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The city of Athens was entitled by UNESCO as the World Book Capital for 2018. This celebration of books, culture, and creativity will begin on the 23rd of April 2018 and last for a whole year.



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Bellprat has an appealing medieval centre and its population is enthusiastic about throwing open its doors to book-loving visitors. Bellprat is also the first book town in Catalonia.


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Indias first book village Bhilar has 15,000 books all of them in Marathi. Other books in Hindi and English shall be added to the collection soon. The 25 buildings are divided genre-wise, adorned with beautiful and relevant art.


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Bredevoort is known as the Dutch Hay-on-Wye on account of its antiquarian and second-hand booksellers. With tens of shops, including antiquarian bookshops and art galleries, Bredevoort makes a pleasant visit. Every third Saturday of the month a book market takes place and most shops are open on the Sunday afternoon of the same weekend.


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Booktown is a cooperative of 14 independent booksellers with 4,000 square feet of Used and Rare Books, Ephemera, Books on CDs, Music CDs, DVDs, LP Records, and Art. Every book is coded and priced by each bookseller. Book Town Books has added a new Rare Book Room in Booth 16 downstairs where discriminating collectors can find fabulous rare, unusual, and antiquarian books. Additionally, many booksellers may purchase books for resale from walk-in customer


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This book town is a destination for book lovers all year round, with eight booksellers.


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Brownville, Nebraska is an amazing little town south of Omaha on the Missouri River with a population of 142 with four bookstores and seven museums. It has been designated an “International Book Town.” I think of it as “the little town that could… and did.”


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Clunes is a destination for book lovers all year round.  It has eight booksellers, and on the third Sunday of each month they host a writers program.


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The place has a unique charm of its own. Dotted with makeshift bookstalls constructed with bamboo, wood, canvas, and sheets of tin on both sides of the road, College Street is a paradise for book lovers. It’s a one of its kind book marketplaces in the world which draws locals and tourists alike from every corner of the globe. It is a regular place of visit for book trotters. One can get all kinds of book here. The universal availability of books and the large network of shop owners make your book buying experience truly memorable. Famous publication houses like Ananda Publishers, Abhijan Publishers, Dey’s publishing are located here.


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Since 1st May 1997, Damme has officially become a Booktown, like the Dutch Bredevoort or Wallonian Redu or Hay-on-Wye in Wales. Each customer is free to ask specific questions. In the shop, there are literally hundreds of books on all kinds of topics. Willy is part of a wide network that he can consult to find that one rare book. “A common misunderstanding is that old books are worth a lot of money. Books always have some emotional value for the reader. A book goes through an entire cycle. When I buy books in bulk from people at home, the books show their interests and life history.”


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The VVV is the official tourist information center of Deventer in the Netherlands. Our book market is more than 6 kilometers of books with the participation of renowned booksellers and antique dealers from all over the Netherlands. Due to a large number of stalls (878!). The Deventer Boekenmarkt has grown into the largest in Europe. Dickens Festival. The 19th-century English city of Charles Dickens revives in full glory in the center of Deventer. In the historic Bergkwartier, more than 900 characters from the famous books of this English writer come to life.


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The village of Esquelbecq offers a diverse literary and cultural programme. Every 3rd Sunday of the month from October to May, the village has book readings and this provides an opportunity for the public to meet authors, editors or artists, in a friendly and warm atmosphere.


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Featherston Booktown is an annual 3 day festival celebrating books, writers and literature in many different ways. The weekend starts with the now traditional fish and chip supper featuring a guest speaker. Over the weekend there are lots of events for all ages and interests celebrating everything to do with books - take part in workshops and interactive sessions, go to the popular book fair including stalls with rare and second-hand books plus hear authors speak.


