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Cultural Revolutions - A Firsthand Look At China's Reviving Book Scene

"On a cold Tuesday in Beijing, steam rose ghost-like from sewer grates in the wide, car-choked streets. The towering buildings, monuments to China's new wealth, stood a lonely watch as thickly bundled people hustled from heated lobby to taxi and back again. Street vendors' breath hung in a crystalline mist over full carts of fresh candied mandarin slices, twisted fried bread and roasted sweet potatoes ..."
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De Caro and the Girolamini Thefts - Germany returns books seized at Munich auction house in May 2012

Recent news concerning the Girolamini thefts and the ongoing investigations: In an official press release the Bavarian authorities announce that they will return some 500 books which were confiscated at the Munich auction house Zisska & Schauer (now Zisska & Lacher) in May 2012 in connection with the thefts from the Girolamini Library in Naples. The books dating from 16th and 17th centuries and worth over 2 million euros will be handed over to Italian judicial authorities in Munich on 13th February 2015.
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The Closing of the American Bookstore

It has been said that today's individual bookseller websites are the modern version of open shops of yesteryear. Certainly our own website was greatly influenced by Serendipity and the original Borders, as I detail in a separate essay. Is this the end of the American bookstore? Nothing like. Just the coincidental closing of two great individual, independent stores through entirely different circumstances. They live on, vigorously, in the memory of all who appreciated them. Owning and operating a bookstore has NEVER been an easy way to make a living. But booksellers are an obstinate and romantic lot. From their corps arise, from time to time, people with enough business sense to actually support their Quixotic dreams. Serendipity and Borders have closed, but independent bookstores like them will always be around.
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Teurer, komplizierter, ausschließlich mit Nachteilen behaftet (GERMAN LANGUAGE)

This article was first published on the blog of the German trade publication "Aus dem Antiquariat" and discusses the new international shipping requirements by Deutsche Post, the German postal service. For an English translation and summary, please contact the ILAB office.
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PARIS - JOURNÉE MONDIALE DU LIVRE

Le Syndicat national de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne (SLAM), affilié à la Ligue Internationale de la Librairie Ancienne (LILA), se joint à l'initiative de la LILA pour soutenir la Journée mondiale du livre et du droit d'auteur créée par l'UNESCO en 1995 et qui a lieu chaque année le 23 avril.
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