E-books have killed paper books ‘they’ say. I say ‘yeah right’. And, something new has happened to show we avid readers are right – it will be a long time, if ever, that paper will not be used in books. So, what is it?
The Dutch started it, the Spanish, the French, and the British soon followed . . . and now it’s in New Zealand.
I could start a what is it? ‘Bigger than a bread-box? Smaller than a box of tissues?” but these are not the worlds that would help you solve the puzzle.
Try words like paper books, hardback, e-books, Kindles or Kobo, slips easily into your pocket, weighs less that 145 grams, and you would be nearer to the subject.
Then, add words like save trees, extremely thin paper, read from top to bottom, flip-up, and there you have it: something very new in books.
So what is this puzzle that’s not a puzzle anymore?
It’s the “flipback” book, which seems it originated in Holland, (2009) and which you hold vertically and flip the pages up as you read. No more turning the pages ‘over’ just flip it UP. The other revolutionary (or is it evolutionary) idea is the spine is made so that the book can lie open for reading without requiring a hand to hold it open (no broken spines either) great for reading on the go especially in transport, while holding on so you don’t fall.
Flipbacks, published by Hodder & Stoughton, were launched in New Zealand by Hachette NZ, (July 2011) I’m sure as I write, these are spreading around the world, an ideal gift for a traveller. Perfect for planes, waiting in queues for boarding, ticket buying and all those other places we have learnt to grab valuable reading moments.
So when others are talking about the demise of the paper book – here is a new hard-cover book, completely original, and a useful adjunct to my reading pile – offering me just another way of reading.
So, if you are thinking of buying me a book for my travels – I’d be happy with any other 100 titles already out ( 11 so far in NZ, more out in Sept and November)
See what our own Bookman says on Beattie’s book blog