July 6, 2012 | Jon Simpson
Print is dead… or dying. So they say. The eBook revolution is upon us, but what does it mean? For many of us with our noses deep in our books, the arrival of eReaders and tablets, and the rapid growth of eReading, can be startling. Some folks are wary and others disinterested, while some have embraced the changes wholeheartedly. I suspect there are quite a few hanging back, waiting to see how things pan out.
July 2, 2012 | Bryan Trandem
In the world of publishing, there are two pieces of conventional wisdom when it comes to gardening books. First, it's believed that the folks who buy gardening books aren't particularly interested in e-books. (For the uninitiated, an e-book is a digital form that's read on an Amazon Fire, an Apple iPad, a Sony E-reader, and other similar devices.) The logic is that because gardening books are usually highly illustrated, 4-color books, consumers are more likely to prefer the print editions because paper and ink historically have displayed pages more attractively that any e-reader can.
June 30, 2012 | Billie Brownell
Gretchen Rubin, who wrote the great book The Happiness Project, regularly posts questions on her website and Facebook page to engage readers. Rubin then invites readers/followers to respond. Although the specific question is not clear in my memory, I vividly recall the underlying premise of the answering post, which had to do with "the Power of AND."
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June 25, 2012 | Billie Brownell
I once had to explain the definition of "aphorism" to someone; I was a little surprised by that, as I have several favorites. An aphorism is a general truth or astute observation. One of the most famous probably is, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." – Lord Acton.
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June 20, 2012 | Billie Brownell
When I was growing up, I was a loyal reader of Rolling Stone magazine. There was certainly nothing like it anywhere else—and there still isn't. Not only does it definitively cover music, but its investigative journalism, political coverage, award-winning photography, and thought-provoking interviews are fascinating. I've since stopped subscribing, but it was amazing. It was my first exposure to great writing.