Friday, September 30, 2011

The Amazing 5 Foot Tall Stack of Books!

Yes, I just bought a Kindle, but I still have a lot of physical books and expect that I always will. 

Like most people who enjoy reading, I always have a stack of books around me - including this one. It's about 5 feet tall and it stands along the wall in my living room. When people come to visit, they sit on my couch and stare at it. 

Sooner or later, someone will ask how often the stack falls over (it never has). Or people say that they wouldn't want to be standing next to it in an earthquake. Once in a while, someone asks what I do when I want to read one of the books at the bottom of the pile. And that's when I reveal the secret. 

These books aren't just piled one on top of another. They are sitting on a clever, vertical book "tower." If you click on the photo at left, you can see what it looks like when it's empty. The shelves are metal and the structure is surprisingly stable. It makes use of what would be wasted space. Books are easily accessible. And it's a great conversation piece.