Deirdre Sullivan is an interior design expert and features writer who specializes in home improvement as well as design. She began her career as an assistant editor at Elle magazine and has more than a decade of experience. Deirdre contributes content for brands including The Spruce and Realtor.com, and has been a featured speaker at various conferences.
Oh, books! People love to hold on to a good read. If you’re one of those people who hoard hundreds of books and refuse to let even one of them go, you need something spectacular to showcase them all. Instead of going with a typical bookshelf you can buy anywhere, allow yourself to be more creative with how you display your collection.
But if your books are gathering dust in a forgotten corner, these ideas will show you how to turn your book clutter into stylish displays. Hopefully, you’ll take away a handful of ideas you can use in your own home, and you’ll pass on the inspiration to friends and family who come over and see your new setup!
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Turn Your Books into an End Table
This ingenious arrangement puts books to work as a one-of-a-kind end table. The trick is to create a display that won’t topple easily. Hardcovers stacked horizontally will create a stable surface.
Ditch Your Traditional Bookshelf
This handbuilt book rack by AGUSTAV will beautifully dress up a bare wall with your favorite hardcovers. FYI, its unique suspension system won’t damage pages. Another good to know, the makers behind this smart design have more than 100 five star reviews on Etsy.
Arrange by Color and Size
Shelves can both organize and beautify a living space unless they’re crammed with books sloppily arranged.
Color coding your home library will solve this problem. Not only will your shelved collection look tidier, but it can also make books easier to find if you remember their shade.
Want to create a relaxed look? Arrange your color-sorted books horizontally. For a more formal appearance, organize books by both color and size.
Show Off Books in Display Cabinets
You can show off your small home library using cubby styled wall cabinets.
The trick is not to stuff each compartment with books. Also, adding a few decorative items will boost visual interest.
DIY a Unique Coffee Table
This one of a kind coffee table is a real conversation starter that pretty much anyone can make. The tabletop is an old wood framed window, but you can use virtually any hard flat surface. You’ll need a stack of hardcover books under each corner to prop up the surface. So that you know, each stack must be the same height. See more photos from this apartment tour right here.
Use Books to Create a Gallery Wall
Want to get those oversized books off your coffee table? Install a ledge wall shelf on an empty wall. They’re usually used to show off framed pictures and artworks, but they’re also perfect for displaying coffee table books, graphic novels, and vintage children’s books.
Create Rhythm and Appeal
Dozens of books lined up vertically from floor to ceiling looks stuffy. Breaking up the monotony with horizontal stacks adds a little visual rhythm that appears less formal.
Let Books Share Your Story
“Books tell a lot about the person living in the home,” says artist and designer Pablo Solomon. He suggests arranging them in small curated collections that make a personal statement. Adding a clever bookend that ties into your display’s theme creates a visual story.
Use Stairs to Show Off Books
Staircase storage is a practical space making solution. This idea designed by Zminkowska De Boise Architects shows how you can use steps to carve out a family library.
Bright and Airy Coffee Table
Transparent décor like this acrylic coffee table is a small space favorite because its airy looks won’t overload a tiny room. Storing colorful books under it creates a stylish display.
Spruce Up Boring Stairs
Is your staircase super boring? Spruce it up with a bookshelf. The one shown here can be recreated using molding and thick planks of wood. After it’s installed, paint.
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There’s no shortage of books with kids in the home and luckily there are lots of ways to display them to make it easy for kids to grab them off the shelves. These creative ideas include some neat DIY’s if you’re into making your own custom set of shelves. Or we’ve included some unique ways to display books that also offer function and style, like a whimsical tree bookcase or gorgeous low-hanging shelves for kids to easily pick their favorite reads of the day.
What are some ways you display your children’s books? Don’t forget to also check out our round-up of 100 must-read books for beginning readers. Or for more ideas, see these inspiring reading nooks and stylish bookcases.
Animal Index $75 (via G Select)
These zoo animal silhouette cards designed by Hiroshi Sasagawa are a fun way to divide subjects of books and add fun to your bookcase.
Ikea Hack Spice Shelves (via Little House Blog)
How clever! This cool Ikea hack turns inexpensive spice shelves into neat little book displays for your kids.
Low Hanging Shelves $249 (via Book / Shop)
These beautiful solid bookshelves are handcrafted from premium American walnut ply to last through your child’s many book collections. Being low to the ground encourage kids to easily pick up books.
