129,864,880 Books in the World…

It's August 9, a day for bibliophiles as it’s their day; National Book Lovers Day!

Bibliophile – a person who has a great appreciation for or collects books.

Google has counted the total number of books in the world arriving at a total of 129,864,880. Google have counted what they consider to be every single book in the world, amounting to a staggering total of 129,864,880.

National Book Lovers Day encourages us to find our favorite reading place, a good book out of the millions of choices and read the day away. Old school hardback, paperback, leather bound or on your iPad or Kindle reading is a good thing.

The earliest history of books actually predates what would conventionally be called "books" today and begins with tablets, scrolls, and sheets of Papyrus. Then hand-bound, expensive, and elaborate books, called codices, appeared. These gave way to press-printed volumes and eventually lead to the mass printed tomes prevalent today. Contemporary books may even have no physical presence with the advent of the e-book and read on your iPad, Kindle or even phone.

Books have come a long way but the importance of literature as an art form continues to grow. Due to self publishing there are more books and authors than anytime in history.

Fun Fact:

It would take someone 60,000 years to read all the books in the world already in print.

So today find a great book and let's get to reading.

Contributed by: Chris Edwards Napa August 2017

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