Singapore designers at Foreign Policy have imagined a fresh way to give used and mostly discarded browsing books a second life by transforming these bookstore rejects from analog into digital with their clever “Audio Book” series.
This cool bookshelf speaker was created by hollowing out a copy of The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker, adding in a speaker with a wooden cabinet on back — along with with an on/off switch and volume control on board.
Each Audio Book order takes about 3 weeks for delivery and comes with a lofty $350 to $750 price tag — exactly what you'll have to pay for a hand-crafted and hand-assembled piece of functional art.
While I would like to see the cabinet portion given a greater wood working finish, that may only serve to boost the cost — although I'm convinced the extra fine detailing could elevate this design from novelty into serious art.
If you're in the market for some boombox blasting luggage instead of used books, check out our coverage on the slick vintage suitcase speakers by Cool Provisions.
I definitely wouldn't mind being the only kid on my block with an iPhone Audio Book that really rocks.