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Facebook’s AI is learning language by reading loads of children’s books

To boosts its fledgling artificial intelligence system, Facebook is using a data set chock full of children's literary classics, such as Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book, and more.

Colin Meloy of Decemberists fame pens new children’s book about Pete Seeger

Decemberists singer/songwriter Colin Meloy has announced plans to release two new books, including a children's book which tells the biography of legendary folk musician Pete Seeger.
Social Media

Reddit compiles its best AMA interviews in limited-edition hardback book

Link-sharing social network Reddit has released a book that compiles its favorite "Ask Me Anything" interviews. The book comes in both a digital format and as a coffee table hardback, limited to just 10,000 copies.

Google book scanning counts as ‘fair use’ says appeals court

A U.S. court dismisses authors' claims that Google Books infringes on copyright and affects their income — which means the project can continue and the online portal can remain in use.

Oyster, the Netflix for books, to shut down after just two years

Unfortunate news for anyone that was a fan of the digital book subscription service, Oyster will be shutting down within months as Google has hired away the talent that ran the company.
Social Media

Mark Zuckerberg starts a book club — and we’re all invited

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is challenging himself to read a book every fortnight during the course of 2015 — and you can join in by signing up on the A Year Of Books page on Facebook.

Amazon doubles Kindle Paperwhite storage, now holds 2,000 books

Quietly increasing the memory size without increasing the price, anyone that's purchased a Kindle Paperwhite e-reader recently will be glad to know that there's more internal memory for storing books.

Google, Barnes & Noble collaborate to take on Amazon

Looking for a way to win back online book sales from Amazon, Barnes & Noble have partnered with Google in order to provide same-day delivery service through the Google Shopping Express Web portal.

Bye bye braille! This FingerReader ring can read books to the blind

Researchers from MIT Media Labs are developing a wearable device that can read out printed text using a synthesized voice, thereby helping the sight-impaired read books without the use of braille.
Cool Tech

MIT’s Sensory Fiction prototype gives you physical feedback from your books

The Sensory Fiction prototype explores a new way of reading: one where lights, sounds, vibrations, pressure and even the temperature are synced to the beats of the story that you're reading.
Buying Guides

15 books that will transform you into a tech scholar

Here are the 15 books that have helped shape, define, and explain this era of Internet, robots, and the quest to transform society into something beyond the realm of humans.

Netflix for books? Oyster launches with over 100,000 in-print titles

Potentially a useful service for anyone with an iPhone that likes to read tons of books, Oyster has rolled out a subscription service that allows users to read all the books they want for a monthly fee.