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Julian Assange to Publish His Totally Transparent Memoirs

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange wants everyone to know everything about their governments. And apparently, he wants the world to know everything about Julian Assange, too. According to the Guardian, the 39-year-old Australian has sold his memoirs to a pair of publishing houses, and is expected to have a manuscript ready by March. In true WikiLeaks fashion, the news leaked via a recent tweet...

e-Book Anonymity Boosts Romance Novel Sales

Romance novels are enjoying a renaissance, largely thanks to the discreet power of the e-book reader. The tawdry books have always been popular among female readers, but many of the more self-conscious readers out there would be too embarrassed to read the books in public, in part due to their bodice-ripping covers, bearing long-locked Fabio clones and breathless damsels. But, since e-readers...

Ninuku Archivist Turns Your Facebook Profile Into a Real Book. Great.

Facebook might not be around forever, so you might as well collect all your information while you can, convert it into a bible of embarrassment, and wait for future generations to endlessly ridicule you. That, at least, seems to be the idea behind a new service called Ninuku Archivist, the Herodotus of our socially networked generation. As Gawker explains, Ninuku Archivist essentially converts...

Amazon Relents, Pulls Bestselling Pedophilia Guide From Kindle Bookstore

When a book offering guidance on how to be a pedophile inexplicably landed in the Kindle's list of Top 100 Paid Bestsellers, Amazon suddenly found itself at the center of a brewing national controversy. Thousands of users posted comments of anger and disgust, and many even threatened to boycott the retailer. Through it all, Amazon held firm, and steadfastly refused to remove the title -- until...

NYT Sunday Book Review Will Include E-Book Bestseller List in 2011

Further cementing e-books' relevance to mainstream culture, the New York Times announced Wednesday that it will include e-book bestseller lists for fiction and non-fiction titles in its Sunday Book Review, beginning early next year. The Times, with help from data-tracking company RoyaltyShare, will cull sales numbers from publishing houses, big-box bookstores, indie bookstores, online retailers...

Amazon to Finally Let You Lend Kindle Books to Friends

Kindle-wielding bibliophiles will soon be able to share their favorite books with their literary friends, thanks to a new book lending policy that Amazon announced on Friday. As TechCrunch explains, the new policy will allow readers to lend out their e-books to other Kindle users, who will be allowed 14 days of alone time with the lender's publication of choice. There are, however, some catches....

Kindle Singles: Amazon Announces Shorter E-Books at Smaller Prices

Long before the 30-minute time slot defined the TV show, and the 45-minute LP defined the album, aspiring authors were constrained by how many, or how few, words a publisher was willing to print. Such has largely been the case for our lifetimes, but, if Amazon has anything to do with it, it may not be the case much longer. Today, the company announced that it will begin offering shorter...

Salman Rushdie Looks to Video Games for Literary Inspiration

Author Salman Rushdie has accumulated an impressive array of awards during his illustrious career, but the writer is likely most well known for his novel 'The Satanic Verses,' due to the fiery response it provoked. After the book prompted Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to issue a fatwah, or death decree, against the author, Rushdie lived under police protection for a decade. Rushdie's...

'When it Drops' Gives You the Latest Movie, Music and Book Releases

We all have our own favorite sites to consult for the latest movie, music or video game releases. With a cleanly designed site called 'When it Drops,' though, Web surfers can now find all this information with one click of a mouse. Each week, When it Drops gives a snapshot of the latest movies, DVDs, albums, books and video games to hit the market that week, as well as the products released the...

Barnes & Noble PubIt DIY eBook Platform Lets You Take on J.K. Rowling

Barnes & Noble is continuing to improve its e-book offerings and, with the launch of its PubIt! platform, is now offering writers and small-scale publishers the ability to make their works available through BN.com. You'll need a Barnes & Noble account to start, and then you'll need to register with PubIt!, which entails providing your tax and banking information. Once you're all signed...

Stephen Fry's 'myFry' App Turns Linear Narrative Into a Colorful Pinwheel

When Stephen Fry was putting together an e-reader version of his new autobiography, 'The Fry Chronicles,' he could've gone the traditional route, slapped his text onto an iPad app, added a few graphics, and/or garnished his book with a Hugh Laurie voice-over narration. Instead, he decided to reinvent the narrative wheel. Literally. Available for iPod touch, iPhone and iPad, Fry's new 'myFry'...

The Twelve-Volume History of the Iraq War Wikipedia Entry

James Bridle has compiled the editing history of the Iraq War Wikipedia entry from December 2004 and November 2009 into a twelve-volume collection "the size of a single old-style encyclopaedia." With relevant and irrelevant additions, defacements and debates, Bridle presents not the history of the war, but the way in which we remember it. "This is historiography. This is what culture actually...

Barnes & Noble Updates Nook App for iPhone, iPad and PC

Earlier this summer, Barnes & Noble slashed the price of its e-reader, and last month announced a Nook desktop app geared toward students. Now the big-box bookseller is re-branding and revamping the iPhone, iPad and PC versions of its Nook apps as part of the continuing e-reader war. According to Engadget, the formerly titled Barnes & Noble e-reader products now sport the 'Nook' brand...

Stieg Larsson's 'Millenium Trilogy' Surpasses 1-Million Mark in Kindle Store

Last week, we reported that Amazon had been selling more Kindle books than hardcover books. This week, the online marketplace has reached yet another milestone. According to Crunch Gear, deceased Swedish author Stieg Larsson has become the first author to sell one million copies of his books in the Kindle store. This makes Larsson, whose best-selling 'Millenium Trilogy' is known the world over,...

Choose Your Own iAdventure With New 'U-Venture' iPhone and iPad App

When we were wee-little bloggers, nothing piqued our interest in books more than the Choose Your Own Adventure series. In retrospect, the series (which was launched in 1979) and its interactive storylines presaged the role-playing video games that would later engross millions. Having changed publishers' hands over the years, Choose Your Own Adventure has found a still newer venue -- albeit under...