My memorable first encounter with waterproof DuraBooks took place in a Book Arts class at BSU, when late professor and bibliophile Tom Trusky opened an evening’s class session by showing us a copy of Cradle to Cradle. He stood at the front of the classroom and, without saying a word, poured an entire glass of water directly onto its open pages. The class was shocked and confused. We knew how he cherished his books, how careful he was with them. It was like watching an Apple fanatic light their new iPhone on fire.
The convenience and novelty of a book so durable it resisted ripping, water damage, dirt and grime seemed like a technological marvel at the time. This was all before e-book readers, of course. Digital readers and tablets take book convenience to a whole new level. There are even floating, watertight cases for Kindles, iPads and Nooks that effectively make every book in your collection a waterproof book.
Just think: next summer you could be reading The Cabin's upcoming digital anthology Writers in the Attic while you float the Boise River!