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National Book Tokens Partners With Love Paper For Their 2024 Competition

National Book Tokens, the UK's leading book gift card retailer, has partnered with Love Paper for their Love Paper 2024 Competition. This partnership will inform consumers of the sustainable facts about paper, books and wider paper products. Love Paper, a campaign run by the not-for-profit organisation Two Sides, promotes the sustainability and attractiveness of print,...Read More

Book Clubs, The Height Of Fashion

For some of us, reading never went out of fashion but for others picking up and reading a book has been perceived as boring or old fashioned. Why spend time turning over page after page when digital offers immediate access to information, videos, entertainment and more? However, as we become overloaded and exhausted from its...Read More

The ‘PULP’ Exhibition: Pushing The Boundaries Of Paper

Step into the enchanting world of paper artistry, where strips of cardboard, papier-mâché, and meticulous folding converge. The upcoming exhibition, 'PULP,' promises to be a visual feast, showcasing the innovative and awe-inspiring works of over two dozen international artists. Hosted at MAKE Southwest, the exhibition is a collaborative effort by the Paper Artist Collective and...Read More

Are We Losing Our Ability To Read Deeply?

According to new research, the answer is yes. Concern about our loss of this essential skill is greatest for children who are transitioning from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn’, usually around the age of nine or ten.[1] In a recent article in The Guardian newspaper[2], American journalist John R MacArthur references the latest...Read More

Sustainable Paper-Based Christmas Gifts For All Ages

According to sources, each Christmas, a staggering 33 million Brits receive a gift they don’t want. Of those, an even more staggering 6.1% – over 2 million gifts – are just thrown away to end up in landfill.[1] If you’re reading this article, you’re unlikely to be one of those who throws something away that...Read More

9 Last Minute Christmas Gifts Made From Paper

We’ve all been there. Christmas is suddenly right around the corner; you’re feeling like summer only ended three weeks ago and now you’re stuck for inspiration, time and/or pennies when it comes to what to get for your friends and family. We all know at least one person in our circle who is seemingly just...Read More

Sustainable Christmas Presents

What should you get your environmentally conscious family member this Christmas? We round up some of our favourite eco-friendly presents. How to Save Our Planet by Mark Maslin Described as a ‘handbook of how we together can save our precious planet’, the latest book by Two Sides Seminar speaker Mark Maslin has gained praise from everyone...Read More

5 Reasons To Love Libraries

When Did You Last Visit Your Local Library? Since the advent of the internet and search engines, which have given us the ability to explore endless content from all around the world from the comfort of our own home, library visitor numbers have fallen dramatically. You might ask: Does it matter? Are we missing out?...Read More

The Importance Of Paper-Based Materials In Education

Over the last 20 years or so, technology has infiltrated almost every facet of our lives. The expansion of broadband, smartphones and portable technology has changed how we communicate, how we access information and how we work and learn. While many of these changes are no doubt positive, there is growing evidence that this isn’t...Read More

Books Offer Best Form Of Escapism

A survey by the Publishers Association found reading to be more popular than going to the cinema or browsing social media, coming second only to watching TV. It has been revealed that more people plan to escape into books than go to the cinema this summer. This has been due to a new polling survey...Read More

How Do Historical Documents Stand The Test Of Time?

Did you know that there exists a fragment of paper from a map that was made over 2,000 years ago? [1] It’s an incredible fact when you consider how paper can be so easily cut, torn, screwed up, shredded, pulped or burned! When we think of ancient documents, we perhaps tend to think of paper’s...Read More

5 Ways You Can Spread Kindness Using Paper

This month marks World Kindness Day, set up by the The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation to raise awareness and drive conversations relating to mental health and wellbeing. To support your mental well-being, we have come up with 5 ways you can switch off, connect with friends and family, or learn a new hobby, using...Read More

Why Generation Z Prefers Print Books

Young People Are Reading More And More Books In Print, Driving Sales And Shaping The Industry In the continued tussle between print books and e-readers, it seems print books are winning, especially in the eyes of the young. A new report by Pew Research has shown that Generation Z (Gen Z) – those born between...Read More

