How Neal Stephenson Is Helping To Make Snow Crash's Metaverse A Reality

Magic Leap's mysterious augmented reality tech promises to "bring magic back into the world." And now Neal Stephenson, who imagined the virtual Metaverse in his 1992 novel Snow Crash, has joined the company. He tells io9 why this technology may "demand a new way of thinking." » 12/16/14 1:37pm 12/16/14 1:37pm

Save 25% on Any Book Amazon Sells Today. Seriously, Any Book. 

Over Black Friday weekend, Amazon offered a 30% off coupon on any print book they sold, and a lot of you took advantage. If you missed out though, or you had a second book you wanted to grab, you have another chance today, though the discount is 25% this time ($10 maximum savings). » 12/12/14 9:15am 12/12/14 9:15am

Bill Gates' favorite books of 2014 are the smart gifts for the holidays

Watch Bill Gates—in Lego form no less!—tell you about his favorite books of 2014, an impeccable list that has a little bit of everything for everyone. I've included all his recommendations and short reviews below so you can easily buy any of them (I recommend getting all of them for yourself too. Good stuff.) » 12/09/14 3:16pm 12/09/14 3:16pm

The Choose Your Own Adventure Books Were the First Interactive Games

Since 1975 the Choose Your Own Adventure books have given millions of kids the chance to determine their own destinies (at least in a literary sense). Sadly, the author and publisher of those books, R.A. Montgomery, died this week. But he leaves behind an incredible legacy in both publishing and, perhaps surprisingly,… » 11/14/14 7:05pm 11/14/14 7:05pm

These Iconic Road Trips Make You Want To Grab a Camera and Just Drive

The road trip is one of the great American photographic traditions. Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip, a new book published by Aperture, revisits the journeys of 18 influential photographers as they set out in search of weird, beautiful, and unknown things to point their cameras at. » 11/10/14 4:39pm 11/10/14 4:39pm

In New Book, Architecture Photography Is More Than Pretty Buildings

When Nicephore Niepce created the first ever photograph of the world in 1826, he chose to point his camera at a building. Architecture has been an iconic subject of photography from the very beginning, and Phaidon's new book, Shooting Space, surveys how artists new and established are looking at man-made structures. » 11/04/14 4:54pm 11/04/14 4:54pm

All Restaurants and Bars Should Use Pop-Up Menus

Did you know that some bars and restaurants use menus that are completely devoid of pictures of the drink or entree you're thinking about ordering? It's absurd. Not only should menus feature photos of what your meal could optimistically look like, but venues should consider borrowing a page from this amazing pop-up… » 10/27/14 5:45pm 10/27/14 5:45pm

The Best Device For Reading Is Still the Phone In Your Pocket

For long-time book lovers, reading on an electronic device can be disorienting experience. The most obvious choice for those going down the e-book path is a device like the Kindle, completely and utterly dedicated to emulating the traditional experience of reading. I've been seduced by the promise of an e-reader… » 10/24/14 12:11pm 10/24/14 12:11pm