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Detachable Books

When you want to read only one part of a book.
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Recently I acquired a complete works of William Shakespeare, when I came upon a problem with the book.

There was nothing wrong with the contents, just that the was too much of the book. I could not fit it in my handbag for when we went out nor could I hold it in one hand and read in comfort, I had to hold it with both hands because I do not wish to damage the spine.

Therefore, I propose detachable and reattachable parts for large books, so as that when on the move (ie, on an airplane, train or just wandering around the house), you don't have to lug around a large tome.
The spine would have small reattachable parts that are like hinges, but depending on the book these hinges would be at different chapters or books (if it is a collection of books in one volume).

It would certainly make covering books we clear plastic a trifle difficult, I guess.

froglet, Oct 15 2006

Story Teller http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Story_teller
Was a magazine-like publication that you bound into a folder. [Jinbish, Oct 17 2006]

Reduced Shakespeare Company http://www.reduceds...om/shakespeare.html
[webfishrune, Oct 18 2006]


       That might simplify study groups and individual book reports.
reensure, Oct 15 2006

Henry 4 (part 1)First Half
Henry 4 (part 2)Second Half
The Comedy of Error
The Merry Wife of Windsor
Richard 2(part 1)
One Gentleman of Verona
Sixth Night
Some ado about a Little bit

       nice idea froggy.
po, Oct 15 2006

       I believe it's 'Much Ado About Nothing', [po].
froglet, Oct 15 2006

       bless you froggy.
methinksnot, Oct 15 2006

       //I believe it's 'Much Ado About Nothing', [po].//not in the detached edition...
po, Oct 15 2006

       I remember folders that held magazines by wires so that you could detach one at a time & some books are bound together in segments rather than the cheaper glued pages. hmmmm, still thinking about this one.
po, Oct 17 2006

       //folders that held magazines by wires//   

       I remember "Story Teller" by Marshall Cavendish ...
Jinbish, Oct 17 2006

       Magnetic spines?
jtp, Oct 17 2006

       How about Shakes-podcasts? Would that do it?
JeffG, Oct 17 2006

       po: and the remainder would then be The Incomplete Works of Shakespeare?
froglet: so, um, your problem is that you bought the Complete Works of Shakespeare, and you wish to read only one? Can't you just take it back and exchange it?
DrCurry, Oct 18 2006

       the half works - sounds suitable.
po, Oct 18 2006

       Shakespeare's Greatest Hits
The Best Shakespeare in the world... Ever!
Jinbish, Oct 18 2006

       //so, um, your problem is that you bought the Complete Works of Shakespeare, and you wish to read only one? //
At a time.
calum, Oct 18 2006

       ////so, um, your problem is that you bought the Complete Works of Shakespeare, and you wish to read only one? // At a time.//   

       You never know what crazy sort of Shakespeare phraseology you'd get if you tried to read the lot of them at once   

       I allege this is what would happen:   

       'Noble patricians, patrons of my right
Now is the winter of our discontent
I come no more to make you laugh
It did always seem so to us;
In sooth, I know not why I am so sad
Tush, never tell me; I take it much unkindly;
Four days will qickly steep themselves in night
And then grace us in the disgrace of death!'

       etc, etc. (The above paragraph has all been taken from my copy of Shakespeares works, mainly from the beginning paragraphs of some of his plays)
froglet, Oct 18 2006

       You want "The Complete Works of Shakespeare - velcro edition"
hippo, Oct 18 2006

       Is this where (see link) read from?
webfishrune, Oct 18 2006

       Didn't Shakespeare himself invent this concept with "A mid-summer night's dream"?
phundug, Oct 18 2006

       This week's theme: words about books.   

       fascicle (FAS-i-kuhl) noun   

       1. Part of a book published in installments. For example, the Oxford English Dictionary was published in fascicles.   

       2. A bundle. For example, a bundle of nerve or muscle fibers, or a bundle of leaves.   

       [From Latin fasciculus, diminutive of fascis (bundle).]   

       The word fascism is related. It refers to the Latin fascis (a bundle or a group) and also to the emblem adopted by Mussolini: a bundle of twigs that was carried as a sign of the power of a magistrate in ancient Rome.   

       -Anu Garg (garg wordsmith.org)   

       "Between 1952 and 1984, about two fascicles a year were published." Edward Walsh; A Lexicographic Trip Of Millions of Slips; The Washington Post; May 27, 1992.   

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Galbinus_Caeli, Oct 18 2006

froglet, Oct 19 2006

       Sorry for the confusion. Just thought I would share the "Word a Day" it seemed appropriate.
Galbinus_Caeli, Oct 19 2006


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