It’s the end of the year and I think it’s time to throw my choice into the “best-of” mix. My choice this year is The Evolution of God by Robert Wright. I wouldn’t necessarily call it the best book of the year, or my favorite. […]

“Ad sales are falling, editors are going digital, employing online applications that can increase revenue. But it’s a tough fight against a free Internet.” So says the headline from The Globe and Mail’s wonderful summary article of what’s been going on in the magazine industry […]

I enjoyed this essay and I thought I would pass it along here on my blog. It’s written by one of my favorite reviewers, Michael Dirda, a reviewer for the Washington Post and other sites. Here he writes about the nature of his reading habits […]

On a recent Tonight Show, Wiliam Shatner joined Conan O’Brien to conduct a dramatic reading from Sarah Palin’s autobiography “Going Rogue,” with bongos and a bass. Surprise walk-on guest Sarah Palin joined Shatner to read a few excerpts from his book, “Up Til Now.” Good […]

Audiobooks are certainly not new, but this has to be. Author David Sedaris has released his latest audiobook, “Live for Your Listening Pleasure,” on vinyl. From the New York Times: “As physical formats and devices have shrunk, revenues for the audiobook industry have grown, since […]

I wanted to like it, but I also love books too much. So when I went into Barnes and Noble lately and saw the Nook, the new digital reader, I have to say that my first impression was good. The design is wonderful: sleek, easy […]

A fun article. In England, a phone booth has found new life as perhaps the world’s smallest library. From the BBC: “Villagers from Westbury-sub-Mendip in Somerset can use the library around the clock, selecting books, DVDs and CDs. Users simply stock it with a book […]

“A few years ago, writing about the book business and how dumbed down and craven books had become—and pathetic, designed only to sell and then not selling—I wrote the line “books suck,” subjecting me to much middlebrow opprobrium.” So writes Michael Wolff in a recent […]