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PPN Weekly Digest / February 27, 2015

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“From the destruction of the Library of Alexandria in 391 AD… to the the obliteration of the Library of Baghdad in 2003, oppressive regimes have… targeted libraries.”  -from Husna Haq for The Christian Science Monitor

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“… it can be seen… on college campuses, where students still lug backpacks stuffed with books… as they take notes (or check Facebook) on laptops during class. ”  -from Michael S. Rosenwald for The Washington Post

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“Barnes & Noble intends to separate its college business from its Nook and retail businesses… creating two separate publicly traded companies.  -from Laura Hazard Owen for Gigaom

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“The new afterword is the taxi-cab air freshener of book publishing.”  -from Carlos Lozada for The Washington Post

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“…the supportive, therapeutic presence of the story-sharing web has made it easier than ever for young writers to dip a toe into the shallows of publication.”  -from Imogen Russell Williams for The Guardian

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“Drew Barrymore will release a collection of autobiographical essays… described as ‘humorous, emotional, and welcoming’ – so, a lot like Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s recent memoirs.”  -from Dee Lockett for Vulture

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“It’s not the reading matter that makes an antiquity priceless to a nation, said the.. de Young Museum in San Francisco. It’s the umbilical cord to the past.”  -from Steve Rubenstein and Kevin Fagan for the San Francisco Chronicle

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