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Verso - September 2017
Verso - September 2017

Everyone knows that you can borrow books from the public library. That’s been a thing since 1731, when Benjamin Franklin and his associates created a subscription library. Patrons could buy shares in the library, and those funds were used to purchase books which could then be borrowed by the subscribers. But as libraries evolve in order to keep pace with changing technology and increased demands on library services, some libraries have collected some rather unusual items.  ... Read More

Verso - August 2017
Verso - August 2017

It may only be August, but if you lived in Iceland, you would be getting ready for one of the biggest literary traditions in the country. Icelanders buy more books per capita than any other country in the world, and the majority of the books are sold between September and early November, to be given as Christmas gifts.  ... Read More

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