Scroll bookshelf: holding books in place with tensioned metal rolls


23 Responses to “Scroll bookshelf: holding books in place with tensioned metal rolls”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Having worked in libraries for a score of years, I’ve seen similar devices (although most were bare metal, not yellow) that date back at least several decades.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The predecessor product was marketed as a “Bookworm” in the US, available in various painted colors. I have maybe 3-4 left in my house: they’ve been hard at work since the 1970′s I think. They seem, honestly, higher on function and smaller on cute than what we see here.

  3. TEKNA2007 says:

    This seems like a device that’s perfect for something that not necessarily about holding books .. we just don’t know what that something is yet. But we’ll find it, and then it’ll be perfect. My fetishy office-supply sense is tingling.

    Maybe it needs to be used vertically, and made mountable so you can attach it to the back surface of the shelf.

  4. Don says:

    So I need three hands to put down a book?

  5. Anonymous says:

    At the Alexandrian Library scrolls like this “were” the books, why not just go back to that format?

  6. Jack Aubrey says:

    My folks bought pretty much exactly the same thing in Scandinavia in the early seventies. My mom still has it, so far as I know.

    • Anonymous says:

      My parents had one too, and have passed it on to me. A block of clear plastic glued to a sheet coil of metal.

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  8. Anonymous says:

    That’s pretty cool. I’m getting two for my boat.

  9. Glaurung says:

    We had something similar to these growing up in the 80′s… they were also bright yellow and looked like this.

    • allybeag says:

      Yes, I was about to mention those myself. They ended up getting all grubby and rusty looking. Perhaps the nice yellow ones would be easier to keep clean.

  10. RebNachum says:

    What’s next, a book-shaped thumbdrive holder?

  11. DataShade says:

    So, it’s a slap-bracelet for books?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Cute but not really useful – I have long had a version with one fixed end, which would be more stable than this, but even so when you remove a book it coils tighter and can push out other books. It’s also a real pain to replace a book, as you have to use one hand to loosen the coils while the other replaces the book. I suspect both those issues are even worse with this coil-at-both-ends version.

  13. GorillaBot says:

    Captain Buzzkill here,

    From an archival perspective, this would actually be pretty bad for the books. Because the books don’t rest on an even surface, all of the weigh falls to one cover or the other, putting slow steady shearing pressure on the spine.

    Over time, this will degrade the binding.

    I like the yellow though…

    • Anonymous says:

      There is an easy solution to that don’t use it as a shelf but as the backing of the shelf, that would hold the books securely and prevent the damage you warn of that way Anon with the boat or those with land boats (RVs) can keep their book and on the shelves where they should be

  14. Anonymous says:

    had one of those back in the 80s

  15. pauldavis says:

    Just for reference, I can’t see any indication that these things are “shelves”. They require something else to do the work of resisting gravity’s draw …

  16. AllyPally says:

    Pens aren’t trinkets.


  17. erg79 says:

    It’s not really clear from the original link, but it seems that there isn’t a way to mount these. Not sure why you would want to buy something that doesn’t look like a very sturdy, and as GorillaBot points out, not a very wise, way to hold your books if you’re just going to need to set it down on a surface. I’d rather just stack my books.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I’ve got a small collection of these in painted metal and some in chrome from the 1930′s. The scroll effect gives them an Art Deco look.

  19. Anonymous says:

    “Bookshelf” seems the wrong word (perhaps a language issue). It doesn’t support them off the surface you put them on, any more than a tablecloth would. Its more like a set of book-ends.

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