You would expect that innovations in the book industry would be a technological one. Probably a newer and improved e-reader. But no, not this invention. It generally redefines how we’ve been using books since about 1450, since the invention of book printing.
Sometimes you wonder why things are the way they are. Take the book for example. It hasn’t changed for over 5,5 century’s but has it been the ultimate shape? I guess not. As an in-bed-reader I always experience its restrictions. For traveling you make sure you carry a bag because of its size or do not bring too many with you when you’re flying, because of its weight. But finally there is the ‘dwarsligger’ (sorry for you English readers, I would not know how to translate this correctly). Introduced at the Manuscripta last week in Amsterdam. And previewed before that at the New Genes business innovation and marketing event Walking Drink. It’s small and light weight because special very thin paper has been used. And a new letter font was created for better reading in small print, so more text will fit on the page. And, the best part, the way you read a book has just been turned around 90 degrees. What will make in-bed-reading al lot easier.
See the complete info and introduction on the dwarsligger website. (I have to disappoint my English readers again, it’s in Dutch)