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2012-06-21 12:41:31 PM  
Pretty cool except for the whole "super glue a book to the bottom" part. I don't wanna super-glue a book I like to the bookshelf, and I don't want to use a crappy book that will be on permanent display on the "invisible" bookshelf.
 
2012-06-21 01:26:48 PM  
Doesn't hold enough books. Neat decoration for someone who doesn't read much but wants people to think s/he does.
 
2012-06-21 01:27:21 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Pretty cool except for the whole "super glue a book to the bottom" part. I don't wanna super-glue a book I like to the bookshelf, and I don't want to use a crappy book that will be on permanent display on the "invisible" bookshelf.


Get a good quality hardback and stick a book clasp on it.
 
2012-06-21 01:32:33 PM  
I already have one, it's called a Kindle.....
 
2012-06-21 02:15:43 PM  
My bookshelf is a super small device that lives in my pocket out of sight.

This does, however, look like a good decoration using up all of the outdated dead tree media that you can find these days.
 
2012-06-21 03:01:37 PM  
i295.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-21 03:59:38 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Pretty cool except for the whole "super glue a book to the bottom" part. I don't wanna super-glue a book I like to the bookshelf, and I don't want to use a crappy book that will be on permanent display on the "invisible" bookshelf.


The only thing that will hang down from the shelf is the bottom cover (could be front or back cover of the book, depending on how you situate it) of the bottom book. I suppose any technique you wanted to use to fasten that bit of cover to the bottom of the shelf would solve the problem -- a touch of scotch tape, bit of velcro, a thin magnet, etc. The cover itself isn't going to weigh very much, so you won't need industrial-strength fasteners.
 
2012-06-21 03:59:55 PM  
Books? Do people even have these things anymore?
Today's well-heeled bachelors proudly display their DVD collections instead.
 
2012-06-21 04:12:24 PM  

DammitIForgotMyLogin: scottydoesntknow: Pretty cool except for the whole "super glue a book to the bottom" part. I don't wanna super-glue a book I like to the bookshelf, and I don't want to use a crappy book that will be on permanent display on the "invisible" bookshelf.

Get a good quality hardback and stick a book clasp on it.


Thought the same thing with the crappy glue idea. All you have to do is fold the metal and make a lip underneath to hold up the the bottom of the cover.

Given the ingenuity or at least creativity behind this, I wonder how that didn't come to mind.
 
2012-06-21 04:13:28 PM  

Riche: [i295.photobucket.com image 599x431]


2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-06-21 04:14:32 PM  
Avoid the dummy book by sticking a pushpin under the low book to keep the cover shut.
 
2012-06-21 04:21:58 PM  

farkingismybusiness: Riche: [i295.photobucket.com image 599x431]

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 320x311]


i176.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-21 04:23:42 PM  
i404.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-21 04:24:25 PM  
My thought was just creating a small lip on bottom side of the metal shelf (a couple of millimeters of curve in the metal) that allows the back cover to be pinned up. No damage, and you still get the "invisible" look.
 
2012-06-21 04:30:22 PM  
"I'm a maker!"

You're a twat.
 
2012-06-21 04:33:10 PM  

oldfarthenry: Today's well-heeled bachelors proudly display their DVD collections instead.


Have a shortened URL to their cloud based storage of books, and music tastefully tattooed on the side of their index finger.
 
2012-06-21 04:39:15 PM  

Khellendros: My thought was just creating a small lip on bottom side of the metal shelf (a couple of millimeters of curve in the metal) that allows the back cover to be pinned up. No damage, and you still get the "invisible" look.


That's kind of brilliant.
 
2012-06-21 04:40:41 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Pretty cool except for the whole "super glue a book to the bottom" part. I don't wanna super-glue a book I like to the bookshelf, and I don't want to use a crappy book that will be on permanent display on the "invisible" bookshelf.


Buy a good book- maybe a second one of one you own- from a cheap, used book shop.
 
2012-06-21 04:43:00 PM  
This is nothing new, and no glue required... Saw these years ago and tossed them into my Amazon wishlist...http://www.amazon.com/Umbra-Conceal-Floating-Shelf-Silver/d p/B000UO4KX Y/
 
2012-06-21 04:49:43 PM  

FloydA: Doesn't hold enough books. Neat decoration for someone who doesn't read much but wants people to think s/he does.


Hold enough books for what? It's not supposed to be a library, just a nice place to store a few books instead of leaving them on the sofa or coffee table. I would imagine that they would be "in use" or "frequently used" books, rather than "The Complete History of Toothpicks" which, while perhaps fascinating, doesn't really necessitate being readily available at all times.

Books of random facts, dictionaries, "bathroom reads", and the like. "War and Peace"? Not so much (in which case I would agree with your statement).
 
2012-06-21 04:54:14 PM  

LittleMissStubborn: Khellendros: My thought was just creating a small lip on bottom side of the metal shelf (a couple of millimeters of curve in the metal) that allows the back cover to be pinned up. No damage, and you still get the "invisible" look.

That's kind of brilliant.


Thank you! Now I kinda want to build a set of these...
 
2012-06-21 04:59:18 PM  
More like convenient wall-stairs for cats.
 
