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Bullet Proof Books? Electric Literature Shoots Books With A Gun (VIDEO)

(3) Comments | Posted January 3, 2011 | 12:14 PM

"Can a book save your life?" Asked Tom Shillue, spokesperson for the online literary sensation Electric Literature, in a new promotional video released today. In the video, the Electric Lit team literally shoots various books from 2010 with a handgun to see which would best halt a speeding...

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Michiko Kakutani Writes Review As Brian The Dog From 'Family Guy' (POLL)

(13) Comments | Posted December 7, 2010 | 2:15 PM

The New York Times lead critic Michiko Kakutani made a splash on the internet this morning by publishing a review of Andrew O'Hagan's new book "The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe" in the voice of Brian the dog from the...

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Google eBooks Takes Cue From Twitter With 'Whale Fail'

(2) Comments | Posted December 7, 2010 | 11:34 AM

On its newly launched eBook service, Google featured an error page with a picture of a sailor and a whale with text that reads:

"Whale Fail. Google Books is having trouble finding that page."

The image seems to pay homage to the infamous Twitter fail whale,...

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Google eBooks: Just How Revolutionary Is It? (VIDEO)

(8) Comments | Posted December 6, 2010 | 12:58 PM

Google launched its foray into the publishing market today with Google eBooks, a comprehensive online shopping service that allows users to purchase digital books and then read them across multiple platforms, such as the Nook, iPad and personal computer.

Google stated this morning on its official...

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Steve Martin At The 92 St. Y: Book Talk Leads To Ticket Refunds!

(153) Comments | Posted December 5, 2010 | 1:38 PM

Steve Martin learned Monday night that when a comedian talks about his book, nobody laughs. Or cares.

On Nov. 29 Martin spoke with the New York Times columnist Deborah Solomon at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. Mid-way through the discussion a Y employee brought Solomon a note that directed...

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President Obama Publishes Children's Book

(88) Comments | Posted November 16, 2010 | 2:10 PM

Barack Obama's first children's book, Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters published today by Random House, features words exactly as you would expect them to be from the president: rhythmic, semi-poetic and inspirational, if not just a bit sappy. The illustrations by Loren Long, however, exceed all...

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Color eBook Worth All The Fuss? Sources And Readers Mixed About True Impact Of eReaders

(28) Comments | Posted November 9, 2010 | 12:20 PM

News broke this week that Isabella Products Inc., in conjunction with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, would target children next year with the release of a color eReader called Fable. The announcement coincided with similar news from the Chinese company Hanvon Technology, which will release color E Ink...

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Stephen Colbert And Maira Kalman: Abraham Lincoln Is 'My Man,' 'Would Be The Most Incredible Boyfriend' (VIDEO)

(4) Comments | Posted October 29, 2010 | 1:11 PM

Stephen Colbert told author and illustrator Maira Kalman last night on his show, "I love this book because unlike a lot of the authors I have on the show, who just jam their book full of words like it's a contest or something, you have so many beautiful...

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MAD's Great Artist Sergio Aragones Celebrates Five Decades Of Amazing Work

(14) Comments | Posted October 28, 2010 | 7:17 AM

In 1963, Sergio Aragonés published his debut comic in MAD Magazine: "A MAD Look At The US Space Effort," which spoofed the space race craze, while also capturing what would become the artist's trademark style of relating everyday people and common situations through goofy humor. Since then, Aragonés has produced...

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Nobel Prize In Literature 2010: Peruvian Author Mario Vargas Llosa Wins

(172) Comments | Posted October 7, 2010 | 7:00 AM

Mario Vargas Llosa is the recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature, the Nobel Committee announced this morning from the Swedish Academy in Stockholm, Sweden. And he wasn't on the lists of favorites.

Since 1901, the Nobel Committee has honored outstanding individuals in the fields of science, peace...

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The 7 Best Books From Nobel Prize Winners Who Didn't Win Their Medal For Literature (PHOTOS)

(29) Comments | Posted October 5, 2010 | 3:00 PM

Orhan Pamuk, Toni Morrison, Seamus Heaney, Saul Bellow, Pablo Neruda ... all great authors honored by the Nobel Committee with a Nobel Prize in Literature.

But the winners of the Nobel for Literature aren't the only Nobel laureates to have written books. From Nelson Mandela to Elie Wiesel, winners...

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'Drawn In Brooklyn' At The Brooklyn Public Library: Picture Book Authors Talk About Inspiration

(1) Comments | Posted September 29, 2010 | 2:39 AM

Where does inspiration come from?

The prompt itself sounds like a would-be children's book. Fittingly, this Sunday at the Brooklyn Public Library four picture book writer/illustrators, as well as one editor, posed answers to the question. In conjunction with the "Drawn In Brooklyn" exhibition up there now...

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National Punctuation Day 2010: The 5 Worst Punctuation Mistakes (PHOTOS)

(57) Comments | Posted September 24, 2010 | 2:14 PM

Today is National Punctuation Day and language lovers across the country have been celebrating all things grammatical.

With the proliferation of punctuation errors swarming the nation, however, we've taken this opportunity to gather the most annoying mistakes we could find. From misused quotation marks to way...

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Young Adult Novels Called 'Soft Porn': Attack Ignites Storm Of Responses From Publishing Community (POLL)

(135) Comments | Posted September 20, 2010 | 2:18 PM

An associate professor attacked the reading list of a Missouri public school district this weekend, calling three books "soft pornography." The professor's advocation for censorship ignited a wave of passionate responses on the internet, especially on Twitter, which can be followed with the hashtag #speakloudly.

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Jon Scieszka At The Brooklyn Book Festival: How Valuable Is 'Funny' For Kids?

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2010 | 4:40 PM

"I used to get in trouble, and now I get paid," quipped Jon Scieszka, acclaimed children's book author and Former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, about writing irreverent books for kids at this past Sunday's Brooklyn Book Festival. Scieszka traded punch lines on the "You've...

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An Innovation Even Bigger Than eBooks

(25) Comments | Posted September 3, 2010 | 5:20 AM

This month, the Library of America will publish a stunning box set containing six of Lynd Ward's wordless "novels-in-woodcut." Over 1,600 pages thick and packaged in a deep red, the box set feels and looks like a brick -- a desperate effort, perhaps, to reassert the...

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'Mockingjay' Author Suzanne Collins 'Stamps Books': WIN One Of 5 Signed Copies

(5) Comments | Posted August 28, 2010 | 11:05 AM

Over 150 fans gathered Thursday morning to hear Suzanne Collins read from "Mockingjay," the final installment in the author's blockbuster "Hunger Games" trilogy, at Scholastic's flagship store in SoHo. Fans at the store also received "custom stamped books" pressed with a unique stamp designed for Collins' book tour in lieu...

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Scott Pilgrim: Graphic Novel To Movie And The 7 Other Best Film Adaptations (PHOTOS)

(77) Comments | Posted August 13, 2010 | 8:08 AM

Marking today's release of the hotly anticipated "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" movie, we've taken it upon ourselves to gather a list of the "Best Graphic Novel-to-Movie Adaptations." We've tried our hardest to stick to graphic novels and exclude superhero comics -- but all Frank Miller and Alan Moore material...

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