What is the Largest Book in the World?

atkins-bookshelf-booksCurrently, the largest book in the world is This the Prophet Mohamed that measures 16.4 x 26.4 feet. The massive book, consisting of 429 pages, weighs 3,306 pounds. It was constructed by a team of over 50 people and unveiled on February 27, 2012 in Dubai, UE.

The next largest book is Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom that measures 5 x 7 feet, about the size of a ping-pong table. The 100-page book, featuring stunning digital photography by Michael Hawley and a team of researchers from MIT Media Lab, weighs 133 pounds. Hawley produced a limited edition of 500 copies of this giant book. A first edition will set you back $10,000. In 2004, a copy of the book was donated to University of Washington’s Suzzallo Library; it is displayed in a custom wooden case protected by a massive sheet of glass. The entire book can be seen over a long period of time, since the curators turn a page once a month. “The book is cinematic,” explains the curator. “The views from the huge window the book creates are breathtaking — expansive in a way few other books have ever been. Floods of color fill your entire field of vision and portraits are almost human size. Without question the continuously printed images are spectacular.” The library offers a smaller — and more affordable — trade version for sale.

In third place is Earth Platinum, a giant atlas published in Australia in 2012 that measures 4.5 x 6 feet. The atlas features very high resolution satellite images of Earth.

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The World’s Most Expensive Book: $23.9 Million

For further reading: The Book of Word Records  by Asher Cantrell (2013) 

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