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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.

Pope Francis to publish his first book in January

Rome - Pope Francis' Italian publishing house on Tuesday unveiled the cover for the pontiff's first book, based on interviews with journalist and Vatican expert Andrea Tornielli.

France turns to books not guns in face of Paris attacks

Paris - While other nations reach for their guns when they are attacked, France looked to its bookshelves Friday.

Review: Adrian Tomine's 'Killing and Dying' packs tons of heart in 6 illustrated stories Special

It's no longer uncommon for the graphic-novel medium to portray emotional stories as beautifully as classic novels, but Adrian Tomine goes a step further by packing complex stories into shorter bursts.

School admin politics exposed in Ruderman's satirical novel Special

Winchester - Ian Ruderman's satirical novel, The Peculiar Grace of a Shaker Chair, pokes fun at the unspoken bureaucratic nonsense that happens within the administrative walls of an educational institution.

Review: Animal Tales, the best animal stories on display Special

London - Animal Tales is an exhibition currently running at the British Library in London. The exhibition goes on the trail of animals on the page, exploring what wild – and tamed – creatures say about us when they take on literary or artistic form.

Review: 'The Disaster Artist' — How an awful film became a brilliant book

Back in 2002, Greg Sestero was ready to give up on acting, after spending the last few years chasing his childhood dream; but then an old friend offers him one last throw of the dice. "Take it", Greg decides. "It's not like anyone's going to see this..."

Ukraine bans dozens of 'fascist' Russian books

Kiev - Kiev's public relations war with Moscow scaled new heights on Wednesday as Ukraine released a list of prominent Russian reporters and authors whose books will be banned from sale.

Review: New book on unfinished movie a must-read for Orson Welles fans Special

May 6 of this year marked the hundredth anniversary of Orson Welles' birth. But despite the name recognition and the wide film-school reverence for “Citizen Kane”, it sometimes seems as if Welles is still being neglected, even posthumously.

Op-Ed: Bad literacy directly affects people’s health and our society

Stop a moment and think about the scandalous fact that, in modern Britain, i.e. one of the richest country on the planet, more than a fifth of 11-year-olds will still be leaving primary school without reaching the basic level in reading.

Top book for primary school children revealed

London - The number one book for children at primary school (aged five to 11 in the U.K.) to read has been named by teachers. It is 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,' a novel by Roald Dahl.

Rushdie says 'wrong lessons' learned from his Iran fatwa ordeal

Paris - More than a quarter century after being slapped with a fatwa from Iran calling for his murder over his book "The Satanic Verses", Salman Rushdie says the world has learned the "wrong lessons" about freedom of expression.

Review: 'Go Set a Watchman' — An incoherent, frustrating first draft Special

It's a mistake to read Harper Lee's “Go Set a Watchman” as a proper sequel to her 1960 classic “To Kill a Mockingbird." Fans would best approach it as a curio, as a wildly uneven first draft with too few moments of real inspiration.

Feverish excitement surrounds Harper Lee book release

New York - Bookstores opened at midnight when copies of Harper Lee's eagerly awaited, but controversial second novel flew off the shelves more than half a century after the groundbreaking success of "To Kill a Mockingbird.

First chapter of new Harper Lee novel released

New York - Scout is an independent woman living in New York with a childhood friend who wants to marry her back home in Alabama. Her brother is dead and her father, Atticus, suffers from rheumatoid arthritis.

Writer Tanith Lee has died

Science fiction, fantasy and horror writer Tanith Lee has passed away. Lee authored over 90 books and several screenplays, including episodes of the cult television series 'Blake's 7'.

'The Exorcism of Baby Michael' terrifying Amazon readers

One of the most talked about short stories in the horror genre on Amazon today is the latest work by Angelo King. But unless you don't want to sleep tonight, you may want to think twice about downloading it.

Op-Ed: The problem with mainstream feminism

Once defined as the equality of sexes; many prominent feminists have turned that definition upside down to attack men; while simultaneously shaming women who see feminism as a man hating ideology. It is no wonder why many reject the moniker.

Op-Ed: Libraries: More bridges between culture and education collapse

Nowadays, libraries are unfortunately losing their appeal to the new generations. How can a visit to the library compete with playing Minecraft on an iPad?
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State of the art Heidelberg Speed Master printing press
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