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Signed Copies of Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe!

We feel happy to tell you, you can buy, early, Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe with Randall’s name written on it. There is a limit on how many Thing Explainers with Randall’s name written on them you can buy. So, obviously, buy one for you and the people you know soon. Touch here with the thing you use to point at stuff on the electric picture.

A Tour of Changes to the Kids’ Section

Recently we added some space and shifted things around in the kids’ section. To help everyone find their way around we asked Bear, the Prime Minister of the Kids’ Section, to give us a brief guided tour.

We expanded our Best of Both Worlds section, which includes books for older teens (14 & up) as well as books for adults that are appropriate for teens. (Rebelling against “The Man” encouraged, but not required.)

A Deep Dive: Organize! Labor History from James Green

One of the advantages of digital reading is the ability to dive deeply into a topic or genre you’re excited about. Into Civil War novels, histories of orange farming in California, or travel guides to places you never plan to visit? In a few minutes you can fill your phone or ereader with as many books on your latest obsession, the topic you want to research, the genre you want to become an expert in.

A Nudge to Take a Risk on The Familiar

Sometimes reading is about comfort, about escape, about planning to have a specific emotional or intellectual experience and then having that planned experience. But reading can also be about the unexpected, about surprises, about taking risks. Reading is one of the great ways to bite off more than you can chew because, worse comes to worse, you can just put the book down and read something else.


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