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Fight Club 2 — first 6 pages of graphic novel now available

Fight Club 2 — first 6 pages of graphic novel now available

If, like Tyler Durden (or Narrator), you’re no fan of rules, please continue reading. We’re about to snap the first two rules of Fight Club clean in half. Rather than follow Fight Club up with more words on paper, Chuck Palahniuk is keeping with the medium that made the book such a runaway hit. There’s no second movie, but we are getting our hands on visuals via a graphic novel that picks up where Fight Club left off. Fight Club 2 finds Durden, Marla, and their son in suburban hell.

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Goodnight Lad ‘augmented reality’ book comes alive

Goodnight Lad ‘augmented reality’ book comes alive

Digital books offer things a paper book can't, not the least of which are both interactive and animated elements. Still, there's nothing quite like a physical printed book, particularly when it comes to kids who like to handle a physical object and flip through pages. A new children's book called "Goodnight Lad" aims to be the solution, striking an even mixture between the two storytelling mediums by merging technology and paper into what is being called an "augmented reality" book.

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Doctoral student develops ‘Where’s Waldo’ search algorithm

Doctoral student develops ‘Where’s Waldo’ search algorithm

Remember all the time you spent as a kid trying to find Waldo (or Wally, if you're outside the U.S.) in the Where's Waldo books? Well, like almost everything else these days, computers have turned us humans into chumps when it comes to that activity. We can now thank a doctoral student in computing for developing an algorithm that optimizes the search process and identifies the best places on the page to find the striped shirt and glasses-wearing character.

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Barnes & Noble buys back the Nook it sold

Barnes & Noble buys back the Nook it sold

This week the folks at Barnes & Noble announced that they'd be buying back the shares of Nook they'd sold over the past several years. This began with an October 2012 investment by Microsoft of $300 million dollars to create Nook Media LLC. Two months later, British education and publishing company Pearson purchased a stake in Nook for $89.5 million. Both companies have now sold their shares back to Barnes & Noble, and Barnes & Noble once again owns 100% of the ereader brand they created in the first place.

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Harry Potter’s Facebook page full of Halloween hints

Harry Potter’s Facebook page full of Halloween hints

It’s that time of year again, when ghouls and goblins come asking for treats at the doorstep. Scary movies are plentiful, too. Over on the Pottermore Facebook page, curious things have been going on. It seems JK Rowling is cooking up a treat for Harry Potter fans. Or is it a trick? We’re not certain, but a series of clues and riddles hidden in plain sight suggest something significant is coming tomorrow, possibly a new revelation in the new Harry Potter story.

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Google, Barnes & Noble will now bring you books on the fly

Google, Barnes & Noble will now bring you books on the fly

If you live in one of three major metropolitan areas of the US, and just happen to be an avid reader, we’ve got great news for you. Google is partnering with Barnes & Noble to bring you same-day book delivery. Those of us in Manhattan, West Los Angeles, and San Francisco (all of SF, it seems) can now start reading minutes or hours after placing an order.

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Comixology announces DRM-free copies for some titles

Comixology announces DRM-free copies for some titles

Avid comic book readers will be quite familiar with Comixology's digital library. They might also be well versed with how those copies are pretty much all "protected" by DRM technology. Comixology is now changing that status quo just a bit and is now offering DRM-free backups, in PDF and CBZ formats, but only for some select titles and publishers.

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