It's Going to Be a Real Pain Downloading Harry Potter Books to Kindle

J.K. Rowling made a splash when she announced Harry Potter will be available as ebooks for the first time, through a Pottermore website launching this Fall. Thankfully she's allowed Google—and these ereaders—a chance to actually, y'know, read them. » 7/20/11 11:50am 7/20/11 11:50am

Google's Helping the British Library Digitize 250,000 Books

250,000 of the British Library's out-of-copyright books from 1700 to 1870 will be digitized by Google, both sides confirmed today. This means the whole world will get access to important tomes, pamphlets and periodicals spanning some 40 million pages, via Google Books and the British Library's website. » 6/20/11 6:50am 6/20/11 6:50am

Report: It's Good to Be an eBook

According to the Association of American Publishers, eBook sales are doing quite well, to the tune of an 115% increase in sales this past January, compared to one year ago. Sales were $69.9 million for the month. Reading! [BGR] » 3/19/11 2:30pm 3/19/11 2:30pm

Take Me To a Future Where Books Act Like This

Books aren't going to go away any time soon. But, like magazines have started to, they're going to evolve. And if that evolution looks anything like these concepts, we're in for a pleasant literary future. » 9/21/10 9:20pm 9/21/10 9:20pm

Google Editions Is Your Local Book Store's Best Friend

Lost in the midst of the Ebook wars between Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple and Sony are the independent bookstores who don't have the clout to bang with the big boys. Not for long, they're looking for help—from Google. » 6/30/10 3:11pm 6/30/10 3:11pm

Google's Massive Ebook Store Opens This Summer

According to the Wall Street Journal, Google's going to join the ebook fray as early as this June. If Amazon thought the iBookstore was crowding their turf already, wait until they have to fight off Google Editions. » 5/04/10 12:19pm 5/04/10 12:19pm

How To Fix Today's Ebook Readers

Kindle and iBooks on iPad still have a long way to go. Craig Mod, publishing experimenter, breaks them down, tells us what needs fixing and offers up some future functionality for digital books. » 4/22/10 6:00pm 4/22/10 6:00pm

Espresso Book Machine to Print Books on Demand, No Lattes

The Espresso Book Machine—which actually is a self-contained 150 pages-per-minute printing and binding machine—can produce a full book in five minutes from a catalog of 400,000 references. It only takes one button. » 4/24/09 9:00am 4/24/09 9:00am

Rumor: Amazon Kindle 2 Coming This Fall

CrunchGear's got it on good authority that the next year or so will see not only an update to the current model—making it thinner and lighter—but also an altogether new model with dimensions something like a piece of loose leaf paper. They should come out in October and sometime next year, respectively, though no word… » 7/15/08 9:20pm 7/15/08 9:20pm

Google Adding Maps to Books, Ads to Follow?

Google's been busy this week, and they're wrapping it up by mixing Google Books with Google Maps. Locations listed in certain books will have a link to that same location in Google Maps, so you can, um, check it out on a map. It's kind of cool, I guess, at least with some of the titles, like Around the World in Eighty… » 1/27/07 2:00pm 1/27/07 2:00pm

Google Announces Plan to Open Online Bookstore; World Domination…

We knew that the beta of Google Book Search really was, for once, just a beta version of a much grander project. Now we know what that project is. BusinessWeek is reporting that Google has disclosed to publishers its intentions to expand its Book Search beyond a mere search and preview service into one where users… » 1/23/07 8:45am 1/23/07 8:45am