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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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‘Welcome to Sandition’ webisodes let viewers decide the fate of unfinished Austen novel

Following the successful "Lizzie Bennet Diaries," that webseries' creators are at it again with a new series based on a Jane Austen creation - But this time, viewers will be invited to do what Austen couldn't: Finish the story.
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Kama Xcitra brings a 3D animated Kama Sutra to your iPad because … it can? (NSFW)

Kama Sutra is confusing enough as it is, but for the sexually curious, those puzzling days are over. The book Kama Xcitra is here to help illustrate various sexual positions with the help of augmented reality.
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Celebrating Tumblr’s 100 million blog milestone

Tumblr is churning out millions of blogs - and here are some of our favorites that managed to turn an Internet pastime into a Web-based business.