President Karolos Papoulias inaugurated the 4th International Book Exhibition in Thessaloniki, Macedonia, on Thursday, saying that every book is a living and bright treasure of knowledge that cultivates the "art of thought."
"Today's Book Festival is an opportunity for all and particularly for children, parents and teachers to receive the messages of this event and to realise even better the great significance of the book in our day-to-day lives. And today in particular, in the singular and adverse conditions for pure cultural cultivation of the modern-day era," the President said.
President Papoulias also said that "today, we are witnesses of speedy developments in the sector of the Internet and of Electronic Information Means. It is a new world, where the speed of transferring 'knowledge' competes with the volume of information."
It is the first time in the four-year existence of the exhibition that a President of the Republic inaugurates the International Book Exhibition.
Source: Athens News Agency