Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Friday, August 05, 2011
Waterproof book makes reading in the pool easy
The world's first waterproof paperback will hit the shelves next summer, publishers said.
The first book to receive the coating will go on sale in May next yearPhoto: GETTY IMAGES
The Telegraph - 03 Aug 2011
A clear wax sealant will prevent running ink and stop pages from becoming soggy and tearing when wet.
The tough polymer coating is tear-resistant and promises to increase a title's shelf-life by up to 200 per cent.
Banks in Australia already use the technology to prolong the life of banknotes and to reduce the risk of forgery.
But it is the first time that a standard paperback will receive the same treatment. Only children's books or specialist scuba diving titles currently boast to be fully water-resistant.
The first book to receive the coating has been named as 'The Greater Bad', an ebook by Alan Cork, hard copies of which will go on sale in May next year. Full story.