Updated Foreign Language Library Totals

June 16, 2014 § 2 Comments

Decided to do my yearly count of print and e-book editions that I have in languages over than English.  Not counting my collection of Bibles (I’ll add those separately at the bottom of the post), there were 23 languages and over 1000 books/ebooks in languages other than English.  Here are the breakdowns by language and by print/e-book editions:

Spanish – 573 print books/63 e-books/636 total

French – 273 print books/53 e-books/326 total

German – 126 print books/5 e-books/131 total

Italian – 63 print books/57 e-books/120 total

Portuguese – 58 print books/45 e-books/103 total

Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian – 45 print books/4 e-books/49 total

Latin – 20 print books/5 e-books/25 total

Greek – 9 print books/5 e-books/14 total

Russian – 9 print books/1 e-book/10 total

Romanian – 4 print books/6 e-books/10 total

Catalan – 2 print books/3 e-books/5 total

Persian – 4 print books/0 e-books/4 total

Polish – 3 print books/1 e-book/4 total

Arabic – 3 print books/0 e-books/3 total

Irish –  2 print books/0 e-books/2 total

Zulu – 1 print book/0 e-books/1 total

Slovenian – 1 print book/0 e-books/1 total

Hindi – 1 print book/0 e-books/1 total

Urdu – 1 print book/0 e-books/1 total

Hungarian – 1 print book/0 e-books/1 total

Swedish – 0 print books/1 e-book/1 total

Dutch – 0 print books/1 e-book/1 total

Galician – 0 print books/1 e-book/1 total

1450 total non-English books, with 1199 print volumes and 251 e-book editions.  Now for the Bible editions, leaving out the English versions:

Greek – 3 print/0 e-book/3 total

Latin – 2 print/1 e-book/3 total

Spanish – 2 print/0 e-book/2 total

Hebrew – 1 print/0 e-book/1 total

Haitian – 1 print/0 e-book/1 total

Serbian – 1 print/0 e-book/1 total

Russian – 2 print/0 e-book/2 total

Portuguese – 1 print/1 e-book/2 total

Romanian – 1 print/1 e-book/2 total

German – 1 print/1 e-book/2 total

French – 1 print/0 e-book/1 total

Czech – 1 print/0 e-book/1 total

Turkish – 1 print/0 e-book/1 total

Indonesian – 1 print/0 e-book/1 total

Persian – 1 print/0 e-book/1 total

Gullah – 1 print/0 e-book/1 total

Dutch – 1 print/0 e-book/1 total

Coptic – 0 print/1 e-book/1 total

Italian – 0 print/1 e-book/1 total

19 different languages for either the New Testament, Old Testament, or both.  28 total books, with 22 print editions and 6 e-book editions.

I have too many of my English-language books boxed up for me to even think about counting them, but if I had to guesstimate, I would there are around 1200-1500 print volumes in English to go with the 521 English-language e-books that I do currently have on my various iOS devices.  Somewhere near 40% of my total libraries being non-English works pleases me, even though it’ll be quite some time before I tackle the majority of these books.  But one day…yes, one day, I shall, or so I shall dream of hoping to do so.


§ 2 Responses to Updated Foreign Language Library Totals

  • Biblibio says:

    Is there a way to show absolute bug-eyed shock, amazement and admiration in the form of typed letters? Because that's my expression right now. And I thought my stock of Hebrew books (with a handful of German texts tossed in) was impressive!

    I was wrong. Hattiest of hat-tips to you.

  • Larry Nolen says:

    Thanks! I am lucky to have a very good used bookstore nearby in a large city (Nashville) that has several universities, so there are hundreds of used foreign language lit books traded in constantly. The majority are priced under $2, so I've managed to buy probably 2/3 of my total collection (or in most cases, use the store credit I get for trading in English-language books I no longer want) on the cheap.

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