US Author Challenges Sherlock Holmes Copyright and Wants to Churn Out His Own Holmes Books

Many of the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are reaching the end of their 100-year copyright period, meaning the books become public domain and may be freely shared. But what of the characters they contain? Can anyone now write their own Sherlock Holmes book based upon the deductive cocaine/nicotine addict? Read More >>

Is Twitter Ruining Journalism or Making It Better?

It's undeniable that Twitter has changed—and is still changing—the face of journalism. It makes some things simpler and some things more complicated. But how is it affecting journalism on the whole? This PBS Off-Book segment gives that some thought and uncovers one deep, universal truth: Twitter is neato. [PBS Off Book] Read More >>

This Ereader Will Cost Less Than £10

This is the Txtr Beagle. It's a new low-end ereader, that does away with fancy technological trappings: you'll find no touchscreen, backlight, 3G or even Wi-Fi here. As a result, it's set to cost less than £10—but will it be any good? Read More >>

Will You Read Julian Assange's New Book?

Julian Assange has penned a new book about his worries over government control of the Internet and surveillance. Written along with Jacob Appelbaum, Jérémie Zimmermann and Andy Müller-Maguhn, it will be published in November. Assange explains: Read More >>

This Book Contains Every RGB Colour That Exists

In case you sometimes struggle to visualise the RGB colour space on a computer, American artist Tauba Auerbach has created a handy reference guide: a cubic book that shows off all the colours in existence. Read More >>

American Children are Actually Taught Nessie Is Real

No, really. Children in some US schools are being taught that the Loch Ness monster is a living dinosaur, as evidence against evolution. What the hell? Read More >>

The Future of Book Cover Design in the Digital Age

Ereaders are literally changing the way we read. But for all the efficiency and portability they offer, they lack the curious romance of reading a book in its hard, physical form — not least the charms that lie on the cover. Read More >>

The Worst Book Covers of All Time Have Destroyed My Faith In Humanity

The worst album covers of all time made me miss the good old times of record shops. These books, however, just scare me. They scare me because, with the advent of personal digital book publishing, things are probably going to get even worse. Read More >>

US Justice Department Threatens Apple With Lawsuit Over Ebook Price Fixing

The US Justice Department has warned Apple, along with five major publishing houses, that it plans to sue them for joining forces to raise the price of ebooks, according to the Wall Street Journal. If successful, this could signal a future of affordable digital reading. Read More >>

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Insanely Detailed Book Sculptures Belong In Google Earth

Among other things, Guy Laramee makes sculptures from books. They are amazing, from the level of detail and the textures to the way he presents them. Some of them have a magical aura, like this one, titled Book People. Read More >>

Turn Classic Literature Into an iPhone Charging Dock

Etsy member inbook has developed a decorative charging stand that merges two of our favorite things -- our iPhone and classic literature. Read More >>


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