Dusty books never sounded so good.
In a marketplace full of shinny, modern docks for MP3 players, California artist Rich Neeley went old school when designing his iPod product. Or, perhaps we should say back to school. Neeley’s iPod chargers are all made from classic, discarded books.
His literary iPod-ification process starts by selecting books with care. Neeley makes sure each book he uses looks attractively used and yet is structurally sound. The insides of the chosen books are then hollowed out to conceal a charging cord. Finally, a standard Apple charging connector is stuck through the front cover. In the end, each iPod charger is such that it wouldn’t look at all out of place on a library shelf.
Rich Neeley Designs Inbook iPod Chargers come in one-book and two-book models. Some of the two-book ones (see first photo, below) have the advantage of having a backstop to hold some of your iDevice’s weight; on these you could charge an iPad, for example. On the one-book chargers, all the weight of the iPhone or iPod you are charging is on the connector.
Neeley’s literary chargers are sold through Etsy. Each is hand made and costs around US$50; a USB wall charger is not included.
So play sweeping music from your Gone With The Wind iPod charger. Direct death metal tunes from atop Dante’s Inferno. Have Oscar Wilde inspire a wild dance party. Your English teacher would approve.
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