An eBook for True Booklovers.

If 2011 is the year of the eBook, it might also be considered the year of the eBook rant, as editorials declare their undying loyalty to leather tomes. eBooks just don’t compare, they say. How can you curl up with an eBook, they ask? eBooks just don’t feel the same in your hand, they don’t have the same texture, they don’t have that bookish smell. Sherman Alexie even called them “elitist.” 

Andy Rooney: Having none of it.

60 minutes’ veteran commentator Andy Rooney recently weighed in on eBooks, and guess what? He doesn’t like them. Says Andy, “I like having these books behind me. I can’t imagine not being able to pick up a book and thumb through it.”  Neither can we, Andy; neither can we.

Of course we librarians and library patrons certainly know all about the special feel and smell of books; after all, that charming old mystery you just checked out may have been enjoyed by upwards of three hundred other readers over the years, including bathers, doodlers, smokers and vivisectionists. So we were pleased to hear about the development of a new prototype eReader designed to preserve the feel and smell of well-loved book: the Spindle™.  

Weighing in at a carpal-tunnel inducing 3.2 pounds and fully dog-earable, the Spindle™ comes loaded with a full array of comfortingly bookish apps, including: 

Image of Spindle Library ed, courtesy Rikomatic & Kevin
Spindle ex-lib edition: if you could only smell this picture. Image courtesy Rikomatic & Kevin
  • Yellowing
  • Foxing
  • Missing Pages
  • Coffee Stains
  • Mystery Stains
  • Annoying Marginalia
  • Schmutz
  • Inappropriate Bookmark
  • New Book Smell
  • Old Book Smell
  • Cabbage Smell
  • Smoking Household
  • Stroll in the Rain
  • Dropped in the Tub

The Spindle™ comes with a chipped dust jacket, or in a special ex-lib edition with stamping throughout, bound in a distressed buckram cover handsomely decorated in your choice of abstract motif: Space Race, Olde Scotland or Moon Over Mondrian™. At last, an eBook reader that even Andy Rooney could love!

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13 Responses to An eBook for True Booklovers.

  1. hayden says:

    FINALLY, somebody understands what I need in a book: cabbage smell.

  2. David W says:

    Wait until the children’s market catches up with a pre-chewed eReader, Hayden! You can have it delivered to your door, or just dropped right into your toilet tank together with a box of Fruity-Os and a customized selection of various health and beauty aids.

  3. Kay K says:

    Not to mention the bacon bookmarks…

  4. Linda J. says:

    I always get smarter when I have other people’s marginalia to contemplate. Thanks, Spindle!

  5. Kathy says:

    David,
    You forgot “Cat Pee Smell”…

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  7. Gina says:

    The mysterious hair in the book is what I miss.

  8. Explorer says:

    Are you all forgetting April 1st?

  9. Mark Pond says:

    Will it work with both mp3 and wma files?

  10. David W says:

    Better, Mark – it works with FORTRAN 77, Cassette Tapes, and 3X5 Index Cards.

  11. Chris Rippel says:

    The graphics don’t look any better than an eReader.

    Somebody else will come out with a spook, pronounced like hook.

  12. Philip van Zijl says:

    :) DOn’t get Librarians going!

  13. Walter Wright says:

    Verrrrry good. Verrrry good.
    Remind me to tell you about the land development plan disclosed by ytruly in the Burlingame Advance-Star and Green Sheet on April 1, 2004, in which entrepreneur Wesley Sidehill, grandson of the inventor of the Sidehill Plow, proposed a series of high rise apartment buildings along the San Andreas Fault, which large openings in them so that jet passenger aircraft could pass through en route to San Francisco International.
    A lot of people were upset that the plan had gotten that far without anyone knowing about it.

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