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Festival of Books in Madrid, Spain in Lovely Summer Surroundings

2015-06-01

In 2015, la Feria del Libros de Madrid (the festival of books) is organized in the capital of Spain for the 74th time. This time, the festival has attracted 471 bookstores from Madrid and from other Spanish cities to celebrate books. Participating stores will sell books in their stalls in the city center during the first two weeks of June.

Also authors get to meet readers and sign books. If you happen to be in the neighborhood, look for Parque del Retiro in Madrid, and you will find the festival.

El Pais reported that despite the high unemployment and relatively weak economy that has been troubling Spain for a few years, the atmosphere was optimistic.

Here are a few select photos taken at the book fiesta in Madrid.

feria del libro de madrid
Photo by Ahora Madrid on Flickr.

feria del libro de madrid
Photo by deramaenrama onp Flickr.

feria del libro de madrid
Photo by Ahora Madrid on Flickr.

feria del libro de madrid
Photo by manuel on Flickr.

feria del libro de madrid
Photo by Ahora Madrid on Flickr.

Paper Books Recycled: A House Made of Books

2015-04-03

A house made of books? It has to be a library. Sure, but Lacuna project is more: it is really a building that has been constructed from books.

lacuna book house

Lacuna is an art installation constructed from 50 000 books. It is also a library where people can walk in, browse the bookshelves, and borrow books. Since the walls of Lacuna are made of books, the building will change as people take and return items from shelves.

The building will open at the Bay Area Book Festival in June 2015 in Berkeley, California.

The video explains the project:

The project is on Kickstarter. The Lacuna story was discovered via Idboox.

Free Ebooks for History and Art Lovers from Metropolitan Museum

2015-04-01

Many museums publish beautiful paper books on art collections, historical objects and exhibitions they have. Print books, however, only have a limited life span. When books become too costly to print and keep in stock, they become unavailable. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has solved the availability problem of old books elegantly: the museum has released books older than 50 years as free ebooks.

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You can explore the collection of free art and history ebooks here. Ebooks are available as PDF downloads, or you can read them online. Online reading seems to be more convenient option, because downloads are very, very slow.

We are always looking for travel tips, and Metropolitan Museum’s free ebook collection didn’t disappoint. For instance, book titled Al-Andalus: The Art of Islamic Spain shows many magnificent historical destinations in Spain that can be visited today.

metropolitan museum al andalus free ebook