The Long and the Short of Libraries


The time for summer reading is upon us in the Northern Hemisphere, so if you want to tackle one of the titans of long fiction, here is a list of titles that are among the longest novels ever published. Need more than one summer to get through these monsters? You could try one from this selection of books of short stories, with more stories discoverable in the short stories profile from WorldCat Genres.

The Long

The Short

These lists were inspired by the WorldCat Genres short stories profile and the list of longest novels Wikipedia page and constructed on 19 May 2014.

WorldCat Genres is a joint experiment from OCLC Research and the team. Genre profiles allow users to browse genre terms for hundreds of titles, authors, subjects, characters, places, and more, ranked by popularity in WorldCat.

WorldCat is the world's largest and most comprehensive catalog of library resources from around the world, with more than 314 million bibliographic records that represent more than 2 billion items held by participating libraries, including books, movies, music, e-books, licensed databases, online periodicals, digital collections and more. Because of its scale, WorldCat can be used to represent a large part of the scholarly and cultural record.