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About three quarters of American public libraries currently lend out e-books, and in the past year libraries have seen a sharp growth in e-book borrowing. Still, well over half of U.S. library card holders don't know whether their local public library lends e-books, according to a new Pew report.

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The legacy of Maurice Sendakupdated: Thu May 10 2012 09:47:00

CNN's John Zarrella reports on the legacy of Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator of acclaimed children's books.

Sendak sparked 'wild' creativity in young readersupdated: Thu May 10 2012 09:47:00

Marla Frazee can remember the moment she pulled "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak out of the library shelves filled with picture books.

Author of 'Where the Wild Things Are' diesupdated: Tue May 08 2012 20:25:00

Maurice Sendak, author of the classic children's book "Where the Wild Things Are," has died, a spokeswoman for HarperCollins Publishers said Tuesday. He was 83.

A dark day for the future of booksupdated: Sun Apr 15 2012 22:01:00

Wednesday was a dark day for the future of books.

Will Apple lawsuit mean cheaper e-books?updated: Wed Apr 11 2012 18:44:00

For consumers, the news that the Department of Justice is suing Apple and several publishers, accusing them of price-fixing, boils down to one kitchen-table question: Will this mean my e-books will get cheaper?

Dad: Son 'wasn't the same Dan' after warupdated: Mon Apr 09 2012 12:09:00

CNN's Fredricka Whitfield talks to the family of a soldier who they say came back from war "hopeless."

A war hero returns home, 40 years laterupdated: Mon Apr 09 2012 12:09:00

Karl Marlantes stared at the young man through the sights of an M-16 rifle and slid his muddy finger over the curve of the trigger.

E-books spur reading among Americans, survey showsupdated: Thu Apr 05 2012 05:34:00

E-books aren't just becoming increasingly popular. They also appear to be promoting reading habits among American adults.

E-Reader or iPadupdated: Thu Apr 05 2012 05:34:00

Which one is right for you? HLN's Jennifer Westhoven visits Consumer Reports to find out.

9 things to never say in a book clubupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 15:43:00

1. "So, who liked the book and who didn't?"

'Harry Potter' series finally available as e-booksupdated: Tue Mar 27 2012 15:57:00

Finally, fans of the world's most famous boy wizard can follow his fight against the evil Lord Voldemort on their e-readers.

South Korean woman wins Man Asian Literary Prizeupdated: Sat Mar 17 2012 04:40:00

A novel about the role of motherhood and the conflict between tradition and modernity in contemporary South Korea has won the Man Asian Literary Prize for author Kyung-sook Shin, marking the first time a woman has won the prestigious literary award.

Modern children's books help families explore diversityupdated: Thu Mar 08 2012 09:16:00

The sale of the old house, the purchase of the new house, the packing, the good-bye parties. It was all so overwhelming for me. I can't imagine what it was like for my toddler, leaving the only home, neighborhood and sitter she had ever known in the city where she was born. Fortunately, I got a little bit of help from the Berenstain Bears to give my daughter some answers.

Report: Apple to introduce 'GarageBand for e-books'updated: Tue Jan 17 2012 07:55:00

Apple is scheduled to host an education-related event on January 19 -- shrouded with a veil of mystery, as always. A new report from Ars Technica says the company is about to unveil a set of tools to create interactive e-books.

5 graphic novels you'll loveupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 14:53:00

Like most of us, you've probably heard of graphic novels -- but haven't read too many. Here are four new titles (plus one classic) that make you think, feel and daydream just like any other book.

James Franco to publish his first novel updated: Wed Jan 04 2012 10:56:00

Actor, producer, graduate student, Oscars host. He's had plenty of titles. And now James Franco is set to add one more: novelist.

Captain America co-creator diesupdated: Thu Dec 15 2011 20:48:00

Joe Simon, the co-creator of star-spangled comic book hero Captain America, has died at 98, his family announced.

Wondrous winter readsupdated: Fri Dec 09 2011 14:59:00

A novel should be as rich and satisfying as, say, Christmas dinner.

Batman cartoonist Jerry Robinson diesupdated: Fri Dec 09 2011 02:57:00

Cartoonist Jerry Robinson, who worked on the earliest Batman comics and claimed credit for creating the super-villain The Joker, died Thursday at the age of 89, his family confirmed.

Super price for Superman comicupdated: Fri Dec 02 2011 05:37:00

Someone out there just leapt all comic book purchase price records in a single bound.

