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Kindle To Go Touch-Screen?

New York Times | NICK BILTON and BRAD STONE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In a sign that Amazon wants to upgrade its Kindle e-reader to compete head-on with the Apple iPad, Amazon has acquired Touchco, a start-up based in Ne...

'Empathic Civilization' Excerpt: Homo-Empathicus, The Big Story That Historians Missed

The Huffington Post | Jeremy Rifkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The following is an excerpt from the HuffPost book club pick for February, Jeremy Rifkin's "The Empathic Civilization". Historians, by and large, wri...

Tomas Eloy Martinez Dead: Argentinian Author Dies At 75

The Washington Post | Emma Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Tomás Eloy Martínez, 75, an Argentine journalist and novelist who wrote two international bestsellers about former Argentine president Juan Domingo ...

Amazon Takes On Self-Published Books, Gives New Life To The Overlooked

USA Today | Bob Minzesheimer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Amazon vice president Jeff Belle says the company's first venture into traditional publishing "identifies great books that we think have been overlook...

Economic Recovery Will Fail Without Our Trust

Jeremy Rifkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeremy Rifkin

Only recently, in the wake of the disastrous downturn of the global economy have some economists begun to turn their attention to the role social trust plays in providing the foundation for commerce and trade.

"Dirty Water" and Unintended Consequences: When Doing the Right Thing Spawns Another Right Thing

Bill Sharpsteen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Bill Sharpsteen

If nothing else, the city should have remembered Howard Bennett for the several billions of dollars it was forced to spend on its aging sewage treatment plant.

Top 10 Stepmothers In Literature

The Guardian | Sam Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"Stepmothers get what can only be called a "bum rap" in literature. From Snow White and Cinderella to Tolstoy to Judy Blume, whenever fiction needs a ...

Why "Marry Mr. Good-Enough" is Dark Ages Nonsense in a Modern Disguise

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lesley M. M. Blume

Ms. Gottlieb argues that we're here to procreate -- in an unhappy union with a mismatched partner, if need be; below, Lesley M. M. Blume begs to differ.

Lauren Conrad On New Book 'Sweet Little Lies' And Heidi's Plastic Surgery (VIDEO)

abcnews.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Lauren Conrad's new book for teens, "Sweet Little Lies," is out today, and Lauren was on Good Morning America to talk about life as an author and tran...

Reimagining Books for the 21st Century

Daniel Lubetzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Daniel Lubetzky

It is quite conceivable that multimedia forms will reinvent how we do storytelling and how we provide information. Why assume that a linear story is best?

Amazon to E-Book Publishers: Change or Die

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Leonce Gaiter

The publishing industry can remove the barricades against digital progress, or see their house implode. The choice is theirs.

My Book on Acid

Don Lattin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Don Lattin

You never know who will show up or what to expect when you face the folding chairs and start reading from your new book. Especially when the book you just wrote is all about LSD.

Textbook Publishers Begin To Adapt Textbooks For The iPad

The Wall Street Journal | JEFFREY A. TRACHTENBERG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Major textbook publishers have struck deals with software company ScrollMotion Inc. to adapt their textbooks for the electronic page, as the industry ...

Classic Literature That Should Be Video Games

ew.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Abandon all hope ye who enter the secret code to Level 9. The first part of Dante Alighieri's pre-Renaissance masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, has been...

Andrew Young Is No J.D. Salinger

The Washington Post | Kathleen Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

[H]ow far we have come from the days of admiring a reclusive writer who sought shelter from the corrosive effects of fame to celebrating a typist -- a...

John Scalzi Calls For

whatever.scalzi.com | John Scalzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

[R]ather than focus on what should happen to Amazon or Macmillan, here's an idea, and here's my point: let's us focus on the writers, who are getting ...

Stephen Colbert On J.D. Salinger: 'I Am Calling Bullsh*t On This Salinger Guy' (VIDEO)

Comedy Central | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Stephen Colbert paid tribute last night to legendary author J.D. Salinger, who passed away last week. He had scholar and critic Henry Allen on the sho...

Barnes & Noble Takeover? Investor Ron Burkle

BusinessWeek | Mark Clothier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Barnes & Noble Inc. rose 9.3 percent in New York trading after the bookseller's largest outside shareholder, Ron Burkle, asked it to waive a provision...

Oscar Nominees: The Literary Side Of The Movies

Los Angeles Times | Carolyn Kellogg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Several films nominated for best picture this year are based on books, which might be a literary accomplishment if there weren't so many darned pictur...

Heartbreak in Post-War Jaffna

Adele Barker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Adele Barker

The stories I hear in Jaffa are heart wrenching. They hide behind the surfeit of activity that define the surface of this town. Underneath there are stories that are not fathomable.

Nazi Doctor's Diary Up For Sale

Telegraph | Allan Hall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Nazi memorabilia collectors are expected to push the price for the diary and letters of the "Angel of Death" responsible for thousands of murders at A...

A Jobless Recovery... And A Jobless Future?

Martin Ford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Martin Ford

Jobs are disappearing, and we'll have to somehow adapt to that. In the long run, this means embracing a solution that likely involves some form of job sharing and income supplementation for most.

Happy Black History Month, And Guess Who's Guest Editing?

Baratunde Thurston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Baratunde Thurston

Really though, I just look forward to recommending Dick Gregory's book "Nigger". I want to make white people buy, but not reference out loud, a book called "Nigger".

Will Tomorrow's Generation Lose Something in This Computer Age?

Carol Hoenig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Carol Hoenig

Books, for me, have always been something to embrace and cherish, and I cannot imagine having the same reaction with an electronic reader.

Cat Predicts Deaths At Steere House Nursing Home In Rhode Island

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

A cat can predict deaths at a nursing home in Rhode Island, according to a new book by scientist Dr. David Dosa. The book, "Making Rounds With Osca...