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Size doesn't matter in publishing
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The announcement of a proposed merger between Random House and Penguin publishers has generated quite a stir, because it would create the largest publisher in America. Many people believe that this merger is meant to give the two publishers increased leverage to negotiate book prices and financial terms with Amazon. However, in the publishing industry, size doesn't matter. More

GWA Social Media Special Interest Group meets Nov. 8
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The task force developing a pilot program for a GWA Social Media SIG will hold a planning teleconference on Nov. 8 to outline SIG development and opportunities. See details. More

Booksellers resisting Amazon's disruption
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Amazon prides itself on unraveling the established order. This fall, signs of Amazon-inspired disruption are everywhere. There is the slow-motion crackup of electronics showroom Best Buy. There is Amazon's rumored entry into the wine business, which is already agitating competitors. And there is the merger of Random House and Penguin, an effort to create a mega-publisher sufficiently hefty to negotiate with the retailer on equal terms. More

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California Pack Trial Tour for garden writers
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The California Spring Pack Trials are a special preview for garden plants for 2013. The GWA Foundation and Travel Concepts have joined to produce the first official tour of spring plant trials for garden communicators in over 20 years. Take a look at this unique opportunity. More

LA indie book publishers are thriving: How is that possible?
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Starting a book publishing house in today's economic climate, Anthony Berryman acknowledges, was "insane." He admits, "From a business perspective, it was never a thought that I was going to be a book publisher. I'm a high school teacher. That's what I do." But start a publishing house is just what he did. More

Earth Books seeks gardening proposals
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Earth Books, an imprint of John Hunt Publishing, is seeking proposals for gardening books on sustainable ways of living; including green parenting, gardening, cooking and natural building. They also look at ecology, conservation and aspects of environmental science, including green energy. More

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A day with 'the real' iPad: Why the mini will be big
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Apple's iPad business has been a huge success since launching 2.5 years ago, selling more than 100 million tablets and generating about $60 billion in revenue. Now, with the new iPad mini in the picture — it launched last Friday in 34 countries, and "practically" sold out over the weekend — Apple's iPad sales are likely set to accelerate. More

GWA Foundation Scholarship deadline Dec. 3
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The GWA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable subsidiary of the Garden Writers Association, has committed funding to provide financial assistance to deserving students for the SPRING TERM 2013. Students must be enrolled in either of two categories. More

Amazon to win EU e-book pricing tussle with Apple
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European Union regulators are to end an antitrust probe into e-book prices by accepting an offer by Apple and four publishers to ease price restrictions on Amazon, two sources said. That decision would hand online retailer Amazon a victory in its attempt to sell e-books cheaper than rivals in the fast-growing market publishers hope will boost revenue and increase customer numbers. More

Stop the presses — the end of the printed dictionary
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Umberto Eco recently argued that "The book is like the spoon, the hammer, the wheel. Once invented, it cannot be improved." But dictionaries are different from other books. Like maps and encyclopedias — but unlike novels or newspapers — dictionaries are things you consult (while you're doing something else) rather than things you read. For any kind of reference inquiry, the book really can be improved upon. More

Author: Even if I sell a million Kindle books, some people will call it a failure
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Tim Ferriss — the bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek and The 4-Hour Body, both published by Random House's Crown imprint — was the first author to sign up with Amazon's New York publishing imprint, headed by publishing industry vet Larry Kirshbaum. Amazon will release Ferriss's book on Nov. 20, amid media coverage that the company probably isn't thrilled about. More

Why garden? Master Gardeners offer a Top 10 list
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From Dale Elliott: Maybe there are as many reasons to plant a garden as there are people on earth (7 billion and counting.) Maybe as many as there are insects on earth. Maybe not. Anyway, there's a bunch of good reasons. As of today, here's my Top Ten List. More

Noxious weed fuels green-energy debate
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In the race to convert crops into energy, all eyes are on giant reed, a fast-growing and hardy grass species found throughout Texas and the southern United States. Yet, the very qualities that make the species, also known as arundo donax, attractive to the federal government as a renewable fuel source make it a noxious weed, capable of choking native plants, clogging rivers and streams and draining wetlands. More


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