Ask Google Publishing Edition

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Now that I’m thinking about it, I wonder how I haven’t done one of these before on books, that is. I get curious about stuff, and it can be at random, so I do have a series of posts on this blog called Ask Google, where I pick a topic and ask questions or, more so, I research for my answers. Being that reading and books are such a big part of my life, I’m surprised I haven’t done this post before.

When was the first publishing house started?

It was founded by Henry VIII in 1534; the Cambridge University Press is one of the first publishing houses, and it printed its first book in 1584, so if I’m doing my math correctly, it took 50 years to be fully functioning. Here is my thinking, knowing that life expectancy in the 1500s was between 30 and 40 years of age, this took generations to get it on its feet.

What is the first published novel called?

Cover is Goodreads

It is called The Tale of Genji, and Murasaki Shikibu wrote it; who I was happy to learn was female, and she wrote it 1,000 years ago.

What was the most bought novel in 2021?

From the research, I learnt that it varies from site to site, but a novel that stood out to me in the adult genre is The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. Now, I haven’t read this book, so I can’t share my thoughts on it, but I have read from Kristin Hannah, and her writing is pretty good, in my opinion.

I guess I’m leaving this post here because I like these posts short and sweet, I don’t know if you are like me, but I do store information better in small doses.

Thanks for reading, and until next time,

Stay Happy and Healthy,

Alex

18 thoughts on “Ask Google Publishing Edition

  1. I’ve read The Tale of Genji, and it’s quite epic in scope. Sadly, the ending is somewhat worse than the other bits.

    I also agree with the others that short posts are great.

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