Connelly gets 'The Drop' on readers in new novelupdated: Fri Nov 25 2011 11:19:00

This has been a banner year for crime novelist Michael Connelly. A film adaptation of "The Lincoln Lawyer" was a critical success and could become a TV series next year. His most recent novel, "The Fifth Witness," hit No. 1 on the bestseller list, and Connelly topped 1 million e-books sold online. His latest novel, "The Drop," arrives in bookstores Tuesday and is poised to be another top seller.

How to start a book clubupdated: Fri Oct 28 2011 15:37:00

1. Think about what your intentions are for your book club. Before you start looking for prospective members, sit down for a few minutes and ask yourself the following questions.

'Rules of Civility' takes on loyalty and the choices we makeupdated: Fri Oct 14 2011 14:41:00

Pour yourself a cold martini, make sure it's extra dry, put some classic jazz on the stereo, a mournful saxophone is a must, and settle in with one of the best-reviewed novels of the year, "Rules of Civility."

CNNMoney: Barnes & Noble yanks Kindle exclusive comics from its shelvesupdated: Fri Oct 07 2011 16:53:00

Don't share with Barnes & Noble, and you'll face the book behemoth's wrath. One week after DC Comics handed over exclusive digital rights for some of its comic books to Amazon, B&N fired back by yanking physical copies of those books off its store shelves.

Swedish poet wins Nobel Literature prizeupdated: Thu Oct 06 2011 09:02:00

Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer won the Nobel Prize in literature, the Swedish academy that announces the annual award said Thursday. Martha Stewart Says Daughter's Tell-All Book Is 'Hilarious'updated: Tue Oct 04 2011 17:49:00

"It's irreverent and it's lots of fun," the domestic diva says about Whateverland A Q&A with author Jeff Pearlmanupdated: Wed Sep 28 2011 16:38:00

Jeff Pearlman's latest book, Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton, is sure to draw plenty of attention.'s Ben Glicksman talked with Pearlman, a former SI senior writer and current contributor, about Payton, the process of writing the book and more.

Amazon and (hopefully) the end of late feesupdated: Thu Sep 22 2011 19:04:00

We've been nearing the end of the late-fees era for years -- and, thanks to technology, we're one step closer this week. Amazon just launched a no-fees library loan program for digital books.

CNNMoney: Amazon brings Kindle e-books to 11,000 librariesupdated: Wed Sep 21 2011 12:53:00

It's an e-book perk that often flies under the radar: Many bricks-and-mortar libraries are now lending out electronic editions.

'Magician King' helps Potter fansupdated: Mon Aug 08 2011 13:58:00

If you're going through withdrawal after the end of the Harry Potter series, or if you outgrew "The Chronicles of Narnia" and have moved past the "Lord of the Rings," we have just the thing for you: Welcome back to the magical land of Fillory!

Get ready for a new Spider-manupdated: Thu Aug 04 2011 13:44:00

The comic book superhero goes multicultural in Marvel comics' Ultimate Universe series.

Behind Spider-Man's mask -- a new, multi-racial faceupdated: Thu Aug 04 2011 13:44:00

In the Ultimate Universe of Marvel Comics, Peter Parker -- the original alter ego of Spider-Man -- is dead, and his replacement is a half-African-American, half-Latino teenager named Miles Morales.

CNNMoney: Bluewater Productions makes Conan O'Brien subject of next comic bookupdated: Sat Jul 02 2011 19:14:00

Move over Green Lantern. The subject of Bluewater Productions' next comic book is tall, flame-haired and a heck of a lot funnier.

5 reasons why e-books aren't there yetupdated: Mon Jun 06 2011 08:57:00

There are no two ways about it: E-books are here to stay. Unless something as remarkable as Japan's reversion to the sword occurs, digital books are the 21st century successor to print.

Amazon e-books now outselling print booksupdated: Thu May 19 2011 12:57:00

As further proof of how digital media dominate today's entertainment, Amazon announced Thursday that its customers now buy more e-books for its Kindle device than all print books -- hardcover and paperback -- combined.

CNNMoney: E-book sales top paperbacks for first timeupdated: Fri Apr 15 2011 14:43:00

The publishing tide is shifting fast: E-book sales in February topped all other formats, including paperbacks and hardcovers, according to an industry report released this week.

