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First printed books
Books were printed in China in the 8th Century using woodblocks, and in 14th-century China and Korea using movable type.
First books printed in English
In 1474 William Caxton printed the first book in English, Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye. It was printed in Bruges, Flanders. Chaucer's Canterbury Tales was probably the first book in English to be printed in England, in about 1477.
First books printed in America
Massachusetts Bay colony: The Oath of a Free-Man (1638) and An Almanack for the Year of Our Lord (1639) are the first two books known to have been printed in the new American colonies.
Longest novel
A science-fiction novel by French writer Georges-Jean Arnaud, La Compagne des Glaces (1980-92) runs to 62 volumes and has about 11,000 pages.
First sequel
Daniel Defoe wrote The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe in 1719, after the success of Robinson Crusoe earlier that year.
First American novel
The power of sympathy (1789) was the first novel published in America. It was published anonymously, but is believed to have been written by William Hill Brown.
First detective story
first booksMurders in the Rue Morgue, by American author Edgar Allan Poe, was first published in Grahame's Magazine in 1841.
Smallest book
This was produced by a German typographer Josua Rechert and called The World's Smallest Book. It measures 2.4 x 2.9mm - the size of a match head.
Largest book
The largest ever book was published in 2003. It is a collection of photographs called Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey Across the Kingdom. When opened out it measures 2.1 x 1.5m - almost the size of a table-tennis. It costs $10,000 a copy.
Electronic books
Electronic books, or ebooks, have been around for over 20 years. The earliest ones could not store much information and had tiny screens that were difficult to read, such as an electronic Bible (1991) that could display four lines at a time. The latest electronic books are small, light and hold huge volumes of data that can be downloaded from the Internet.

Largest libraries:
A library is a collection of books and other printed material. The word library can also be used to describe the building where a collection of books is kept, as well as manuscripts, maps, periodicals and photographs. Below are the world's largest libraries, each containing over 10 million books.
Library Founded Location Books
Library of Congress 1800 Washington DC, USA 29,000,000
British Library* 1753 London, UK 18,000,000
Russian State Library 1862 Moscow, Russia 17,000,000
Bibliotheque Nationale 1461 Paris, France 14,000,000
Harvard University Library   1636 Cambridge, Massachusetts,
Deutsche Bibliothek 1990 Frankfurt, Germany 11,300,000
* Founded as part of the British Museum, 1753: 
became independent in 1973


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