By Cory Doctorow at 6:45 am Fri, May 3, 2013
This ingenious technique for safeguarding books from falling in the bathtub was invented by redditor Crash-From-Space's 8-year-old daughter. The suction cup came from the plumbing aisle at Home Despot.
Never drop a book on the bath again. My 8 year old daughters invention. (imgur.com)
Very interesting, but how do you keep the steam/humility from the bath water from warping the book?
I’ve never warped a book with humility before.. then again, I’ve never been accused of having much humility…
Oh I warp books all the time! The cheap paper just can’t handle all the humility and majesty radiating from my very being.
(Ha, what a typo! :D )
I wrap my books in hubris to keep them from being warped with humility.
But isn’t Hubris expensive? Don’t you have to import it from Greece, and even then it isn’t supposed to convert well.
I’d say there’s plenty of domestic hubris available…
BLEH, he domestic stuff is such trash. And they repackage it under cheap brand names like “nationalism” and “civic pride.”
It’s expensive, but it lasts forever as long as you keep it away from strong sun light.
I grow my own. It’s in the garden next to the jingoberries.
Yeah, I have heard that the domestic stuff can cause a bad reaction in people from other countries.
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There’s now perfectly serviceable Hubris produced domestically. Fage makes it, I believe.
I’ve run out of space to store books. I hope the humility of tub reading will vaporize them.
Some books I’ve read have left ME warped.
The book looks pretty warped already. When I was eight, books were for reading, not for looking pristine. Now, unfortunately, I keep borrowing good books from other people who started to look perturbed at the dog-eared covers I handed back to them, so I have to keep my books looking pretty.
I’d do this in the bath with one of my own books, though.
I have some books I wouldn’t care about, if they got a little bent out of shape. But I also have some out of print or non-mass produced novels that i’d have a heart attack over.
When I choose a book to read in the tub, I avoid first editions and rare pressings. I read a lot, so that leaves me with many other choices. A little steam warping in the line of duty is something I can accept.
And to the innovator of this fine reading tool, I can only say “Bravo!” Pure awesomeness. I am definitely using this method next time I read in the tub. It’ll work much better than my current towel-dependent system that’s more oriented to damage control than it is to comfortable, stress-free tub reading.
I think you could only get warped humility from a home despot.
That is pretty brilliant, I gotta admit.
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More impressive than Thor’s hammer for me. That 8yo has a bright future!
Genius! Now give her a spreadsheet of the national debt. She’ll have it all sorted in a jiffy…
That is brilliant. I just need one strong enough for an iPad – and I guess a mechanism like this would also, technically, cancel out some of the weight!
Just add another suction cup for the Ipad, (on the end that attaches to the book) so it sucks coming and going. ROFL.
iPads and electronics are easy! Just put them in a good Ziplock freezer bag and push out most of the air before sealing. An easy and reliable way to waterproof. Works with phones and portable games too!
Not an invention. It’s an innovation. We need to teach people the difference if we ever want to begin to fix the patent system problems. Almost everything is an innovation, building on works that came before it. Invention is a myth.
Great for my endless supply of thrift store classic sf novels, terrible for my library books. But I rarely take baths, so it is a non-issue I guess. (6’4″ means most modern tubs can only submerge about 1/3 of my body at a time, and I am scrunched up like a pretzel.)
It’s a clever little rig, but it might be more practical to use an ebook reader or tablet in a sealed baggie.
I’d love to see the burn-rate in your A/B testing on those ideas.
Most 8 years olds of my acquaintance could not afford table one (same as me).
The Pantech Element and Sony Xperia Z tablet are waterproof…. I’d suggest getting one of those instead of sticking your tablet in a baggie.
Genius, with a nice touch of Buster Keaton’s condiment machine.
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Cute. Unfortunately my current bathtub does not have a functioning drain plug and I can’t take baths, but I do keep a selection of cheap, used paperback editions of favorite books for reading in the tub and at the beach or on airplanes.
Even if you’re going to dog ear and warp and crease the cover etc, none of these things make the book unreadable. Accidental submersion is pretty dire. This ‘innovation’ (look ma, I read the other comments) simply protects from dropping the book in the tub, its not meant to keep a first edition pristine.
When is her TED talk?
You sure that’s what it is? Looks like a device for smacking yourself in the head with a suction cup.
It’s actually a device for teaching dogs to pull at their leashes, but I like this use much better.
I keep my books dry all the time.. I just put my ipad into a ziplock bag…
I can read in the tub, in that jacuzzi and the pool.
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Don’t want to warp a book? Don’t take a bath. Ever.
A cracking contraption.
I like to read in the Jacuzzi at my JCC. I usually read magazines, but once in awhile a paperback. Nothing that can’t withstand a dunking. Kid’s smart
Nice idea/innovation. Need for care – some suction cup hooks wear out and others never stick reliably. There’s one above my tub that randomly comes off with the weight of a washcloth. Plastic hooks w/ sticky stuff are more reliable. That said, in almost 40 years of reading paper-based books in a tub, I’ve only had 2 accidents where the book got seriously wet & only one where it was warped so badly I had to get rid of it.
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