Usborne’s 1980s range of childrens’ coding books released as free PDFs

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Publishing giant Usborne has been in the business of computer books for several decades, and its creations were an entry point into the industry for an unknown number of coders. As is the case with everything in a technology-driven industry, these books are very much a part of their time, but the whole beauty of these things is a mark of nostalgia for people of a certain age. If you’re the type who would ever sit in front of a spectrum and spend half a day painstakingly copying code, the gaudy thrill of illustration for computer spacegames never fades.

has a wide range, Available for free on its website, It rather temptingly advises that “these programs don’t work on modern computers” although the books cover more than coding, and of course if you have a BBC Micro or Commodore 64 in the Atari it’s rock and roll time Is.


The books are apparently no longer in print, so fair game to the publisher to keep them available and free. Usbourne certainly moves with the times and, do you want to sow the seeds of some nostalgia in the next generation, A contemporary range of books to teach kids some coding skills,

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