A collection of written, printed, illustrated or blank sheets, made of paper, parchment or other material, usually tied together to hinge at one side is called BOOKS.
Books may also refer to a literature work, or a main division of such a work. In library and information science, a book is called a monograph, to distinguish it from serial periodical such as magazines, journals or newspapers.
A lover of books is usually referred to as a bibliophile, a bibliophilist, or more informally, a bookwarm. A store where books are bought and sold is a bookstore or bookshop.
The first books used parchment or vellum (calf skin) for the pages. The Arabs revolutionized the book’s production and its binding in the medieval Islamic world. They were the first to produce paper books after they learnt paper industry from the Chinese in 8th century.
Library :-A collection of sources, resources and services and the structure is called a library. It is organised for use and maintained by a public body, an institution or a private individual. In the more traditional sense, a library is a collection of books.
Facts about Books
From 1450 to 1500, between 10,000 to 15,000 titles were published, with an average print run of 500 copies.
By 1962, 250,000 titles were being published each year, this implies a growth rate five times more rapid than that of population.
Since the development of television, world population has grown 1.6 percent a year. The number of book titles has grown by an average of 2.8 percent a year.
The human race publishes a book every thirty seconds.
The first book to sell a million copies was Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind.
The Holy Bible is the biggest selling book of all time.
The oldest printed book in the World is believed to be “The Diamond sutra” which bear the Date 868 AD.
Britain’s most expensive book is Shakespeare’s First Folio which sold at auction for £2.8 million.
JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the fastest-selling book ever.
The smallest book in the World is leather bound volume which measures 2.4mm by 2.9mm and has a letter of the alphabet on each page.
Book sales in the UK topped over £1 billion in 2007.