The Onion Profiles a New Kindle That Brags About Your Taste in Books

Bookworms who've balked at upgrading to an e-reader have a long list of reasons why they won't give up their paper copies. But there's only one real reason why anyone would carry around a book anymore: It lets them show off what they're reading in public. And as The Onion reveals, that's what led Amazon to create a… » 7/29/14 2:19pm Yesterday 2:19pm

Apple Is Happy to Take Your Money if Amazon Won't

Fresh off of settling a lawsuit that accused it of collusion with publishers, Apple is ready to take the money you were planning to give to Amazon but can't. Since Amazon is in a fight with Hachette—the world's largest bookstore and one of the world's largest publishers respectively—and refuses to let customers… » 6/17/14 5:05pm 6/17/14 5:05pm

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

Amazon's Kindle MatchBook Service Is Now Live

In this modern age of tablets and e-readers, it's always a little bit tough to decide whether to buy the hardcopy of a book or just go for the e-book. Now, you don't have to choose with the newly launched Kindle MatchBook service that offers cheap e-book versions of hardcopy books you've purchased on Amazon. » 10/29/13 9:37am 10/29/13 9:37am

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… » 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,… » 9/12/13 4:40pm 9/12/13 4:40pm

Travelers Beware: Google Play Might Delete All Your Books (Updated)

It's easy to forget that owning something digitally is way different from owning it for real. And if you do forget, it can bite you in the ass. That's what happened to Jim O'Donnell when he traveled into Singapore and found that Google Play Books app on his iPad had up and deleted all his ebooks. » 8/17/13 3:00pm 8/17/13 3:00pm