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Pearson agreed to combine its Penguin publishing unit with Bertelsmann's Random House to create by far the largest book publisher in Britain and the United States.

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Have you read the Harry Potter in which the boy wizard whacks wands with Ron Weasley? Or is adopted by his nemesis Voldemort? Or becomes a werewolf? JK Rowling obviously didn't write any of these storylines but they all exist online, in the form of fan fiction. According to The New Yorker, the Harry Potter novels have inspired more than 600,000 pieces of fan fiction, a total that increases by at least a thousand stories a week. And although fan fiction (or fanfic) predates the internet, the web has allowed the genre to flourish.

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Who's this handsome beast? He appeared on an envelope I received last week. Happily tearing it open, I assumed it must be a missive from a friend who knows I love a creature. But no, this tusksome fellow was on the outside of a voucher for Boden. I've never bought anything from Boden, but all that could change if this handsome devil was going to appear on T-shirts, shopping bags or even in miniature form on a tea dress.

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