Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Eight million books

Last last night LibraryThing hit eight million (now: 8,034,234). Some facts:
  • The eight millionth book was H20: A Biography of Water by Philip Ball (2000), added by Kingfish.
  • If LibraryThing were a library, it would be the 14th larget library in the United States (ALA factsheet). At the current rate, we should be in in fifth place (10,370,78 books) by March or April, and second place sometime in the summer. But at 30 million books, topping the Library of Congress will take a few years.
  • If laid end-to-end, LibraryThing's books would stretch 1,075 miles, from Boston to Milwaukee taking the route suggested by Google Maps. I'm not sure about the straight-line distance.
  • LibraryThing has between eight and fifty times as many books as the World's Biggest Bookstore, in Toronto, Ontario. (The web won't say, so I called. The person I got paused a long time—was ths a crank call?—and then replied "I keep hearing different numbers. It's like a million or a hundred and fifty thousand or something.")
  • LibraryThing hold 58,580 books by J. K. Rowling. If these were piled on top of one another, assuming three-inch high books, the stack would be eight times taller than the tallest skyscrapper in the world.
  • LibraryThing has 80 times as many books as you have hairs on your head.
  • If the books in LibraryThing were your intestine, and they were laid end-to-end, they would go all the way around the world one and a half times. Blech.


Blogger Unknown said...

"A trip of a thousand miles starts with one step."

My question is: What was the FIRST book logged into the expanding LibraryThing shelves.

12/12/2006 6:34 PM  
Blogger Chris Gann said...

Good question. I'm going to abuse some power here and give you book #1:

Hellenistic history and culture by Peter Green


12/12/2006 7:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Hellenistic history and culture by Peter Green'?

Hmm. That sounds suspiciously "Tim-ish"! What a coincidence!

12/12/2006 9:06 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Ha. Yes. It's me.

The first book entered by someone other than me or my wife was...

Crystal reports 8 for dummies, entered by effulgent, who's STILL the only user with it!

12/12/2006 9:23 PM  
Blogger L.R. said...

This may have been asked/answered before, but what percentage of works on LT are owned by just one person?

12/12/2006 9:46 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Actually, 60%. (The addition of non-English users have hit us hard.) But, translated to *books*, that's only 1/8. So, the average library is 1/8 books with no other user. Your mileage may vary.

It's a long, long tail!

12/12/2006 10:03 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

do you know how many different works LT has?

12/12/2006 10:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love these statistics. :) Congrats on LT's continuing success!

12/12/2006 11:53 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Something like 1.6 million. There's a disagreement between that number and the blog. I'd need to figure out which was right.

12/13/2006 12:48 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

Not the blog, the Zeitgeist. Anyway, it's in that neighborhood. Why?

12/13/2006 12:49 AM  
Blogger pechmerle said...

Why? Because a real library does not have 25,000 copies (arbitrary #) of the same Harry Potter book. :-)

12/13/2006 4:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, that trail of books from Boston to Milwaukee goes right through my back yard! I'll be looking for them...

And I suppose someday you'll be measuring this in terms of times to the moon and back.

12/13/2006 9:42 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

No, point taken. If LibraryThing were a "real" library, the library director would swiftly sell off most of the duplicates. I'm not sure how argue for this one way or the other, but I think it would end up as large (over 1 million volume), but gap-filled small college library.

12/13/2006 11:05 AM  
Blogger pechmerle said...

I think it would be a sizable library but rather heavily weighted toward popular fiction, esp. sci-fi and fantasy.

12/14/2006 2:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please let me if the audio format of this books available,that is in audio books format.Thanks

1/11/2007 5:00 AM  
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