Norway to digitize all books and offer them as free downloads

The country's national library will undertake the project, predicting that it will take twenty to thirty years to complete

With so many students preparing to spend their Christmas holidays under piles of books and papers, we ask: Is a dissertation worthwhile?

Panic is beginning to set in as third-years across the country start to realise just how many words are actually in "12,000 words"

Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan in 'Kill Your Darlings'

Kill Your Darlings: Film review- 'Daniel Radcliffe is a strange choice'

Beyond the Hogwarts-style specs which he wears, Ginsberg has nothing in common with Harry Potter

Silent film The Great Gatsby is believed lost in its complete form. From left: Warner Baxter, Lois Wilson, Hale Hamilton, 1926

Majority of American silent films lost to decay

Report shows 75 per cent of US silent films have been lost to neglect or decay

Glory and B*llocks, By Colin Brown - paperback review

Colin Brown investigates 10 defining events in British history – such as the signing of Magna Carta, the Battle of Agincourt, Queen Elizabeth I’s pre-Armada speech to the troops at Tilbury, and the Falklands war – and explores the truth behind the myth. Magna Carta was not a charter for individual liberty, but a concession wrung from King John to protect the privileges of the barons. Our view of it owes much to the way it was used in the 17th century by Edward Coke to challenge Charles I’s claim to rule by Divine Right, and the fact that it was an inspiration for the American Declaration of Independence.

The Rabbit Back (Literature society), By Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelainen, Translated by Lola Rogers - Paperback review

Rabbit Back is a small town in Finland; and a very strange one. Everyone’s garden is full of mythological statuary: elves, forest nymphs, gnomes, goblins. The town’s most famous resident is the reclusive children’s writer, Laura White, who runs a literature society and trains a limited number of gifted locals to become writers – there are nine, and she is still looking for the tenth and final member.

A rare photograph of author JD Salinger, right, with a friend

Three unpublished JD Salinger stories leak online

The collection was uploaded despite the author's wish to keep it secret

19th November 1620, The Pilgrim Fathers arriving on the Mayflower and landing in New England, where they founded the Plymouth Colony

The £18m psalm book? 'Act of defiance' by early US settlers could be most expensive written volume ever sold at auction

A modest and well-thumbed book of psalms printed in the New England wilderness by early colonists could become the most expensive written volume ever sold at auction.

Like the library, the public pool is an endangered species

In Hull, Newcastle and around the country these community assets face closure

Misunderstood: Biggles creator W E Johns, pictured in 1960

Biggles flies uncensored: more whisky, less jingoism

World View: W E Johns's tales about the often derided but intrepid fighter pilot have been unfairly maligned

Malorie Blackman: The Children's Laureate talks writer's block, Noel Gallagher and being a warlock

I go to great pains to make sure children don't think I'm just another teacher Part of my job as Children's Laureate is to visit schools and talk about my love of books and stories, and encourage them all to do it as well – to read, to write, to never be afraid of their own voice. Because we all have something to say.

Joey Chiu, 24-year-old from Brooklyn, New York is first on line to receive the new Sony PlayStation FOUR at the Standard High Line in New York

PS4 US launch: Sony promises more games for the new Playstation

A slim launch library has left the PS4 feeling underpowered where it matters most, but Sony made moves to mollify gamers during the console's US launch

Book review: S. by J J Abrams and Doug Dorst

If ever a book had the wow factor, it’s this one. If S., “conceived” by the filmmaker J J Abrams and written by the author Doug Dorst, doesn’t win every book design award going, I’ll eat my review copy.

A small London library has twinned with a counterpart in Paris to offer modern French-language classics

London’s French expats get their own library

Forget dog-eared Barbara Cartlands. A small London library has twinned with a counterpart in Paris to offer modern French-language classics from authors including Michel Houellebecq to appeal to the capital’s huge population from across the Channel.

Neil Gaiman described reading fiction as 'one of the most important things one can do'

Neil Gaiman: Closing libraries 'is like stopping the vaccination programmes'

‘No such thing as a bad book for children’, says bestselling fantasy author

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

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One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
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Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project