Archive: July 26, 2009 - August 1, 2009

Minorities Give Thumbs Up to Google Books

Google gets lots of flak these days for its big foot ways, its dominance online, and its cyber eye that watches where you go as you click around the Internet. So the company must have welcomed the respite it got at a forum this week at Howard University School of...

By Steven E. Levingston | July 31, 2009; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Conservative Swordswoman

When you're out of power, you wield the mighty pen as your sword. Disgruntled liberals did an enthusiastic job of slashing up George W in books that hogged the best seller list. Now it's the turn of newly disgruntled conservatives. Their pens are sharpened to a razor's edge and they're...

By Steven E. Levingston | July 31, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Blago, the Author: Beware of Your Readers

Prepare for more Blagojevich sightings. Just as the disgraced former Illinois governor had faded from the scene, HE'S BACK! His book, "The Governor: The Truth Behind the Political Scandal That Continues to Rock the Nation," is due out Sept. 8 but is already available for pre-orders on Amazon, climbing to...

By Steven E. Levingston | July 30, 2009; 1:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

In Their Own (Influential) Words

Last week we presented you with a series of quotes from major figures in the political world found in recently published or upcoming books. We asked you to match the names to the quotes. Here are the answers. The speakers are: Henry Waxman Harry Truman Bill Frist Jackie Kennedy Newt...

By Steven E. Levingston | July 30, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Privacy Police vs. Google Books

The ACLU and other organizations are turning up the heat on Google to protect readers' privacy. The groups are concerned that Google's plan to significantly expand Google Books does not come with a policy to keep users' reading habits safe from prying eyes. Google in October reached a settlement of...

By Steven E. Levingston | July 29, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Plastic Logic E-Reader to Challenge Kindle

The e-book world will get markedly more interesting in January when Plastic Logic, a Mountain View, Calif. tech company, launches its eReader in the United States. The device will compete directly with Amazon's Kindle. Just as Amazon provides all e-books for the Kindle, Barnes & Noble's giant e-bookstore, announced last...

By Steven E. Levingston | July 28, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (2)

E-Books Sales: Tiny Today, Towering Tomorrow?

A day hardly passes when we're not reminded that the era of the e-book is here. Though a tiny fraction of the book-buying market today, the foundations are being laid for massive sales in the future. Competition among e-book devices and e-bookstores is one sign. USAToday's decision last week to...

By Steven E. Levingston | July 27, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (3)

 

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