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Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys Is Being Turned Into a Radio Drama

It’s been a very good year for fans of Neil Gaiman. American Gods was excellent, there’s Good Omens on the way, and now another of his works is being brought to life on radio: his 2005 fantasy novel Anansi Boys. Read More >>

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London Unis Make Millions From Late Library Books

London's selection of universities are sitting on a secret money making scheme, with data showing that they've taken in more than £3m from their students via this clever little hack. The scam? Charging late fees for students returning books. That's somehow netted the establishments millions. Read More >>

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A New Take-Home Exhibit From the Museum of Science Fiction Celebrates the Women of Sci-Fi

After a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign, the finished product is here: Catalysts, Explorers & Secret Keepers: Women of Science Fiction. It’s a collection of new and reprinted works, framed as a take-home exhibit from the Museum of Science Fiction. Read More >>

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Now You Can Buy The Maps From Lev Grossman’s The Magicians

Like any fantasy novel worth its magical salt, Lev Grossman’s The Magicians series had some beautiful maps. Now, courtesy of the artist behind those illustrations, you can own big, beautiful versions of them, albeit for a hefty price. Read More >>

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The Mr Men All Die Today

The famous Mr Men characters, beloved of children and parents for nearly 40 years even though some of the books are fairly terrible, are about to be marched cheerily off up the hill to Slaughterhouse Land by current rights holder Egmont. It has reworked some of the more popular books into ironic versions to be given to your wacky mate for Christmas. Read More >>

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Audible’s Machine Learning Lets Romance Novel Lovers Skip to the Porn

Admittedly I've never read anything remotely close to a romance novel, but I can only assume that people read them for the same reasons people read Playboy or watch porn. Not for the plot or the articles, if you know what I mean. But they still have plenty of fluff that passes for plot that you have to read through. Well Audible's going to help you if you just want the good parts. Read More >>

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This Special Edition of Fahrenheit 451 Can Only Be Read When It’s Heated

Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 tells the story of a dystopian future where books have been outlawed and are destroyed by firemen who set them ablaze. But in an ironic twist, Super Terrain, a publisher in France, has created a new edition of Bradbury’s classic that actually requires extreme heat in order to be read. Read More >>

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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 >>