Flipback Books: Travel-Friendly One-Handed Reading

Flipback Books: Designed for Commute and Travel

Meet the flipback book: a small book printed (or bound?) sideways on really thin paper. The format is huge in Netherlands, and is coming to English-language books soon. This is perfect for commuting, especially when you don’t score a seat on the tube/subway/metro/tram/bus.

The flipback book is optimized for one-handed use, though the photo below does not demonstrate this.

I once had an onionskin version of The Complete Works of Shakespeare– it was incredibly tiny and light, but not too useful for vigorous on-book rehearsals.

The format is fantastic, though, for regular reading, and the pages could double as emergency toilet paper or spliff construction material, if one is so inclined.

I agree with Boing Boing’s Cory Doctorow, though: Could this new book kill the Kindle? is a really dumb headline. If they’re less expensive than regular-sized paperback books, these can be very successful worldwide.

About Jordan

Jordan Matthew Yerman started writing during his third year of high school, where his teacher discouraged his use of the eff-word as "crude, unnecessary and uncouth". While attending UC San Diego for his degree in Political Science, Jordan picked up acting; he would later attend the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, living in the UK for four years before relocating to New York City. To get by, he has worked as a proofreader, model, technical consultant, HR trainer, sign-placer, sales director, crate stacker, bartender, photographer, real estate broker, and as an exhibit at the Bronx Museum. As an actor, Jordan has performed in the USA, England, Scotland, Germany, Belgium, and Netherlands, from stage to indie screen to voiceover, including London's West End. Jordan has been around the world 2 3/4 times. He currently lives in Vancouver and works in New Media; capital N, capital M. You can reach him via jordan at international jet trash dot com.