#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
- 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.
- Contrary to popular belief, the girls’ name Wendy existed before J. M. Barrie wrote Peter Pan.
- ‘Bibliosmia‘ is the word for loving the smell of old books
- The first novel written on a typewriter is said to be Mark Twain’s Adventures Of Tom Sawyer
- 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
- In the sixteenth century, primers or learning books for children were known as ‘hornbooks’.
- The first Mr Men book, Mr Tickle, came about when author Roger Hargreaves was asked by his son what a tickle looked like.
- Around £2.2 billion is spent on books in the UK each year. A fifth of this is spent on children’s books.
- On average, a copy of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar is sold somewhere in the world every minute.
- The Japanese word ‘tsundoku’ means ‘buying a load of books and then not getting round to reading them’.
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