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The Norwegian Book Town in Fjærland started out very modestly in 1995. Besides taking care of books, the idea here was also to preserve the old buildings, this makes some of the shops rather exceptional and characteristic. You here find small, specialised shops, some of them in connection with other trades like the two hotels and the arts & crafts shop, and quite large shops selling only second-hand books: Straumsvågs Antikvariat and Den norske bokbyen A/S.


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Hay-on-Wye was already well known for its many bookshops before the festival was launched. Richard Booth opened his first shop there in 1962, and by the 1970s Hay had gained the nickname "The Town of Books". From its inception, the festival was held at a variety of venues around Hay, including the local Primary School, until 2005 when it moved to a unified location just south of the town.


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In 2005, Don Dales, our own local entrepreneur established the only book village east of the Mississippi in historical Hobart, New York. Today there are 4 independent bookshops as well as Art Galleries, Home Embellishment, and antique shops in the village. There are also many other established booksellers within a 50-mile radius making the Hobart Book Village a not-to-be-missed terminus for book lovers everywhere.


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In the center of Tokyo, Jimbou Booktown is known for used-book stores and publishing houses. It is also a popular antique and curio shopping area. The prestigious Tokyo Book Binding Club and Literature Preservation Society are located in Jinbōchō.


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There are approximately 15,000 books in the book village that are available for reading, reference, and purchase which are supplied by 8 resident publishers with additional support from the Malacca State Government. In addition, our book village aims to carve a niche for itself as a reference and resource center for books and reading materials concerning the State of Malacca. This also includes books written by writers originating from Malacca. These books are housed and displayed in a special section named "Anjung Karyawan Melaka" and they cover topics on history, tourism, culture, fiction, and biography


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One of China’s first and most extensive children’s bookstores. More than 3,000 illustrated storybooks from Europe, America, Japan and China are on sale, including favorites such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Giving Tree, and Badger’s Painting Gifts. The store encourages children and their parents to stop by, read together, and enjoy the in-store facilities, which include a comfortable play area. On weekends, a free storytelling hour is offered and often followed up with arts and crafts activities. The store aims to provide children and parents with the very best children’s books, as well as a relaxing reading environment. It boasts bold colors, cozy reading spaces and hundreds of stories to inspire big imaginations.


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The village of Saint-Pierre-de-Clages is also known as the Swiss book town with an annual book festival.


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Before it became a book town Fontenoy-la-Joûte, 100km west of Strasbourg, had no connection with the literary world and indeed few book businesses of any kind. It set up Les Amis du Livre, with the aim of promoting reading and writing in 1994. The book town was officially inaugurated two years later, thanks to the efforts of a small band of enthusiasts, including France’s former agriculture minister, François Guillaume, and the village mayor, Jean-Marie Vanot. Eighteen businesses opened in April 1996, with bookshops planning to open at weekends and holidays, and more frequently during the summer. Within four years the project had renovated 24 buildings for new use. At its height, there were 23 booksellers in the village and its first book fair, in September 1994, attracted around 11,000 visitors, as well as booksellers from France, Belgium, and Luxembourg.


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Lilleputthammer is a small adventure park for families. The main section is a miniature copy of the main street in the city of Lillehammer, Storgata, with all the houses built as they looked in the 1930s but at a quarter size. There are more than 40 shops, two hotels, three cafes, two bakeries, a police station, and a cinema. Within this is the Children’s City of Books – six houses devoted entirely to books.


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This shop sells, new and used music as well as an extensive range of books and magazines all relating to music.


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Sometimes referred to as Village of Books, Montolieu contains fifteen bookshops, mostly specializing in second-hand and antiquarian books.


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Óbidos stands out from most other book towns in that it didn’t open new bookshops; many stores have simply added bookselling to their business. So, the local art galleries sell art books, the Óbidos organic market has shelves of cookbooks behind its fresh fruit and vegetables, and the museums stock history, interior design and heritage titles, according to their individual focus.


