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Guinness World Records
Cover artist Simon Jones
Subject(s) World Records
Genre(s) Reference
Publisher Jim Pattison Group
Publication date 10 November 1951–present
Published in English 1955–present
Media type Book, Television

Guinness World Records, known from its inception in 1955 until 1998 as The Guinness Book of Records and in previous United States editions as The Guinness Book of World Records, is a reference book published annually, listing world records both of human achievements and the extremes of the natural world. The book itself holds a world record, as the best-selling copyrighted book of all time. As of the 2017 edition, it is now in its 63rd year of publication, published in 100 countries and 23 languages.

The international franchise has extended beyond print to include television series and museums. The popularity of the franchise has resulted in Guinness World Records becoming the primary international authority on the cataloguing and verification of a huge number of world records; the organisation employs official record adjudicators authorised to verify the authenticity of the setting and breaking of records.[1]

L. Ron Hubbard awards

Guinness World Records has given three awards to L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. These do not stand up to even light analysis and seem highly dubious or contrived to fit.

When Award Text Criticism
March 2006 Most published works by one author[2] The most published works by one author is 1,084 by L. Ron Hubbard (USA) whose first work was published in February 1934 and the last in March 2006. Wrong on many levels. Hubbard's writing output was not remarkable for the time. Author Isaac Asimov published more books (500+) than Hubbard's fiction work, mainly short stories (~241), and easily surpasses Hubbard's Guinness record when Asimov's monthly columns are added in.

Including Hubbard's Scientology works in the total is problematic. Most of these were self-published by Scientology, and many weren't personally written by Hubbard.

21 April 2009 Most audio books published for one author[3] The most audio books published for one author is L. Ron Hubbard (USA) with 185 audio books published as of 21st April 2009. As of this date, another 23 of his books were being formatted for release. Most of the works published in this format consisted of pulp fiction and Scientology books. The miracle of self-publishing by a multi-billion dollar organization devoted to promoting Hubbard. Most of the pulp fiction works were short stories, rather than books.
06 April 2010 Most translated author, same book[4] The most languages into which the same book has been translated is The Way to Happiness by L. Ron Hubbard (USA), which can be read in 70 languages as of 2010, including Hindi, Samoa and Uzbek. This falls down from the start in that from all accounts Hubbard didn't write The Way to Happiness booklet. Calling it a book is a considerable stretch.

Scientology press releases frequently claim that Hubbard also has the Guinness World Record for Most Translated Author in the World,[5] but this appears to be their own invention, with no mention of it on the Guinness site. Credible sources, such as UNESCO, give that acclaim to Agatha Christie.[6]

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