World’s Largest Bookstore

Did you know that the largest bookstore in the world is the Barnes Noble Bookstore located in the New York City, USA? It covers 154,250ft² and has 12.87 miles of shelving.

Barnes Noble Bookstore

Barnes Noble Bookstore

World’s Smallest Book

Did you know, that the world’s smallest printed book is “Shiki no Kusabana” (flowers of seasons)? It contains the names and microscopic monochrome illustrations of Japanese flowers like the cherry and the plum. The pages are 0.75 millimetre (0.03 inch) in size while the letters are just 0.01 mm wide.

Shiki no Kusabana

Shiki no Kusabana

Ancient Libraries

Did you know that libraries have been a part of culture since the ancient times? Library of Alexandria was one of the largest and most significant libraries of that time. Constructed in the 3rd century BC, it was one of and contained hundreds of thousands of papyrus scrolls. Their combined value was incalculable. Unfortunately the library was burned down in mysterious circumstances.

Library of Alexandria

Library of Alexandria

Oldest Book in the World

Did you know that the oldest known book in the world is a several-page-long volume held by the Bulgaria’s National Museum of History? The book, estimated at about 2,500 years old, is comprised of six pages of beaten 24-carat gold covered with Etruscan script. Discovered in an old tomb, it carries text and images of a horseman, a mermaid, a lyre, and warriors.

Etruscan Book

Etruscan Book