a user a simple rundown of various features and how to use them. More

Region I registration deadline for Maine is July 28
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Sign-up for the Region I meeting and visit to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens to be held Friday, Aug. 10. "The Gardens" offers spectacular displays, including a kitchen garden, rose and perennial gardens, meditation garden, garden of the five senses, a children's garden, native gardens, woodland and other plantings too numerous to mention. There are many wonderful optional destinations suggested for those who want to come early and/or stay longer. Registration deadline is July 28. 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

Self-publishing comes of age
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It's hard to say so soon after the news of the Pearson deal exactly what it means, but here are some top-of-mind initial observations. By spending more than $116 million buying Author Solutions, Penguin is lending massive credibility to the self-publishing market — it is perhaps the day self-publishing came of age. The valuation marks another landmark, too, given the business had revenues of approximately $100 million last year. More

GWA Region V to meet at IGC
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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. Registration closes Aug. 8. More

DoJ rejects B&N/Authors Guild objections to settlement
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The Department of Justice has rejected objections raised by the public to its proposed settlement with HarperCollins, Hachette and Simon & Schuster over alleged e-book pricing collusion and the agency model. Bookseller Barnes & Noble, American author association the Authors Guild and a group of U.S. independent publishers including Grove/Atlantic and Perseus had been among those to lodge complaints. More

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The bookless library
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They are, in their very different ways, monuments of American civilization. The first is a building: a grand, beautiful Beaux-Arts structure of marble and stone occupying two blocks' worth of Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan. The second is a delicate concoction of metal, plastic and glass, just four and a half inches long, barely a third of an inch thick, and weighing five ounces. More

Why Amazon shouldn't be in the hardware business
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From Ben Bajarin: Why should Amazon be in the hardware business? Initially I thought the idea made a lot of sense. What I expected with the Kindle Fire tablet was that it would be the best possible implementation of software, hardware and Amazon's retail services — both physical-retail and digital-media sales. However, the Kindle Fire was not a better tablet for doing any of those things. More

Pushing the business of books into the limelight
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The writing industry has always attracted an audience, people keen to understand writing through discussion and to store up information for a potential career, traditionally found at lectures by agents and on residential courses. The digital shift, however, seems to have created a similar fringe for the business of publishing. At the Hay Literary Festival, hundreds of festival goers were prepared to crowd into a cold tent just to understand exactly what is going on in publishing. More

How journalists can develop digital skills, be more innovative online
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In this week's career chat, Miranda Mulligan, the new executive director of the Knight News Innovation Lab at Northwestern University, talked about emerging careers for journalists. Mulligan, who just started her new job this week, previously worked as digital design director at, and was a multimedia presentation artist and a news graphic artist. More

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Zite adds LA Times, Chicago Tribune, others to its publishers program
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Personalized reading app Zite is adding more publishers to its three-month-old ZitePublisher program. The Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Hearst's Harper’s Bazaar, the International Business Times, Entrepreneur magazine, Macworld and PC World magazines, and tech blogs TechHive and Cult of Mac are joining the program and will have their own sections within Zite. More

Can critiques be useful before a draft is complete?
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Q: Is it a good idea to get feedback before you've finished a first draft, or should you wait until it's completed?
A: Getting feedback on your work can be helpful at any stage of the writing process (even if you haven't written anything yet and are just kicking around an idea). Whether or not you've finished your manuscript matters little when seeking advice on how to improve it.

Secret garden one of several near Maine's Acadia preserving designer's legacy
The Associated Press via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Some of Maine's most popular destinations are located on Mount Desert Island, including Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. But the island is also home to several remarkable gardens, all connected to the renowned landscape architect Beatrix Farrand, whose philosophy of garden design emphasized native plants and using natural landscapes to define outdoor spaces. More

Symposium flyer correction
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The recent information flyer for the 64th GWA Symposium listed the hotel reservation phone number incorrectly. The number is 1.800.937.8461. More


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