California at the End of the World

Touring around California, you could be forgiven for thinking you're living in the future, and not just because of the Silicon Valley wizardry that surrounds us all. We also have to thank Hollywood's movie magic, which has turned the state into a backdrop for countless science fiction films presenting futures both… » 3/05/14 7:00pm 3/05/14 7:00pm

Private Reading: Electronic Frontier Foundation's Best Books of 2013

At the end of each year, EFF puts together a list of some of the interesting and noteworthy books that have been published in the past 12 months or so. We don't endorse all of their arguments, but we find they've added some valuable insight to the conversation around the areas and issues on which we work. » 12/17/13 7:00am 12/17/13 7:00am

Gizmodo's Best Books of 2013

2013 was another good year for books, those dry old lumps of paper and ink, so we've rounded up the year's best in tech, science, design, architecture, urbanism, food, and more. We've also tapped our friends at Paleofuture and Edible Geography for their own lists, which appear below—and we hope to hear from all of you, … » 12/16/13 3:00pm 12/16/13 3:00pm

Here's How Designers Reimagined the Cover Art For 50 Classic Novels

Classic novels tend to have equally classic cover art. For example, when you think of The Great Gatsby, your mind likely goes to a pair of half-closed eyes floating over a glittering, cobalt city. But what if designers were given a chance to rethink these covers entirely? That's the concept behind Recovering The… » 7/30/13 4:00pm 7/30/13 4:00pm

Ugh, The New Yorker Is Going to Tweet An Entire 8,500-Word Story

Because it apparently has nothing better to do, the New Yorker will tweet the entirety of an 8,500-word short story from the @NYerFiction account. Written by Jennifer Egan, the author of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit From the Goon Squad, the piece will be posted over the span of 10 nights, starting tonight,… » 5/24/12 11:42am 5/24/12 11:42am

Let Your iPhone Robotically Read You a Bedtime Story With vBookz

vBookz, the somewhat useful text-to-speech iPad app we've covered before, is now iPhone-ready. It doesn't appear that many of our quibbles with the app have been rectified since we examined vBookz's previous iteration, but the robotic narrator is now pocketable. » 10/04/10 11:20pm 10/04/10 11:20pm