Wednesday, August 11, 2010

How Many Books Are There In The World? [News] [You're The Expert]

Short answer? 129,864,880

Long answer: Check out Inside Google Books' post on how they arrived at that number. Honestly, it's quite fascinating if you are a literary geek with a love for the scientific method. Their exclusions and concatenations and values and checksums intrigued me, but I won't pretend to regurgitate their method to you. It's lengthy.

My question: With there being almost 130 million books in the world, how many do you think you'll read in your lifetime?

3 comments:

Mrs. DeRaps said...

Good question! I would've thought that there are more than 130 million books in the world, but I guess google knows more than me. I'm guessing that I'll read about 35,000 books or so in my life. Maybe more. Maybe less. It'd be fun to keep track.

viewfromdownhere said...

Dear lord, that's a lot! It's like the population of China...it keeps getting bigger and bigger by the second. Could you imagine even attempting to read that many? Incredible!

Chiara said...

Also I thought they were more. It happened to me a book that it had some interesting parts but the majority was horrible. I finally gave it by bookmooch.