Plenty of bookstores vanished this year, but books sure didn't. More readers discovered the joys of reading them on screens, leaning in to peruse everything from blockbuster bios and zombie adventures to the latest hot novels from the chilly confines of Scandinavia. Here's a look at 10 stories that captivated us as we turned the pages of 2011:
Jerry Robinson helped to create Batman's protege Robin the Boy Wonder and may also have been the creator of the Joker, Batman's most memorable nemesis.
Many early users give good reviews to the Kindle Fire, but complaints have already prompted a software update for Amazon's tablet.
Massachusetts author Victoria Strauss talks about both the fraud and the opportunity available in today's book world.
A new app created by the Museum of London for their Dickens exhibit lets the user dive into the city that inspired the British author.
You've undoubtedly read Dr. Seuss's "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!," but did you know that the Rankin/Bass TV favorite "The Year Without a Santa Claus" (you know, the one with the Snow Miser and the Heat Miser) also began as a children's book? For millions of children today Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without certain beloved TV specials. But here's to remembering that the best of the lot all came from the printed page.
Everyone has Google on his or her computer these days – and that includes publishers. So why, in this day and age, would any author dare to plagiarize from the work of another? Nevertheless, the accusations continue to fly. Currently, Lenore Hart, author of "The Raven's Bride" is the latest on the hot seat, defending herself against charges that she plagiarized from another novel about Edgar Allan Poe's wife. Her publisher says she's innocent. While the outcome of the Hart incident is still to be determined, here are five high-profile cases in which an author was accused of plagiarism and fraud. Each – in its own way – rocked the book world in its time.
A new version of the Harry Potter theme park currently open in Orlando will be coming to Universal Studios Hollywood.
Amazon gains more than 450 titles from company Marshall Cavendish, helping the online retailer to solidify its move into publishing.