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The members of the Ebook Friendly team focus on cool bits and pieces about ebooks, modern libraries, digital publishing, and the future of books.
Reader's block - a cartoon by Grant Snider

Do you suffer from reader’s block? (cartoon)

Here is another incredible comic by Grant Snider. This time it was created for the NY Times Book Review.

Friendly Staff January 23, 2020

The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.

– B.F. Skinner –


The most technologically efficient machine that man has ever invented is the book.

– Northrop Frye –

Tips & more
Forbidden books from around the world - full infographic

Forbidden books from around the world (infographic)

The infographic shows nearly 50 countries with books that are or were banned in recent years.

Friendly Staff September 19, 2019
Tips & more
Cool tech gifts 2019 for tech-savvy readers

Best tech gifts for book geeks 2019 (infographic)

A quick visual with cool gifts for tech-savvy book lovers in your life: mom, dad, kids, and your significant other.

Friendly Staff May 14, 2019
Booksellers of the future - cartoon by Tom Gauld

Booksellers of the future (cartoon)

Another fantastic cartoon created by Tom Gauld for the Guardian.

Friendly Staff April 13, 2019
Reading together with a kid - a cartoon by Grant Snider

Reading together with a kid (cartoon)

Here is a newest cartoon from our beloved Grant Snider (Incidental Comics).

Friendly Staff March 30, 2019
Why do you read - a cartoon by Debbie Tung

Why do you read? (cartoon)

The cartoon is included in Debbie Tung’s new book published by Andrews McMeel Publishing, Book Love.

Friendly Staff March 28, 2019

Rearranging the bookshelf (cartoon)

Another awesome cartoon by John Atkinson / Wrong Hands. More to check out:

Friendly Staff March 10, 2019
Staff picks
Most anticipated novels of autumn 2018 - The Reckoning by John Grisham

Recommended ebook: The Reckoning – John Grisham

The Reckoning John Grisham Pete Banning was Clanton’s favorite son – a decorated World War II hero, a farmer, father, and a…

Friendly Staff January 23, 2019

Personalized “Bookworm Since…” t-shirt

What book turned you into a dedicated bookworm? Now you can express it! Click the “Personalize” button and type the title. A great gift idea for book lovers of all ages.

Our score: 8.2/10

Zazzle $20.50

Innovative stand for hands-free use

Innovative pillow stand for hands-free use

From Lamicall comes a brand-new pillow stand with an “open jaw” design, a stylus holder, and a large pocket for your phone or charger. A perfect tablet or e-reader stand for hands-free use: reading, watching, or video calls.

Our score: 8.2/10

Amazon $29.99

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