AUC Press closes office amid Cairo protests

The offices of the American University in Cairo Press and its Tahrir Bookstore, both situated on the corner of Tahrir Square, were caught in the midst of this week's protests in Cairo. Both have now been closed.

Trevor Naylor, associate director of sales, marketing and distribution, said the AUC Press had had "a difficult time trying to maintain normal operations" and had had to close several times since the start of the revolution on 25th January. He added that the publisher and bookseller was currently meeting in other locations around Cairo in its efforts to continue trading and working with local and international partners.

The burned-out Insititut D'Egypte [pictured], the library of which held 200,000 rare books and documents covering the history and heritage of Egypt, lies opposite the AUC office. Naylor said: "The loss of all these books is tragic, and the result of an ill-aimed Molotov cocktail."