THERE ARE 129,864,880 different books in the world, researchers working for Google discovered. And that’s TITLES, not physical volumes, the number of which is much larger.
“A tome can have millions of copies— e.g., a particular edition of “Angels and Demons” by Dan Brown—or can exist in just one or two copies, such as an obscure master’s thesis languishing in a university library,” said software engineer Leonid Taycher.
How to react to this information? Well, for all you would-be authors out there, it means you can’t just write the book and hope it sells. It will get lost among zillions of other volumes in the bookshops or ebook lists. You have to market it.