Forward Facing DIY Bookcase (via Tried and Trued)
For the more adventurous DIY’er, this is a great tutorial for making your own forward facing bookcase which easily showcases large books titles and covers.
Books By Color (via Apartment Therapy)
With so many books, a great way to organize them for little ones is by color as shown in this lovely house tour. This adds visual interest and titles can be more easily identified.
Lucite Library (via POPSUGAR Moms)
For a modern and contemporary approach, try Lucite shelving with clear covers to showcase your best looking book covers.
Book Baskets (via Jones Design Company)
Having baskets handy underneath forward facing bookcases to store paperbacks (while using the shelves to showcase nice covers) is a great storage tip.
Hanging Fabric Book Display DIY (via Penny Carnival)
This fun tutorial walks you through how to make your own hanging fabric shelves. This is great for choosing your own patterns to coordinate with room decor and I like how they can be hung anywhere, even right next to the bed to encourage reading.
Tree Bookcase $899 (via Modern Nursery)
A whimsical and functional way to display books – this playful tree bookcase also acts as an eye-catching and playful room decoration. For a less expensive option, check out this one from Babyletto.
Bungee Cord Bookcase (via Casalil)
This gorgeous and colorful child’s room is full of playful decorative ideas – like this bright red case that keeps books in line with bungee cord!
A lot of us stare at a computer monitor for the bulk of our day and reading long articles or books is rarely a comfortable experience. With that in mind, here’s a few steps you can take to make you reading experience less terrible.
The key to getting your computer monitor into shape is partially about reducing eye-strain, but it’s more about creating an environment that’s more comfortable to read. Let’s take a look at a few of the tools you can use, starting with some simple monitor calibration tweaks and moving onto browser extensions, webapps, and a few other changes.
Calibrate Your Monitor Specifically for Reading
We’ve shown you how to calibrate your monitor for the best picture before and a lot of the same ideas apply here. However, instead of pushing for a vibrant, bright image, we’re going to tone it down as much as possible.
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We won’t be needing any fancy calibration tools here. Instead, we’ll just use the built-in tools on Windows and Mac to make the screen a little warmer. For Windows, the display calibration is the Control Panel > Display and in Mac OS, it’s under System Preferences > Display.
- Run through the initial settings to adjust your basic set up, but pause when you get to the Set Basic Color Settings page in Windows or the Target White Point Adjustment on Mac OS.
- Drop the Color Temperature (Target White Point on Mac) into the yellow. This yellows the screen and provides a warmer look. For a lot of people, it also makes it easier read for long periods of time.
Now your screen has a slightly warmer tone that makes it a little easier to read text on. If you’re looking for a quick toggle that does the same thing, F.lux allows you to set the color warmth depending on the time of day for Windows, Mac, and Linux. For a lot of people, this makes reading long articles more comfortable, but to make it even better, we have to get rid of all the other junk on the screen.
Enhance Your Reader
One of the reasons reading on a computer is a pain is the amount of distractions on a single page. Trying to read a long article with a bunch of ads and weird layout makes it hard to keep your attention on the article at hand. Here’s a few ways to get rid of the clutter and enjoy a clean reading experience.
- iReader browser extension: The iReader extension for Chrome and Firefox drops all the clutter from a page and allows you to concentrate on what matters: reading. Click the iReader button and the extension pulls the text out of the page and gets rid of the ads and images.
- Bookmark services: Instapaper and Read it Later are great bookmarking services, but they also make the experience of reading long articles a lot easier. If you want a service that customizes the look of the text and backgrounds, Evernote Clearly for Chrome and Firefox adds background and text color options to make reading a better. You can change the text and background color to fit whatever mood you prefer.
Remix Your Environment for Better Lighting
Lighting plays a big factor in your reading enjoyment whether you’re reading a book or a computer monitor. While we typically can move around to seek out a good lamp when huddled up with a good book, the same can’t be said about our monitors. Thankfully, there’s a few things you can do to make the lighting work to your advantage.
- Use a small table lamp instead of an overhead lamp while reading: Think about reading long articles or books on your computer the same way you do reading a book. Use smaller room lamps instead of overhead lights when you reading. Overhead lights are tough on your eyes and can make it difficult to focus on the screen. With a small lamp, it’s often more comfortable to look at the screen.
