The Record Breaking Largest Book & Smallest Book in the World
There are approximately 2.2 million books published worldwide every year with just a bit over 300,000 published in the U.S. alone (according to Wikipedia).
But only one can be the largest. And by largest, we mean literally. The title of the world’s largest book goes to ‘The Little Prince’ published back in 2007. The dimensions are 6 feet 7 inches high by 10 feet 1 inch wide (when opened). That’s 1 inch longer than the height of an NBA hoop (10 feet) and also, coincidently, 1 inch longer than the average height of an NBA player (6 feet 6 inches). Needless to say, that’s one big book!
On the flip side (pun-intended), there can only be one book that is the smallest. And that distinction goes to a book named ‘Teeny Ted from Turnip Town’. Measuring a minuscule 70 micrometres by 100 micrometres the book is impossible to read with the naked eye (you’ll need a scanning electron microscope to read it). That’s not the only thing that’s eye popping about this book. The price will also have you doing a double take as this book is valued at over $15,000. Unless Turnip Town turns out to in fact be the legendary lost city of El Dorado, the price does seem a bit steep.
For how much longer these two will hold onto their respective largest and smallest titles remains to be seen. Best guess would probably say the largest book title would be easier to break, just due to sheer logistics (not to mention the monetary cost). So be careful Eidouro Gráfica e Editora Ltda. (publishers of ‘The Little Prince’). You may soon have some competition.
- Dan Phan