As the e-reader wars rage on, rumors have it that Sony may be making a serious bid to get back in the game--according to the blog Liliputing (which pulled its info from the dark heart of a WSJ article), Sony is working on a hydrid device that will combine the functions of netbook, game console, and e-reader. Yes! Another thing to buy! Also the new darker-gray-colored Kindle DX Graphite is shipping for $379. Something else to buy! From TFTS.

Elsewhere, The Bookseller reports that UK publishers are still waiting for a ton of cash owed them by Borders UK, which, as you’ll recall, collapsed last November.

In author news, Denis Johnson’s papers have been sold to the Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin. And here’s some thriller-writing advice from Lisa Scottoline, via eBookNewser.