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Top 10 Most Read Books IN THE WORLD!

By Jared Fanning.

“Based on the number of books print printed and sold...”



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Shockingly Delightful (from 1908)

The Hole Book, by Peter Newell; 1908; Harper & Brothers, New York.

Click on the image to read the whole book at the Internet Archive.

“While fooling with a gun, Tom Potts shoots a bullet that seems to be unstoppable. A literal hole on each page traces the bullet’s path as it wreaks havoc across various scenes until it meets its match in a particularly sturdy cake. A native of McDonough County, Illinois, Newell built a reputation in the 1880s and 1890s for his humorous drawings and poems, which appeared in Harper’s Weekly, Harper’s Bazaar, Scribner’s Magazine, The Saturday Evening Post, Judge, and other publications. He later wrote and illustrated several popular children’s books, such as Topsys and Turvys (1893), a collection of poems and images which could be viewed upside-down or right-side-up; The Hole Book (1908), featured above; and The Slant Book (1910), which took the shape of a rhomboid and told the story of a baby carriage careening down a hill.” (Wikipedia)

I am so grateful that the Internet and places like the site noted below make these treasures available for everyone to share.

Via The Public Domain Review

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Wordlessly Eloquent






Some of the Finalists of the International Book Cartoon Contest in Iran – cartoon all about books and reading. See all 39 at IranCartoon Web


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Horrible Histories: Announcing A-Book

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“Fantastic, joyous, thrilling and boundless variety”

“…think of books as Darwin’s finches, taking off from the mainland of ink on paper, and populating an archipelago of electronic devices.”

“What we will get is experiments, innovation and above all variety. Fantastic, joyous, thrilling and boundless variety.”

Read more at Darwin’s Library: Evolution, Not Extinction (April 2010)

Via Libraryland

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Brian Dettmer: The Book Surgeon Talks About His Work

If you are an admirer of this artist’s work, as I am, you will enjoy watching the videos embedded here.

“My work is a collaboration with the existing material and its past creators and the completed pieces expose new relationships of the book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception.”


Brian Dettmer’s Incredible Book Sculptures
Brian Dettmer on Wikipedia
Brian Dettmer’s Website


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Read Tolstoy’s Fables for Children

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As well as writing such lengthy literary classics as Anna Karenina and War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy turned his hand to writing stories for younger readers. Most of the works in the collection above, translated here by Leo Wiener, had their seed in primers which Tolstoy wrote for the school which he established in 1849 for peasant children at his country estate, Yasnaya Polyana (Clear Glades). In the huge variety of tales – through a host of kings, hermits, peasants and talking animals – he expounds his clear vision for a more human and socially just society.” The Public Domain Review

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