Google Counts the World's Books: 129,864,880
Of course, it all depends on what a 'book' is
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2010 11:13 AM CDT
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(Newser) – After a lengthy and surprisingly complicated discourse on what constitutes a "book," a Google software engineer offers up the day's most bandied-about number: 129,864,880. As in, that's how many books exist in the world. After all, a company in the business of digitizing all of them needs to know, Leonid Taycher writes for the Inside Google Books blog.