- Avoid windows behind you: Obviously this can’t be changed by everyone, but if you can, avoid having a window behind you. The bright light from the sun reflects off the screen and creates a glare on the screen. Simply adjust the angle or direction of your screen to correct for this a little. Without the glare, reading long chunks of text is easier.
Set Up an Adjustable Monitor Stand
One thing you may have caught yourself doing when reading is leaning into the screen when you’re deep into a good chunk of text. We likely do this because we’re used to reading books a lot closer to our faces than we sit to screens. It’s possible to set up your monitor for this so you don’t have to lean in every time. Here’s a couple different options to make this easy.
- Set up your monitor on a mount: Monitor mounts like this one are handy for a number of reasons. Not only do they make it so you can adjust your screen for for better ergonomics, they also make it so you can pull the monitor toward you and get a closer look at the screen when you need it.
- Create a rolling stand for your monitor: For a more DIY approach, you can put your monitor on wheels and roll it up to you when you need it. You don’t have to spend a lot of money either, IKEA hackers shows how to do it with the incredibly cheap LACK tables by hiding wheels underneath the wood.
If you can’t get comfortable you can always print pages out, or send your text over to an ereader or tablet with the bookmarking services mentioned above. But if you’re stuck in front of the screen without other options, the above tricks can make the experience of reading on a computer monitor better. Do you have any tricks for reading long articles or books on a monitor? Share them in the comments below.
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Shari Waters is a former writer for The Balance Small Business. She has more than 25 years of experience in the retail industry.
Creating an attractive product display can draw the customer in, promote a slow-moving item, announce a sale, or highlight new arrivals. If your storefront is fortunate enough to feature one or more windows, then you have one of the most proven (and least expensive) forms of advertising at your disposal.
Some stores located in a mall or other structure may lack windows, but don’t despair. There are many places throughout the store to build beautiful displays. First, stand at the threshold of your store. It is the doorway. Typically, you walk right into your store and don’t pay attention. Stand where you strummer stands and see what your customer sees. What do you see? What draws your attention? It might be a good thing drawing it (beautiful display) or a bad thing (trash or empty shelves.) Take a look at the flow of traffic in your store. Are there any areas that are a focal point for customers?
Your town may have individuals or visual merchandising companies you can hire to dress your windows, but if you’re concerned with saving money, the following tips will help you create an attractive display.
Visual Display Tool Box
Before designing a product display, put together a visual display toolbox to keep on hand. By having all of these items in one location, it will save time in actually preparing the display:
- Scissors, stapler, two-sided tape, and pins.
- Hot glue sticks and a glue gun.
- Monofilament fishing line.
- Tape measure.
- Razor blade/utility knife.
- Toolkit with hammer, nails, screwdriver, and screws.
- Notepad, pencil, and marker.
- Signage and sign holders.
- Glass cleaner/paper towels.
- Props (non-merchandise items).
Elements of Effective Visual Merchandising
Take time to plan the display. Consider what you want to accomplish, develop a budget and determine a central theme. You may even want to sketch your display on paper. Gather your visual display toolbox, the merchandise, and any props. Make sure all materials and location (tables, windows, racks) are clean. Choose a slow time of the day or build the display after hours.
Some elements that you could consider modifying include:
- Balance: Asymmetrical, rather than a symmetrical, balance with the display.
- Size of objects: Place the largest object on display first.
- Color: Helps set mood and feelings.
- Focal point: This is where product and props/signage and background come together.
- Lighting: Should accent focal point, if possible.
- Signage: Signage can make or break the display.
- Simplicity: Less is more, so know when to stop and don’t add too many items.
Once the display is finished, add appropriate signage. Take photos of the display and keep a record of the product sales during the display’s existence. Save your information in a file folder for easy reference. By documenting its success, you can re-create the display next year, or if it flops, you can make sure you don’t repeat the same mistakes.
You can involve your employees. They might have some great ideas. Connect your displays to your marketing and advertising. Use props to set the mood. For example, you could put sand and shells on the table with the flip-flops. Or during autumn, put a basket of leaves and apples with the hiking boots.
By using these props, we were connecting to multiple senses of the customer, not just the eyes. The sand and the apples made the customers picture themselves at the beach or on a hike. These added touches increased our sales, and they were cheap and simple.
Like any other aspect of retailing, creating an attractive display takes a little skill and lots of trial and error. As your store changes, so will your opportunities for visual displays. Keep working on designing eye-catching and innovative ways to make your retail store profitable through visual merchandising. The bottom line is that a display is the cheapest employee on the planet. It can sell merchandise for you if you do it right.
