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The rebirth of the book?

We've been hearing it for the last decade: technology is killing traditional publishing.  And, indeed, if you ask my book agent, it's getting harder and harder to sell a traditional print book because, well, people are buying fewer of them, the market is shrinking, imprints are folding, publishers are rethinking... and, of course, now purists are worried that Kindle, and other e-readers, are the death knell.

Whether any of this is true or not and whether any of this matters or not (and certainly you guys can duke it out in the comments if you'd like), the video embed here gives me hope that some brilliant synergy is just around the corner. Because what is certain is this: change is inevitable. But if it's the kind of change you're about to watch, this writer/father is all for it!

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Mister Rogers Is Now a Funko Pop! and It’s Such a Good Feeling, a Very Good Feeling
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It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood for fans of Mister Rogers, as Funko has announced that, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the kindest soul to ever grace a television screen will be honored with a series of Funko toys, some of them limited-edition versions.

The news broke at the New York Toy Fair, where the pop culture-loving toy company revealed a new Pop Funko! in Fred Rogers’s likeness—he’ll be holding onto the Neighborhood Trolley—plus a Mister Rogers Pop! keychain and a SuperCute Plush.

In addition to the standard Pop! figurine, there will also be a Funko Shop exclusive version, in which everyone’s favorite neighbor will be wearing a special blue sweater. Barnes & Noble will also carry its own special edition, which will see Fred wearing a red cardigan and holding a King Friday puppet instead of the Neighborhood Trolley.

 

Barnes & Noble's special edition Mister Rogers Funko Pop!
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Mister Rogers’s seemingly endless supply of colored cardigans was an integral part of the show, and a sweet tribute to his mom (who knitted all of them). But don’t go running out to snatch up the whole collection just yet; Funko won’t release these sure-to-sell-out items until June 1, but you can pre-order your Pop! on Amazon right now.

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