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You Need to Follow This Book Binder’s Instragram

If you liked our recent article, ‘How Books Are Bound Is Actually Super Interesting,’ you may want to check out this amazing Instagram from Old English Book Binders. Feast your eyes on how they engrave their book covers with gold filigree, restore old books, print covers, and bind new books. 




How beautiful is that! Lose a few hours checking out the rest of their mesmerizing posts here!  


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6 Mobile Games Every Book Lover Needs

As much as we love reading, sometimes our brains need a break. Next time you storm through a book and need to take your mind off the drama, you may not want to leave book world. If that’s the case, you’ll need a mobile game that brings you into the world of a book. No reading necessary! Wait, that’s not a good thing. In any case, check these games out.


1. Alice in the Mirrors of Albion


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Alice in the Mirrors of Albion is a Lewis Carroll-inspired game where you’ll have to solve challenging puzzles and meet crazy characters along the way. Perhaps you’ll even meet a version of a Jabberwocky!


2. Hidden Objects: Detective Sherlock Holmes


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Remember those I Spy books? You’d stare at the nice images for hours trying to locate the little red ball of yarn. Is that it!? Nope, not it. Well you can recapture that childhood sense of curiosity with Hidden Objects: Detective Sherlock Holmes. As the name suggests, you’ll be tasked with uncovering, ya know, hidden objects. Get your deerstalker cap on and fill your pipe: you’ve got a mystery to solve!


3. Middle-earth: Shadow of War



Coinciding with the release of Middle-earth: Shadow of War on consoles and PC, a mobile game dropped as well. You can choose your champions and heroes and run around the world of Middle-earth whacking orcs in the head. Sounds like fun!


4. Fantastic Beasts: Cases


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Like the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Fantastic Beasts: Cases will have you solve mysteries in the Wizarding World related to magical creatures. You’ll have to track them down, find hidden objects, and interview people. Are you up to the task?


5. The Hunger Games Adventures


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If you’ve been aching for a reentry into the world of The Hunger Games, you should check out The Hunger Games Adventures. Katniss, Peeta, Haymitch, and your other favorite characters populate this mobile world while you explore Panem. You may be the next champion.


6. Willy Wonka Slots Vegas Casino


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Something about mixing Willy Wonka and gambling just seems right. If I knew nothing about Wonka and you showed me a picture of him and told me he owned a casino, I’d say, “Yes, sounds about right.” This mobile game will walk you through a digital casino of candy, oompa loompas, and Wonka himself creeping around.


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Book Graph

New Barnes & Noble Shopping App Is The Gift That Keeps On Giving

With the holiday season approaching, many stores are putting themselves out there, letting consumers know what kind of new products they have and how to get them. Staple bookstore Barnes & Noble is no different.


At a media event in Union Square, they released a holiday gift guide, and announced their revamped products, focusing on educational toys and games, and entertainment items that utilize new technology. However, they also still feature classic items such as the A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack on vinyl. In addition, a new Nook hit Barnes & Noble shelves with cool new features priced at $119.99.


The biggest announcement was that of two new gift buying apps. The first app is called Book Graph, and is a gift in and of itself to all book lovers. This app is actually more of a website only available on computers. The user is brought to the home page with several book titles. Users click on a book that interests them. They will then see several other titles that relate to the original book the user picked and each new title click will lead to several more books. For example, clicking on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban will lead to eighteen other titles, including Veronica Roth’s Allegiant. Click on that book, or any other title, and eighteen new titles will pop up, so we can all make book lists to our heart’s content. Barnes & Noble released the app as a discovery tool to help them sell more books.


The home page of Book Graph

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The second app, called SmartGift, aims to sell toys, games, and other non-books items. This app is available on your desktop or smartphone and is a classy way to take the guesswork out of gift giving. Users pick a gift and the recipient will get an email alerting them of what the gift will be. The recipient can then choose to keep the gift or exchange it for a similarly priced item.


One amazing gift to give through this app is the aforementioned new Nook, called the Nook GlowLight 3. The coolest thing about the new Nook is it’s use of enhanced front light technology. Users who are reading during the day or in a room with bright light will see a screen with a cool white light while reading. The screen switches into auto night mode (which will happen either automatically or manually depending on the user’s setting), which features an orange tone for reading at night or in dark spaces.


I can’t speak for everyone, but for a book lover and frequent Barnes & Noble shopper like me, this holiday season is full of exciting gift options and I can’t wait to see what else is in store — literally!

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Pokemon GO Team Creating Immersive Harry Potter Mobile Game!

A shameful secret of mine that I will now reveal to you is that I was never into Pokemon. I know. It was bad and wrong of me and my reasoning was even worse: I thought it was poorly animated. I was that kind of child. I’m sorry.


Anyway, when Pokemon GO came out, I felt unable to participate. I wasn’t familiar with a lot of the characters and it didn’t hold any real nostalgia for me. I was the one floating head in the sea of Pokemon players when the game swept the world last year, my terrible childhood decision-making haunting me. 


But now my time has come. The creators of Pokemon GO, Niantic, Inc. are teaming up with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to create Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, an augmented reality game for mobile phones.





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According to Collider, the companies intend to create “a state-of-the-art AR platform that transforms the world around you.”  


The press release reads: 


Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will reveal that magic is all around us, and allow players to be a part of Harry Potter’s rich world, through Niantic’s AR + real-world mobile game platform and the franchise expertise of WB Games San Francisco’s development and publishing team. By exploring real-world neighborhoods and cities across the globe, players will go on adventures, learn and cast spells, discover mysterious artifacts, and encounter legendary beasts and iconic characters.



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John Hanke, founder and CEO of Niantic, Inc. says


At Niantic, our goal is to leverage technology to create real world experiences that help people to discover the wonderful, and often magical parts of the world around them. The beloved Harry Potter stories have captured imaginations worldwide for more than 20 years and soon we’ll turn the fantasy into augmented reality, allowing fans and their friends to become wizards and witches.


More details incoming, but this is enough for me to finally get a good night’s sleep after a decade of lying awake each night, regretting my decision to reject Pokemon, too afraid to attempt to start from scratch, paralyzed and fearful that someday Pokemon would take over the world (as it kind of did when Pokemon GO was released, my fears were not totally unfounded). Now, now my time has come. I will finally be able rejoin society,  to cast a patronus, apparate, OBLITERATE MY ENEMIES. I joke. I’m fine. I live a normal life and am just the normal amount of excited.


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New Austen Quote App Makes Every Day Sensible

“For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?” Ever need 19th century sass like this in your life? The Jane Austen Centre has just released the perfect solution. The new app, the Jane Austen Daily Quote, gives you a classic Austen line every day of the year. What’s more, the delivery can be set for any time of day—in case you have particular moments when you’re in need of a witty line. 

The app currently comes loaded with 365 beloved lines from the 6 books that comprise Austen’s work: Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, and Mansfield Park. Beyond the entertainment value, the Austen Centre also uses the app to promote its museum in Bath, England. Additionally, the app is promoting the Centre’s online store and digital magazine

The Jane Austen Daily Quote app is now available on both the App Store and Google Play Store for free. What’s your favorite Jane Austen quote?

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