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John Updike

5 eBooks About 9/11

This Sunday is the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. For background reading, we have put together a list of 5 eBooks about 9/11.

1. After 9/11: This eBook is an anthology of articles from The New Yorker from both before and after 9/11. It features the writing of Hendrik Hertzberg, John Updike, Jonathan Franzen, Rebecca Mead, Denis Johnson, Roger Angell, Susan Sontag, Aharon Appelfeld, Amitav Ghosh, and Donald Antrim, among others.

2. The 9/11 Commission Report: This is the 004 report on 9/11 put together by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks On the United States

3. Remembering 9/11 by Martha Cooper: A photo book from Mark Batty Publisher with images from New York in the days following the attacks

4. What We Saw: This eBook from Simon & Schuster  is a collection of reporting from the CBS News Archives. It includes audio and video components.

5. The River Panj: Different from the other books on this list, this eBook from author David Raterman is a novel that begins on September 11th, 2001, in Afghanistan

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Random House to Digitize Thousands of eBooks

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Capitalizing on the current eBook trend, Random House Inc. announced Monday that it will make thousands of additional books available in digital form, according to the Associated Press. That will include novels by John Updike and Harlan Coben, as well as several volumes of the “Magic Treehouse” children’s series.

The report said that Random House already has more than 8,000 books in digital form and is on its way to a total of about 15,000. After stalling for many years, eBooks are finally beginning to gain in popularity due to today’s improved eBook readers, cell phones with eBook software, and the high visibility of Amazon’s wireless Kindle device on Oprah and in other high-profile magazines. Even with triple-digit gains, though, eBooks remain under one percent of the total market.