Just For Fun Friday: Weird Facts About Authors

I think I have mentioned once before that I have a bit of an obsession with facts and trivia. I would probably do well in a pub quiz situation, but my generally intense approach to most things would likely make my team membership a short one. This doesn’t stop me devouring useless information whenever it pops up and today I will indulge my obsession a little more. Because books are weird and wonderful things – this Just For Fun Friday celebrates the fact.

The Weird and Wonderful World of Books and Authors

  1. The world’s largest book is the Klencke Atlas, measuring 1.75 metres long and 1.90 metres wide (for non-metric friends, this is pretty big). The book was a gift for King Charles II and contains 37 printed maps.
  2. Over 20,000 books have been written about the game of Chess.
  3. There is a book in which the writer calculates pi to 2 million places, taking 800 pages to do so.
  4. New York Public Library bookshelves, if spread out end-to-end, would cover 80 miles.
  5. If you think that’s impressive, the Library of Congress bookshelves would cover 327 miles.
  6. Noah Webster took 36 years to complete his first dictionary.
  7. The world’s most expensive book, at $150 million, has just 13 pages. It is The Task by Tomas Alexander Hartmann.
  8. The original publication run for JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was just 500 books, as Bloomsbury were worried that it wouldn’t sell.
  9. In the US, an average of 57 books per second are bought (although recent surveys suggest a yearly reading average of just 4 books for each American).
  10. Some scholars seriously believe that Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland, was the notorious murderer Jack the Ripper.

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