Albatros Bookmarks- Looks like a great field guide accessory!
I recently stumbled across a pretty neat-looking bookmark concept that may add a lot of functionality to field guides and other frequently-used references: the Albatros Bookmark (yeah, that's how it is spelled.) The birdy name is a happy coincidence, but I think that avibibliophiles like myself will think of many books where a permanent installation might be just the ticket.
What is the Albatros bookmark?
The Albatros is a new kind of bookmark that follows your reading. No need to remember the page number, each time you turn one, it inserts itself at the right place. The Albatros bookmarks have been invented and developed by Oscar Lhermitte and are made in France.
What makes the Albatros bookmarks so cool?
See it this way: the Albatros bookmark enables you to forget about bookmarks. Once you’ve placed it in your book, it will take care of the rest. If you are reading a novel and suddenly have to rush to catch the bus, simply drop the book in your bag; you will find the Albatros at the page you stopped last.
How does it work?
The Albatros bookmark consists of a thin piece of polyester that is inserted in the book; thanks to its structure and shape, every time you turn a page, the bookmark follows it. Placing the bookmark in a book is done in the blink of an eye. Its repositionable adhesive allows it to last a long time without damaging any pages. Once you have finished reading the book, leave the bookmark in place for the next reader, or simply discard it. It works on any book, pocketbook, sketchbook, diary, of any format. Only books over 700 pages tend to be a bit tricky.
Here's a video showing the product in action:
This is a new independent product launch being funded through Indiegogo.com, a platform where people can solicit funding for all kinds of campaigns. These devices look like a hit already- designer Oscar Lhermitte sought $3000 for an initial production run but his campaign has already sold over $41,000 worth of bookmarks as of the morning of 21 March. Here's the thing, though- to get in on the initial production run you've got to order by Friday, 23 March. Many quantity options are available but don't forget to add shipping if you aren't in the UK. If you don't get in on the deal by Friday, watch for product details at http://www.albatrosbookmark.com.