Michael Connelly: McConaughey nailed Mickey Hallerupdated: Sun Apr 10 2011 00:27:00

Michael Connelly's new novel, "The Fifth Witness," is just out and is certain to debut at or near the top of The New York Times best-seller list. This is Connelly's fourth novel featuring fictional criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller. Alex Belth: Bios of Campanella, Clemente highlight baseball books of springupdated: Thu Mar 17 2011 14:19:00

As baseball fans count down the final restless days of spring training, gearing-up for fantasy drafts and hoping that none of their favorite players get hurt, let's turn to the new crop of baseball books that will soon hit the shelves.

Why Amazon would be smart to give away the Kindleupdated: Fri Mar 04 2011 10:22:00

E-books are revolutionizing the publishing industry and reader preferences, and Amazon might be in a unique position to hasten that change -- if they decide to start giving away their popular Kindle e-reader for free.

What happened when Weird Al grew upupdated: Wed Feb 02 2011 02:02:00

"I mean, I hate to gloat," Weird Al Yankovic said, "but I'm extremely satisfied with my position in life and the way things have worked out for me."

CNNMoney: Amazon sales pop as Kindle books overtake paperbacksupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 18:13:00

OK, bookworms, now you can declare Armageddon: Kindle e-books have overtaken paperback books as the bestselling type of content in Amazon's bookstore.

How to be a holiday superhero to the geek in your lifeupdated: Tue Dec 21 2010 11:19:00

What would truly delight the geek in your life? It's nearly impossible to know if you don't share his or her peculiar tastes.

Never-ending book heralds new chapter in e-publishingupdated: Thu Dec 09 2010 09:42:00

It's an age-old problem for avid book readers: You become so engrossed in a good page-turner that when the end arrives, you're still crying out for more.

How to succeed in comics: Why Stan is 'The Man'updated: Mon Dec 06 2010 18:01:00

"Hello 'true believers,' this is Stan Lee," said the world-renowned comic book creator as he filmed a video segment for His booming voice and magnetic demeanor made jaws drop and eyes widen everywhere in the room.

Is the Google eBookstore any different?updated: Mon Dec 06 2010 17:42:00

Google on Monday launched what it says is the largest digital bookstore on the internet -- a site called the Google eBookstore.

Obama's new children's book hits shelvesupdated: Tue Nov 16 2010 20:22:00

Half a million copies of a new children's book by President Barack Obama hit the shelves Tuesday.

Mark Zuckerberg to become comic book hero, villain?updated: Tue Sep 28 2010 07:32:00

Can't get enough of Mark Zuckerberg? Well, if the upcoming movie "The Social Network" doesn't sate your desire for the Facebook founder, he's slated to star in his own comic book come December.

iPad boosts appeal of digital comicsupdated: Thu Aug 12 2010 14:44:00

In just a few short months, Apple's iPad has become a popular mobile tool for web surfing, watching TV and reading electronic books. But its biggest impact may come in a lesser-known area of multimedia: digital comics.

CNNMoney: Amazon, Apple probed for fixing e-book pricesupdated: Mon Aug 02 2010 17:33:00

In the e-book price wars, Apple and Amazon might be enjoying an unfair advantage, Connecticut's Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said Monday as he announced an investigation of their contracts with book publishers.

CNNMoney: Amazon, Apple probed for e-book price fixingupdated: Mon Aug 02 2010 16:37:00

In the e-book price wars, Apple and Amazon might be enjoying an unfair advantage, Connecticut's Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said Monday as he announced an investigation of their contracts with book publishers.

CNNMoney: Is Kindle 3 a game-ender for e-reader wars?updated: Thu Jul 29 2010 15:06:00

Amazon unveiled its long-awaited Kindle 3 on Thursday, slashing the price to $139 and setting the tech world abuzz about what the move means for the ongoing e-reader wars.

Why can't you give Kindle books as gifts?updated: Mon Jul 26 2010 08:12:00

Amazon recently has been touting the growing popularity of its Kindle e-reader and mobile apps.

Comics still have a place at Comic-Conupdated: Sun Jul 25 2010 18:31:00

While the latest movie releases might be the most visible part of the annual San Diego Comic-Con, the comic books themselves certainly haven't been lost in the shuffle.

'The Hoff,' Shatner and more at Comic-Conupdated: Sun Jul 25 2010 18:31:00

Celebrities of all stripes attend San Diego Comic-Con 2010. CNN iReporters take you up-close to the stars.

