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Bavaria returns stolen books worth millions to Naples | News | DW.DE | 13.02.2015

Bavaria returns stolen books worth millions to Naples | News | DW.DE | 13.02.2015 | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
The German state of Bavaria has returned more than 500 stolen books to the Italian city of Naples. The collection, which includes works by Galileo Galilei, is estimated to be worth 2.5 million euros ($2.8 million).
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The books stolen from Girolamini library will be back in Italy soon.

 

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The 543 books, which date from the 16th and 17th century, were confiscated by German authorities in May 2012 after they were put on auction in the southern city of Munich.

The collection, which was returned to Naples on Friday is believed to have been stolen from the Girolamini libary in the southwestern Italian city between June 2011 and April 2012.

The former director of the library, Marino Massimo de Caro, was arrested in 2012 and later found guilty of the theft of the around 2,000 volumes.

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Social Movements Don't Need Social Media

Social Movements Don't Need Social Media | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Groups like Occupy Wall Street embraced the open-source logic of the Internet as an organizing principle. It explains a lot about why movements fail.
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Evgeny's Morozov review of S. Johnson's "Future Perfect"

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Young adult readers 'prefer printed to ebooks'

Young adult readers 'prefer printed to ebooks' | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Survey finds that 62% of 16 to 24-year-olds prefer traditional books over their digital equivalents
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The digital economy does not need to overreach.

 

"Sixteen to 24-year-olds are known as the super-connected generation, obsessed with snapping selfies or downloading the latest mobile apps, so it comes as a surprise to learn that 62% prefer print books to ebooks.

Asked about preferences for physical products versus digital content, printed books jump out as the media most desired in material form, ahead of movies (48%), newspapers and magazines (47%), CDs (32%), and video games (31%)."

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Priceless Science: Striking Finds From a Rare-Book Fair

Priceless Science: Striking Finds From a Rare-Book Fair | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
"In a building stretching one square block sat some of the rarest texts, maps and manuscripts in the world, precariously flammable, and indubitably expensive.Particularly fetching among these cultural treasures were the scientific tomes — works of biology, astronomy, chemistry and the like — which dealers proudly displayed with the most enticing illustration forward. It’s the intellectual equivalent of the models on the car lot with their hoods popped open, only with more flammability and much more intellect. From Audubon’s The Birds of America, a first edition of which sold last month at auction for $7.9 million, to Copernicus’ heliocentric sketch that changed the world, we’ve selected the most remarkable works the fair had to offer."
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