“Book readers know the tiresomeness of holding books in the best position for comfortable reading […] The Reading Stand holds the open dictionary by your side, only a turn of the head being required to consult it, while the book you are reading is held open before you.” Internet Archive
Via: EBook Friendly where there are 5 more “…Fascinating Book Machines Before the Kindle”
According to The Public Domain Review, Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum’s 1902 The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, “with its elaborations and much added detail went a long way to popularising the legend of Santa”. You can read the entire book online and in various other formats including ePUB and Kindle at Project Gutenberg.
First Edition 1902
Multiple editions on Goodreads.
The Public Domain Review: A Pictorial History of Santa Claus.
Admont Abbey Monastery Library
Photos by Jorge Royan via Twisted Sifter, where there is a beautiful gallery with descriptions.
“Admont Abbey is a Benedictine monastery located on the Enns River in the town of Admont, Austria. It is the oldest remaining monastery in Styria and contains the largest monastic library in the world. The abbey is known for its Baroque architecture, art, and manuscripts. [Wikipedia]”