Flipback Books


Over the weekend my wife and I had to wait around while my daughter was doing dance rehearsals and we came across an old fashioned book shop in an otherwise modern town.

As we looked around I happened upon some flipback books that I had never seen before and I was immediately taken with the idea.

Imagine a paper book that fits in your pocket and which feels like a small Kindle in the hand, and then imagine that the text is perfectly legible and you have a sense of what the flipback books are like.

From what I can see very few titles have been released and judging by the dates on the manufacturers Facebook page it looks as though the idea is no more, but I have to say that it feels like a missed opportunity.

Check out Amazon for a small selection of available titles- you may be surprised at how much you enjoy the format.

Categories: Books

2 replies

  1. The orientation reminds of how I think the Japanese have it right, it makes sense to arrange pages “reverse” from how the West does it, so that when the book is open pages flip from left to right. For instance when you have multiple volumes of the same series on a shelf, the numbering then goes 1-100, 101-200, 201-300 vs the west where it goes 100-1, 200-101. etc not that it matters that much, but still.

  2. I also loved the Flipback format, beautiful productions. However, as you can see from the publisher’s response to my enquiry there will be no more. As you observe, a missed opportunity.

    Dear Alan,

    Thank you for your email.

    Unfortunately there will be no more Flipbacks published by Hodder & Stoughton. As you say, they are a lovely concept! But sadly we’re not longer able to continue publishing them, due to a combination of factors. Sadly the ebook provides too much competition.

    Thanks again,

    Hodder & Stoughton
    Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DZ

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