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Dreams and reality

There is a brilliant video called The happy List. It is about all the little things that we dream about, about reality, about how many prefer to live in a pretend world. It also raises interesting questions about what happiness is. I know reality is important, but I am in a world where, to some extent, the imagination becomes reality, and thus happiness is imagination. You read a book, you enter a wonderful world of make-believe, a world of thoughts and ideas and action. A pretend world where we can chose the topic, and forget about the world for a while. Saying that, some book topics are not wonderful and neither are they make-believe, but even with the worst of...

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Books sales up in times of recession

It has long been known that more books are sold in times of financial difficulties than when times are good. One reason is that people spend more time at home, another is the link between studying and bad times. I know that literature is not always seen as education, and though some, like Fifty Shades of Grey, which has added greatly to the increase in book sales in 2012, is not really considered standard educational literature, then books as such, not to mention reading, exemplify learning. According to this morning's briefing in the Bookseller total book sales in digital and physical formats grew 4% in 2012 to a total of £3.3bn. That overall growth contrasts with a 2% dip recorded the...

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