Ever since Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in 1440, more and more books have been published and enjoyed by book lovers. Are you aware of the total number of books published by 2017? Do you know what the most expensive book sold in the market was? Here are ten weird things about books publishing and authors that are just so random.

1. Total Number of Books

According to our ever friendly source Google, the total number of books published by 2010 is 129,864,880 million. In another source, 2011-2013 saw the publication of 134,021,533 books. Obviously then, the number of books published by now far exceeds your imagination.

2. Bibliosmia

It is not rare for most book lovers to love physical books over ebooks. After all, there’s the nostalgic scent of old books that ebooks can never replicate. Do you know though that there is actually a name for your love of old book’s smell? It’s “bibliosmia.”

3. The First Typewritten Book


Mark Twain’s The Adventure’s of Tom Sawyer is a record holder. This book is the first book written in a typewriter. In today’s world, it might be unimaginable how much time, patience, typing force, paper, and ink were wasted just to complete the classic book we enjoy today.

4. The Smallest Book

You can find the smallest book in the world in the Welsh National Library. It is entitled Old King Cole. It measures 1mm x 1mm. To turn the pages, you’ll need to use a needle. Aside from this, you also have the Teeny Ted from Tunip Town. It measures 70 micrometers by 100 micrometers. A scanning electron microscope is the only tool you can use to read this book.

5. Three Most Read Books

As of 2017, the three most read books are:

  • The Holy Bible
  • Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung
  • Harry Potter.

6. Author’s Names on the Book Cover

As most books printed today, you can see the name of the author in one glimpse. After all, their names are on the front cover, after all. However, it wasn’t always this way in the past. Before, book covers were made of leather or gold. Moreover, they were supposed to be artworks. Thus, the author’s name not printed on the cover is not a big deal in the past.

7. Longest Sentence Printed Ever

While Mary Poppins might have exposed you to long words such as “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” the fun doesn’t stop there. There’s also the longest sentence ever printed. It is 823 words long. According to Barnes and Nobles, the title of the longest sentence ever printed can be found in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables.

8. The Most Expensive Book

Can you imagine someone paying millions for a book? Well, someone just paid $30.8 million for one book! According to Business Insider, Bill Gates spent this much to get his hands on Leonardo Da Vinci’s Codex Leicester.

9. First Book Sold (on Amazon!)

As we all know, Amazon is the largest distributor of books online. The first book bought from Amazon is Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought.

10. No Punctuation

Generally, punctuation is crucial in novels. However, there is one book that defies this statement. William Faulkner’s The Sound and The Fury has a section with no punctuation. What’s even more amazing is that this section has 600 words.

These are just some of the random and weird facts about books. To book lovers and to-be-published authors, have fun with these trivia!

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