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Usborne revives 1980s coding books for children

A generation of children in the 1980s learned about programming from a series of computing books by Usborne Publishing. Now the company has rereleased them in free digital versions.


Originally aimed at children learning to program their ZX Spectrum, BBC Micro and Commodore 64 computers, the series included books like Practical Things To Do With a Microcomputer, Machine Code for Beginners, and Write Your Own Adventure Programs.

Fifteen of the books have been digitised and made available for download as PDF files from Usborne’s website, with visitors encouraged to download them for personal or educational use, although the books cannot be hosted elsewhere.


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