Random Fact: Books

The first novel written on a typewriter is said to be Mark Twain’s Adventures Of Tom Sawyer.

The first book described as a “best-seller” was Fools Of Nature by US writer Alice Brown in 1889.

The Harry Potter books are said to be the most banned in America because of religious complaints, while the slowest-selling book is reputedly a 1716 translation of the New Testament from Coptic into Latin. The last of its 500 copies was sold in 1907.

The record for most people balancing books on their heads at the same place and time is 998 in Sydney, Australia, in 2012.

One in five adults around the world cannot read or write, with the highest rates in South and West Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.