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Italian bookseller avoids jail after theft of rare Harry Potter book

An Italian bookseller who stole a signed Harry Potter edition worth £1,675 in a “professional, targeted operation” has avoided jail.<p>Rudolf Schonegger, 55, switched the rare copy of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for another book at a bookshop in central London on New Year’s Eve.<p>CCTV showed him …

Books

Resurrecting the art of China's dragon scale bookbinding

<b>(CNN) —</b> At his studio in Beijing, artist Zhang Xiaodong layers hundreds of sheets of thin paper on top of one another until they form a complete and impeccable image. When the chapters of his elaborate books are unfolded, the pages move like the bellows of an accordion.<p>This ancient Chinese art, …

London's amazing underground infrastructure revealed in vintage cutaway maps

Londonist's roundup of cutaway maps -- many from the outstanding Transport Museum in Covent Garden -- combines the nerdy excitement of hidden tunnels …

Suppressed story of Richard Burton's rival explorer surfaces

A secret addendum to John Hanning Speke’s account of his discovery of the source of the Nile, which details his long-running feud with fellow explorer Richard Burton and which was considered too provocative for publication, has been acquired by the National Library of Scotland.<p>The eight-page …

National Libraries

Unlearning the myth of American innocence

My mother recently found piles of my notebooks from when I was a small child that were filled with plans for my future. I was very ambitious. I wrote out what I would do at every age: when I would get married and when I would have kids and when I would open a dance studio.<p>When I left my small …

Political Science

Ain’t It Always Stephen Stills

Stephen Stills: Change Partners<p>by David Roberts<p>Red Planet, 326 pp., $26.95<p>Several years ago an academic colleague and I embarked on what we called a …

University of Florida

How technology is putting the earliest comics back into the hands of fans

Restoring classics for a new generation<p>Walking around at San Diego Comic-Con, the booth for a small publisher known as Sunday Press stands out in the quieter half of the convention. Standing amidst retailers hawking bagged rarities and boxes of superhero comics, the books on display are …

The Crisis in Flint Isn’t Over. It’s Everywhere

By Ben Paynter<p>Photographs by Dan Winters<p>A<p>At his home near Kearsley Park, on the east side of Flint, Michigan, Tony Palladeno Jr. grabs his keys and a …

Water

The great digital-age swindle… and the man fighting back

We are all – or nearly all – slaves to technology. Think about how many times you consult Google every day. Consider the role that social media like Facebook and Twitter play in your lives. And when you buy a book, or countless other items, it’s increasingly likely that you purchased it from Amazon.<p>…

Peter Thiel

‘Jihadists were going to burn it all’: the amazing story of Timbuktu’s book smugglers

One hazy morning in 2012 in Bamako, the capital of the west African state of Mali, an ageing Toyota Land Cruiser picked its way to the end of a concrete driveway and pulled out into the busy morning traffic. In its front passenger seat sat a large man in billowing robes and a pillbox prayer cap. He …

Africa

Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria

“Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them.”<p>You were going to get one-click access to the full text of nearly every book that’s ever been published. Books still in print you’d have to pay for, but everything else—a collection slated to …

Books

Richard Hell: Confessions of a Book Collector

I went up to the New York Antiquarian Book Fair the other week. I’ve collected books since I was a teenager. When I was a little boy I collected …

On Last Looking into Greene’s Bookshop

Sign of the time<p>It was with considerable regret that I learned of the closure of one of Dublin’s oldest bookshops. It was a place of comfort – a …

Books

I'm being stripped of my citizenship – along with 65 million others

Theresa May values “the spirit of citizenship”. I know because she said so in her speech at the Conservative party conference. She waxed lyrical about an ethos “that means you respect the bonds and obligations that make our society work. That means a commitment to the men and women who live around …

United Kingdom

What the List of Most Banned Books Says About Our Society's Fears

For as long as humans have printed books, censors have argued over their content and tried to limit some books’ distribution. But the reasons for …

Why I Still Love Printed Books

I'm like most Americans, according to the <i>New York Times</i>: I read more printed books than ebooks.<p>I have two different tablets with lots of ebooks and take one or the other on trips, especially book tours where I'm gone for a week or two.<p>But despite the ability to download an impulse purchase at 3 AM, …