What's the big deal about comic books?updated: Sun Jul 25 2010 09:24:00

Everyone from "Twilight Moms" to "Family Guy" fans is waiting in line at Comic-Con. This nearly 40-year-old convention is mainly devoted to comic books, and it was sold out before the exhibitors and speakers were even announced this year. Why are so many people there?

The new face of reading? Some e-books now outselling hardbacksupdated: Tue Jul 20 2010 12:52:00

Call them the new hardcovers -- without the covers.

CNNMoney: Amazon sells more Kindle books than hardcoversupdated: Mon Jul 19 2010 17:31:00

In the latest sign that readers are flocking to e-books, said Monday that it is now selling more Kindle books than hardcovers.

Pirates, smugglers, castaways: 10 great adventure books for the beachupdated: Fri Jul 16 2010 10:48:00

Almost as essential as sunglasses and sunscreen, a good book can make relaxing on holiday by the sea even better.

Publishers want universal e-booksupdated: Wed Jun 02 2010 09:17:00

The industry-wide struggle over e-book formats continues, despite the fact that publishers are inundated with choices over how and where to distribute their e-books.

A romantic hero wouldn't do thatupdated: Mon May 31 2010 11:05:00

Romance writers and readers have one thing in common: We love men.

Kitty Kelley: keeping and telling secretsupdated: Wed May 05 2010 09:33:00

Author Kitty Kelley talks about secret-keepers, writing about icons and why she's going out on top like Oprah Winfrey.

The anatomy of an unauthorized tell-allupdated: Wed May 05 2010 09:33:00

Kitty Kelley, author of the controversial biography "Oprah," has a motto over her desk that speaks to her philosophy about her profession as a celebrity biographer: "Tell the truth, but ride a fast horse."

CNNMoney: Google to start selling digital booksupdated: Tue May 04 2010 16:23:00

Google will begin selling digital books through an online bookstore in the middle of the year, according to a company spokesman.

CNNMoney: Amazon earnings jump 68%updated: Thu Apr 22 2010 19:54:00 posted first-quarter earnings Thursday that topped Wall Street's expectations, but the online retailer's outlook was less rosy.

Before you buy: 12 things to know about the iPadupdated: Sat Apr 03 2010 10:21:00

You've seen the television commercials and the product reviews.

Rare comic of Superman debut fetches $1.5 millionupdated: Tue Mar 30 2010 19:41:00

The comic debut of Superman has sold for an out-of-this-world price.

CNNMoney: Bam! Superman comic book bops Batman recordupdated: Tue Mar 30 2010 16:54:00

There's a multi-million-dollar battle brewing between superheroes.

Why just being good at your job is not enoughupdated: Tue Mar 16 2010 10:08:00

Getting your name into print is a great way to show off your professional know how and, some say, to make yourself stand out from the workplace competition.

CNNMoney: Batman comic book beats Superman at auction, sets recordupdated: Fri Feb 26 2010 14:55:00

The Dark Knight may be Superman's next greatest nemesis, after Lex Luthor.

CNNMoney: It's a bird, it's a plane ... it's a $1 million comic bookupdated: Mon Feb 22 2010 18:27:00

Since he started selling comic books at age 16, Vincent Zurzolo had only dreamt of selling a million-dollar comic book. Lauren Conrad Tops the Bestseller List - Again!updated: Fri Feb 12 2010 11:09:00

Her second novel, Sweet Little Lies, tops the New York Times list

Graphic novels get the star treatmentupdated: Mon Feb 08 2010 08:13:00

In the same way some nerdy leading men have become definitions of cool (see: Michael Cera), graphic novels have also gotten a little Hollywood glitter on their previously geeky reputation.

CNNMoney: Apple unveils iPad. Your move, Amazonupdated: Thu Jan 28 2010 18:30:00

Why would anyone buy a Kindle for $259 when they can have an iPad for $499?

Author J.D. Salinger dies at 91updated: Thu Jan 28 2010 16:04:00

J.D. Salinger, the famously reclusive author whose 1951 novel, "The Catcher in the Rye," became a touchstone for generations of readers, has died. He was 91.

Fortune: The war over e-book pricingupdated: Fri Jan 22 2010 09:44:00

Topping Amazon's best-seller list for the past week and a half has been Game Change, the salacious account of the 2008 presidential campaign complete with scenes from John Edwards' affair and Sarah Palin's mood swings.

