| Jun 14, 2013
| 8:20 AM
If a predisposition to love literature were genetic, Stephanie Hochschild would be a gene carrier. Her mother is a librarian at the National Library of Medicine in her hometown of Bethesda, Md., and her aunt was a high school librarian in Florida. Her...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 4:34 PM
Jane Hanauer wants to make one thing clear: She does not detest Barnes & Noble.
The owner of Laguna Beach Books operates one of the few surviving independent bookstores in Orange County — a region that, unlike Seattle or San Francisco, doesn't...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 5:18 PM
Barnes & Noble is in trouble.
Holiday sales were disappointing, down 10.9 percent over last year. Even the Nook is struggling, unit sales also down over 10 percent from a year ago. And Publishers Weekly recently reported on a dispute over terms...
| Jan 28, 2013
| 11:26 AM
The American Library Assn. announced its 2013 book award winners Monday at its annual national conference, held this year in Seattle. While the best-known awards are the John Newbery Medal and the Caledecott Medal, there are dozens of awards, each of...
| Jan 22, 2013
| 6:27 PM
A long time ago, some poor writer took on the task of novelizing the screenplay of the Burt Reynolds-Dyan Cannon private eye movie "Shamus," filmed in a Hollywood age when leading men had chest hair and big mustaches instead of sallow vampire skin and...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 2:22 PM
For some reason, I have been reading a number of books set in foreign countries. Three that I will recommend are "Say You're One of Them" by Uwem Akpan (Africa), "Finding Nouf" by Zoe Ferraris (Saudi Arabia) and "Death in a Strange Country" by Donna...
| Jun 1, 2013
| 6:56 PM
Although no one advocates the value of a good book more than a newspaper writer, there are ways to enjoy that summer beach read on the cheap.
From websites devoted to finding free digital books to special library sales, here are some ideas for cutting...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 8:14 AM
Apple headed to court Monday, as its e-book price fixing trial begins. The U.S. Justice Department alleged last year that Apple had conspired with five publishers to set the prices for e-books when it was planning to launch the iPad and enter the e-book...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 2:00 PM
The Department of Justice began presenting its case against Apple Monday in a New York City courthouse. "Apple knowingly and actively participated in a scheme to raise e-book prices," DOJ lawyer Lawrence Buterman said.
Apple is the last defendant...
| Jun 11, 2013
| 1:41 PM
We're swamped with social media sites. There's Facebook and Twitter, Tumblr and Path. And Instagram, and Pinterest. For book lovers, there are Goodreads and LibraryThing. Do we really need another site?
Some of the biggest social media sites...
| May 23, 2013
| 7:45 AM
Those clinging hopefully to the old Borders books gift cards stashed in their drawers or wallets are out of luck, a Manhattan federal judge ruled Wednesday. According to Reuters, there are about $210.5 million worth of such cards that had not been used by...