The importance of books as we struggle with COVID-19 

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Books offer a wealth of knowledge, as well the opportunity for distraction from the outside world. Image: Unsplash/Alfons Morales

Ephrat Livni
Senior Reporter - Law and Politics, Quartz
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Vienna's smallest bookstore Image: REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
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It is paramount people use hand sanitizer amidst COVID-19. Image: Unsplash/Kelly Sikkema
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Various books purchased from a book store Image: Unsplash/Justin Aikin
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books organized in a shelf Image: Unsplash/Jamie Taylor
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An exmaple of books in a bookcase Image: Unsplash/Bruce Dixon
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