Thirteen months ago I wrote about Spritz, a speed reading technology that Michael finally mentioned on Books on the Nightstand this past week. And even though I think it’s an awesome technology for non-leisure reading, I want to talk about something else.
I don’t remember when I bought this, but it was definitely pre-2003 and I completely forgot I owned one until I stumbled across it last December in a desperate attempt to find my passport. I decided to write about it as I’m trekking through The Witching Hour which clocks in at over 1,000 pages and the cover was starting to get pretty beat up from being shoved into my bookbag constantly. And this will most definitely help out with that. If you didn’t read what the left half of the photo says, I’m sure you’re asking what the hell is that?
I knew what it was, but I didn’t know its official name and I spent way too long trying to find them online. Apparently, they’re not available anymore, but after searching the ISBN “699192000013” I found the official name is a “Turtleback: slip on hardcover for paperback books.” Have you processed the pure intelligence of this device yet? Here, look at how you put it on:
Now do you get it? I mean it’s genius! It’s not 100% perfect, but it works for me. The cover easily covers this brick of a book with lots of extra spine-space (top, left panel). It’s a bit bigger than a standard mass-market paperback, but not quite as large as a trade paperback (bottom, left and right panel). Either way, I’m still glad I got it when I bought it!
Now you’re probably asking why anyone would need or want one of these. I’ve got you covered and here are quite a few reasons, all of which have applied to me at some point:
- You’re slightly OCD about bent covers and cracked spines.
- You’re a commuter and store your paperback books in your bag.
- You read embarrassing romance novels with half-naked men and women on the covers. (Not really an issue for me, but it could be handy!)
- You’re a book nerd and you just love book related things.
Now, of course this is book technology and my opening question was rhetorical. I had to grab your attention right? This might be comparing an iPhone (Spritz) to an arrowhead (Turtleback), but I get so tickled and fascinated by how technology has changed just in my lifetime!
What’s your favorite piece of non e-technology related to books? Have you ever seen one of these before?