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I know many Americans do not read any books once they’re out of school or college. But some do, and what they read has been shaped not only by changing tastes but by availability. The availability consideration is being revolutionized.I’m a bibliophile of the first water. I have spent what seems half my life in bookstores all over the world.

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The first president has accrued 220 years’ worth of late fees on two books he checked out from -- and never returned to -- a New York library. Washington borrowed “Law of Nations” and a collection of debate transcripts from the British Parliament. He is not expected to repay the debt.

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Team McCain has rejected the "vicious smear" that as mayor of Wasilla, Sarah Palin wanted to ban books from the local library, but the campaign's 1,615-word memo on the subject indirectly supports the accusation. As Palin's mayoral predecessor recalls, "She asked the library how she could go about banning books." According to the Anchorage Daily News, she also fired the library director "without warning" for "not fully supporting her efforts to govern."

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