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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang praises Beijing’s first 24-hour Bookshop April 24, 2014 – Posted in: bookshops, Reading / Literacy

This one might take the World Book Day cake. On World Book Day in China Premier Li Keqiang sent a letter to the staff of Beijing’s Sanlian Taofen Bookstore. Recently the bookshop, which is owned by the China Publishing Group Corp, started a government-funded trial period of staying open 24 hours a day. And it looks like its working. Li praised the creative idea of a 24-hour bookstore and that it sets a  good example for nationwide…

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World Book Night is here! April 23, 2014 – Posted in: Reading / Literacy

  World Book Night started in the U.K. in 2011 and on April 23rd every year publishers, authors, booksellers, libraries and volunteers join forces to spread the love of reading and distribute hundreds of thousands of books for free. The mission is simple: To give “books to those who don’t regularly read and/or people who don’t normally have access to printed books, for reasons of means or geography.” Between 30-35 books are chosen annually by a panel of booksellers and…

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A Heavyweight For Illiteracy March 17, 2014 – Posted in: Alphabets, Reading / Literacy

Wladimir Klitschko is the World Heavyweight Champion. He currently holds 4 different championship belts and is pretty much considered the undisputed king of the ring. His latest fight might be his toughest yet – illiteracy;  the global scourge that effects over 250 million children who do not have access to education. The project is called Klitschko vs. Illiteracy and it is the brainchild of the Klitschko Brothers Foundation in cooperation with the German charity organization BILD hilft e.V. Ein Herz für Kinder. For the project Klitschko dipped his…

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Books on Wheels: A Global Jaunt March 9, 2014 – Posted in: bookmobiles, books, mobile libraries, Reading / Literacy

Antonio La Cava’s Ilbibliomotorcarro – Italy  Recently we posted a photo on Tumblr of Antonio LaCava roaming around Italy in his three-wheel creation. It has turned out to be a very popular post so we thought we would expand it a bit to feature some wheeled libraries from around the world. From India’s first bookmobile to Raul-Lemesoff’s book tank the power of the written word remains strong and our hats are off to these dedicated people of…

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