30 Interesting Facts about Books

Happy World Book Day 2015!

Interesting Literature

30 fun facts about books, in honour of World Book Day 2015

SF writer Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) is the only author to have published a book in all ten Dewey library categories.

When asked what book he’d like to have with him on a desert island, G. K. Chesterton replied, ‘Thomas’s Guide to Practical Shipbuilding.’

Hugh Lofting, author of Dr Doolittle, thought books should have a ‘senile’ category to complement the ‘juvenile’ section.

Dickens’s house had a secret door in the form of a fake bookcase. The fake books included titles such as ‘The Life of a Cat’ in 9 volumes.

Playwright Joe Orton went to prison in 1962 for defacing library books. One of the cartoons he drew shows an elderly tattooed man in trunks.

Books BerlinThe first book bought on Amazon was called Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought.

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5 thoughts on “30 Interesting Facts about Books

  1. Good Woman says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I learned that the Japanese word “tsundoku” describes me very well. I also wondered why I had not heard of World Book Day and learned that UNESCO says it is on April 23. 2015. I will need to keep that in mind.

  2. Good Woman says:

    Absolutely. I did read as well that in different locations it is designated on different days.

  3. […] I want to give credit to the blog from where I first learned about Interesting Literature. A post 30 Interesting Facts About Books was re-blogged on The Thoughts and Life of Me on March 5 because Norway celebrated World Book Day […]

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