Yes, people still read books that require turning paper pages. But many find a problem when the time comes for down-sizing: There’s no room for your “essential collection.” And further, walls of bookcases eat up space in smaller rooms.


   I’ve found a (partial) solution that I’ve heard no one discuss. I claim to have the longest continuous book shelf in Susquehanna County¹ in Northeast Pennsylvania.


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   The shelf is 51 feet long and takes up no (otherwise usable) wall space in my 3rd floor octagonal office that is circled by eight alternating eight- and six-foot walls that have (altogether) 12 windows.


   It requires 3 things if you wish to build your own similar shelf in, probably, any rectangular room:

   (1)  A builder and a number of 9 in. wide boards to install a bookshelf above the windows in the room (or rooms). (A slightly raised “lip” at the edges is a nice protective addition (mine are made of wormy chestnut.)

   (2)  A 3-step folding ladder to keep nearby with a “handhold” tall enough to grasp when you’re on the top step.

   (3)  Enough Winklewidgets² for the corners that your shelf curves around.

   That’s it.

   You can shelve hundreds of books this way. And they take up no “human space” whatsoever.


   ¹ Susquehanna County become the “Susquehanna Territory” in my sci/fi novels, Earth Is Not Alone (see Amazon) and (forthcoming) The Blood of Three Worlds. [In these stories EMP explosions have destroyed the electrical power grid and all microcircuitry. Books printed on paper will be especially valuable then.]

   ² A winklewidget is a tall wooden piece-of-pie-shaped block of wood that keeps (real) books properly aligned at corners where a long linear bookshelf “turns” in my octagonal room. Ordinary square-shaped rooms require only “square” winklewidgets which are much easier to create. In either case, winklewidgets (named for my builder) are invisible when in place. They really do their job well.