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Bathtub book holder

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Do you like to read while submersed in hot water? You probably just don’t own valuable books. It’s probably trashy novels that you prefer. In that case, here is something you will appreciate: a bathtub book holder. It expands up to 38 inches (still might not be enough for a whirlpool jacuzzi).

Faux books, set of four

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Faux books look as nice as any old leather bound books, but they have one obvious advantage. You can hide stuff in them! My iPhone charging cable always ends up on some bookshelf. This would be a great semi-perminent home for it and for similar devices.

This particular set includes King Henry, Moby Dick and Hemingway’s prose. Many other styles (and titles) are available.

iPad BookBook case

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If you value the look of old leather books, but feel the necessity to keep up with modern times a BookBook vintage case for iPad is a must. The case comes in two distinct styles, all pictured below: Classic Black, Vibrant Red and Vintage Brown. It fits iPad 2 and the New Ipad. Other features include:

– Genuine leather, protective case and display stand
– Unique design disguises iPad as a vintage book
– Converts to adjustable FaceTime and movie watching stand
– Built-In keyboard stand for comfortable on-screen typing

The manufacturer makes a good point about this case creating an extra level of protection for your iPad. In theory, it can be hidden safely among your books, away from prying eyes. It is, however, easy to imagine a situation when the iPad’s owner is frantically looking through hundreds of books, trying to find the one which contains the familiar apple-bearing device.

Collectible pens

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crosspen_ Library ownership has been always inseparable from writing, whether this activity was limited to personal notes and correspondences or rose to the heights of literary accomplishments that were destined to outlive their authors. Pens and quills always went alongside with books. In our digital age, unfortunately, superb writing instruments became almost obsolete. They can, however, be successfully used as decorative accessories in a personal library or study. These slick metal objects look great on any desk, especially in a pen holder or a special pen display box. Vintage pens can be rather expensive, but they can be seen as great collector items. Many modern manufacturers of quality pens continue the tradition of excellency: Cross, Parker, Cartier. In view of the eventual demise of handwriting (sorry to break the news!) you will soon be able to buy the very last of mass produced pens — historic artifacts that will be treasured for generations to come.

Home library, Regency style

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homelibraryregencyperiodThis 1816 etching by John Britton represents a typical home library during Regency. The library is located at Cassiobury Park and it was used similarly to many other home libraries of the time — it was essentially the most important room of the house and could be easily referred to as a family sitting room. A group of small dogs in the front sufficiently demonstrates the openness of this library to anyone and anything. At the same time, all traditional library features are present and their style is unmistakable. We see built-in bookcases that are architectural in nature. In other such libraries you would often see (apart from the books, obviously) various antiquities and curiosities. Small private museums of this sort had a long history, but in Georgian times and in the early 19th century the trend became very popular. As far as architectural styles, Regency designers preferred neoclassical decor, howver Gothic influences were also quite common at the discretion of individual owners who were inspired by the love of all things Medieval (as interpreted by novelists and poets). The furniture of this particular home library is typical Regency style (note the Grecian chairs), but the general tone has a certain Gothic air.

I am including some additional samples of Regency library furniture. I especially like the library steps and the breakfront bookcase.

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