Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - UPFRONT -

SQUEEZ­ING IN TIME for read­ing for plea­sure on a busi­ness trip can of­ten seem im­pos­si­ble. With your smart­phone of­fer­ing a world of mo­bile en­ter­tain­ment op­tions and books seem­ingly a cum­ber­some al­ter­na­tive, it can be tempt­ing to ditch tree-based read­ing ma­te­rial al­to­gether.

In­tro­duc­ing dwarsliggers: around the size of an iPhone, these mini-books are read by flip­ping the pages up­wards, mim­ick­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence of scrolling through Face­book, Twit­ter or In­sta­gram.

Mas­ter­minded by Dutch com­pany Jong­bloed, dwarsliggers have ac­tu­ally been around for nearly ten years, launch­ing at Am­s­ter­dam’s na­tional book fair in Sep­tem­ber 2009. The books’ small size (12 x 8cm) and light weight (on aver­age less than 145 grams) mean you can even read the dwarslig­ger hold­ing it in one hand.

Asked about dwarslig­ger avail­abil­ity in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion, a com­pany spokesman tells Busi­ness Trav­eller Asi­aPa­cific it has part­nered with Chi­nese pub­lisher For­eign Lan­guage Teach­ing and Re­search Press and more than 50 English ti­tles are avail­able. Not bad, but for a wider se­lec­tion, for now you’ll still need to reach for your Kin­dle. dwarslig­

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