A book owned by Harvard University library recently revealed its grisly history, when confirmed that it was bound in human skin.

Staff at the university believe that the book, Des Destinees de l'Ame (Destinies of the Soul), was covered with the skin of an unclaimed female mental patient who died of natural causes. Writer Arsene Houssaye is said to have given the book in the mid 1880s to his friend, Dr Ludovic Bouland, who apparently carried out the unusual binding.

Covering books in human skin, known as anthropodermic bibliopegy, was a particular subject of interest in the 19th Century, although it is understood the practice goes back further.

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The first generation Kindle was released on November 19th, 2007 and was sold out in only 5½ hours!

The first-ever Kindle cost $399, and after it was sold out it remained out of stock for five months until late April of 2008. 

With its 250 MB of internal storage, it could hold approximately two hundred non-illustrated titles at a time. It also had a speaker and a headphone jack for listening to audio files. 

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The largest collection of miniature books consists of 3,137 unique books.

The largest collection of miniature books consists of 3,137 unique books and belongs to Sathar Adhoor in India. The collection was verified in Thrissur, India, on June 4, 2016 by Guiness World Records.

A miniature book is a very small book, no larger than 7.5 cm (3 in) in height, width or thickness.


William Shakespeare’s First Folio

This first edition collection of the bard’s plays, was the most expensive book sold at Sotheby’s auction house in 2006 for £2.5 million. In 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death, this book was published and was dedicated to the “incomparable pair of brethren”, otherwise known as the two brothers, William Herbert (the 3rd Earl of Pembroke) and the Earl of Montgomery, Philip Herbert (later, the 4th Earl of Pembroke). It contains a dozen plays that have never been reprinted, as well as many that are considered classics today.

A first edition copy of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit has sold for over £10,000.

A first edition copy of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit has sold for over £10,000 ($12,849.75) after being discovered by chance in a Dundee charity shop.

The rare copy of the famous book, which follows the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, was found by a manager at the Cancer Research UK superstore at Gallagher Retail Park.

Published in 1937, the book is one of just 1,500 copies released in the original run and features black and white illustrations by Tolkien himself.

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The World's Most Expensive Cookbook is by Dom Perignon.

Want to treat your friends and family with delicious recipes like the five-star chefs? Then, cheers! Dom Perignon has produced his latest cookbook packed with recipes by the best chefs in the UK. 

'Dom Perignon Vintage 1998 The Collection' is packed with recipes, portraits and reminiscences by the world's most bankable celebrities. The book is limited edition, with only 30 copies in print, and is covered in sea-green galuchat leather, harvested from a rare Japanese Ray. 

The recipe treasure includes recipes from Britain's top chefs including Tom Aikens, Angela Hartnett and Michael Caines. The exclusive cookbook is priced at a whopping $1,710. But, if you want to prepare dishes as delicious as five-star hotels then, it is worth it!

A book that purifies water, The Drinkable Book, is printed on filter paper capable of killing deadly waterborne bacteria.

The book was created by non-profit organization, WATERisLIFE, to raise awareness on proper sanitation and hygiene. Each page is coated with silver nanoparticles that instantly kill waterborne bacteria that cause diseases such as cholera, typhoid, and E. coli.

But apart from being a cleaning filter, the book teaches the importance of proper sanitation and hygiene.


Teeny Ted from Turnip Town (2007), is certified by Guinness World Records as the world's smallest reproduction of a printed book.

The book was produced in the Nano Imaging Laboratory at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with the assistance of SFU scientists Li Yang and Karen Kavanagh.

The book's size is 0.07 mm x 0.10 mm. The letters are carved into 30 microtablets on a polished piece of single crystalline silicon, using a focused-gallium-ion beam with a minimum diameter of 7 nanometers (this was compared to the head of a pin at 2 mm, 2,000,000 nm, across). The book has its own ISBN, 978-1-894897-17-4.

The story was written by Malcolm Douglas Chaplin and is "a fable about Teeny Ted’s victory in the turnip contest at the annual county fair."

The book has been published in a limited edition of 100 copies by the laboratory and requires a scanning electron microscope to read the text.

In December 2012, a Library Edition of the book was published with a full title of Teeny Ted from Turnip Town & the Tale of Scale: A Scientific Book of Word Puzzles and an ISBN number 978-1-894897-36-5. On the title page it is referred to as the "Large Print Edition of the World's Smallest Book". 

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Do you know the monster's name in Frankenstein?

No... it is not Frankenstein, even though many people mistakenly think it is. He is never actually given a name in the book, although he does almost name himself, when speaking to his creator, Victor Frankenstein.

The creature states, 'I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel, whom thou drivest from joy'. The creature thinks he is like Adam because he is the innocent who got rejected by his creator and feels lonesome without his Eve. 

Get it: Frankenstein 

Librarians were once taught a special rounded style of handwriting to ensure uniformity and legibility in catalogs.

The handwriting style, called the “library hand,” was developed by Thomas Alva Edison in 1885. Based on Edison’s own handwriting, the style was especially perfected to allow librarians to “take legibly from the wire, longhand, forty-seven and even fifty-four words a minute." 


John Steinbeck’s dog, Toby, ate the first draft of Of Mice and Men.

Every teacher has rolled their eyes at the “my dog ate my homework” excuse, but it really happened to one of America’s most revered authors. 

In 1936, John Steinbeck’s dog Toby, an Irish setter, turned the first draft of Of Mice and Men into a snack. In a letter dated May 27 of that year, the future Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winner wrote that he “was pretty mad, but the poor little fellow may have been acting critically.”

Get it: Of Mice and Men   


The world’s fastest speed-reader record belongs to Howard Stephen Berg, popularly referred to as Speedy Berg. 

He read over 25,000 words per minute in 1990 and set the world record at 80 pages per minute.

While the 1990 Guinness Book of World Records does list him as the record holder then, they no longer seem to recognize any speed reading records.

This may be because the exact word amount they read is hard to prove.

Some critics believe speed reading records can be broken by just pre-reading or memorizing the text.

While his records may not be written in stone, Mr. Berg’s abilities to read and learn fast are widely recognized.


Jane Austen wrote Persuasion and Northanger Abbey in Bath, England, which also happens to be where you can attend the annual Jane Austin Festival. 

The event celebrated its sixteenth anniversary this past September, and included country dances, calligraphy workshops, dramatic readings, and a whole lot of bonnets.

You can also visit the Jane Austen Centre year-round, a small museum with costumed tours and afternoon tea services.


Every miniature book is a piece of art, but a miniature book that is circular, is a masterpiece. 

This exceptional book, Codex Rotundus, was crafted around 1480. It was a book of hours, a Christian devotional book popular in medieval ages, written in Latin in French.

Despite being only 9 cm in diameter, it consists of 266 pages. The book spine measures only 3 cm, so the book must be held together by 3 clasps. The clasps are monograms shaped in the form of different Gothic alphabetic letters.

The creator of Codex Rotundus, an anonymous book painter from Bruges, Belgium, not only beautifully designed the text inside the round pages but also painted 30 exceptional initials.


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