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Asia Publication Culture and Information Center houses book cafes, used bookstores, galleries, and restaurants, hosting diverse exhibitions and forums; Tan Tan Story House, run by Yeowon Media specializing in illustrated storybooks for children, is a cultural center for children with a performance hall, a gallery, and a book café. Other notable attractions include Yeolhwadang, Chameleon (BIR Publishing’s book outlet), Darakwon Book Café, and Moongongsa Book Café.


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Purgstall in Austria is the country's first book village. The project is rather young, and the village invites everybody who owns old books and can no longer use them, to contact them. They would be happy about these books. Apart from the books, the area offers a beautiful and healthy environment to the visitor.


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Redu is a village in the municipality of Libin, in Luxembourg province, Belgium. The village is twinned with Hay-on-Wye in the United Kingdom and it is one of the very first book towns.


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Sedbergh is a delightfully picturesque market town located in the South Lake District, Western Dales of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and at the foot of the Howgill Fells. Sedbergh is England's official book town. There are only about eight bookshops in Sedbergh.


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One of the first things you’ll notice is the abundance of bookstores. Established in 1996 and one of only a few in the world, Sidney is Canada’s Only Booktown. Each of the bookshops has a very unique identity and focal point. The bookstore owners are experts in their fields and have put together special collections of thousands titles and categories to choose from.  


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The bookstores of eastern mountains contribute to making books and book culture high under the head of the inhabitants of the area, which is Árborg, Ölfus, and Hveragerði. The purpose of this project, The Book Town, is to form a local cluster of collaboration between partners pertaining to books, culture, and tourism. Spearheading the project in its early days are Sunnlenska bókakaffið (South Book Café) and Konubókastofan in Eyrarbakki (Women's Book Lounge in Eyrarbakki) with backing from various other regions, libraries, art groups in addition to numerous local partners in the fields of tourism, education, and culture. Listvinafélag Hveragerðis


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Born as a lumber camp and incorporated as a village in 1879, Mecosta today may be the world's smallest book town, boasting a far greater population of books than humans.


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Five book wagons – carts on wheels with canopies – were set up in 2007 to sit at roadsides for self-service use and these were joined by a book cafe in a greenhouse at the health food store Taraxacum. A year later the village held its first workshop for aspiring writers. There are now a dozen book carts and places to buy books around town. In 2011 the restored former railway station, dating from 1916, became the book town’s headquarters. There is now a bookstore on the ground floor as well as local food for sale and a bicycle rental station. Visitors will find mini bookshops in garages, a workman’s hut, a disused stable, a farm entrance, in front of the church and by the entrance to the supermarket. There are plenty of ingenious shelving ideas too: books stacked in bread boxes and milk crates. Some operate on a self-service honesty basis. The association also runs a yearly Nordic Book Festival, with talks and readings from established authors, along with live music.


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Visiting Tvedestrand we recommend you to make a stroll through the picturesque wooden house quarter down by the harbour. In this quiet and pleasant area of the small town, you also find the bookshops. Most of them are spread out in what is becoming a triangle of bookshops. Within this triangle, there is a total of 5-10 bookshops depending on the season. The bookshops specialize in different areas, although most of them also have a broad selection of general fiction and non-fiction books.


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Uruena is part of a network of villages in which second-hand and antiquarian bookshops are concentrated. At present, Urueña attracts 40,000 bibliophiles to its narrow medieval streets every year. They cross the vast plains of Castilla to search through old tomes; listen to lectures on writing and take classes in calligraphy, and of course to talk to one another about the pleasures found in books.


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Wigtown was officially designated as Scotland’s National Book Town in 1998 and is now home to a wide range of book-related businesses. A book lovers haven – and with over a quarter of a million books to choose from, old and new … it is impossible to escape empty-handed.


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In Wünsdorf-Waldstadt are thousands of books talking about present and past, inviting to rummage and buy. Around that, you can find a unique, almost 100-years old military history about that location. All these experiences you can get in museums and exhibitions or on adventurous walks through the huge bunker complexes deep down!