Book World Records

Book world records contain volumes of human achievement, from the high-minded and literary (Ulysses, anyone?) to the pure physical exertion of ripping phone books in half. Books are a versatile record-setting prop, able to be stacked in towers, balanced on heads and, last of all, read.

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00:04 United States

Fastest Time To Rip A Phone Book In Half

Michael Martin

Michael Martin ripped a phone book in half in 0.37 seconds.

00:36 United States

Fastest Time To Rip Five Phone Books In Half

Michael Martin

Michael Martin ripped five phone books in half in 11.47 seconds.

00:39 United States

Most Dictionaries, Thesauruses And Encyclopedias Held At Once

Andy Hanscom

Andy H. held 39 dictionaries, thesauruses, and encyclopedias at once.

03:45 United States

Largest Group Of Children To Read A Children's Book

City of Couer d'Alene

371 children read the children’s book Mudgy and Milie aloud. The record was set as part of a moose-themed event in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

03:02 United States

Fastest Time For Four People To Each Read The First Four Limericks In "The Hopeful Trout And Other Limericks"

Sam Klarich

Sam Klarich, Abby, Brittani, and Emily each read the first four limericks of John Ciardi’s The Hopeful Trout And Other Limericks[] in a combined two minutes, 18.92 seconds. The four limericks they read were The Elephant Boy, Goodbye Please, The Thingamajig and Keeping Busy Is Better Than Nothing.

10:17 United States

Most Phone Books Ripped In Half In Ten Minutes

Michael Martin

Michael Martin ripped 67 phone books in ten minutes. He attempted to rip through 71 books but four of the tears were partial. tag:RecordSetterBook01

00:41 United States

Most Harry Potter Spells Named In 30 Seconds

Cole Harbeck

Cole Harbeck named 62 spells from the Harry Potter books in 30 seconds.

00:41 United States

Fastest Time To Say First 100 Digits Of Pi While Twisting A Rubik's Cube And Balancing 15 Books On Head

Lauren Moore

Lauren Moore recited the first 100 digits of Pi in 30.12 seconds while twisting a Rubik’s cube and balancing 15 books on her head. tag:RecordSetterBook01

00:27 United States

Most Cancer-Related Books Balanced On Head

Shirley LaVergne

Shirley LaVergne balanced six cancer-related books on her head. #NOEP


Longest Penny Bookmark

Crafterparty Attendees

Attendees of Nick Gray’s Crafterparty collectively assembled a penny bookmark 36 feet and 10 inches in length. The concept, inspired by an Amy Sedaris craft, was developed by Audrey Evans.

01:31 United States

Most Harry Potter Characters Named In 45 seconds


Chatty Cat named 45 characters from the Harry Potter books in 45 seconds.

03:33 Australia

Tallest Book Tower Held In One Hand

Peter Craig

Peter Craig held up a tower of 64 books in his hand at once.

01:57 India

Longest Time To Balance 10 Books On Head While On A Rola Bola

Suresh Gaur

Suresh Gaur balanced 10 books on his head while on a rola bola for one minute, 21.98 seconds.

03:25 United States

Longest Time To Balance 15 Books On Top Of Head While Sitting In A Chair

Brian Pankey

Brian Pankey balanced 15 books on top of his head while sitting in a chair for 24.65 seconds.

01:45 Australia

Tallest Book Tower Held In Hand While Balanced On A Rola Bola

Peter Craig

Peter Craig held a stack of 53 books at once while on a rola bola.

00:48 United States

Most Leaves Pressed Inside A Large Book In 30 Seconds In A Prius

Prius Records

This record was set as part of Toyota Prius Records, a two-day event streamed live on the Internet. In a 48-hour period, URDB officials adjudicated 200 Prius-related world records. This was the most records ever documented in a 48-hour window, a world record in and of itself. The event took place in Los Angeles, California on March 30th and 31st, 2011. See all the records set at the event here.

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