Le Libraire. By Andre Martins de Barros.
A Google blog, Inside Google Books, reported on August 5 that Google is busy mashing together the libraries of the world and in so doing has come up with a number of algorithms to crunch out how many books there are in the world: 129,864,880. Time has a report here. Of course, they're less clear about how far they go back historically, whether they include archival bound documents that are listed in databases, and how many langugages, countries and libraries they cover. This is one of many grey areas in Post-Postmodern reality - we have a definite number - of something.