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More Sweet Reads April 1, 2017 @ University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign​​


April 1st, 2017, bibliophiles, book artists, and food lovers around the world gather to celebrate the book arts where participants create an “edible book,” which can be inspired by a favorite tale, involve a pun on a famous title, or simply be in the shape of a book (or scroll, or tablet, etc).  All entries will be exhibited, documented, then EATEN!  Photographs of all edible books will appear in the Edible Book Festival gallery.

The Champaign-Urbana Edible Book Festival is sponsored by the University Library and Common Ground Coop, and supported by the generous help of campus and community volunteers and prize donors.

Image of a catcher in some rye on a cake

Best Collaborative Creation,

Catcher in the Rye, by Cathy Blake and Craig Evans


Image of a cake of Alice in Wonderland book

Alice in Wonderland
Created by Shilpi Saxena

Image of flower ball

Flower Ball
Created by Jen-chien Yu and Adelaide Kota




Textbook publishers Find Ways For Students To Save Money


  • Several well known textbook publishers are finding nee and alternative ways to save students money and stabilize revenues with inclusive access digital material models funded by fees included in student material fees.
  • Under the new model of bookselling, students receive digital access to required course materials and have the option to pay additional money for a printed copy, delivered on the first day of class. 
  • Officials at Indiana University told Inside Higher Ed that in the eight years since piloting its eText initiative, revenues exceeded $10 million last year and there was a more than 40% jump in annual growth. 

Ancient Universities

Sankore @ Timbuktu

University of Al-Karaouine

Al-Azhar University:


University of Bologna:

University of Paris:

University of Oxford

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