2012-06-21 05:09:24 PM  

oldfarthenry: Books? Do people even have these things anymore?
Today's well-heeled bachelors proudly display their DVD collections instead.


I just bought some nice DVD storage shelves for my paperbacks.
 
2012-06-21 05:21:07 PM  
Never mind that. At the bottom were a bunch of linked photos, including this one:

media.techeblog.com

You can't explain that.
 
2012-06-21 05:23:16 PM  
This one is pretty good too:

media.techeblog.com
 
2012-06-21 05:34:02 PM  

LittleMissStubborn: Khellendros: My thought was just creating a small lip on bottom side of the metal shelf (a couple of millimeters of curve in the metal) that allows the back cover to be pinned up. No damage, and you still get the "invisible" look.

That's kind of brilliant.


um.. look closely.. that's exactly what's in the photo accompanying the "article" .
 
2012-06-21 05:50:58 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Pretty cool except for the whole "super glue a book to the bottom" part. I don't wanna super-glue a book I like to the bookshelf, and I don't want to use a crappy book that will be on permanent display on the "invisible" bookshelf.


Not sure why you'd want to glue it. Take a look at it again, it will stay closed without glue. tiny lip at bottom near wall.

I saw these first years ago, But as my current bookshelf is 15'x8' and has run out of room, I dont think adding the ability to stick 6 books on the wall will help very much
 
2012-06-21 06:53:04 PM  
I'm calling shenanigans on the "how to make" claim in TFA. The pics they show are the exact same ones in the Amazon link that Zalan posted.
 
2012-06-21 07:05:09 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-06-21 08:51:09 PM  
I think I saw this online like 5 years ago...only it didn't involve damaging a book......and people still had books. What a hack.
 
2012-06-21 09:49:48 PM  
the picture in the article has two little nubs to hold the bottom cover up

whattwolittlenubsmaylooklike.jpg?
 
2012-06-21 09:57:05 PM  

Khellendros: My thought was just creating a small lip on bottom side of the metal shelf (a couple of millimeters of curve in the metal) that allows the back cover to be pinned up. No damage, and you still get the "invisible" look.


Just judging from the pictures, I thought that's how this worked...?

Any other method would just be dumb
 
2012-06-21 10:42:53 PM  

NateAsbestos: Khellendros: My thought was just creating a small lip on bottom side of the metal shelf (a couple of millimeters of curve in the metal) that allows the back cover to be pinned up. No damage, and you still get the "invisible" look.

Just judging from the pictures, I thought that's how this worked...?

Any other method would just be dumb


That is how the good quality ones work. The bad ones require superglue, or have a fake book to start.
 
2012-06-21 10:44:01 PM  
I have a system where my books are upright instead of stacked, which is much more convenient. It's not invisible, though.
 
2012-06-21 10:55:22 PM  

Dear Jerk: I have a system where my books are upright instead of stacked, which is much more convenient. It's not invisible, though.


And is it made of wood and have shelves?
 
2012-06-21 11:16:17 PM  

Zalan: This is nothing new, and no glue required... Saw these years ago and tossed them into my Amazon wishlist...http://www.amazon.com/Umbra-Conceal-Floating-Shelf-Silver/d p/B000UO4KX Y/


Came here to say that.
 
2012-06-22 09:38:43 AM  
res ipsa dixit
>>>>> Zalan: This is nothing new, and no glue required... Saw these years ago and tossed
>>>>> them into my Amazon wishlist...
>>>>> http://www.amazon.com/Umbra-Conceal-Floating-Shelf-Silver/d p/B000UO4KX Y/

Came here to say that.

LMAO that the price of the "invisible" shelf depends on which color you choose.

Umbra Conceal Floating Book Shelf, Large, Silver
4.8 out of 5 stars (37)
$12.99

Umbra Conceal Floating Book Shelf, Large, White
5.0 out of 5 stars (6)
$11.70
 
2012-06-22 09:40:04 AM  

LittleMissStubborn: Khellendros: My thought was just creating a small lip on bottom side of the metal shelf (a couple of millimeters of curve in the metal) that allows the back cover to be pinned up. No damage, and you still get the "invisible" look.

That's kind of brilliant.


Or a strong magnet
 
2012-06-22 12:23:22 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: FloydA: Doesn't hold enough books. Neat decoration for someone who doesn't read much but wants people to think s/he does.

Hold enough books for what? It's not supposed to be a library, just a nice place to store a few books instead of leaving them on the sofa or coffee table. I would imagine that they would be "in use" or "frequently used" books, rather than "The Complete History of Toothpicks" which, while perhaps fascinating, doesn't really necessitate being readily available at all times.

Books of random facts, dictionaries, "bathroom reads", and the like. "War and Peace"? Not so much (in which case I would agree with your statement).


It eats up wall space so that you can't put a proper bookshelf there.

I know, people have their kindles and so forth and it's cool and hip to never actually own a real book. That's fine for those who enjoy it. There are lots of books available for the kindle. But some things aren't, and are only available in physical media. For those, you need actual bookshelves, and if you're anything more than a casual reader, the invisible bookshelves are a waste of space.
 
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