Monday, September 14, 2015

10 Interesting facts about books from

1. "Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read" (Groucho Marx).
2. People in India are the world's biggest readers, spending an average 10.7 hours a week.
3. The first novel written on a typewriter is said to be Mark Twain's Adventures Of Tom Sawyer.
4. The Harry Potter books are said to be the most banned in America because of religious complaints.
5. The slowest-selling book is reputedly a 1716 translation of the New Testament from Coptic into Latin. The last of its 500 copies was sold in 1907.
6. The M6 toll road was built on two-and-a-half million copies of pulped Mills & Boon novels.
7. The first book described as a "best-seller" was Fools Of Nature by US writer Alice Brown in 1889.
8. The record for most people balancing books on their heads at the same place and time is 998 in Sydney, Australia, in 2012.
9. Around 150,000 new books are published in the UK each year.
10. One in five adults around the world cannot read or write, with the highest rates in South and West Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

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