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A New Legend Begins in the First Trailer for Netflix’s The Witcher

We’ve had teases. We’ve had butt shots. But now, it’s finally time for us to properly introduce ourselves to Henry Cavill’s take on Geralt of Rivia, best known to fans of the CD Projekt Red RPG series and Andrzej Sapkowski novels as the Witcher. Read More >>

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A Familiar Star Wars Face Returns in This Excerpt for Thrawn: Treason

Timothy Zahn’s return to his most famous creation, Grand Admiral Thrawn, has been one of the consistent highlights of the new canon of Star Wars under Disney. So far we’ve got to see Thrawn’s early days in the Empire and a fateful encounter between him and Anakin Skywalker, and we just got a look inside the third entry in this new Thrawn series. Read More >>

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Textbook Specialist Aims for Digital-Only Near-Ish Future

Educational book publisher Pearson is about to expend less effort and resources on printing enormous textbooks, as it's pivoting to offering primarily digital options that it thinks are way better anyway. Read More >>

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North Korea Immortalises Leaders’ Thoughts in Ebook Form

North Korea is getting in on the electronic publishing scene, with the regime releasing an e-reader application able to parse one particularly must-read title – the complete thoughts and works of former leader Kim Jong-il and his father and the very first head of state of the nation Kim Il-sung. Read More >>

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Kent’s Book-Ripper is Becoming More Active

A person who enjoys tearing book pages in half and putting them back on shop shelves is being hunted in the Kent town of Herne Bay, with the ripper striking at titles in a charity shop and now moving on to attack books in the local library. The real worry is that a WHSmith is just 6.71 miles away in Canterbury. Read More >>

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The Weather Machine Reveals How the Forecast Is Made—and Why It’s Now Threatened

The weather forecast is one of the most ubiquitous things in our daily lives. People talk about it when there’s nothing else to say, farmers from America to Angola use it to decide when to plant crops, and everyone loves to (wrongly) complain when it screws up. Read More >>

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In This Excerpt From Chuck Wendig’s New Sci-Fi Thriller, Wanderers, a Scientist Begins to Realize the World’s in Deep Trouble

Chuck Wendig is a name you’ll recognise if you’re a fan of Star Wars novels (or follow the ins and outs of Star Wars comics). But he also does plenty of work beyond the galaxy far, far, away – including his epic new sci-fi thriller, Wanderers, which is coming to shelves this week. Gizmodo has a very intriguing excerpt to share with you today. Read More >>

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Exclusive: Watch Game of Thrones’ Ice Wall Climb Come to Life in Storyboard Form

Great visual storytelling starts with visuals to explain the storytelling. Storyboards, for example, are used to convey the drama and how the action of a scene is going to unfold long before cameras start rolling. A new book called Game of Thrones: The Storyboards dives deep into that aspect of the hit show, with detailed looks at key moments from the first seven seasons. Read More >>

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DC Is Working On a Huge Number of New Young Adult and Kid Books

DC recently announced that they were consolidating all of their imprints, cancelling a wide variety of separate lines, including the DC Ink and DC Zoom lines aimed at younger readers. In the aftermath of that news, it would be easy to worry about the future of DC’s books for non-adult audiences, but it turns out they have that covered. Read More >>

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Victorian Content Pirates Scraped Charles Dickens’ Smash Stories

The mighty old words of Charles Dickens were embroiled in patter theft controversies back in the day, as a new book reveals that rip-off versions of his classics with titles like "Oliver Twiss" were created to scam readers out of their pennies or farthings or groats or whatever they used then, in a rough equivalent of today's internet keyword spamming. Read More >>

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A Dune: The Sisterhood Series Is Coming From Denis Villeneuve and WarnerMedia’s Streaming Service

We won’t get to feast on Denis Villeneuve’s much-anticipated cinematic take on Frank Herbert’s Dune until November 2020, but here’s some news that suggests Dune fever won’t be confined to the big screen: Villeneuve will also executive produce, co-write, and direct the pilot for a Herbert-inspired series, Dune: The Sisterhood, for WarnerMedia’s streaming service. Read More >>

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The Hunger Games Is Getting a Prequel Novel, Set During the ‘Dark Days’ of Panem

We’re going back to the arena. Scholastic has announced a new The Hunger Games prequel novel from Suzanne Collins, set decades before the events of the original books and films. Read More >>

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Underland Reimagines Nature Writing About an Increasingly Unnatural World

Traditional nature writing explores the majesty of earth’s topographies—its fields and streams and mountains—those sunlit places bursting with blues and greens. Such writing reminds us of the beauty of pristine nature and evokes a desire to get out of our concrete cities and into the wild. In the extraordinary Underland: A Deep Time Journey, Robert Macfarlane offers a different view of earth. He goes where sunlight can’t—into the interior of the planet —to excavate our relationships with darkness and the unknown. What he reveals is both chilling and wondrous. Read More >>