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The Act Of Smelling Books Is Called “Bibliosmia”


National Read A Book Day is observed annually on September 6th.  On August 9th, we all celebrated National Book Lovers Day.  While these bookish days may seem similar, National Read a Book Day invites us ALL to grab a book we might enjoy and spend the day reading.

  • Reading improves memory and concentration as well as reduces stress. Older adults who spend time reading show a slower cognitive decline and tend to participate in more mentally stimulating activities over their lifetime.
  • The earliest known work of literature is an epic poem titled the Epic of Gilgamesh, from Ancient Mesopotamia. Because paper books did not exist at the time, the whole tale is told on 12 tablets.
  • The world’s first novel as we know it was The Tale of Genji, written by Murasaki Shikibu, a noblewoman and lady-in-waiting in 11th century Japan.  In the original edition, almost none of the characters had names and were referred to by titles and honorifics because of Heian-era Japanese court etiquette.
  • The first book ever published was the Gutenberg Bible in 1453.  It was printed by the inventor of the printing press himself,
  • Mark Twain’s Life on the Mississippi (1882) is considered by historians to be the first fully typewritten manuscript sent to a publisher.
  • An estimated 755,755 new books are published every year.  As of mid-2017, there are an estimated 134,399,411 total published books in the world.
  • The world’s longest novel ever written is Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust, or A la recherche du temps perdu in its native tongue (French).  The novel is estimated to have 9,609,000 characters.
  • Those bibles you find in hotel rooms are distributed by an organization called Gideons International, founded in 1899.  This organization exists for the sole purpose of distributing bibles.  As of 2015, Gideons International has distributed over 2 billion bibles and is estimated to distribute more than 2 bibles a second
  • Pretty much all books that are published in the United States must be sent to the Library of Congress, due to the US Copyright Act’s mandatory deposit provisions.  Not just any copies either, the law stipulates that two copies the “best edition” must be sent in, which typically means the nicest hardcover edition.  Noncompliance with this law can earn fines of $250 – $2500 plus the cost of obtaining two copies of the book in question.
  • If one of the first things you do when you get a new book is smell the pages, you’re not alone.  The act of smelling books is called “bibliosmia”, it’s actually pretty common.
  • In January 2017, two of the biggest trending topics in the media were “fake news” and “alternative facts”.  This inspired consumers to buy every physical copy of 1984 from Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, by the end of the month.  Amazon was unable to get more newly printed copies in stock until February 3rd.
  • According to the American Library Association, the Harry Potter series was the most banned and challenged book for the years 2000-2009.  Most instances take issue with the series’ depictions of witchcraft and wizardry.
  • Of all the Americans surveyed who read books, 28% had read an e-book (a book on a screen), 13% from a cell phone.  14% of people surveyed had listened to an audio book.
  • The longest sentence ever printed is 823 words. We have a feeling it’s probably a run-on, but it’s a legit sentence that exists in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserablesaccording to Barnes and Noble.
  • President Theodore Roosevelt read one book per day.
  • The three most read books in the world are: The Holy BibleQuotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, and Harry Potter.
  • Dr Seuss invented the word ‘nerd’, using it in his 1950 book ‘If I Ran the Zoo.’
  • 68% of books sold worldwide are bought by women.
  • Fools Of Nature by Alice Brown was the first book to be described as a ‘bestseller,’ in 1889.
  • The first book printed in Oxford was a study of the Apostles’ Creed. Its first page carried a misprint: it was dated 1468 rather than 1478.


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