I have an auto generated PDF file by itext and I need to display that PDF file in HTML. My question is: How to display a local PDF file in HTML using pdf.js? Should that PDF file be generated by some standards?
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Implementation of a PDF file in your HTML web-page is very easy.
Make sure to change the width and height for your needs. Good luck!
I use Google Docs embeddable PDF viewer. The docs don’t have to be uploaded to Google Docs, but they do have to be available online.
1. Browser-native HTML inline embedding:
- No PDF file size limitations (even hundreds of MB)
- It’s the fastest solution
- It doesn’t work on mobile browsers
2. Google Docs Viewer:
- Works on desktop and mobile browser
- 25MB file limit
- Requires additional time to download viewer
3. Other solutions to embed PDF:
Please check the X-Frame-Options HTTP response header. It should be SAMEORIGIN.
Side loaded e-books can be sorted by author when displayed in the Books section. We’ll show you how to make them show up there instead of in Docs.
Screenshot by Ed Rhee
Step 4: When the convert window appears, make sure that the output format is set to “MOBI.”
Screenshot by Ed Rhee
Step 5: Click on “MOBI Output” from the left column and delete the [PDOC] tag in the “Personal Doc tag” section.
Screenshot by Ed Rhee
Step 6: Click the OK button to start converting your e-books.
Step 7: Once Calibre has finished converting your e-books, copy your e-book files to the “Books” folder on your Kindle Fire. Remember, you’ll need a micro-USB data cable (not included with the Kindle Fire) to transfer files to your Kindle Fire.
Step 8: Check the “Books” section to make sure your e-books are there.
e-books in Books can be sorted by author. Screenshot by Ed Rhee
That’s it. To delete the PDOC tag permanently in Calibre, go to Preferences > Output Options > MOBI Output and remove the tag there.
A side benefit to converting your e-books in Calibre, is that it shrinks the size of the Mobipocket file (.mobi). Since the Kindle Fire doesn’t have any memory expansion slots, converting your e-books may end up saving you a lot of storage space on your Fire.
Buy and download books and personalize your reading experience with Apple Books.
Buy books on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac
- Open the Books app.
- Tap or click Book Store.
- Browse for a book, or search for a specific one. When you find a book that you’re interested in, tap or click it.
- To buy a book, tap or click the price.
- The book appears in your library in the Books app.
Organize your library
In the Books app, you can find all the books, book series, PDFs, and audiobooks that you purchased from the Book Store or Audiobook Store or manually added to your device.
Sort your books
- Open the Books app.
- On your iPhone or iPad, tap Library. Or on your Mac, click All under Library.
- Tap or click Manually.
- Choose a sort option, such as Title, Author, or Recent. Don’t see Sort Manually on your iPhone or iPad? Just swipe down on your screen, then the Sort Manually option appears.
See your books as a list
To see your books as a list instead of a grid:
- On your iPhone or iPad, tap the List View button .
- Or on your Mac, click View > View As from the menu bar, then click List View.
If you don’t see a book in your library
If you don’t see a book in your library:
- Turn on iCloud on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Go to Settings, tap your name, tap iCloud, then turn on both iCloud Drive and Books. Then go to Settings > Books. Under Syncing, turn on iCloud Drive.
- Update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, or update your Mac.
- If you previously deleted the book, redownload the book.
- If you previously hid a book, unhide the book.
Discover more ways to read
- You can listen to audiobooks in the Books app on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac. Or use iTunes on a PC.
- You can save copies of PDFs from emails and webpages into the Books app.
- You can also add DRM-free EPUB file format books, books that you create with Pages, MP3 audiobooks, AAC audiobooks, and Audible.com audiobooks to your library.
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Kindle e-readers make it easy to amass and read books. Unfortunately, they don’t make it particularly easy to organize them. There’s no folder structure or tagging system to impose order on large libraries. Instead, Kindle offers Collections, a way of sorting books into logical groupings on the device screen.
Alas, Collections are far from perfect. You can’t drag-and-drop books, even if your Kindle has a touchscreen, or otherwise organize books en masse. You have to open each book and assign it to a collection individually. Still, with some effort and patience, Collections can help you streamline your library, which will definitely help you better enjoy your Kindle. Here’s how to get started.
