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‘Books on the Beach’ Literature Fest to start at Kovalam this November: Author Shashi Tharoor

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Thiruvananthapuram, May 16, 2017: The pristine Kovalam beach here will host leading writers and thinkers from across the country and beyond for the inaugural edition of “Books on the Beach”, a literature festival that celebrates and contemplates both the written word and its expression, said politician and author Shashi Tharoor.

The lit-fest, which is organised by non-profit India Book Foundation under the guidance and active patronage of Tharoor, the Thiruvananthapuram MP and supported by Kerala Tourism, will be held over three days starting November 10.

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The event would see writers of prose and poetry, fiction and nonfiction, essayists and environmentalists, artists and academics, reporters and editors conduct readings and recitals besides participating in meaningful debates and dialogues on a multitude of topics.

“Literature has real value. It appeals to a more discerning audience. The Hay Festival here a few years ago was a huge success and led to increased awareness of Kerala thanks to word of mouth.

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“It is time we established a durable institution that showcases Thiruvananthapuram and Kerala as a place of ideas and culture. But a lit-fest is not for visitors alone, it will also further energise the already vibrant reading culture in the state,” said Tharoor.

Besides serving as an annual platform for the best in Indian and world literature, “Books on the Beach” will, over successive editions, tap into the city’s youthful energy and distinctive charm to promote it as a leading destination for culture and tourism, said officials.

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“Cultural festivals play an important role in branding and promoting destinations. Kerala Tourism is presently positioning the state as an arts and culture hub. It will provide a fillip to tourism in the state, and in particular renew interest in Kovalam. The litfest will enjoy Kerala Tourism’s full support,” said Kerala Tourism chief V. Venu. (IANS)

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Smartphones Take Away Books From People Of Taiwan

Excluding those who read comic books, magazines or digital books, about 40.8 per cent of those surveyed said they read no print book in 2018, according to the survey on people's reading behaviour by the United Daily News's Vision Project.

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10.7 per cent said they had no such book-reading habit, further analysis by the survey found. Pixabay

More than one-fifth of people in Taiwan did not read a single book last year as smartphones, tablets and computers take up most people’s time, according to a survey.

Excluding those who read comic books, magazines or digital books, about 40.8 per cent of those surveyed said they read no print book in 2018, according to the survey on people’s reading behaviour by the United Daily News’s Vision Project.

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About 20.6 per cent of respondents who read no books last year said they simply didn’t like reading and 10.7 per cent said they had no such book-reading habit, further analysis by the survey found. Pixabay

According to the research, 1,556 respondents were surveyed from December 28, 2018 to January 3, 2019, Xinhua news agency reported.

Of those respondents who read no print books last year, about one-third of them said the last time they read a print book was one to three years ago. Another 20 per cent said their last book reading occurred more than 10 years ago.

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40 per cent said they had no time for reading or that reading took up too much time, it said. Pixabay

About 20.6 per cent of respondents who read no books last year said they simply didn’t like reading and 10.7 per cent said they had no such book-reading habit, further analysis by the survey found.

And 40 per cent said they had no time for reading or that reading took up too much time, it said.

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Among those who read print books, about one third spent one to three hours a week reading and 14 per cent spent three to five hours a week reading, 12 per cent spent more than nine hours a week reading, according to the survey. (IANS)