Digital piracy hits the e-book industryupdated: Fri Jan 01 2010 09:52:00

When Dan Brown's blockbuster novel "The Lost Symbol" hit stores in September, it may have offered a peek at the future of bookselling.

How to start a book clubupdated: Fri Dec 18 2009 17:04:00

A story is always better if you have someone to share it with. What could be better than sharing it with a group of friends who have read it too? Starting your own book club is an endeavor that we applaud! And we've made it easy to do with these tips and resources.

Vampire romance novels suck in readersupdated: Wed Nov 25 2009 07:59:00

If the chaste Bella and Edward lived in writer J.R. Ward's world, they would have hit the sheets long ago.

A new take on teenage loveupdated: Wed Nov 25 2009 07:59:00

"The Twilight Saga: New Moon" is breaking box office records and providing a refreshing take on teen love.

A 'literary miracle' crowned by Oprahupdated: Fri Nov 06 2009 17:03:00

Even among the hundreds of applications, this one stood out. Most applicants to creative writing programs submit stories about the angst of their suburban childhoods. This writer's stories concerned the daily ordeals of a boy living with his family on the streets of Nairobi, Kenya, and the horrific plight of a Rwandan girl whose mother is Tutsi and father Hutu.

Singer-actor Tyrese invents comic book superheroupdated: Wed Sep 30 2009 09:05:00

Tyrese Gibson is far from the first singer to make the transition from music to movies. However, the "Transformers" star is blazing a whole new trail with his latest crossover venture.

E-books catching on with readersupdated: Mon Sep 14 2009 09:18:00

Paul Jessup is an avid reader who is increasingly turning to e-books to feed his love of the written form. It's not just ease of use that draws Jessup to books in a digital form, it's the potential e-books represent.

Six days until 'The Lost Symbol' hits storesupdated: Thu Sep 10 2009 13:04:00

Dan Brown could not have written a more suspenseful plot if he'd tried. VIDEO: Kathy Griffin Skewers Celeb Memoirsupdated: Wed Sep 09 2009 16:31:00

Except hers, of course - though she points a poison pen at Britney, the Jonas Bros. & the Gosselins

New Sony Reader adds touchscreen, wireless downloadsupdated: Tue Aug 25 2009 15:45:00

After letting Kindle dominate the e-book reader market for two years, Sony has fired a huge salvo in return.

Historietas en el iPhoneupdated: Wed Aug 12 2009 06:11:00

El dibujante argentino Sergio Carrera encuentra un nuevo espacio para llegar a los lectores. Informe de CNN, Javier Doberti (4 de agosto)

Made-for-mobile comics: The future of pulp?updated: Wed Aug 12 2009 06:11:00

Are comics made to be read on cell phones, Kindles and iPods the new pulp of pop culture?

Nancy Grace pens new bookupdated: Tue Aug 11 2009 09:08:00

CNN's Nancy Grace talks about her new book"The Eleventh Victim." The courtroom thriller releases on August 12th.

Buzz building for 'Batman: Arkham Asylum' gameupdated: Fri Jul 24 2009 11:37:00

Imagine taking the best characters and elements of your favorite fictional universe and weaving them into a new story that captures the imagination of fans.

Library fight riles up city, leads to book-burning demandupdated: Wed Jul 22 2009 13:41:00

A fight over books depicting sex and homosexuality has riled up a small Wisconsin city, cost some library board members their positions and prompted a call for a public book burning.

Writing shorter isn't easierupdated: Sun Jul 12 2009 22:54:00

Chimamanda Adichie talks about her success as an author and her new collection of short stories.

Lawsuit targets 'rip-off' of 'Catcher in the Rye'updated: Wed Jun 03 2009 16:49:00

Reclusive author J.D. Salinger has emerged, at least in the pages of court documents, to try to stop a novel that presents Holden Caulfield, the disaffected teen hero of his classic "The Catcher in the Rye," as an old man.

Harlequin covers on displayupdated: Wed Jun 03 2009 13:00:00

An exhibit of 60 years of Harlequin covers traces women's changing desires and roles.

Decades of beefcakes, bodices and Harlequin romancesupdated: Wed Jun 03 2009 13:00:00

They've been teasing and tantalizing female readers with images of muscular men oozing sensuality and the pretty women they are destined to save and then fall in love with. The "beefcakes and bodices" book covers have helped Harlequin sell their romance novels for more than half a century.

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