From Sexting to Sacraments: How Mobile Apps Are Taking on Religion

At this point, our entire lives could be boiled down into a series of apps. Schedules, diets, friends, family, play—it's all there in a set of brightly colored, easy-to-digest icons that have come to define the way we see ourselves. And though it may be hard to reconcile, even religion is no more than a Google Play or… » 4/06/14 12:00pm 4/06/14 12:00pm

How to Buy Ebooks From Anywhere and Still Read Them All in One Place

Most ebook sellers try to lock you into a particular ecosystem. If you don't mind buying from the same company every time, this isn't too bad, but you lose the ability to comparison shop, as well as making it difficult to switch apps. Fortunately, there's a way around this problem. » 3/28/14 10:20am 3/28/14 10:20am

You Might Have Free Amazon Money Waiting in Your Inbox

If you're a regular buyer of Kindle ebooks, you want to go check your email; inside, there might just be a little present from Amazon waiting for you. And by "present" I mean "legally mandated compensation to make up for years of price-fixing." Just like Christmas! » 3/25/14 8:25am 3/25/14 8:25am

Amazon Can Take Away Your Digital Books and Movies Whenever It Wants

In light of the holiday season, what better time than now to remind ourselves to give thanks for all that we have. Although, in the case of any digital goods you've "purchased," maybe don't add those to the list quite yet. Because remember: You don't actually own any of it. » 12/16/13 12:13pm 12/16/13 12:13pm

Amazon's Throwing Independent Booksellers a Kindle Lifeline

Amazon's Kindle Fire and other e-readers are usually considered nails in the traditional independent bookstore's coffin. Amazon's flipping all that around, with a program that lets bookstores sell Kindle e-readers and make money off the e-books their owners buy. » 11/06/13 9:07am 11/06/13 9:07am

America's First Bookless Public Library Has Arrived Right On Schedule

America's first completely bookless public library opened in San Antonio this past weekend. That is, if you define a "book" as words printed on paper pages which are bound together with glue. But if you define "book" a bit more liberally, the new library has plenty them. Over 10,000 ebook titles, in fact. All of which can… » 9/17/13 3:14pm 9/17/13 3:14pm

Nerd Out on This Sprawling Oral History of Apple Design

If you, like me, pored over the Steve Jobs biography (or perhaps over Jobs) looking for juicy tidbits about Apple's design culture, you likely were sorely disappointed. We know plenty about Jobs' mercurial management and even about his own aesthetic sensibilities, but for a company that's so devoted to design—heck, it… » 9/12/13 4:40pm 9/12/13 4:40pm

Apple Fires Back at DOJ with New Terms for E-Book Sales

Apple is not happy with the Department of Justice and friends. On Friday afternoon, just a few hours after the DOJ and 33 state attorneys general proposed a series of remedies for Apple's anticompetitive behavior over e-book pricing, the company struck back with some proposals of its own. » 8/02/13 3:50pm 8/02/13 3:50pm

DOJ Wants to Force Apple to Let You Buy E-Books Directly from Amazon

After a U.S. District Court judged found Apple guilty of colluding with book publishers to fix the prices of e-books last month, it was unclear what the actual consequences would be for the iPad-maker. Well with little pomp or circumstance, the Department of Justice has just cleared that up, and it's not good for… » 8/02/13 11:52am 8/02/13 11:52am