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Famous books by the numbers (infographic)
The infographic takes a closer look at word counts of famous books.
It’s never too late to share a great literary infographic, and the one from Cartridge Discount is one of the best in recent years. The focus is on the word count.
The infographic analyzes famous books, from classic novels, to book sagas (Harry Potter, A Game of Thrones), to novellas.
At the end of the visual you’ll find sections devoted to authors, where you’ll find their longest and shortest texts. Ernest Hemingway’s six-word story, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn,” took social media by storm. William Shakespeare’s longest work, Hamlet, had “only” 30k words, compared to Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls, which was 174k.
How does the word count translate to a reading time? The average reading speed of an adult is around 300 words per minute. That makes 18k words per hour.
A novel is a book above 40k, usually between 80 and 120k. You will need a few hours to finish it. A novella is 17,5k and 40k.
Shorter doesn’t mean worse. There are a lot of short books that are classic reads. We collected them all in a comprehensive overview 50 short books for busy people.
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About Ola Kowalczyk
As a frequent visitor of her favorite local library, Ola is particularly interested in how books and libraries evolve in the digital age. Ebooks, print, audiobooks – for her, all books are equal.
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Innovative pillow stand for hands-free use
From Lamicall comes a brand-new pillow stand with an “open jaw” design, a stylus holder, and a large pocket for your phone or charger. A perfect tablet or e-reader stand for hands-free use: reading, watching, or video calls.
Our score: 8.2/10
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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
by Suzanne Collins
Part 1: The Mentor
Coriolanus released the fistful of cabbage into the pot of boiling water and swore that one day it would never pass his lips again. But this was not that day. He needed to eat a large bowl of the anemic stuff, and drink every drop of broth, to prevent his stomach from growling during the reaping ceremony. It was one of a long list of precautions he took to mask the fact that his family, despite residing in the penthouse of the Capitol’s most opulent apartment building, was as poor as district scum. That at eighteen, the heir to the once-great house of Snow had nothing to live on but his wits.
His shirt for the reaping was worrying him. He had an acceptable pair of dark dress pants bought on the black market last year, but the shirt was what people looked at. Fortunately, the Academy provided the uniforms it required for daily use. For today’s ceremony, however, students were instructed to be dressed fashionably but with the solemnity the occasion dictated. Tigris had said to trust her, and he did. Only his cousin’s cleverness with a needle had saved him so far. Still, he couldn’t expect miracles.
The shirt they’d dug from the back of the wardrobe—his father’s, from better days—was stained and yellowed with age, half the buttons missing, a cigarette burn on one cuff. Too damaged to sell in even the worst of times, and this was to be his reaping shirt? This morning he had gone to her room at daybreak, only to find both his cousin and the shirt missing. Not a good sign. Had Tigris given up on the old thing and braved the black market in some last-ditch effort to find him proper clothing? And what on earth would she possess worth trading for it? Only one thing—herself—and the house of Snow had not yet fallen that far. Or was it falling now as he salted the cabbage?
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“I see a book, I see a coffee, I see a good day ahead” t-shirt
The t-shirt features a quote by Piotr Kowalczyk: “I see a book, I see a coffee, I see a good day ahead.” The artwork is inspired by 17th century book title pages, using a classic Baskerville serif typeface.
Our score: 7.9/10