Old book, new look: why the classics are flying off the shelves

Imagine you have a sudden burning desire to read <i>David Copperfield</i>, Charles Dickens’s favourite of all his novels. Thanks to Project Gutenberg, you could read it for nothing online but, correctly reasoning that it would be tedious to scroll through 600 pages on a screen, you go to a bookshop. There …

Literature

erikkwakkel:

<b>Bad skin</b><p>These four images share a feature frequently encountered in medieval books: skin problems. That is to say, in all four there is something bad about the animal skin - or parchment - from which the page is made. Three of them feature a gaping hole, caused by the pressure of the parchment maker’s knife, while the fourth turned purple from the mould that attacked the page due to damp storage conditions. The skin may be bad, but it makes for lovely images.<p>More about what you can learn from …

The bizarre world of bitcoin ‘mining’ finds a new home in Tibet

Inside a metal shed in the Tibetan highlands of western China, thousands of microprocessors flank narrow corridors, generating a constant hum and stifling waves of heat.<p>Outside, the sky is clear and blue, with a mountain peak looming at the top of a narrow wooded valley. A flock of goats ambles …

Bitcoin

Judge a book through its cover with this terahertz camera setup

What do you do if you want to peek inside a book, but you’re pretty sure it’ll crumble into dust if you even crack the cover a little bit? Well, nothing: Opening a book is a critical step in finding out what’s inside. Or at least it was until someone at MIT decided that shouldn’t be the case.<p>The …

‘SpaceEngine’ is like a free ‘No Man’s Sky’ modeled after the real universe

There are one hundred billion galaxies in the universe, and you can visit every one.<p>The <i>SpaceEngine</i> simulator may sound like one of this year’s most …

Universe

How a Guy From a Montana Trailer Park Overturned 150 Years of Biology

Biology textbooks tell us that lichens are alliances between two organisms—a fungus and an alga. They are wrong.<p>In 1995, if you had told Toby Spribille that he’d eventually overthrow a scientific idea that’s been the stuff of textbooks for 150 years, he would have laughed at you. Back then, his …

Biology

Indie bookshops turn a new page to fight off threat from Amazon

It’s children’s story hour at the Book Nook in Hove and the owner, Vanessa Lewis, is doing a reading of Julia Donaldson’s rhyming picture book <i>The Detective Dog</i>.<p>“Sniff, sniff, sniff!” cry a gaggle of excited kids, in unison.<p>The best independent bookstores worldwide, according to readers<p>Read more<p>The …

Books

This Chinese Bookshop With Amazing Design Is a Fairytale for Bookworms

The new bookstore, Zhongshuge Yangzhou, appeals to design and book lovers alike.<p>Once upon a time, we might have considered a bookstore incredible if it included, say, tasty café food and giant beanbags for kids. Now, an incredible bookstore is defined by reflective "tunnels" of books and truly …

Books

Scientists discovered a new shade of blue and it's totally gorgeous

Sometimes, the best things happen by pure accident. Such is the case with a brand new gorgeous shade of blue, which Oregon State University (OSU) …

Chemistry

Indigenous kids were healthy before arrival at residential schools: study

A study suggesting indigenous children from Saskatchewan and Manitoba were healthy when they were sent to residential schools undercuts government justification for nutritional experiments at the time.<p>Researchers also say it suggests the schools set the stage for health problems plaguing First …

Mexico City from a wheelchair: 'There's no second chance on these streets'

Imagine going down 40 steep, crowded metro station steps in a wheelchair. You grab both wheels, lean back, and make small jumps between narrow steps that could launch you into a fall at any moment.<p>“You feel the adrenaline like you’re at Six Flags, I swear,” says Abraham Plaza. “You learn the …

Mexico City

The Shadow Doctors

The underground race to spread medical knowledge as the Syrian regime erases it.<p>On a recent Tuesday evening in London, the surgeon David Nott attended a dinner at Bluebird, an upscale Chelsea restaurant. The room was packed with doctors, renowned specialists who had come for the annual consultants’ …

What Your Book Organization Style Says About You

It's almost more telling than what you read.<p>It's not just the subject matter of the books you read that reveal insights into your personality — the way you organize said spines is very telling, too. You see, some arrangements are all about being practical, while others focus more on being …

Books