How Many Books Are There On Earth? Google Knows

Much like search marketers may salivate over some new piece of inside SEO info that Matt Cutts (or someone else at Google) shares, some book lovers seem to be fairly excited over an Inside Google Books blog post yesterday that answers the question, How many books are there in the world?

The answer: 129,864,880 books.

Google is, of course, in the process of digitizing many of the world’s books, defending itself in lawsuits related to the scanning, and waiting for a judge’s decision about its proposed settlement in a separate lawsuit.

If you’re really into books, Google’s blog post gets all “inside baseball” about how the company determines what actually constitutes a book, and why the number changes a couple times each week. It comes across as a fairly painstaking and challenging process. But I’m not sure the idea that Google may be digitizing close to 130 million books will change the minds’ of the company’s critics.

Related Topics: Channel: Strategy | Google: Book Search | Stats: General | Stats: Size

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About The Author: is Editor-In-Chief of Search Engine Land. His news career includes time spent in TV, radio, and print journalism. His web career continues to include a small number of SEO and social media consulting clients, as well as regular speaking engagements at marketing events around the U.S. He recently launched a site dedicated to Google Glass called Glass Almanac and also blogs at Small Business Search Marketing. Matt can be found on Twitter at @MattMcGee and/or on Google Plus. You can read Matt's disclosures on his personal blog.

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