Around one in eight of the world's population cannot read or write.
The average person reads at a speed of about 200 words a minute.
In the UK one new book title is published every four minutes.
In the 1780s Benjamin Franklin invented bifocals by having his reading glasses cut in half and fused with his distance glasses.
The earliest recorded use of the term 'reading glasses' is from Charles Dickens' Bleak House (1853).
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The final digit... MORE
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