11 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT BOOKS

FOUND THIS ON THE WEB, and thought it interesting:

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By Jill Layton
February 18, 2017 11:25 am

1

There are over 129 million books in existence. According to Google, 129,864,880 million books had been published as of 2010. That number is obviously a lot higher now. So when you say out loud “Ugh, can’t find a good book to read,” know that you have a lot to choose from.

2

The most expensive book ever purchased was sold for $30.8 million.

3

There’s a word for loving the smell of old books. “Bibliosmia” is the word you’ve probably been searching for your whole life.

4

The longest sentence ever printed is 823 words.
We have a feeling it’s probably a run-on, but it’s a legit sentence that exists in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, according to Barnes and Noble.

5

Author’s names never used to be printed on the covers of their books. The covers of the first printed books were considered artworks. They were covered in drawings, leather and even gold — so there wasn’t a place for the author’s name.

6

The first book ever written using a typewriter was The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

7

President Theodore Roosevelt read one book per day. Now that’s dedication to reading.

8

The three most read books in the world are…The Holy Bible, Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, and Harry Potter.

9

Icelandic people read more than anyone. Perhaps it has to do with the weather, or maybe they’re just taught to really love books. Either way, Iceland for the win!

10

Alice in Wonderland is based on a real 10-year-old girl. Her name was Alice Liddell, and her family was close friends with author Lewis Carroll. While on a boating trip, she asked him to tell her a story — and that’s how Alice was born.

11

Illiteracy is still a huge problem throughout the world. One in five adults around the world can’t read or write, with the highest rates in South and West Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

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