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Guinea city turns page on Ebola as World Book Capital

Conakry - Piles of rubbish and broken-down cars are being removed from the rundown streets of Conakry, and disgruntled hawkers on the main avenues have been told to close their stalls and move on.

Italy beckons for Asterix and Obelix

Bologna - After decades battling Julius Caesar and his Roman legions, Gallic hero Asterix and his sidekick Obelix finally discover the rest of Italy in their latest adventure, its authors revealed Wednesday.

Norway to open a doomsday vault to preserve World's information

Second doomsday vault set up in an abandoned coal mine in Norwegian Arctic will store world's most precious books in digital form to protect them from the apocalypse.

In besieged Gaza, first English library to open window to world

Gaza - Mossab Abu Toha has never actually left Gaza, instead devouring books as an escape. Now he is struggling to open the first English-language library in the beleaguered Palestinian territory.

Review: Soulpepper’s ‘Bondage’ still an emotionally resonant experience Special

Toronto - It’s been nearly three years since Soulpepper premiered its acclaimed production of “Of Human Bondage”, which began its third go-around this week. The show heads to New York in July, and if last night’s reopening was any indication, it’s ready.

Murakami fans to pack stores at midnight for new novel

Toukyo - Die-hard fans of Haruki Murakami, the Japanese author perennially pegged as a contender for the Nobel literature prize, will flock to bookstores Thursday night when his new novel hits shelves.

Murakami fans to pack stores at midnight for new novel

Toukyo - Die-hard fans of Haruki Murakami, the Japanese author perennially pegged as a contender for the Nobel literature prize, will flock to bookstores Thursday night when his new novel hits shelves.

Murakami fans to pack stores at midnight for new novel

Toukyo - Die-hard fans of Haruki Murakami, the Japanese author perennially pegged as a contender for the Nobel literature prize, will flock to bookstores Thursday night when his new novel hits shelves.

For Kurds in Syria, world novels finally speak their language

Kamishli - Abdo Shehu sits in an office in Kurdish-majority Qamishli in northeast Syria, surrounded by copies of the first Western novel available in the city in his own language.

For Kurds in Syria, world novels finally speak their language

Kamishli - Abdo Shehu sits in an office in Kurdish-majority Qamishli in northeast Syria, surrounded by copies of the first Western novel available in the city in his own language.

For Kurds in Syria, world novels finally speak their language

Kamishli - Abdo Shehu sits in an office in Kurdish-majority Qamishli in northeast Syria, surrounded by copies of the first Western novel available in the city in his own language.

Obelix is the star of new Asterix adventure

Paris - Up to now he has always been the simpleminded second fiddle to Asterix. But Obelix, the Gallic hero's sturdy sidekick, is finally to get a starring role in the French comic book series.

Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' becomes German bestseller

Berlin - The first reprint of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" in Germany since World War II has proved a surprise bestseller, heading for its sixth print run, its publisher said Tuesday.

Ukraine bans books promoting Russia

Kiev - Ukraine on Friday banned Russian books glorifying the Kremlin and its leaders or espousing what it views as "totalitarian views" in a move certain to further sour relations between the two foes.

Bookshop owner celebrates 25th anniversary with his own book Special

Sonoma - Just before his Sonoma, California book shop celebrates its 25 anniversary next month, Readers' Books owner Andy Weinberger debuted his own book this past week.

The migrant trail in a wheelchair: a Syrian teen's story of hope

Frankfurt - She tackled the gruelling 2,000-kilometre (1,200-mile) migrant trail in a wheelchair, translating along the way for other refugees using English she learned from a US soap opera. Syrian teen Nujeen Mustafa is not one to shy away from a challenge.

British Library's conservation project Special

London - The British Library hosts a rich and vibrant expanse of information and knowledge, sound and imagery from across our world. To preserve the older items in the collection, a slow and complex conservation project is on-going.

