Don’t like reading? Read on…

Just because you don’t enjoy reading a good book, doesn’t mean there aren’t many other uses for all of those books piled up in the attic.

Below are promotional images for Anagram Bookshop in Prague, by Kaspen.

The following sculptures were created by Tom Bendtsen.  Check out his site for his complete collection.

 

 

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586 Responses to “Don’t like reading? Read on…”
  1. Pau Ov says:

    eventhough this can be considered art…is the most disrespectful thing i have ever seen, its a complete disrespect for the author of each of those books cause it took years of work create each of those books…what a pity

  2. Kathy Corcoran says:

    As a professional librarian, and life-long reader and collector of books, my conclusion is that not all books are precious. Every copy of every book published does not deserve eternal preservation and reverence; they pile up at an alarming rate. I have created a few altered books myself, and the pleasure of the process and the work of art far surpass the value to me of another dust-catcher on my book shelves. I use books I find at thrift stores, used book stores, library book sales, etc. No rare books were harmed, etc. The authors and publishers already made their money when the book first sold. My guess is that most authors would rather have their books be used in *some* way than trashed.

  3. AkMan says:

    Kind of redefines “bookshelf” does it not?

  4. Susan says:

    How about some sources for the first 30 images at the top? Those are amazing. It would be great to generate some traffic to the artists.

  5. Matthew 2.0 says:

    I also had a gut reaction that this was wasteful and destructive but isn’t all art “destructive” of something? Actually everything we do changes things, essentially destroying some state of affairs and creating a new one. Life and reality is all about loss and gain. We try to prevent as much loss as possible and gain as much as possible, but loss happens.

    As has been said above, there are some nice looking but horrific books out there. Creating art out of them is certainly worth it — especially these works.

    Also, books are not “endangered resources” anymore and haven’t been for a long time. They are printed off in the millions. We can print them out as needed. There are electronic versions. As long as there are digitization and archival efforts being properly funded and respected, we will lose very little.

  6. lara says:

    i saw some of those at the atlanta contmpo m…
    not photoshoped and very amazing!!!

  7. sarris says:

    Amazing!!! Great!!!

  8. Nervie says:

    Great ideas . . . they keep your mind popping. And yes I adore books . . .

  9. admin says:

    We’re not so sure though. Remember, the narrative was that Bush was a buffoon, while the narrative for Obama is that he’s “smooth and dignified”.

  10. H says:

    Sorry but I really don’t agree with people cutting up books like this, I can’t even deal with people bending the spines when they read them.

  11. Janette Coggeshall says:

    Absolutely beautiful and genius works.

  12. Janice Brooks-Headrick says:

    Wow! As a former used bookstore owner, now I see what I could have done with all those Reader’s Digest condensed books. Lovely covers. Oh, and encyclopedias, and Harlequin and silhouette romances…but Alice in Wonderland? NOT EVER.

  13. Deebi says:

    I think I saw a dog in one of those…creativity at its best! Awesome work!

  14. Karen says:

    I LOVE these photos. Here’s a good use for those textbooks you’ve help onto for the last 25 years. Especially, the Fortran text from 1972.

  15. Karen says:

    Oops, that’s held onto. Not help onto.

  16. Wow! Awesome photos. Love your headline…. made me read :)

  17. Amazing. As a book publicist–who also loves book arts–this really blew me away! I’ve added it to my litarts FB group page here, along with some others you may fall in love with (bookshelf art, wallpaper bookshelves, etc):
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Biggs-Publicity-Events-books-a-specialty/399036430480?ref=ts

  18. Wo_wee says:

    nice… i will consider to do it in public library. ILLEGALLY. The Plan is :- 1.Break in to a public library. 2.Get Security. 3.Blind Security Camera. 4.Get Books On Shelf. 5.Stack Like Picture Above. 6.Wait Up Till Library Open. 7.Get Arrested. 8.Done

  19. Nat says:

    I’m in my mid 60′s and I hate reading of any kind. When I was in grade scool the teachers pushed reading over and over. Thats when I decided to never ever read books for enjoyment. The only books I ever read was text books. I didn’t even read the required novel for school. To this day I won’t ever read a book, infact I just threw out all the books in our house. Didn’t touch my wifes stuff. I occasionally go to the library with my wife and I just go sit on there patio with my coffee. Don’t really like libraries that much gives me the creeps.

  20. heather says:

    wow never seen nothing like it its brill i mite even try some of them my self :D

  21. diane says:

    how clever to turn one art form into another

  22. Sarah Jones says:

    Great post. Its really good use of all those books we have backyard.

  23. Swan says:

    I think I saw a dog in one of those…creativity at its best! Awesome work!

  24. So says:

    All I gotta say is WOW!

  25. Judith says:

    I love reading – books are my passion and if I had the room I would have a huge collection.
    Books are art in and of itself – the written word is an art form, so turning a pile of books into a piece of actual art is utilising the artistry in the whole book. Brilliant!! These are amazing!!
    And as for those “photoshopped” comments, you’re just being bah humbug.

  26. I enjoy your post here. thank you.

  27. Alex says:

    Really nice to see some useful artwork from books… I am impressed..!

  28. Beth Kirk says:

    I think it is horrible that people would destroy books in any manner even for what they consider “ART”.

  29. Ivey says:

    I hope this means that print will never die!

  30. DesignerDave says:

    Wow I have to say these are some inspirational pictures… I’ve never thought about doing something like that before and I’m a designer myself! This is truly one of the best design ideas I have seen in ages!

  31. NakMuay says:

    Well this has given me an idea to try on some books of my own muwhaha

  32. plandeki says:

    I like your post m8 3) I’ll surely be peeping into it again soon! ;)

  33. maria says:

    “READ ” it is one of your rights under the constitution!

  34. William Keaton says:

    Send me all of the Auto-biographies of George and George Bush amd Al Gore, I have an Idea for a perfect representation of their combined contributions .

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