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Classic Ladybird Books are This Month’s Very Interesting New Stamps

The Ladybird books -- the proper old ones not the ironic/funny new ones -- are on the stamps of the UK now, as the Royal Mail's latest set immortalises some of the nation's favourite old illustrated books. Read More >>

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The 5 Best Roald Dahl Books of All Time

Today's National Roald Dahl Day (how cool would it be to have your own national day?) and to celebrate, we're looking at the author's five best, most phizz-whizzing books of all time. Read More >>

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The Best Christmas Film of All Time is Being Turned Into a Must-Have Children’s Book

It’s unfortunate that Die Hard, the best Christmas movie of all time, isn’t really a film you can watch with your kids. But this year, instead of suffering through Elf once again, you can spend some quality time with your PG-rated family members by reading a new holiday children’s book based on the adventures of John McClane. Read More >>

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Internet Finally Dances on Yellow Pages’ Soggy Corpse

It's grown thinner over the years and young people don't even really know what it's for, and now it's finally dying for good. It's the end of the Yellow Pages, and the closing of a chapter of British history that was printed on very thin paper. Read More >>

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Terry Pratchett’s Unfinished Bits Destroyed by Steamroller

A collection of earthly remains of literary legend Terry Pratchett were destroyed this weekend, as a steamroller was called into action to destroy a hard drive allegedly containing unfinished novels and ideas left behind by the great author. Read More >>

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Booksellers Demand Tax Changes to Thwart Amazon

Amazon's latest tax return created its usual amount of controversy, with everyone suddenly an expert in international taxation laws and thinking it a bit odd that a company so big can somehow end up paying what appears to be such a small tax tab in the process. Read More >>

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These Animated Vintage Textbooks Would Make School Feel Like an Acid Trip

Secondary school is that boring stepping stone in life between primary school (when you have "play time" twice a day) and college (where you can skip class without getting in trouble). But wouldn’t getting your GCSEs be far more enjoyable if the minimalist covers on your textbooks were turned into trippy animations you could stare at through every class? Read More >>

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Why Bringing Back a Woolly Mammoth Is No Longer Science Fiction

Dr. George Church is a real-life Dr. Frankenstein. The inventor of CRISPR and one of the minds behind the Human Genome Project is no longer content just reading and editing DNA—now he wants to make new life. In Ben Mezrich’s latest book, Wooly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creatures, Church and his Harvard lab try to do the impossible, and clone an extinct Woolly mammoth back into existence. Read More >>

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GRRM Says The Winds of Winter May Arrive in 2018 or Early 2019, and It Might Not Be Alone

Remember at the start of the year, when George R.R. Martin told the world he really thought Winds of Winter would be out in 2017, and for a brief moment, your heart was filled with hope that soon the continuation of A Song of Ice and Fire would finally be here? Oh, my sweet summer children. Read More >>

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Man Discovers He’s Accidentally Reading Harry Potter Fan Fic Instead of Order of the Phoenix

Even though it’s been nearly 10 years since the last Harry Potter book was published, there are still people who’re discovering the story about The Boy Who Lived every single day. Take this fellow, for example, who was shocked to discover that he’d been mistakenly reading Potter fan fiction instead of J.K. Rowling. Read More >>

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Mondo’s Fantastic Pop Culture Posters Are Getting a Gorgeous New Art Book

Mondo is home to some of our favourite nerdy art, and responsible for making a certain member of io9's staff spend a lot of time pondering just where the hell to put his latest purchase. But if you’ve run out of wall space or missed out on the oodles of limited posters the company’s done, good news—a new book is collecting some of its best. Read More >>

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How Hogwarts Crushed All Other Fantasy Schools Under Its Heel

Harry Potter turns 20 today. (Technically, because of how the publishing world works, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone turns 20 next year, on September 1, when the US version came out.) Pottermania is so well-entrenched that all you need to see is a red and gold scarf to instantly know a lot about the person wearing it. Hogwarts is the preeminent fictional school. Read More >>

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Harry Potter Is Technically the Second Wizard in His Family With That Name

If you were wondering how Harry Potter got his name, then J.K. Rowling has finally given an answer. She’s also explained how it was that there were no wizarding grandparents to take in Harry after his parents died. Read More >>

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The Star of Star Wars: Battlefront II Saw Both Death Stars Explode

Iden Versio, the star of EA’s upcoming game Star Wars Battlefront II, has had it rough. From the game trailer, we know the Imperial super soldier was on Endor when the Rebel Alliance blew up the second Death Star. And now, from the accompanying book, we know she saw the first Death Star blow up too. Read More >>

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Fall In Love With Discworld All Over Again With Some Amazing Art

I have made no secret of my love of Terry Pratchett's Discworld, and I very much enjoy the work of SharksDen. Read More >>