Brilliant 'batty boy' challenging Caribbean homophobia

Paris - He's brilliant and charismatic and should be one of Jamaica's heroes up there on the pedestal with Usain Bolt and the reggae and dancehall stars who stand in the long shadow of Bob Marley.

Belgians are looking for books instead of Pokémon monsters

A Belgian educator has created an online game that encourages people to look for real books instead of Pokémon characters. And the game is catching on.

Publishers take on China at Hong Kong book fair

Hong Kong - Hong Kong's feisty publishing industry vowed to take on China by selling books critical of Beijing, despite the disappearances of five city booksellers, as a major annual book fair began Wednesday.

Amazon revamps its budget Kindle to reverse falling e-book sales

Amazon has announced a new version of its base model Kindle e-reader. The budget device has been updated with a lighter design and improved performance. The changes are designed to attract more people to Kindle as e-readers stagnate.

Op-Ed: China and the case of the missing booksellers

Hong Kong - During 2015 Chinese officials arrested five booksellers in Hong Kong, accusing them of selling literature critical of the Chinese government and with an aim of shipping books to the Chinese mainland. One of the booksellers remains missing.

Palestinian novelist wins top Arab fiction prize

Abu Dhabi - A Palestinian author has won the International Prize for Arab Fiction for the first time for a novel about the Palestinian exodus in 1948 and the Holocaust.

Google Books get OK from U.S. Supreme Court

Washington - Google's massive book-scanning project cleared its final legal hurdle Monday as the US Supreme Court denied an appeal contending it violates copyright law.

War photographer and mother, the woman at centre of new Spielberg film

Paris - Her parents were hairdressers in a small town in Connecticut -- so it wasn't exactly written in the stars that Lynsey Addario should become one of the world's best known war photographers.

Colouring craze poses headache for crayon makers

Nuremberg - Colouring books for grown-ups may be the new lifestyle craze, promising ways to combat stress, unleash our creative spirit and generally take time out from our increasingly tech-frazzled, gadget-obsessed lives.

Hop on down, Miffy the rabbit gets her own museum

Utrecht - To some she's just a plain white bunny, to others she's a prime example of minimalist art. But for six decades Miffy has been delighting young kids around the world, and now she's getting a museum of her own.

Anne Frank's diary goes online despite rights dispute

Paris - A French academic and an MP published online Friday the famous diary of Anne Frank, despite a dispute with rights holders as to whether the work is now in the public domain.

Alice In Wonderland, 150 years celebrated in literary style Special

London - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (commonly 'Alice in Wonderland') is 150 years old this year. To mark the occasion the British Library is hosting an exhibition about all things Alice and her fantastical world.

Op-Ed: Sonoma bookshop is thankful for its 24th Anniversary/'birthday' Special

Sonoma - Owner of Readers' Books, Andrew Weinberger had much to celebrate as well as be thankful for this Thanksgiving season as his bookstore has its 24th anniversary.
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Dickson Street Bookshop.  Fayetteville  Ark.  Feb. 18  2010
Dickson Street Bookshop. Fayetteville, Ark. Feb. 18, 2010
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Libertarian books (from left to right): "Economics in One Lesson" by Henry Hazlitt, "The Revolution: A Manifesto" by Ron Paul and "Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal" by Ayn Rand.
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Volunteers offer free programs, directions and warm smiles.
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Encyclopedia Britannica
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A mother reading books to her children
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Managing editor David Silverberg holding the Kobo eReader, displaying eInk technology. - Via iPhone 3Gs
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Nic, Craig and Maggie work together to cover the festival's events.
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Borders bookstore. Rogers, Ark. Feb. 20, 2011
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An area in the Francis Hotel for guests to borrow books.
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Increasing price of textbooks on students.
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Don Choffel, co-owner of Dickson Street Bookshop, in the new area of the store. Fayetteville, Ark. Feb. 18, 2010
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Pat and Myra Moran, owners of Trolley Line Bookshop. Rogers, Ark. Feb. 18, 2011
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The interior of the Toronto Reference Library
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