In Reading Ahead, our recent self-funded study on books and digital readers, we saw how much people prize the physicality of books – the tactile and kinesthetic aspects of the reading experience. One of our design recommendations was to “include the sensual” in designing digital readers.
One tongue-in-cheek example of including the sensual is this Kindle case by Busted Typewriter.
Here is a recent iteration of the same idea; this time in a case for the MacBook.
Artist Brian Dettmer creates “book autopsies” by carving away the pages of books to reveal the images inside.
Talking about the growing popularity of digital readers, one of the people we interviewed for the Reading Ahead study said, “Someday there will be this cool retro thing called a book.”
If she’s right, what else will people do with them?