Cool Tech

Get ready to take a ride on the New York Public Library’s new book roller coaster

It houses some of the greatest works of literature known to man, but now, the New York Public Library is bringing a different kind of classic to its Rose Main Reading Room -- a book train.

Novel approach: Ubisoft looks to produce books in-house with new publishing unit

Game publishing giant Ubisoft has launched Ubisoft Publishing, an in-house book division that will release its first two books, both based on the Assassin's Creed franchise, in November.

Amazon is really getting a taste for these brick-and-mortar bookstore openings

Amazon sure is getting a taste for these brick-and-mortar bookstore openings. Having opened its first in Seattle last fall followed by two others, the company says it now has plans for a fourth location, this time in Chicago.
Movies & TV

Head back to Hogwarts this September with three brand new JK Rowling tales

The Hogwarts school year starts in September, so J.K. Rowling is bringing readers back to Harry Potter's alma mater with three new ebooks. The series, Pottermore Presents, continues to explore Rowling's wizarding world.
Cool Tech

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.