How to delete books from your Kindle
The first step to organizing a big library is to trim it down. Sure, the thought of getting rid of books sickens most bibliophiles. The beauty of the Kindle, though, is that purchased books deleted from the device aren’t truly gone—they’re still available in your Kindle account to be downloaded again whenever you get the urge to reread them. It makes sense, then, to start your organization efforts by removing any books you’ve already read, as well as those you don’t plan to read anytime soon. This is also a good time to get rid of any book samples cluttering up your library.
Long-tapping on a book opens options to delete it or add it to a Collection.
To get started, tap Your Library from the Kindle home screen to get to your books. By default, the Kindle will display all your books—both those on the device and the ones in the cloud. On the upper left of the homescreen, tap Downloaded to see just those books stored on your Kindle. Then go to the upper right, tap Sort, and choose either Grid or List to customize how the books are displayed.
Personally I like Grid mode, as it lets me easily identify books by their covers. List mode seems to enable faster scrolling, however, as it doesn’t load thumbnails. That may make it better for combing through large collections.
From this point, all you have to do is find a book you want to remove from the Kindle. In Grid mode, just long-tap the book cover and select Remove From Device from the pop-up menu. In List mode, tap the three-dot icon at the far right of the book title and do the same. Then move on to the next book, and so on, until you’ve thinned your library to your liking.
How to create Collections
A Collection is essentially a virtual folder into which you can group books by genre, subject, or other criteria. Grouping ideas will likely present themselves as you scroll through your books, but one of the simplest ways to use Collections is to sort books into those you’ve read and those you’ve yet to read. Really, you’re limited only by your imagination.
You can create Cloud Collections on the Amazon website, which will sync with your Kindle.
There are three ways to create Collections: on the Amazon website (called Kindle Cloud Collections), in the Kindle app, and on the Kindle itself. Let’s look at each in turn.
To create a Cloud Collection on the Amazon site, go to the Your Account menu and select Your Content and Devices. You should see a list of all the books you’ve downloaded. Click Show > Collections from the drop-down menu at the top left of the screen.
On the page that opens, click Create new collection and give it a descriptive name, like “To Read” or “Sci Fi.” Then click the button labeled Create new collection.
The Kindle app for Android (pictured) iOS, Windows and Mac OS allows you to create Collections on your other devices just as you would on the Kindle.
Now go back to the Show drop-down menu and select Books. Every book in your library will be displayed in a list. Click the three-dot button next to a book and select Add to collections from the pop-up menu. Another window pops up, from which you can choose an existing collection or create a new one. Once you’ve done so, click the Add to collection button to add your book.
Despite its funky functionality, using Collections on your Kindle device is relatively simple. Select Your Library from the home screen, then press the three-dot icon in the upper right and tap Create New Collection. Name the collection and tap OK.
Now go into your library and find a book to add to this new Collection. Long-press the book, select Add To Collection from the pop-up window, then check the box next to the appropriate Collection.
You can also create and add to Collections on the Kindle app for PC, Mac, Android, and iOS. Though there are variations in the app interface for each of these platforms, the basic steps are similar.
Using the Android app as an example: Launch the app and tap Library from the toolbar. Long-press a book you want to add to a Collection. A new toolbar slides down from the top of the screen showing Share, a ‘+’ sign, and three-dot icons. Tap + and, in the window that pops up, check the box next to the Collection to which you want to add the book. Tap Done to return to your library.
Regardless of which option you use, all your Collections will remain in sync across all of them.
Using the Calibre or Kindlian desktop organizers
There was a time when you could manage the books on your Kindle device using one of several third-party desktop organizers. That’s no longer the case, as Amazon has since closed off its firmware. But these tools can still help you get a handle on your library.
Desktop organizers like Calibre offer an elegant interface for editing eBook metadata and organzing books by formats, ratings, and tags on your computer. Unfortunately, you can’t sync this information with your Kindle.
Two of the best are Calibre (compatible with Windows, Mac OS, Linux) and Kindlian (Windows only). You connect your Kindle to your computer via USB, and the desktop organizer scans your devices library, displaying the books in an elegant, full-color interface. You can edit your ebooks’ metadata, and organize them by author, format, rating, tags, and other criteria.
Your entire library stays neat and organized—albeit only on your computer, not the Kindle itself. Still, many users, including this one, find they make your library more visually appealing and easier to parse than in Amazon’s own tools. You can also use them to move books to and from your Kindle, and side-load eBooks you get from places other than Amazon.