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PSFK Trending Topic: Dual Purpose Books That Can’t Be Judged By Their Covers

PSFK Trending Topic: Dual Purpose Books That Can’t Be Judged By Their Covers
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Designers and companies are creating novels that are designed to be for more than just reading.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 8 may 2014

Text-filled novels and picture books are so yesterday. These days, we’ve noticed a rise in books that are designed to be used for way more than just reading. From a BBQ manual whose pages can be used on the grill to a scented tour guide, these books are useful and functional in ways that have nothing to do with reading.

Take a look at some of these dual- or multi-functional books below.

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Barbecue Manual Has Pages Made of Coal And Salt

Tramontina, a company that manufactures cookware and homeware, collaborated with agency JWT Brazil to create The Bible of Barbecue, a book that not only teaches the reader how to barbecue but also includes pages that transform into tools necessary for a successful barbecue session. The pages can provide the owner with necessities such as salt, coal, fire starters, a knife-sharpener, a serving tray, an apron, and more. The tools are also arranged in the book in the order that they would be needed. The book has been sent to master barbecue chefs in Brazil and a simplified version will be made available in selected bookstores.

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Book’s Pages Double As Filters To Provide Clean Water

Charity organization WATERisLIFE worked with social creativity agency DDB New York to create the The Drinkable Book, a book with pages that can be used as filters to kill deadly waterborne diseases. The book is also a manual and contains information and safe water tips. Each page contains facts about the dangers of consuming water infected with diseases. The pages are also lined with silver nanoparticles, which can kill deadly diseases. The book has 24 pages with 2 filters each that can last for 30 days, which means the book can help provide someone with clean water for up to four years.

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Stylish Toolkit Hides Screwdrivers As A Book on A Shelf

The ToolBook by Taiwanese lifestyle industrial products brand Strelka is an all-in-one kit that keeps four types of screwdrivers and six hex wrenches inside a case disguised as a book. The tool kit is designed to hide tools in plain sight. The ToolBook can be kept on a book shelf or on a coffee table as a decorative piece.

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Scented Guidebook Creates A Unique Experience For Tourists

The city of York has come out with Smell York, a guidebook that contains the different smells of the city. The guidebook was commissioned by the city to give tourists a unique experience and help them remember their visit. The book includes 12 scents that correspond to different things about the city. For example, there’s Railway heritage, described as “a nostalgic infusion of coal, steam, engine oil and iron to represent York’s rich railway history,” and York’s Antiquities, which is “a musty infusion of leather, old books, gold, silver, wood and dust.”

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