Penguin’s Book Vending Machine

When Did You Last Read A Book On The Train? Imagine sitting in a hushed train carriage where all that can be heard is the sound of the train on the tracks and the occasional rustle of paper as pages are turned. If you have been on a train lately, you will be aware of...Read More

Library Initiatives Around The World

Have you ever spotted a little swap and shop library on a walk? From mobile libraries to books hidden in giant mushrooms, we’ve found some great reading initiatives from around the world. The Mobile Library, Stockholm Since 2016, the mobile library in Stockholm City has been popping up all over the city to meet people...Read More

National Novel Writing Month

This November, why not join hundreds of thousands of would-be, and actual, novelists around the world participating in National Novel Writing Month? If like many of us, you have always felt you’ve got a best-seller lurking somewhere inside, then this November could be the time to finally put pen to paper. The concept of National...Read More

University Starter Pack – The Paper Edition

It’s that time of year again. Bags are being packed, timetables decided, and courses have been chosen. To help you sift through the chaos, here are 7 essential paper-based tips and tricks to help see you through your first year. 1. Lists It’s not all about partying, studying, and meeting new people. University means that...Read More

ALDI’s Summer Reading Initiative

Supermarket giant, ALDI, launched a campaign to get British children reading during their summer break. To do this, Aldi are giving away over 100,000 books, published by Macmillan Children’s Books, to children. The charity ‘Magic Breakfast', which provides free breakfasts to school children in disadvantaged areas, will support the distribution of books countrywide. The Facts...Read More

Study Reveals That People Prefer Paper Books Over E-Readers

A new report has confirmed the increasing popularity of physical books over e-readers – especially on holiday where paper is the ideal companion. So how was your holiday? Go anywhere nice? Lots of sun? Hopefully, you have managed to get a summer break and are now dealing with the barrage of questions about your holiday....Read More

Wondering What Book To Read Next?

Whether you’re an avid reader or someone who would like to read more, deciding what book to read next can be a challenge, particularly when you consider the overwhelming choice of titles available. Back in 2010, Google Books did a count of the number of books that had been published since the invention of the...Read More

Celebrating A First Wedding Anniversary? It’s All About Paper!

June is the beginning of the peak wedding period, so there will be a lot of wedding anniversaries being celebrated this month. Celebrations for gold and silver wedding anniversaries date back as early as the 1500s. However, it seems it’s only since the Victorian era, when the giving of gifts became more common, that other...Read More

Popular Book Genres Around The World

Books have been teaching and inspiring people for hundreds of years, so World Book Day is more than a well-deserved celebration. To honour the day, ‘Study in Switzerland' has done some in-depth research into the most popular book genres worldwide. In the world of literature, there are many different types of books. Diverse genres cater...Read More

WORLD BOOK DAY – 3rd March 2022

Created by UNESCO on 23 April 1995, World Book Day is a celebration of books, authors and illustrators. Its ultimate aim is to encourage children and young people to discover the pleasure of reading. Over 100 countries around the world mark World Book Day each year. Why Reading For Pleasure Is Important Numerous studies have...Read More

Interview With Paper Artist, Emma Taylor

"Creating detailed work using paper really appealed to me" Paper artist Emma Taylor creates highly intricate sculptures out of paper using second-hand books. Find out where she gets her ideas from and what makes paper such a great medium to work with. How Did You Start Working With Books And Paper? I was doing a...Read More

Settle Down With A Story This Book Lovers Day

Book Lovers Day, also referred to as National Book Lovers Day over in the U.S., is an unofficial holiday celebrated every year on August 9th. It’s a day for bibliophiles (book lovers) to celebrate reading and literature and encourages everyone to put down their smartphones or electronic devices and pick up a book instead. How...Read More

Has The Pandemic Changed How To Access News And Information Forever?

Print media has seen a significant disruption during the coronavirus pandemic and there are signs of changing consumer relationships with news and print media. Familiarity with, and use of, online platforms has increased. Will the ending of lockdowns herald an opportunity for traditional printed news media to regain lost ground? A study, conducted by the...Read More

Blind Date With A Book

The blind date with a book trend – also known as the don’t judge a book by its cover trend - has been a great source of fun and engagement for bookshops, libraries and even Etsy, for many years now. By helping people find their ideal book in this creative and mysterious manner, the trend...Read More