The fun and cool facts have been few and far between this quarter, but I scraped the bottom of the barrel and found some monkeys. Library school is all fun and games here, folks!
- Generously counting print shops like Kinko’s, the US has approximately half a million publishers. More rigorously counting, the country has approximately 139,000 publishing houses.
- Not adjusting for inflation, here are some sums of monies that have been paid for various types of paper and ink (all in USD)
- Batman (comics): $1 million
- Ptolemy’s Cosmographia (atlas): $4 million
- Shakespeare’s First Folio (print codex): $5.1 million, bought in 2006
- The Canterbury Tales (print codex): $7.5 million, 1998
- Birds of America (print codex): $11 million, 2000
- Codex Leicester (manuscript): $30.8 million, 1994 (bought by Bill Gates)
- The most expensive book I ever bought? Significantly — really significantly — less than a page from the Codex Leicester. In fact, probably a few words from that manuscript are worth more than all the books I’ve ever bought — and this includes all the books from The Baby-Sitter’s Club series that I used to devotedly subscribe to.