Sunday, January 21, 2018

Will You Set A Guinness World Record For Books?

The Guinness World Records 2018 edition features thousands of interesting and amazing records.  As a book, it’s pretty special.  Where else can you find out:

·         The fastest marathon run in pajamas?
·         Largest human jigsaw puzzle piece formation?
·         Largest firefighting aircraft?
·         Youngest volcano?
·         Tallest:  bicycle, Easter egg, tree, statue, mammal, or building?
·         Longest tongue on a dog.
·         Oldest donkey, people, cat, amusement park, hotel, or cave art?
·         Fastest: plane, human, tank, roller-coaster, tennis serve, or bird?

But the sections, pertaining to books, comic books, and society interested me most.  Here are a few interesting factoids featured in this information-packed book:

·        Longest novel translated into emoji-Moby Dick.  It consists of 206,052 words.  The translation, finished in 2010, is called Emoji Dick.

·         Most expensive comic book sold at auction – a special edition of Tintin in America went for $1.6 million in a June 2012 auction.  The comic book was created in 1932.  However, the most valuable comic is Action Comics #1, June 1938, the debut of Superman, the first superhero with super powers. Value?  8.14 million dollars.

·         Highest annual earnings for an author – James Patterson, according to Forbes, raked in 95 million bucks from June 2015 to June 2016.

·         Largest book signing belongs to Vickrant Mahajan, who signed 6904 copies in one sitting in January 2016 of his book.  Yes, Thank You Universe.

·         Most published writers per capita – Iceland has five books published per every 1000 citizens.  Over the course of their lifetime, one in 10 Icelanders will have a book published.

·         Oldest living full-length audiobook - a 1935 album features Joseph Conrad’s 1902 novel, Typhoon.

·         Largest library book fine ever paid - $356.14.  Days and Deeds was returned to a library in Illinois 47 years after it was loaned out in 1955.

·         Most expensive typewriter - $89,473 was paid at a London auction in 1995 for a 1952 typewriter that Ian Fleming commissioned after completing Casino Royale, which launched the James Bond series.  The special typewriter is gold-plated.

·         Most expensive printed book – one of 11 copies of the Bay Psalm Book sold in 2013 for $14.16 million.

·         The first book printed in English was sold at auction in 2014 for $1,851,460.  It was a translation of a French work, entitled The Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye.  It was published in 1474 at a time when most books were printed in Latin.

·         The most expensive book of any format sold in 1994 to Bill Gates for a mere $30,802,500.  It included hand-drawn notes by Leonardo da Vinci, dating to 1508 containing a collection of his observations, musings, theories, and illustrations.

Maybe you can set your own record related to books.  Get started now!

“Cultivate above all things a taste for reading.  There is no pleasure so cheap, so innocent, and so remunerative as the real, hearty pleasure and taste for reading.”
--Robert Lowe, Lord Sherbrooke

“In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own.  I learned who I was and who I wanted to be, what I might aspire to, and what I might dare to dream about my world and myself.”
--Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life (1998)

“Books are a guide in youth, and an entertainment for age.  They support us under solitude, and keep us from becoming a burden to ourselves.  They help us forget the crossness of men and things, compose our-cares and our passions, and lay our disappointments to sleep.”
--Jeremy Collier, “Of the Entertainment of Books,”  Essays upon Several Moral Subjects (1698)

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Brian Feinblum’s insightful views, provocative opinions, and interesting ideas expressed in this terrific blog are his alone and not that of his employer or anyone else. You can – and should -- follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at He feels much more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog © 2018. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s Independent.  This was named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby and recognized by Feedspot in 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs.

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