Book lovers
By Dan Soltzberg at 7:15 pm, Monday February 08 2010

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?

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3 Responses to “Book lovers”

    One can purchase a lovely hand-crafted wooden case (materials from “well-managed” forests) for the iPhone for 120 Euro (about $165). This is not necessarily “retro” in a linear way, as phones were never actually made of wood that I can recall, but it does echo the MacBook Case in its mash-up of technology with warmer more organic and tactile materials.

    Comment by Julie Norvaisas 02.09.10 @ 9:51 am


    I recently got the BookBook by Twelve South and I really like it. Although it is a bit bulky, it certainly adds a new touch to the way you carry and protect your MacBook/MacBook Pro.

    Twelve South recommends you leave your Mac inside the BookBook whilst using it. After trying a few times, I think it makes it uncomfortable to operate (you can’t tilt the screen all the way –and I would be worried about ventilation).

    Nevertheless, it’s really unique and I recommend it (if you don’t mind the $80 price tag).

    I reckon it fits the “think different” mentality.

    Comment by Diego 02.18.10 @ 11:08 am


      Re-skinning something as highly designed as a MacBook with a lo-fi aesthetic is an interesting and quite layered piece of design semantics, so it’s cool to hear what it’s like and what it means for you.

      Comment by Dan Soltzberg 02.18.10 @ 4:21 pm