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J.K Rowling will release two new “Harry Potter” books this year

J.K Rowling will release two new “Harry Potter” books this year

This year is going to be a big one for author J.K. Rowling - not only because she's bringing an epic 20th Anniversary Harry potter exhibit to the world. This first exhibit will take place at the British Library - but we're crossing our fingers that it'll eventually make a world tour, what with all its history of magic and whatnot. But that's not all - J.K Rowling will also be releasing two new "Harry Potter" books to compliment the original seven.

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Humble Freedom Bundle ends amazing run with $6.5 million raised

Humble Freedom Bundle ends amazing run with $6.5 million raised

The Humble Freedom Bundle has come and gone, but it's ending its week-long run in success. The Humble Freedom Bundle was unlike any other Humble Bundle we'd ever seen before, offering nearly 50 games and books to benefit three charities: the ACLU, Doctors Without Borders, and the International Rescue Committee. The bundle apparently resonated with PC gamers, as it raised nearly $6.5 million by the time everything was said and done.

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Humble Freedom Bundle raises $4 million for important charities in just two days

Humble Freedom Bundle raises $4 million for important charities in just two days

It looks like the Humble Freedom Bundle has resonated with PC players. The massive collection of video games and books has managed to raise more than $4 million for three different charities - the ACLU, Doctors Without Borders, and the International Rescue Committee - in just two days. That makes it one of the most successful Humble Bundles ever released.

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Humble Freedom Bundle gives massive games pack charity twist

Humble Freedom Bundle gives massive games pack charity twist

Ever since it first got rolling all those years ago, Humble Bundle has offered a countless number of pay-what-you-want bundles for charity. If there was ever one that was too good to pass up, though, it might be the latest. Say hello to the Humble Freedom Bundle, an absolutely massive bundle that brings together dozens of books and games in one big package that benefits three very important charities: the ACLU, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), and the International Rescue Committee. What's not to love?

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‘Game of Thrones’ novels get iBooks-exclusive enhanced editions

‘Game of Thrones’ novels get iBooks-exclusive enhanced editions

George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones series has become a huge hit worldwide thanks to the HBO drama, but the original books are just as popular in their own right. To help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first novel in the series, Apple's iBooks store is releasing new, exclusive digital versions in the form of their enhanced editions, featuring interactive elements and artwork.

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MIT researchers develop camera that can read books without opening them

MIT researchers develop camera that can read books without opening them

You've almost surely heard the phrase "don't judge a book by its cover," but what if you could read a book through its cover? Because that's basically what researchers from MIT and Georgia Tech are able to do with a new imaging system that can read individual pages without opening the cover. In a new study published on Friday, the researchers detail their system that can read the text on a stack of up to nine pages without the need to flip through them.

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“Harry Potter and The Cursed Child” gets midnight delivery via Amazon Now

“Harry Potter and The Cursed Child” gets midnight delivery via Amazon Now

Fans of the Harry Potter franchise of books and films who are hot to read the script for the play titled "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" will be able to get their hands on the book early, or late as it may be, Amazon has announced that it will be offering midnight BST deliveries of the book to fans who order on the night the book launches, Saturday July 30. To get the order at midnight fans have to choose the Prime Now delivery service, which is no extra cost.

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“Playing with Power” book to keep NES Classic company

“Playing with Power” book to keep NES Classic company

Last week, Nintendo made the rather odd but nonetheless well-received announcement of a new-old console, the NES Classic. A smaller rendition of gaming history's most iconic console, the NES Classic pays homage to at least old school 30 games built into the console itself. And now to make that trip down memory lane even more complete, the gaming giant has revealed a "Playing with Power" Prima Games book that will explore the history and rich content that surrounded some of those games.

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Google Comics Bubble Zoom makes digital books unique

Google Comics Bubble Zoom makes digital books unique

This week the folks at Google have taken their Google Books platform to a new level at SDCC. Comic books - those participating in the project - will be coming alive (so to speak) with a service called Bubble Zoom. This feature will allow portions of each comic page to zoom and grow when a user's finger moves overhead. This could make the entire medium change and inspire comic artists to change the way they create comics. If nothing else, this feature will certainly make each page pop.

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Google Books appeal is thrown out by the Supreme Court

Google Books appeal is thrown out by the Supreme Court

It's been a little while since we've heard anything about the Authors' Guild and their lawsuit against Google. The Guild sought legal action against the search engine giant for their Google Books project, in which they scanned millions of books. The reason we haven't heard much about this case in a while is because Google won the lawsuit back in 2013. But that didn't stop case from continuing.

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Follow Han and Chewie as they liberate Kashyyyk in the next Star Wars book

Follow Han and Chewie as they liberate Kashyyyk in the next Star Wars book

For those of us that have been fans of the Star Wars universe for decades, we used to have a pretty solid understanding of what happened after the movies. We know about Grand Admiral Thrawn, Mara Jade, the Emperor's clones, the New Jedi Order, and more. Unfortunately, when The Force Awakens was being made, all of those facts and stories were collectively dumped into the "Legends" category. As such, those stories can be thought of as some sort of alternate universe. And that means we have a lot of catching up to do with our old friends.

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World of Warcraft gets its first children’s book series later this year

World of Warcraft gets its first children’s book series later this year

World of Warcraft might be the biggest MMO in history, but it's trying to capture new audiences this year. In the summer we'll have our fist chance to see heroes from the Warcraft franchise on the big screen. And by the end of the year, we'll see a line of...children's books?

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