Culture in the digital age is being created from the ground up, and just about anyone with a computer or smartphone can become a content-producing superstar, according to Bill Wasik, a senior editor at Harper’s magazine and author of the book Read more →
The new book by Financial Times reporter Joseph Menn tells the story of a young, brilliant security researcher who infiltrates a gang of Russian hackers. The hackers launched denial of service attacks against business Web sites, then demanded money to stop the attacks.
Barnes & Noble is now selling its own electronic book reader to compete with the Amazon Kindle and the Sony device. Other companies will enter the market soon. So, this is a golden age for digital reading devices, right? No way, says publishing industry analyst Thad McIlroy.
MP3 – iTunes Writers J.C. Hutchins and Jordan Weisman venture beyond the novel into interactive digital storytelling with the new novel Personal Effects: Dark Art. The psychological thriller tells the story of Zach Taylor, an art therapist who must determine whether Martin Grace, a blind audio engineer suspected of a dozen murders, is competent to Read more →
Library groups are urging “rigorous oversight” of Google’s agreement with authors and publishers that would allow it to put millions of books online.
Google reached an agreement last year with the Authors Guild and Association of American Publishers to pursue the project. The lawsuit settlement It is awaiting a judge’s approval.
The American Library Association and Association of Research Libraries say they’re concerned Google will not safeguard readers’ privacy, and are worried Google would be the only online source for many books and academic journals.
In her new book The Trouble with Boys, former Newsweek education reporter Peg Tyre argues schools and parents do boys a disservice when they reign in boys natural play that involves fantasy violence — like a little game of cops and robbers. “There is a palpable sense,” she writes, “that the ways in which boys play need to be suppressed or rigidly controlled.” Such control, she argues, inhibits boys ability to learn and understand the world. Violent video games, she says, could be beneficial as an outlet for boys naturally violent tendencies.