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?

10 Fantastical Gifts for Fantasy Fiction Fans

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If you or someone you know is a fan of fantasy fiction then this list may be of interest to you. Aside from being wonderful escapism, fantasy also guides us through moral and ethical conundrums, and satirises social and political events.

The worlds that fantasy authors create are full of amazing creatures, fearsome warriors, and magical beings beyond human comprehension… It is no wonder it is one of the most popular fiction genres!

Here are 10 of the most fantastical gifts for fantasy fiction fans we could find…

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10 Literary Gifts For Him

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This list is for anyone with a well-read boyfriend, literary uncle, bookish father, or cultured grandfather. If the man in your life enjoys a brilliant work of fiction, or disappearing into a favourite famous face’s biography, then this may just be the place you find the perfect gift for them!

The men in my family are notoriously difficult to buy for but thankfully they are all avid readers so taking them as inspiration we bring you- 10 Literary Gifts For Him. We hope to cover all the bases here, from the classy intellectual to the nerdy and humorous, you will find what you need.

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Betty Pepper Proves There Is Life After Death For Damaged Books

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Meet Betty Pepper, saviour of discarded and damaged books.

Jill Ashton graduated in 2004 from The University of Central England with a First Class BA Hons in Jewellery and Silversmithing. Now, as Betty Pepper the artist based in the South East of England, she spends a lot of time making each unique piece of art and jewellery. Betty’s literary-inspired art is created from silver wire and fabric fragments, and any orphaned books she finds while out on a ‘rummage’. She gives life to old and ruined books once more by fashioning quirky and whimsical pieces from their pages.

Betty’s work is displayed and sold across Europe from Glasgow to Paris, with collections and commissions also available via MadeByHandOnline. The artwork can also be found at worldwide exhibitions- most recently in the UK (Suffolk, and Leeds) and Munich, Germany. 

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A Life-Sized Diagon Alley Has Been Built in Seattle!

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A dedicated father of two daughters in Seattle, USA has built a life-sized Diagon Alley in his own driveway.

As a lifelong fan of Harry Potter himself, Jonathan Chambers has created a stunning replica of the infamous wizarding shopping street from Harry Potter. He quit his job and starting on this crazy project, spending a few thousand dollars on construction. By November 2nd they had accumulated 3000 visitors- and have raised over $500 so far. The money raised will go towards creating a two-story Gringotts Bank playhouse, with the remaining money going to Pancreatic Cancer Research.

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Wizards Unite AR Game Coming from Niantic (and it’s really not a hoax)

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When Pokemon Go launched in the summer of 2016 it was instantly the most popular games ever available for download and it’s gone on to become the biggest grossing game of all time. Pretty soon people were discussing the idea for other versions and an unconfirmed rumour about a Harry Potter Go version went viral.

That story turned out to be a hoax, but this time we have it straight from the horses mouth as Pokemon creators, Niantic announce that Wizards Unite is coming and it’s going to turn your neighbourhood into a giant game board. Read More

10 Classic Gifts for Austen Lovers

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Sometimes we need a little inspiration for writing those gift lists, or even for presenting others with ideas for ourselves! For Reading Addicts is here to help.

Despite being written over 200 years ago, the Jane Austen classics are still as popular as ever today. Her social commentary, wit, and love stories seem to still capture people’s imaginations.

Jane Austen fans will take great pleasure in perusing this list of goodies. It has something for everyone…

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