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World’s biggest book fair kicks off in Dubai

DUBAI: A gargantuan touring book sale that touts itself as the world’s largest is making its first stop in the Middle East, filling a huge hangar in Dubai with stacks of 3 million discounted books, open round the clock. Organisers hope to attract as many as 300,000 visitors during 11 days in Dubai. Founder of the event Andrew Yap said he expects the sheer number of books will lure in punters. “In a mature market like Dubai, this will give variety to readers,” he added. The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, launched in Kuala Lumpur…

A novel in verse makes shortlist for 2018 Man Booker Prize

A pair of debut novels, including one in verse, feature among six "miracles of stylistic invention" shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, judges of the British award announced on Thursday. "The Long Take" by poet Robin Robertson, commended as "a wholly unique literary voice and form", became the first book written in verse with photographs to vie for the prestigious prize. It chronicles a World War II veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder unable to return home to rural Nova Scotia and instead seeking…

Parents fail to find books in market as academic year starts

KARACHI: New academic year has just begun and several books of private publishers have become rare in the markets across Sindh, ARY News reported. Despite passage of several days of new educational year, the books are unavailable in the market. Parents are forced to regularly visit markets for book hunt, without much success. Chairman Private Schools Management Association Sharfuzzaman said books are not printed in compliance with the need. "40 percent books are printed out of the total requirement," he said.…

Audiobooks see boom in digital, multitasking age

NEW YORK: Curling up with a paperback may be a forgotten luxury for many thanks to today's busy lifestyles, but listening to a book on the go, while shopping or jogging, is fast becoming the new norm. Gone are the cumbersome cassette sets that could cost three times as much as an old-fashioned book and often featured only excerpts to cut down on costs. Now, audiobooks are just a click away and can be uploaded onto a smartphone for the same, if not lower, price as the print edition. Mary Beth Roche, president and…

Ukraine bans books promoting Russia

KIEV: Ukraine Friday banned Russian books glorifying the Kremlin and its leaders or espousing what it views as "totalitarian views" in a move certain to further sour relations between the two foes. The law adopted by President Petro Poroshenko "prohibits the promotion of aggressor states ... or (books) that create a positive image of this aggressor state", referring to Russia. It also forbids literature that calls for state coups or promotes wars and racial hatred. The legislation says a group of experts will decide…