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The Digitales Digest – Edition Seven

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There’s nothing we love more than reading interesting things. Welcome to the Digitales Digest, where every Friday, we round up some of the best articles, opportunities and more that we’ve discovered and shared on Twitter and Facebook over the past few days.


I don’t know about you, but one of my favourite books when I was young was The Monster at the End of This Book – a Golden Book in which Grover implores the reader not to continue reading the book because there’s a terrifying monster at the end. Author David Burr Gerard is a fan too. He writes for LitHub about the influence Grover had on his life as a reader and as a writer.

Obviously I don’t remember exactly what drew me to the book; this was before I knew that attachment to a book was something that required an explanation. But I think I sensed something agreeably weird and different in it.


Game of Loans

Any Game of Thrones fans out there? If you haven’t seen the most recent episode, you might want to skip this next bit. Not that I’m going to discuss any massive spoilers or anything, but still…just in case.

Right. For those who saw Monday’s episode, Sam started work in the Citadel library, which involves a lot of heavy duty reshelving, as well as bedpan cleaning, toilet scrubbing and helping out with the odd dissection. Gross. But at least he doesn’t have to show people how to use the photocopier five times a day, right?

Anyway, so those heavy chains keeping the books on their shelves in the Citadel library? Turns out that real medieval libraries chained their books to the shelves as well…to prevent patrons doing exactly what Sam does in Monday’s episode. Read all about it

Cats aren’t jerks. Science says so.

People who scoff that cats only hang around with humans for food – you are SO wrong. New research has found that most cats, when faced with the choice, will choose human socialisation to food. Take THAT, dog lovers. Click here to read the rest.


Smart Sounds

Ohhh nooooooo. As if I’m not already far enough behind in my podcast listening, the BBC had to go and write a list of great podcasts. NICE ONE, BBC.

podcastsEntitled “The Best 24 Podcasts to Make You Smarter”, this list is brimming with podcasts that sound amazing. And clever. I’m going to need more listening time. And possibly a bigger pair of headphones to fit around my expanding brain…

On the Digitales Blog…

Actually, it’s been a little while since our last Digitales Digest (shhh!) so we’ve got a few reviews lined up to share! Here’s what we thought of The Lego Batman Movie, The Boss Baby and Ghost in the Shell.

batmanandrobinNext week, we’ll have another of our famous Fast Five reviews, as well as a look at what’s coming up on DVD in August!

The Digitales Digest – Edition Six

digitales digest banner 2There’s nothing we love more than reading interesting things. Welcome to the Digitales Digest, where every Friday, we round up some of the best articles, opportunities and more that we’ve discovered and shared on Twitter and Facebook over the past few days.

One in a million hundred

What if there were only one hundred people in Australia? The results of the 2016 Census are out, and this ABC News story presents the data in a fun, colourful way, imagining what the population of Australia would look like with a population of just one hundred people. We can’t resist statistics – especially when they’re this pretty. Get your scrolling finger ready and click here.


Happy Potterversary!

Believe it or not, last week marked the twentieth anniversary of the first Harry Potter book – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. As Harry fans ourselves, we couldn’t help but get a little nostalgic. Book Riot asked their writers to contribute some thoughts on what they’ve learned from Harry Potter over the years. Click here, and prepare to have your heart warmed.


The Cheat’s Guide to Choose Your Own Adventure Books

For those of us who didn’t grow up with Harry, Hermione and Ron, there were Choose Your Own Adventure books. And they were pretty amazing. The good news? New editions of the original Choose Your Own Adventure books are being released, and, for the first time ever, they include maps that reveal how each of the decisions you make in the book play out.

Some are simple:

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Others are…not so simple:



Yikes. If you want to take a look at the rest, click here.

Librarians on the move

erwan-hesry-102070Well, this is extremely exciting. Writers Victoria has just announced a new initiative – the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund. It’s a series of small grants that will allow Australian writers, editors, publishers, booksellers and librarians to travel in order further their careers. It’s pretty much the best idea ever. Librarians, applications are open now, and close on Monday August 21. Good luck!

On the Digitales blog…

It’s been a busy week. We previewed ten of our most exciting new releases on DVD for July – and we also took a look at what could be this year’s most exciting new release, Beauty and the Beast.


Next week? We loved The Lego Movie, so we’re really been looking forward to The Lego Batman Movie. Our review will be on the blog on Monday – see you then!

The Digitales Digest – Edition Five

digitales digest banner 2It’s Friday…which means it’s time for the Digitales Digest! It’s our weekly roundup of some of the most interesting articles we’ve discovered and shared on social media over the past few days – because we love reading cool things, and we’d hate for you to miss out on a single thing!

Consider this your Friday guide to some of the web’s best links…

Round the twist

annie-spratt-191121What does the way you draw a circle say about you? More than you think, actually! The people at Google created an online game that asked people to draw shapes and images, and used that data to compare how people around the world draw circles. The results will have your head spinning!

Oh no, Lego

Have you ever woken up, bleary-eyed, to find you’ve – err, “accidentally” – purchased two metric tonnes of Lego bricks on eBay the previous night? No, it hasn’t happened to us either. However, this is exactly what happened to Jacques Mattheij.

Once the Lego motherlode arrived on his doorstep, Mattheij faced the monumental task of sorting through it all. Using a computer, cameras, an old treadmill, bits of furniture, wood…and, of course, Lego, he built a complicated, Lego-sorting machine. Here it is in action – click here to find out more!


When we found out about the Dog Photographer of the Year award, we were pretty excited.

Sadly, the Dog Photographer of the Year award isn’t awarded to the best photo taken by a dog, but the best photo taken by a human of a dog – which is the next best thing!

These pupper paw-traits have us wagging our tails in glee. Here are just some of our many, many favourites. Prepare to go “aww!” in three, two, one. Click here to take a look at the rest!

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Yesterday was World Yoga Day…which had us wondering what would happen if we combined two of our favourite things: yoga and reading? Luckily, Do You Yoga has the answers, with seven yoga poses that are absolutely perfect for bookish types!


On the Digitales Blog…

This week, things got a little weird when we reviewed eel-good hit of the year, A Cure for Wellness.


Next week, we’ll have another movie featuring a giant castle on a hill – the new, live action version of Beauty and the Beast! Keep an eye on the blog on Monday for our review. And join us on Wednesday, when we’ll be taking a look at our top ten new releases for July.

It’s going to be a big, big week. Have a great weekend, and we’ll see you then!

The Digitales Digest – Edition Four

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Welcome back to the Digitales Digest – the post where we share some of the best things we’ve found on social media during the week! We pride ourselves on sharing the most interesting links around, so consider our Digitales Digest posts the very best of the best. With honours.

Babysitters, penguins, whales – and Wonder Woman. They don’t have much in common, but somehow, we managed to cover them all in this week’s post…

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