5 Brilliant Bookish Inventions

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

Apparently revolving bookcases are not uncommon, although I have yet to meet anyone who actually owns one. Not just in museums or used for display in shops, these are available for us to show off our own tomes, in our own homes! Find yours here: US or UK

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 WaterIsLifeFrom 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?

5 Brilliant Bookish Inventions

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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.

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Twitter’s #LiteraryTypos Hashtag is Hilarious

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Twitter provides some pretty funny and clever literary quips and we’re proud to be a part of the Twitter literary community. Over the last couple of days, the #LiteraryTypos hashtag has been trending to hilarious effect, showing some real imagination and creativity.

These games are so much fun to get involved in, but they’re also a great way to find new followers and seek out all the best literary members of the Twitterati. Here are a few of our favourites from the #LiteraryTypos hashtag, why not head over there and get involved yourself? Read More

Gaze upon This Great Map of Classic Literature

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It can sometimes seem like all mainstream books these days are written by either American or British authors, but of course there are still plenty of great books out there written all across the world. If you’re interested in broadening your literary horizons then you’ll want to gaze upon this great literary map created by a user on Reddit named Backforward24.

One of the great things about books is that they can transport the reader to different places and eras and show us things that we may never encounter in our everyday lives. This fantastic map shows each country represented by arguably the most classic book written by an author from that part of the world. Read More

Macbeth Witches Appear at Glamis Castle

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Glamis Castle is situated in the stunning valley of Strathmore, only 12 miles from Dundee, Scotland. It is a truly royal and magical place; owned today by Simon Patrick Bowes Lyon, 19th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, the castle was also notably the childhood home of Her Majesty The Queen Mother, and birthplace of Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret.

Many of you may also recognise the name Glamis Castle as the setting for Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’…

“First Witch: All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!

Second Witch: All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!

Third Witch: All hail, Macbeth! that shalt be king hereafter.”

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Hollywood Set To Remake Harry Potter!

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J.K. Rowling has sold the rights to her magical book series Harry Potter to Hollywood execs for a new set of movies!

The last lot of Potter films were criticised for not having diverse enough characters so an LA production company is ensuring this latest edition covers all bases: Harry and Draco will be romantically involved, Hermione will be a Muslim muggle and will wear a headscarf covering her trademark frizzy hair, and Dumbledore and Snape will be recast as women. Even Hagrid will have a makeover, by making him a transgender giantess who faces discrimination from the Giant Community.

We have explored what the new movies will look like, and are very excited to see the new take on our favourite stories. Take a look below for some ideas of what we have to look forward to.

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H.P. Lovecraft Inspires New Anime!

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Yamatoworks presents Force of Will, a movie inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s Call of Cthulhu.

In the movie a young girl has the power to give life to the stories she writes, and although little is known about the release, the people involved are well-renowned for their high quality work. Tokyo Ghoul‘s Yutuka Yamada is in charge of the soundtrack so we are in for a real tour-de-force, especially since he is working alongside director Shuhei Morita, known for the critically acclaimed ‘Possessions’ (2013). 

Check out the trailer below for a glimpse into the dramatic anime, coming soon!

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