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.
Did you know that The Bible was printed more than 5 billion times? All these Bibles would fill the New York public library 467 and one-half times.
The first published book ever written on a typewriter was The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. It was written by Mark Twain in 1875, using a Remington typewriter.
Did you know that “À la recherche du temps perdu” by Marcel Proust is the longest novel ever written? With 3,031 pages in 7 volumes it holds the Guinness World Record for longest novel (estimated character count).
British Library, located in London,United Kingdom, is the biggest library in the world. It was founded in 1973 and contains over 150 million of items.
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.
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.
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.