We’re all guilty of buying and displaying books that make us look smart – just take a look at any given bookshelf in any given apartment of any given 20-something in Brooklyn and you’re bound to find one or more ‘prestige’ displays. There’s no fucking way every single person in the 11217 area code has actually read all of Emily Dickinson’s work despite what their fake-prescription eyeglasses will tell you.
To combat this problem, a publisher by the name of Eterna Cadencia has printed an anthology of up-and-coming Latin American authors and called it “The Book That Can’t Wait” – using an ink that dissapears over time once it is exposed to light and air. That is: once you open it, you’ll have to read it within a couple of weeks.
This combats the problem of “prestige bookshelves” and allegedly the problem of first-time authors not having their works read. But isn’t the point of a novel to share it afterwards? Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t, but the concept is pretty fucking cool.