The best books have the power to touch people on every corner of the globe, allowing readers to expand their horizons and discover new cultures and different ways of thinking. But if these books are to be enjoyed all around the world they need to be translated into different languages first.
Created for World Book Day last week, the following infographic details 50 of the most translated books. I’m not sure this is a complete list of the top 50 titles, but what details we do have come as a surprise.
For example, Harry Potter has been translated more times than 1984, and Twilight has been translated more times than either Gone with the Wind.
The most translated title on this list was The Little Prince, with a record 253 translations. It set that record not just due it its popularity,
but also because it has long since fallen into the public domain. In fact, five of the top 6 titles on this list are all in the public domain (not a coincidence).
Update: That book only just entered the public domain in much of the world in 2014. (For some reason, I thought it was published in 1843, and not 1943).