Toward the back of LeVar Burton's L.A. office there's a room filled with people testing software, including some, in teeny chairs, who are about 6 years old. Welcome to Reading Rainbow, the former PBS television show turned iPad app that's poised to roll out its next iteration on the Web.
Oyster, the online company that's made a (non-exclusive) bid to be the Netflix for e-books, has made a move to become more like iTunes for e-books. Starting Wednesday, consumers can also buy e-books from its storefront.
The longlist for the Best Translated Book Awards was announced Tuesday. Twenty-five fiction titles and 17 poetry collections are in the running for the prizes, which will award $5,000 each to the author and translator in both categories.
Like E.L. James before her, Meredith Wild has successfully sold her sexy romance novels on her own; the Hacker Series, about a savvy young businesswoman and the billionaire she falls for, has already made bestseller lists. And like James, Wild has left self-publishing behind to sign with a major...
The personal library of Jacques Derrida, the father of Deconstructionism, has abandoned France for New Jersey.
Former English professor Kirk Nesset will plead guilty to child pornography charges today, the Associated Press reports. Nesset was arrested in October after FBI agents say they discovered he was sharing pornography via a peer-to-peer network.
An investigation by the state of Alabama into possible elder abuse of Harper Lee has been closed. Lee's attorney, Tonja Carter, received a letter from Alabama officials on Friday, the N.Y. Times reports.
Thanks to George R.R. Martin, a little bit of winter is here.