Collective reading is alive and well in the 2000s – thanks to large-scale online book clubs (think "One Book, One Twitter," for example) and also to community “One City, One Book” programs which encourage an entire metropolis to read the same book at the same time. What are cities reading this year? Here are the 2011 picks of five participating cities – all of them apparently drawn to books with strong cultural themes .
The well-received but challenging novel "Cloud Atlas" has actors Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Hugh Grant lined up to star in its film adaptation, due to be released next fall.
Doonesbury cartoon character Roland Hedley offers readers a sneak peak at Joe McGinniss's unauthorized biography of Sarah Palin.
An international group of writers are suing five American universities for copyright infringement – and sending a warning to Google Books.
Though it will have to compete with the massive success of the iPad, a rumored Amazon tablet could be cheaper and offer a better ebook reading experience.
Amazon is in talks with publishers to create an e-book service that would let customers pay to rent books, just the way they now do movies.
Ikea is redesigning its iconic “Billy” bookcase, assuming that digital-age customers will be using them more and more for "tchotchkes" and less and less for books.
Calvin Trillin's beloved wife Alice died on Sept. 11, 2001 – in a strange but unrelated parallel to the terrorist attacks on the city that both the Trillins loved.