The Most Expensive Book in the World Costs 153 Million EUR

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    ZURICH, Jan. 24 /CNW/ - The so far internationally unknown author Tomas
Alexander Hartmann has entered the hitherto most expensive book in the world
into the register of German Books in Print (VLB).
    According to that list, the book with the title "The Task" (ISBN:
978-3-00-023396-8) has 13 pages and is listed at a price of 153 Million EUR.
    However, there will only ever be a single copy of the by far most
expensive book in the world.
    The book will appear for the first time in public on the Book Expo
America 2008 Fair in Los Angeles from 29th May to 1st June 2008 as well as on
the Buch Wien Fair.
    Hartmann, who sees himself as the greatest philosopher of all time, is
certainly the most expensive one. The other day, the Times compared the prices
of Hartmann and Harry Potter's Author Rowling and worked out that a single
page of "The Task" will demand the staggering price of 9 million pounds.
    Asked how he arrived at such a price, Hartmann said he needed more than
thirty years to write the 13 pages of "The Task" and generally speaking the
price of something is only then truly driven by supply and demand, if looked
at without any enforcement.
    In April Tomas Alexander Hartmann will introduce his philosophical poems
at the Linz international book fair (23th to 27th). However, although that
edition limited to a thousand copies is comparatively cost-effective at
1530 EUR each, Hartmann has already announced a possible cost increase. If
Hartmann was to win a literary award, the book will go up to 1.53 Million EUR.

For further information:

For further information: Tomas Alexander Hartmann, E-Mail:,
Phone: +49-17-628-33-56-85

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