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Best of times, Worst of times

Nathan Whitlock on great and terrible news from the book world

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Amazon.ca named Vancouver as the Canadian city that most loves to read, based on book sales. The best part: those books double as shelter-making materials for people priced out of the local housing market.

Researchers in the Netherlands are locating and scanning fragments of pre-Gutenberg texts hidden within the binding of early printed books. I bet the fragments consist mostly of monk scribes complaining about hand cramps.

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