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#ReadABookDay – will our facts about books bag you a Swagbucks search win?

It’s #ReadABook day (well, it’s really National Literacy Day but that doesn’t make a great hashtag on Twitter, so #ReadABookDay it is!) and whether your favourite genre is romance, sci-fi, fantasy, crime, thriller, drama or biography, here are 10 facts you may not know about books. 

Not only will you possibly learn something new, you may even get a Swagbucks search win along the way! 

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Facts about books

  1. The smallest book in the Welsh National Library is Old King Cole. It measures 1mm x 1mm and the pages can only be turned with a needle.
  2. Contrary to popular belief, the girls’ name Wendy existed before J. M. Barrie wrote Peter Pan.
  3. Bibliosmia‘ is the word for loving the smell of old books
  4. The first novel written on a typewriter is said to be Mark Twain’s Adventures Of Tom Sawyer
  5. A recent study found that people who read are two and a half times less likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Syndrome later on in life
  6. In the sixteenth century, primers or learning books for children were known as ‘hornbooks’.
  7.  The first Mr Men book, Mr Tickle, came about when author Roger Hargreaves was asked by his son what a tickle looked like.
  8. Around £2.2 billion is spent on books in the UK each year. A fifth of this is spent on children’s books.
  9. On average, a copy of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar is sold somewhere in the world every minute.
  10. The Japanese word ‘tsundoku’ means ‘buying a load of books and then not getting round to reading them’.

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