News Corp., parent of HarperCollins, has bought Hearst Corp.'s Skiff, which develops technology for newspapers and magazines to be read on a range of computers, smartphones, etc. Skiff will be folded into News Corp., according to the Wall Street Journal, one of several News Corp. companies that will use Skiff's products and services. (Skiff's e-reader for newspapers and magazines that was supposed to go on sale later this year has apparently not been included in the purchase.)
News Corp. has also made an investment in Journalism Online, which helps publishers set up e-commerce platforms and charge for online news and information--a priority for News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch.
Amazon is now updating its Kindle software so that owners will be able to sort e-books into collections, share notes and highlighted passages on Facebook and Twitter, have more font options and more. According to Amazon, the update, announced in April, is being done automatically "over the next few weeks."
Founded in March 2008, the Blue Elephant Book Shop, Decatur, Ga., has moved to what sounds like the near-center of an auspicious triangle: "two doors west of Taqueria del Sol, two doors east of Dancing Goats Coffee Bar, and directly across the street from Watershed Restaurant."
The new address and new phone number: 407 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, Ga. 30030; 404-373-1565.
Three locals in Oxford, Ohio, are hoping to open a combined bookstore, coffeehouse, brewery and restaurant to be called Quarter Gastropub and Brewery, according to the Oxford Press. The city council is considering a loan from the Oxford Community Improvement Corp. to the group.
Jitters Coffeehouse and Bookstore has opened in Laurel, Miss., the Hattiesburg American reported. Founded by Mary Wilson, Jitters sells coffee, desserts, used books and new books from local authors. It also has a drive-through window.
Alan Cheuse recommended "Fiction, Long And Short, for
Summertime Escapes" on NPR's All Things Considered. His picks
included Fun with Problems by Robert Stone, Walks with Men
by Ann Beattie, The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan, A Visit from
the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan and Lucy by Laurence