The Future of Books

With everything turning towards technology, we have adapted the out with the old, in with the new mentality. Designer Kyle Bean has created a design that illustrates the issues with “technology and the Internet, and the effect it is having on the way we source information”. We are becoming a society that is more virtual. We download music rather than purchase CD’s, we research on the net, rather than going to the library and reading books. According to Kyle, “Books also have personality – they have textures and smells which the internet can’t offer”. Kyle wanted to illustrate this issue by using a book turned into a laptop. The object is made from a book purchased at a discount bookstore for only £1.50, as well as a few electrical components to illuminate the screen.

The book/laptop, has a CD-Rom drive complete with CD, a keyboard that can be removed so as to access the battery, and a switch that turns off the screen light once the book is closed. The book when closed, looks just like a regular book until opened. The words, “The Future of Books” is inscribed on the spine. I think Kyle did a wonderful job expressing the changes the world is facing regarding technology.

Designer: Kyle Bean

63 Comments

  • Righty says:

    very nice way to bring in the old with the new, love the way the CD matches the book, i would like to create this but i just don’t feel i am smart enough to even know where to begin.
    thanks for the inspiration

  • rayelle says:

    i love it!

  • paj says:

    maybe not the future, but the best idea I have seen the last years

  • jabiez says:

    This would actually be cool, say to skin your Eee to make it look like a book… but people at the airport will probably think you’re stupid for reading a book sideways! Cool idea though…

  • MIKEAWESOME says:

    The thing is it would be really easy to just slip the guts of a umpc inside of there, like an EE or something.

    *starts to seriously consider making this*

  • whootowl says:

    Back in the late 70’s (when Walkman’s cost as much as today’s laptops) I buried a Walkman in a book this way. It was great security, though the extra weight kinda deminished the mobility.

  • Matthew says:

    Everyone noticed the CD, but who else noticed the mouse pad??? =D

  • Nan says:

    Love it!

  • Oh wow, I LOVE this idea! Why can't TV's and computers have that vintage style with rounded corners and a good heavy, quality feel like old books, typewriters, etc.
    Great idea, and hope someone picks it up and runs with it!

  • Oh wow, I LOVE this idea! Why can’t TV’s and computers have that vintage style with rounded corners and a good heavy, quality feel like old books, typewriters, etc.
    Great idea, and hope someone picks it up and runs with it!

    • kinabadboi says:

      its not even a real laptop why wouldnt you show it running windows if it worked properly all he has done is put a keyboard and a few lights to light up were the screen is its totally fake

  • venessa says:

    i think it’s the best idea of the future

  • venessa says:

    i wanna buy this book

  • radhika says:

    itss simple and awsum…

  • Jimmy C says:

    I love the idea! You could expand to video games and maybe even a landline!

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