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?

Google’s ‘Talk to Books’ Search Engine Brings You Answers from over 100,000 Books

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A quick Google search can bring you answers in a matter of moments. Need the recipe for a Shepard’s Pie? No problem. Want to know where the cheapest hotels are in Italy? Here’s a list. The internet has brought endless knowledge to our fingertips, and now a new search engine has been created which can help answer questions that don’t have a definitive answer.

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

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After the success of our Brutally Honest Book Titles blog we decided to play around with children’s titles as well. Kids can be brutally honest themselves so it is almost poetic to shine that honest light on to their classic stories.

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!

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Funny book titles have been a source of amusement for a long while now but we never tire of them. Thankfully these children’s book titles are not real- they’ve been faked entirely for the purpose of making us laugh with their edgy hilarity.

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.

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New game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is out this month!

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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…

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Exclusive Beatrix Potter Treasures Out Now

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Beatrix Potter, English writer and illustrator, has been popular for over a century and her anthropomorphic characters are still family favourites. The Royal Mint and The Westminster Collection have been creating and selling wonderful limited edition coins featuring the more popular characters, but now they’ve decided to produce something a little different.

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.

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