The unique idea would provide train passengers with a selection of books to browse on their smartphones while riding the tube.
We have robots that can read books at extreme speeds, and now we have algorithms that can write them at breakneck pace. This isn't your twenty-monkeys-in-a-room-with-a-typewriter-for-twenty-years type story either. These books are on Amazon.
If it seems like we spend so much time here talking about impending robot takeovers, it's precisely because of things like this: a robotic book scanner that could consume the contents of an entire brick-and-mortar library in just one day.
Toronto book store, The Monkey's Paw teamed up with Craig Small to build the Bibliomat. Besides being the coolest thing I've seen today, the Bibliomat's a $2 vending machine that spits out used books.
StoryBundle, which won our hearts early by collecting science fiction e-books written by indie authors, is now doing the same for horror. For as little as $1, you can six digital reads that look set to please sci-fi fans with zombies, apocalyptic yarns and ancient evils.
E-readers are great if you want some reading material on a trip, but they're kind of expensive if you're the type of person who tends to lose or break stuff. The Beagle from Txtr takes away that fear, because at around $13, it costs less most regular paperback books to replace.
With all of the focus on digital books these days, it's easy to forget that so much of the world's collective knowledge is still only available from good old fashioned paper books. This public library aims to spice up the image of the dusty old archives by making it into a place you'll want to visit.
Finding great science fiction reads, especially in a sea of millions of available books, can be a daunting task. And if you want to support independent self-published authors, it can be next to impossible finding that perfect book to read. Fortunately, StoryBundle has decided to make this process much easier. The concept behind StoryBundle is a simple one: select a group of quality self-published books and offer them to the public for whatever price people are willing to pay. Similar in concept to many indie video game bundles (think HumbleBundle), StoryBundle is the brainchild of Jason Chen. Chen and his team read all of the titles themselves and then decide which ones to offer in the bundle. And the reader decides what price to pay. It's basically a win-win for everyone involved. In an interview with Chen, we discussed the benefits of StoryBundle to science fiction authors and readers.
London is overflowing with things to do in the next few weeks as the Olympics take over the town. If you're the type who is looking for something different in between sporting venues, consider getting lost in a book — or more accurately, a book maze measuring just over 5,000 square feet.
I'm a huge fan of maps offering arbitrary information, such as this wind map. Well, another map has joined the fray. The Book Depository Live tracks books being sold across the globe, in real time.