This Amazing 16th Century Book Can Be Opened And Read In Six Different Ways


Today we have Kindles to save us from lugging heavy books around, but how did avid readers cope back in the 16th century?

Some revealing new images of an antique book that can be read six different ways show how Germans in the 1500s managed to condense their reading material.

A small medieval book from the National Library of Sweden with a special sixfold back-to-back binding which allows six books be bound into just one, has been released from the archives.

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    According to Medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel, the text's design is called dos-à-dos (which means back to back) and has strategically placed clasps to help readers swivel it around. 


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