Books carry the knowledge and the dreams, the feelings and the stories of people throughout time.
Books can be loved and banned. Books contain knowledge and can resolve problems. Books - whether bound or digital e-books - are alive. This is an automatic compilation of DW content pertaining to "books".
Ali, a taxi driver in Basra in southeastern Iraq, offers more than just a ride to people. He also invites his passengers to read one of the many books he stores in his cab. If they read a book for more than 10 minutes, they are free to take it home. Ali's unique service has garnered quite a bit of publicity in Iraq. Authors and publishers have now even begun supplying him with books for free.
Valentine's Day is just around the corner. German author and journalist Michaela Vieser is an expert on love, and has written a book about how it's expressed in different ways around the world. From a penis parade in Japan to an Austrian apple armpit dance, she's discovered that these diverse customs reveal much about foreign cultures as well as our own understanding of this complex emotion.
In 1859, a 19-year-old man named Kossola was captured, chained and brought on the last US slave ship from West Africa to Alabama. He would eventually regain his freedom at the end of the Civil War in 1865. Near the end of his life in the 1920s, he recounted his experiences of the trans-Atlantic slave trade for a book — which lay unpublished until just last year. Ashley Byrne went to find out more.
At least 14 people have lost an eye in France yellow vest protests, after being shot by controversial police rubber bullets +++A Gamble With Death: that's the title of a book by Kelechi Goodluck, a Nigerian living in Spain. In it, he talks about his journey to Europe through the Sahara desert and across the Mediterranean sea +++Exorcism in Italy amid warnings from Pope Francis about the devil.
For most young Africans, Europe and Western countries hold the promise of a happy life. Among them was Kelechi Goodluck, a Nigerian now living in Spain. He ignorantly embarked on a dangerous journey from Nigeria to Europe through the Sahara and across the Mediterranean. Things didn’t end up as he thought. He has now written a book about his experiences called 'A Gamble With Death'.
Leonardo da Vinci died 500 years ago. In Italy, the birthplace of Leonardo, preparations are under way for a number of exhibitions to celebrate his genius, including one of his famed sketches and notebooks in the northern city of Turn. But before they go on display, they've spent months in Rome at a unique clinic for ancient books and artwork. Megan Williams has this report from Rome.
Peter Kalmus is a NASA climate scientist, who after researching climate change, made it his personal goal to reduce his carbon emissions to a fraction of what they were. His book, Being the Change, balances his personal journey to a low carbon lifestyle, whilst delving into and explaining the science behind climate change. Peter speaks to DW on his behalf, and not of NASA.