Nicolas Gary: France’s Digital Man of Letters

In Europe by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije In a corner of the traditional, safe and slightly musty world of French publishing, Nicolas Gary, the principal founder of Actualitté, a website and daily newsmagazine on French and international publishing, is a blast of fresh air. The Canadian-born 30-year old, a fan of Frank Herbert’s Dune but also of poet Saint-John Perse, founded Actualitté with three …

“Unknown Tales” and Choosing Your Own Adventure with a Click

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg The Choose Your Own Adventure books of my middle-school youth involving flipping through pages to discover the fate of my protagonist. Today, eBookNewser reported on a website that offers the same adventurous reading without the risk of paper cuts. Unknown Tales is a free website that allows visitors to choose a genre (action/adventure, crime, horror, mystery, romance, …

California Coffeehouses and Book Culture

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg The bans on computers that are becoming more prevalent in California cafés and coffeehouses are often extended to e-readers, reported eBookNewser this morning. In an effort to keep out squatters, many cafes in the state have disabled free Wi-Fi, given out time-sensitive Wi-Fi passwords, or even covered electrical outlets to keep traffic moving and keep space at …