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1951 manual to the first computer game sells for $4,200

A copy of the manual for the first computer game has been sold for £2,500 (around $4,200) by Any Amount of Books in London via AbeBooks. The Ferranti Nimrod Digital Computer Manual is a key piece of technology and gaming history. The game in question is a long way from Minecraft and Angry Birds – it’s […]

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Congratulations to our Hackathon contestants

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the second AbeBooks’ Hackathon, staged in conjunction with the University of Victoria’s computer science and software engineering programs this past weekend. This 24-hour coding challenge saw three teams of students deliver demonstrations of remarkable quality. The judges from AbeBooks were treated to a Chrome extension that tracked and […]

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Second Annual 24-hour AbeBooks’ Hackathon

The second annual AbeBooks’ Hackathon kicks off January 31st at 4pm.  Over a 24 hour period, students in the University of Victoria computer science and software engineering programs will be challenged to produce an innovative application using the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing platform.  At the conclusion, the students will demonstrate their work to a […]

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Experimenting with the Scientific Book Club

Modern science is rarely dull and there’s usually a fascinating story behind each new discovery. This was the formula that fuelled the Scientific Book Club for more than five decades. With a new title released each month, the Scientific Book Club covered a broad range of topics from geology to marine life and fossil fuels […]

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Congratulations to the Hackathon hackers

A couple more images from the AbeBooks’ Hackathon which concluded earlier today at the University of Victoria with a series of presentations from the hackers. Excellent work all round (a true 24-hour effort) and true innovation too.

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AbeBooks’ 24-hour Hackathon at UVic has begun

AbeBooks is currently (and I mean right now) staging a 24-hour ‘Hackathon’ coding contest at the University of Victoria for computer science students. The event kicked off at 4pm and the teams will be working through the night before presenting their work to engineers from AbeBooks at 4pm on Saturday. Good luck to all the […]

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Out of This World: Carl Sagan’s Books

Carl Sagan brought the heavens a little closer to Earth through his books. A scientist of such repute that he advised NASA, Sagan popularised science for ordinary folks by writing about the cosmos and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Innumerable folks all over the world discovered that opening one of Sagan’s books was opening the […]

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Mars Curiosity Landing Site Named Bradbury

Nasa announced yesterday that The Mars Curiosity landing site has been named Bradbury after literary legend Ray Bradbury who passed away in June of this year. Henceforth known as Bradbury landing, the site unnamed until its official dedication and naming yesterday, which would have been Bradbury’s 92nd birthday. All of this points, to me, to […]

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Singularity & Co: Saving Out-of-Print Science Fiction

I just read about a very cool project, Save the Sci-Fi, from an outfit called Singularity & Co. If you love science fiction and mourn the idea of great stories quietly going into that big out-of-print light in the sky, I bet you’ll like it too. They’re asking for readers and science fiction lovers to […]

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Book Cover Design Challenges in a Changing Landscape

How will the changing landscape and increasing presence of e-books affect traditional book designers and book covers as we know them?

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