How to Download the Books That Just Entered the Public Domain

Public Domain Day was yesterday, but you were probably hungover, so here’s how to download the tens of thousands of books that became legal to download for free in 2019.
Caroline Haskins
space stations

We Are About to Enter a New Era of Space Stations

Motherboard talks to Robert Pearlman about his new book Space Stations, and how NASA, China, and space companies are building the next phase of human life off Earth.
Becky Ferreira
laws of motion

Two Men Allegedly Stole $8 Million Worth of Rare Books, Including Newton’s ‘Principia’

An archivist and an antique bookseller allegedly conspired to steal hundreds of items from the Carnegie Library rare books room.
Michael Gaynor
Life imitating art

This Nuke Expert's Terrifying New Novel Is the Warning We Need Right Now

Real life has hewed closely to fictional events in 'The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Attacks Against the United States,' taking the book's author, American nuclear policy expert Jeffrey Lewis, by surprise.
David Axe

Amazon Is Burying Sexy Books, Sending Erotic Novel Authors to the 'No-Rank Dungeon'

Erotica authors say that removing best seller ranks on Amazon hurts their bottom line.
Samantha Cole

The Software Developer Bringing Diversity to Your Reading List

Kaya Thomas created WeReadToo to share books by authors of color featuring characters of color.
Becky Ferreira
bad algorithms

Silicon Valley Is Inserting Its Biases Into Nearly Every Technology We Use

A new book argues that algorithmic bias is a result of the insular, mostly white tech industry.
Stephanie Russell-Kraft

How the CD-ROM Killed the Physical Encyclopedia

The fast demise of the physical encyclopedia came about thanks to an upstart publisher, an indecisive giant, and the world’s biggest software company.
Ernie Smith

Pepe the Frog’s Creator Gets Alt-Right Children’s Book Pulled, Vows to ‘Aggressively Enforce His Intellectual Property’

All profits from the book will go to the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Matthew Gault

The Triumph of the Shruggie: Why Ambivalence Dominates the Internet

What does it mean, when what we say online has no meaning?
Roisin Kiberd
Radio Motherboard

Sci-Fi Author Ann Leckie Talks Trump, Tea, and the 'Ancillary Justice' Series

The award-winning sci-fi novelist's new book 'Provenance' is due out September 26.
Carl Franzen

Read a Mindbending Excerpt from Ann Leckie’s New Novel ‘Provenance’

A transaction with a mysterious entity leads to trouble in the award-winning sci-fi author's upcoming novel.
Ann Leckie