Just under a third of the male population don’t read books, says a Reading Agency survey. Here are five man-friendly page-turners they might enjoy anyway. Read more

Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel laureate writer, dies aged 87

The Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez, who unleashed the worldwide boom in Spanish literature with his novel 100 Years of Solitude, has died at the age of 87, a person close to the family has said. García Márquez had been admitted to hospital in Mexico City on 3 April with pneumonia. Full story

Pictured: Gabriel García Márquez at his house in Mexico City, 2010. Photograph: Miguel Tovar/AP

The books bound in human skin - flesh-crawling page-turners

Harvard historians say a book thought to be bound in human skin is actually sheepskin. But the macabre art of anthropodermic bibliopegy has a long, dark history. Read more

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Stunning libraries from around the world – in pictures

'Without libraries we have no past and no future,' said Ray Bradbury. A new book celebrates the most innovative library buildings. Take a whirlwind tour with our gallery

Photos, top to bottom: Laif/Camera Press; Frank Elschner/Artur Images; Hufton and Crow/VIEW

Eyewitness: The Rijksmuseum library has the largest art history collection in the Netherlands. It has been open to the public since renovation work was completed in April 2013.

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How true should historical fiction be?

From Hilary Mantel to Andrew Miller to Philippa Gregory, historical fiction is enjoying a boom. But novelists are storytellers, not history teachers, argues Stephanie Merritt. Read more

Pictured: Stranger than fiction … Ben Miles (Thomas Cromwell) and Lydia Leonard (Anne Boleyn) in the stage adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall. Photograph: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian

World Book Day: Children’s authors are interviewed by their own characters – video

To mark World Book Day on Thursday, an annual festival celebrating books and reading, children dress up as their favourite characters and interview their respective authors. Hetty Feather and Diamond interview Jacqueline Wilson; Varjak Paw chats to SF Said; and Barry Loser quizzes Jim Smith. Watch the video

Wikipedia 1,000-volume print edition planned

It would run to over a million pages, featuring more than four million articles by 20 million volunteers: an “record-breaking” new project to turn Wikipedia into 1,000 books has just launched on Indiegogo. Read more

JK Rowling to publish second novel as Robert Galbraith

The new novel from JK Rowling, written under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith, will feature a novelist who is brutally murdered after writing poison pen-portraits of nearly everyone he knows.

The Silkworm will be the second outing for Rowling’s private detective and war veteran Cormoran Strike, and his “determined young assistant” Robin Ellacott, and will be published by Little, Brown on 24 June this year. Read more

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