How Many Books Have Ever Been Published? Of course, the answer depends on how you define a book.
According to this post on Mental Floss “the team behind Google Books … came up with their own definition in 2010″ and using a complicated algorithm determined that there had been nearly 130 million individual books published up until that time.
But that figure is already way off. Not only is it from 2010, the calculations “predate the recent surge in self-publishing, especially in digital formats.” And given there were a half a million self-published books in 2013 alone, it’s time for a recalibration. Fortunately that’s what this quirky is all about. So check it out!