Russell Books eyes book stacking Guinness World Record

Russell Books eyes book stacking Guinness World Record
A look at Russell Books on Fort Street in Victoria

One of Victoria’s most popular book stores is hoping to stack its way toward a new world record by piling hundreds of Guinness World Record books on top of one another.

“We’ve been working with Guinness World Records for the past four months,” says Andrea Minter, the store’s owner.

According to Minter, Guinness World Records has said the towering pile of books needs to be between six and 20-metres tall. Originally the plan was for a stack of books, but Minter says after a few test stacks with the few hundred Guinness books her family already owns, the company tweaked the requirements.

“When we first put it together we were thinking of doing a stack, but it was not physically possible,” Minter says. She says her stacks would peak at about six-feet before collapsing over.

As a result, Guinness World Records has told Russell Books they can build the stack as a tower, which allows for multiple stacks with the books touching one another for support.

Minter says she has about 300 Guinness World Record books and thinks she needs another 300 or so to create the record-setting tower.

The bookstore is hoping people will donate their Guinness record books in exchange for a $5 gift certificate and the chance to be part of a world record.

Minter is hoping to create the book tower in late October in conjunction with the store moving into the old Staples Office Supply store directly across the street from its current spot on Fort Street.

The store is currently in the process of moving its entire collection into the new location.

A Guinness World Record representative is expected to be on-hand to verify the record once it’s complete.




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