What’ll they think of next? Argentinian publishing house, Eterna Cadencia, is publishing an anthology of new Latin American authors known as El Libro Que No Puede Esperar or The Book that Can’t Wait. And quite literally, too, as the book is published with ink that disappears two months after readers first open it.
The YouTube video produced by DRAFTFCB to promote The Book that Can’t Wait tells us, “Books are very patient objects.” In many ways, this is an accurate statement. There are plenty of books on my shelf that I haven’t even glanced at for years. This proves to be quite a problem for new authors. If no one actually gets around to reading your first book, who will want to read your second or third? The Book that Can’t Wait provides the perfect solution to this conundrum, forcing readers to actually finish the book in a timely manner. The ink the book uses reacts with sunlight and air to disappear after two months, leaving only blank pages.
This book guarantees that the work of new authors will actually be read instead of gathering dust on bookshelves. That’s great! This book helps us actually read the books we purchase. Also great! But I’m left with just one question: What do you do with the book after the two months are up, even if you did read it? You will be left with a beautifully bound, exquisitely crafted book of blank pages. I am not too keen on the idea of a bookshelf full of empty books.
I suppose you could use the pages as kindling for your next cookout or never have to buy toilet paper again. Then again, you yourself could write in it and continue the cycle of amateur authorship that The Book that Can’t Wait is all about.
Check out the book’s promotional video down below!
(via The Verge)
- Maybe you could carve your old books into sculptures!
- Or maybe jot down notes in it with this $5K pen!
- Wait, no! Build a house from your old books!