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New York Public Library Makes Instagram Useful, Turns it Into a Kind of eReader

I don't fully understand why Instagram is so popular. I think I have an account, thanks to this job, but I've never actually bothered to use it properly. But it's a big deal to a lot of people, so everyone wanting to grab the attention of its many users is on there. Among them is the New York Public Library, which has announced that it's figured out how to turn the social network into an eReader of sorts. Read More >>

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’50 Shades…’ is the Book Most Readers Abandon

EL James's Kindle sex book is apparently the most given-up-on book among UK readers, with 50 Shades narrowly beating first Lord of The Rings for the title of thing we all most commonly abandon halfway, or lessway, through. Read More >>

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Audiobook Sales Rocket as We Try Harder to Block Out the World

Bloody people talking to us and telling us things and pointing out what we should've done are driving a huge increase in the sales of audiobooks, as the nation turns to the sounds of people reading books to drown out everything else. Read More >>

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Here Are A Bunch Of Books You Should Read Over Christmas

Christmas is looming, and hopefully that means getting the chance to get through some of the books that are on your ever-growing shame pile. If you are looking for more to add, or are simply after some new recommendations - this is what the team will be reading over the summer break. 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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Bank of England Opts For Worst Possible Jane Austen Quote On New Tenner

Jane Austen will make her debut on the £10 note today and the quote that accompanies her image is causing some controversy. The line in question is "I declare after all that there is no enjoyment like reading!" which superficially sounds quite positive. The problem, however, is that it's spoken by a woman who is only interested in reading to ensnare Mr Darcy. Read More >>

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Vintage Scifi Mag Galaxy Available For Free Online

Galaxy magazine was a pulpy, science fiction paradise from 1950 to 1980, publishing some of the most important futuristic voices of the 20th century—to say nothing of the amazing cover illustrations. And you can read hundreds of issues from its heyday online, all thanks to Archive.org. 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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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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Reminder: George R. R. Martin Is Probably Never Going To Finish A Song Of Ice And Fire

It's been five years since the last book. It's been a year since the last update. We're only two (short) seasons away from the end of the TV series. Maybe it's time to face it: it's likely the A Song Of Ice And Fire books will never get finished. Read More >>

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Ghostbusters Has Been Turned Into Shakespeare

When something is well-written, it’s not uncommon to hear someone refer to it as “Shakespeare.” For example, hypothetically, someone might say, “The script for Ghostbusters was so good, it’s like Shakespeare.” But what if Ghostbusters actually was written by Shakespeare? Read More >>

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Ebooks Down, Book-Book Sales Up

Sales of electronic versions of books for ereaders, tablets and besieged smartphones have fallen for the first time in years, with publishing experts blaming the nation's overwhelming number of screens for a huge 17 per cent drop in consumer ebook sales. Read More >>

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The Adult Colouring Book Trend is Dead

The latest set of financial data from high street retail bellwether WH Smith shows that we've all had it up to HERE with the ironic adult colouring books we've been getting for Christmas this last two or three years, with the shop saying sales of such titles have "fallen off a cliff." Unfortunately not accompanied by people who like and buy them. Read More >>