Through the ages humans have wanted to make our own lives, and the lives of others, easier. The inventiveness of our fellow readers has brought about some really interesting, bonkers, and brilliant ideas, some of which I am not convinced I would use in my day-to-day life…
Here are five examples of some of the most fascinating ideas other book lovers have had over the years.
1. The Reading Chair
This intriguing chair was invented circa 1750 and made from walnut, oak, and beechwood. Written on paper fund stuck beneath the chair was an inscription by “T. Eyre, 1 Sept. 1815” depicting the history of the chair. Find out more details about it HERE.
2. The Louis Vuitton Library Trunk
Louis Vuitton are famous for their luggage and large travel trunks, so this one may not be a complete surprise to see. According to the Louis Vuitton website (check it out HERE), inspiration came from Ernest Hemingway, a prolific traveller and, of course, great writer. In 1927 Gaston-Louis Vuitton created this inventive piece with Hemingway to assist him in his creativity as he travelled.
3. The Revolving Book Reader
This 18th century rotating table can be found in the Naples Palazzo Reale, a palace/museum/tourist attraction in Naples. The piece can be used to view multiple volumes at once, an interesting concept, and one I could have done with as a student at university with many books to study at once! Find out more information about the palace HERE.
4. The Revolving Bookcase
5. The Drinkable Book
I have saved the best for last as this is something that has the capability of helping people all over the world access clean drinking water. It is a relatively new invention created for the non-profit organisation WaterIsLife. From the website: “Coated in silver nanoparticles and written on with food-grade inks, the pages are able to actively kill off deadly diseases found in the water supply of developing countries.” Pretty wonderful, don’t you think?
During a TED talk yesterday. author and computer scientist Ray Kurzweil introduced a new search engine called ‘Talk to Books‘, a tool which scans over 100,000 volumes in Google Books and brings users insightful and interesting answers from relevant titles. Read More
The eight titles below have had their titles removed and had a bit of harsh reality in its place. If you have any more ideas for brutally honest book titles- do let us know!
From drug taking to sexuality- nothing is off limits with these altered Ladybird book titles. The combination of obscenity and cutesy, retro drawings we know and love make for a very funny and entertaining read.
Hogwarts is ready to accept you as a student- are you ready for the magic?
The sharpest minds among you may remember us reporting on the new Harry Potter game out on iOS this year. All we had to go on was a teaser trailer and a lot of hope that it will blow our minds, and developer Jam City have done their best not to disappoint. Many Potterheads will be pleased to know that some of their favourite Hogwarts actors will be providing voices, giving us a real sense of authenticity.
Check out the new trailer below…
Peter Rabbit will now be featured on a limited edition silver-plated ingot, complete with a passage from the original book. Each piece is produced to a high standard, and is a beautiful recreation of the children’s book cover.
Full of puns, wordplay, and ridiculousness, fake book titles with fake authors make for a great bit of light humour.
The first two Fake Book Titles blogs were well received by our Reading Addicts, so here are a bunch more for your enjoyment.