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Celebrate Book Lovers Day with these literary holiday ideas

It’s Book Lovers Day and if you are looking to celebrate by planning a literary holiday, check out some of the most incredible ways to combine your passion for books and travel.

The Open Book in Wigtown. Image by Airbnb

Rent the quirky Scottish Airbnb where you run a bookshop

Running a quaint bookshop in rural Scotland sounds like a dream come true for literature lovers, but this dream can be a reality – at least temporarily – thanks to an adorable Airbnb in Wigtown. Spend a week or two in the small town and get behind the till at The Open Book for the ultimate relaxing vacation. Find out more here.

The booksellers have been a quintessential part of Parisian life for centuries. Photo by Matt Munro/Lonely Planet

Visit the Paris’ riverside booksellers seeking Unesco status

Paris is a city full of charms, but one of its most appealing attributes is the 250 booksellers – or bouquinistes – that line the Seine. Now, in order to keep that piece of bohemian tradition alive, the booksellers have launched a campaign to gain Unesco “intangible cultural heritage” status. Find out more here.

Let ambassadors recommend the best book you should read before visiting their country

If you want a book recommendation from someone who is constantly promoting the merits of their own country around the world, then check out the books chosen by ambassadors. Their choices give a special insight into their countries and may inspire your next holiday. Find out more here.

There are 2500 books in the Fluffy library. Image: Panos Kokkinias

Snuggle up in a fluffy library in Unesco’s World Book Capital 2018

As Athens celebrates its role as this year’s World Book Capital, an incredible and unconventional fluffy library has opened. It’s the perfect place to curl up with a good book – and to take some amazing pictures for your Instagram feed. Find out more here.

Books line the unique shelves of the library.
Inside the incredible Tianjin Library in China designed by MVRDV. Image by (c) Ossip van Duivenbode

Be wowed by the futuristic Chinese library that can hold more than 1 million books

The 33,700-square-metre Tianjin Binhai Library is truly something to behold. With space for more than 1.2 million books, it’s enough to wow anyone who enters. However, not is all as it seems in this metropolis of books; the upper shelves cannot be reached and have only aluminium plates printed to look like books. Find out more here.

The Literary Man hotel in Obidos, Portugal, has more than 45,000 books. Image: The Literary Man

Spend the night among books in Portugal’s Literary Man Hotel

If you want to truly immerse yourself in literature, then head to the Literary Man Hotel in Óbidos. It has 45,000 books lining its many walls, all of which can be read and purchased. Sit back and sip a cocktail named for a literary legend in the lounge and crack open your favourite book. Find out more here.

Find the perfect book-based holiday around the world. Image by Ben Pipe Photography/Getty Images

Pack the most-read travel books on Scribd to bring on your next trip

If you want to plan for your next holiday, why not check out the most-read travel books on Scribd that will be sure to have you booking a flight. Find out more here.

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