Only a geek would spend the time browsing aisles of books looking for oddities, such as "Anybody Can Be Cool...But Awesome Takes Practice" and "How to Date a White Woman", and then photographing it for the internet to see. We've rounded eighteen more unbelievable (yet real) examples for your viewing enjoyment. Continue reading to see them all.
5 Interesting book facts:
- A rare first edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll raised $1.5m at auction in New York, making this the most valuable children's book ever sold. The book was Carroll's own working copy that he used to prepare the text for a simplified version for younger children. Only 22 copies of the 1865 first edition are known to exist today, 17 of which are in libraries and just five, including the copy just sold, are in private hands.
- The Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA contains 28 million books and has 532 miles of shelving. If you were driving at a constant 70 mph in a car it would take you just under 8 hours to pass them all. And thats without stopping to go to the toilet! The British Library in London is the 2nd biggest with 18 million books.
- Of all time, this accolade goes to Agatha Christie, detective story authoress. Since 1920 her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 45 foreign languages. She is outsold only by the Bible and William Shakespeare.
- J K Rowling's Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth book in the acclaimed series, had a first-run print of 8.5 million copies. This is approximately 80 times the average bestseller! This beat the previous book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which had a first-run print of 4.8 million copies.
- Between 1986 and 1996, Brazilian author Jose Carlos Ryoki de Alpoim Inoue had a massive 1,058 novels published. He writes westerns, science fiction and thrillers. Does he ever eat?
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