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2008-08-28 06:00:36

Online bookseller Amazon.com has acquired Shelfari, an online site combining books and social networking owned by Seattle start-up Tastemakers. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Shelfari, in which Amazon invested $1m in when it was founded in October 2006, allows users to create virtual bookshelves of favorite titles and share them with friends. It also allows readers to post reviews and ratings of books. Josh Hug, co-founder of Shelfari, said: "We look forward to...

2008-02-15 03:00:19

By Pack, Thomas But a large and growing group of internet users use their time with digital media as a way to enhance their offline engagement with text. "A book holds a house of gold," according to a Chinese proverb. But many people don't seem interested in gold houses, even though public libraries let you live in them free. According to a report called "To Read or Not To Read," released in November by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Americans- especially young Americans -are...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.