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Floor Fiction

print books then use them as floor covering
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Floor Fiction is a range of cheap novels with a variety of lurid covers, that illuminate a panorama of subject matter. There are numerous genres: hard-nose detective stories; flowery tales of romance; rough and ready westerns; 1950s science fiction; horror chronicles; travel adventures; cold war spy thrillers etc, etc.

What these new books all have in common is that they have been specially designed to be all the same size, and have an identical number of pages, meaning that they are all of the exact same thickness.

Their next common feature is a subtle tongue and groove running around their opposing sides. This is achieved by clamping the printed books then machining the grooves along the specially thickened cardboard spines, and doing the opposite along the page edges. This converts the books into individual modules that are capable of being butted to each other in the manner of the tiles that make up many floors. The extra tongue and groove features will work even when quite shallow, so the machining process won't be that radical or difficult.

The books can now be used as a floor, or wall covering. Once a suitable number of the appropriate choice of covers have been assembled and glued into place, a hard lacquer is applied to seal the whole arrangement into place.

xenzag, Feb 11 2017


       Hmm. I think a floor tiled with "a variety of lurid covers" would be a visual mess. I thought this was goint to be about using book _pages_ as floor or wall coverings, so that you could read the book. Using pages (which, superficially, would all look roughly similar) would be less garish, but perhaps you enjoy garing.   

       The closest I've seen to your idea is a large area of wall in a London hotel which is covered in a tiling of Penguin paperbacks (or perhaps just their covers). It works because all the covers have the same format, giving an element of regularity that contrasts with the variety of the titles.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 11 2017

       I insist that the books be accessible for reading, even if one has to lay on the floor to do it. Otherwise you might as well make the floor from book covers only.
Vernon, Feb 11 2017

       But if water gets into the flooring, it'll become pulp fiction ....
8th of 7, Feb 11 2017

       What [Vernon] said.
Voice, Feb 12 2017

       What [8th] said.
AusCan531, Feb 12 2017

       Maybe there's a hydrophobic solution that doesn't run the words or chromatographify the lurid colours.   

       Heavy front covers, acting like openable tiles, might be a solution for [Vernon].
wjt, Feb 12 2017

       The solution for anyone who wants to read the books they find interesting based on their covers, is to read the books they find interesting based on their covers :-)
xenzag, Feb 12 2017

       When paperbacks are returned to publisher for credit they generally rip off the front cover to prove book destroyed and put the rest in the dumpster. This saves the cost of mailing back something likely to be pulped or tossed anyway.   

       Gluing those covers on ceramic tile of paperback size, would leave you with plain ceramic tile floor when the covers are worn away by foot traffic or floor scrubbing.   


       Double size reproductions of covers would be much easier to read and see for most people. Movie posters or cards promoting the books might work better.   


       in a preschool say, A wall covered with kids books with lots of pictures could be scrawled on in crayon or finger paints, and later "cleaned" by removing a layer of pages.   

       Graphic novels might perform A similar function in a nightclub or bar. Be sure to ban flaming drinks, if you don't want burned customers.
popbottle, Feb 12 2017


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