Stacy Schiff, photo by Sheva Fruitman

Why did indie publisher Soft Skull Press close its New York offices after seventeen years in the city? The Observer investigates.

As the debate about Amazon's sponsorship of the Best Translated Book Awards continues, the online bookselling giant has announced the first release of its new translation imprint, AmazonCrossing: Guinean author Tierno MonÚnembo's The King of Kahel, a novel based on the life of Olivier de Sanderval, an early colonizer of West Africa.

New York magazine has taken the iPad plunge with its new app, which integrates print content with live feeds from their blogs.

Tonight, Barnes and Noble hosts biographer Stacy Schiff, whose Cleopatra: A Life depicts the Queen of Kings.

In "E-book Readers Come of Age" the gadget blog Ars Technica sings a hymn praising the Kindle 3, with one dissonant note: "It's not all good news. The Kindle interface still feels like something that escaped from 1985 and time-traveled into the future."

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