Ten Facts About Books for World Book Day (a day late)

Yesterday was World Book Day. At least that’s what popped up all over my WordPress Reader. I also happened to see at least one person call it Erotic Book Day. We’ll just assume she was trying to bring attention to herself because that can’t really be a thing. I surely hope not.

Anyway, yesterday was World Book Day. And I have no idea what we were celebrating. Was it someone’s birthday from a few centuries ago? Or maybe the original publication date of one of the most known works in history? I have no clue. But surely there’s some reason March 5th is the date. So in honor of the momentous day, here are ten “facts” about books. They’re from the UK and the list isn’t mine.

1. The Average UK household owns 203 books.

2. The British Library contains about 14 million books and needs roughly six miles of new shelf space every year just to add new items.

3. UK publishers release about 184,000 new or revised books each year.

4. Since 2011, sales of eBooks in the UK have overtaken sales of print books.

5. Jane Austen originally gave the name First Impressions to her book that was later published as Pride and Prejudice.

6. France has won more Nobel Prizes for Literature than any other country.

7. J.R.R Tolkien is said to have typed the whole of the LOTR with only two fingers.

8. In 2014, the town of Tuszyn in Poland banned Winnie-the-Pooh.

9. A 2013 survey reported that 18 percent of people don’t read print books.

10. “There is no friend as a loyal as a book.” -Hemingway

I think I took these from a UK tabloid because it really reminds me of Elite Daily. BUT these don’t seem too outrageous to think they aren’t somewhat true. So eh, just read the list knowing that I have no means to verify the accuracy of any of these statements. Well I could verify a few, but what fun would that be?

Happy Belated World Book Day!

On this day in 2014 I published Stop Choosing Between Writing and Reading.

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20 thoughts on “Ten Facts About Books for World Book Day (a day late)

  1. Interesting stuff. One fact I read yesterday from a different blog (I think it was Interesting Literature, or something like that) was that Isaac Asimov was the only writer to ever publish a book in all 10 categories of the Dewey decimal system. That’s a feat to try and match, huh?

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  2. I’d love it if the two fingers Tolkien used were his pinkies. No wonder he took forever to write!
    Perhaps that’s what George R.R. Martin does too?

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  3. Those are some spiffy facts! Did you know that Tolkien also wanted to rewrite his books at least one more time before they went to publication, but didn’t get the chance? I don’t know how he could have improved them.

    Good for the UK on their reading! I know plenty of American households that have an average of zero books on their shelves. How do people go without books? Gah!

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