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Steve Jobs Approves New Bio to Be Published in 2012

Steve Jobs has finally given his seal of approval to a new book about his life. Walter Isaacson's 'iSteve: The Book of Jobs' is slated for release in early 2012, marking the first time that the Apple CEO has participated in a biography. Isaacson, who has been working on the book since 2009, reportedly interviewed members of Jobs' family, his colleagues at Apple and, of course, the man himself....

New Book on Google Reveals Details on China, CEO's Political Donations

In his new book, 'In the Plex,' tech journalist Steven Levy traces the history of Google and exposes some juicy details about the company along the way. The New York Times recently reviewed an advanced copy of the book, and highlighted some of its most interesting revelations. Eric Schmidt, for example, reportedly wanted to censor some Google search results in order to hide a political donation...

Fake Rahm Emanuel Tweets To Be Published IRL

Ordinarily, we're not crazy about Twitter accounts (or Tumblrs, or blogs) getting book deals. It's a little too IRL for us; plus, maybe, we're kinda jealous. But we're nothing but thrilled for @MayorEmanuel, which landed a deal with Scribner to release a book this summer. In case you don't remember (philistine!), @MayorEmanuel was the surprisingly beautiful, if profanity-laden account of the...

N.Y. Court Rejects Settlement in Lawsuit Against Google Books

A New York court has rejected a settlement in a class action lawsuit filed by the Authors Guild against Google Books. Under the settlement, reached in 2009, Google would be able to digitize and display excerpts from books that are out of print, even if they're still under copyright, or not authorized to be included in Google Books. The agreement quickly raised the ire of many organizations, inc...

E-Books Pick up Steam as Paperback and Hardcover Sales Slide

Americans are increasingly doing their reading on screens, according to the Association of American Publishers. From January 2010 to January 2011, e-book sales more than doubled, increasing by 116-percent to $69.9 million. By contrast, hardbacks and paperbacks fell by 11.3- and 19.7-percent, to $49.1 million and $83.6 million respectively. By our calculations, ten years from now, "turn the page" w...

'Forced Obsolescence': HarperCollins Makes Libraries Re-Buy E-Books After 26 Checkouts

HarperCollins has placed a restriction on the number of times its e-books can be checked out from a public library. After 26 checkouts, the expired title becomes locked in the library's virtual collection until a new digital copy has been purchased. The idea is that the physical copy of a HarperCollins book would be worn out after about 26 checkouts, and the library would then have to purchas...

'Goodnight Dune' Puts Super Geeky Kids to Bed

After spotting 'Goodnight Dune' in a list of parody sci-fi children's book titles, Julia Yu felt inspired and turned the joke into a reality. Margaret Wise Brown's classic 'Goodnight Moon' is reworked to include obscure 'Dune' references that only a true fan would get. Yu's illustrations are spot-on as well, blending the original style of 'Goodnight Moon' with homages to David Lynch's film adap...

Read This: The Story of the Guy Who Stole Your Credit Card Number

Slipping in over his VNC client, Max could see what was on the computer's screen, as though standing right in front of it. Since he worked at night, the display on the dormant PC was usually dark, so he'd nudge his mouse to clear the screen saver. If there was anyone in the room, it might have been a little spooky: remember that time your computer monitor flipped on for no reason, and the ...

'The Great Gatsby' Gets 8-Bit Platformer Treatment

This "garage sale find" (yeah, right...) game, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's literary classic, is a blast. You take control of Nick Carraway as he hurls his hat at waiters, drunks and gangsters in a quest to track down Gatsby. The game is short, sweet and simple, and filled with NES-style cut scenes that tell the story in a way that should be familiar to anyone who has played an 8-bit RPG. We co...

Neil Gaiman: Piracy Leads to More Book Sales

Neil Gaiman, author of the 'Sandman' graphic novels and best-seller 'American Gods,' talked about the pirating of his titles to OpenRight Group. Apparently, sales went up in Russia as his books were being pirated. As an experiment, he convinced his publisher to give away 'American Gods' for free, and Gaiman saw his sales increase. The reason? "It's people lending books. You can't look at that ...

New York Times Adding E-Books to Best Sellers List This Friday

The New York Times is finally ready to add e-books to its best seller list. In addition to the print best seller list, the Times will have a dedicated e-book list, as well as a third list that combines both print and digital sales. The lists will pop up on NYTimes.com this Friday, February 11th, and in the print edition of the Sunday Book Review on February 13th....

Amazon Continues to Rake in the Cash, Selling More E-Books than Paperbacks

Amazon's empire is continuing to grow, with the company reporting an increase in profits of eight-percent in the fourth quarter of 2010. That growth was a little slower than expected, but the really big news from Amazon's quarterly financial report is the fact that sales of Kindle e-books have surpassed that of paperbacks. It was only in July sales of e-books passed that of hardcovers -- making it...

E-Books Outsell Printed Ones, To Nobody's Great Surprise

Ah, what unsurprising news a year can bring! Just as everyone predicted, e-books continued to nibble at the ankles of their printed forebears this holiday season, with between three and five million e-readers activated in the week after Christmas. Barnes and Noble claimed that it sold a million e-books on December 25th alone, while Amazon's been outselling print bestsellers with digital ones since...

Windows Media Player Thinks George W. Bush Memoir is an Anti-Bush Album

If you happened to have purchased George W. Bush's new 'Decision Points' audiobook (and let's be honest, who hasn't?), you may have noticed some curious chapter titles when you synced it with your PC. Instead of scrolling through Dubya's lovably punchy chapters, like 'Running,' 'Personnel,' or 'Stem Cells,' you may have seen tracks named 'Weapon of Fear,' 'Bush It,' and 'Innocent Children Die.' If...

Julian Assange Needs $1.5 Million Book Deal to Pay His Lawyers

Julian Assange isn't writing a memoir for himself. He's doing it for his lawyers. In an interview with the Sunday Times, the WikiLeaks founder said he expects to earn at least $1.5 million in book deals, and confirmed that he would use a lot of it to pay his mounting legal fees. "I don't want to write this book, but I have to," he explained. "I have already spent 200,000 pounds [$307,400] fo...