This post from Mental Floss figures that last year (2016) there were 134,021,533 books in existence! And here is the link to the Book Statistics from UNESCO with a running total that makes little sense as it will be seen that many countries' statistics have not been updated for 25+ years.
Trying to imagine so many books makes the mind boggle. I wonder how high that TBR (to be read) pile might stretch - to the moon and back perhaps?
These images pretty well sum up what happens to nearly all books: how quickly this year’s best-seller or prize-winning book will be relegated to a cave or a pit and become just another layer in the archaeology.
|Cave of Forgotten Books, copyright Martin Geupe|
|Master of the Books, copyright Waldemar Bartkowiak|