Backpacks filled with teddies and books are providing comfort to children fleeing violence.

The Hay Festival has today announced a new Book of the Month campaign to celebrate new releases as well as older books that have a contemporary resonance. Its first pick is House of Names by Colm Toibin.

Who was Christopher Robin Milne? 

The Society of Authors has launched a new prize for debut novelists over the age of 60: The Paul Torday Memorial Prize.

Oceanofpdf, a website that was giving away pirated e-books, has been taken down.

The Edinburgh International Book Festival has announced an inaugural, free ‘Publishing Salon’ bringing together publishers, editors, agents and literary professionals this month.

Getting children to stop using their tablets and read a book can be hard as all parents know. Letting them to do both could be a solution.

Book lists

The BBC rounds up the top 10 books to read in August.

From Frankenstein to Pinocchio: the Guardian lists the top 10 artificial humans in fiction.

What do astronauts read on the International Space Station? Find out thanks to the Independent’s Wednesday Book List.

Foyles have compiled a reading list of their four favourite business books for the summer.

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