Books…you know, those paper things that people used to read? Occasionally, you can spot one out in the wild. Thanks to iPad, Kindle and electronic devices in general, paper books are slowly going the way of the buffalo. So, in honor of our dear dying friend, the paper book, here are some little known facts about them that may make you feel a bit nostalgic.
- The first book ever bought on Amazon was called Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought. What was the first book you bought on Amazon?
- The Japanese word ‘tsundoku’ means ‘buying a load of books and then not getting round to reading them’ — how many of us have done that?
- The record for most people balancing books on their heads at the same place and time is 998 in Sydney, Australia, in 2012 — I guess we could have a Nook balancing contest, but that seems a lot less interesting.
- Franz Kafka asked his friend to burn all of his work. The Trial, The Castle, and Amerika were published against Kafka’s will. It’d be a lot harder to burn e-readers, though I suppose it’s possible.
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is the first book written with a typewriter. Remember those?
- The first book ever printed was the Gutenburg bible, in 1455. It’s estimated that between 1815 and 1975, five million bibles had been printed.
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