What is the name of oldest public libraries in all of the different continents of the world? In what year was the first CD-ROM book released? In what years were the first books printed in French, Thai, Japanese, Arabic and Turkish printed? What are the name of the oldest extant texts or inscriptions written in Chinese, English, Russian, and Spanish? When was the first major computer database used in libraries? What is the title of the largest and smallest and most expensive books ever published? Where in the world is the world's busiest public library? Which famous horror fiction writer worked in a library? What are the names of the very first three books to contain photographs? Where are the tallest bookstores and library buildings in the world?
This updated and expanded edition provides over 500 fascinating facts about libraries, periodicals, books and reference databases. The new book is not just a book about library and book comparisons, it is a remarkable story of libraries and books from the earliest times to the present. It is best described as a Guinness Book of Records for libraries and books.
Reviews of previous editions: "intriguing...easy, enjoyable browsing" - Library Journal "this ready-reference work is fun to browse...this is an entertaining book that gathers unique information in one volume...this book should surely whet your intellectual appetite...a wide variety of interesting and unusual facts...fascinating...diligent research...will certainly enlighten and entertain" - Booklist "an international indispensable reference work on fascinating superlatives covering libraries and books around the world...fascinating...with surprising facts for everyone, this work will certainly enlighten and entertain librarians about the enduring and remarkable history of our institutions." - Panlibus Magazine