A Book For Two, as the name suggests, is intended to be read with a partner. Each side has different sections of the same text and the pair take it in turns to read out their sections. Certain paragraphs appear on both sides and are intended to be read aloud at the same time.
A Book for Two brings a new dimension to the process of reading, encouraging interaction in an activity usually reserved for the individual.
The product seeks to take the emphasis the digital world puts on sharing and return it to the world outside the screen. Project founder Soofiya Chaudry says the inspiration for the project came when she asked, ‘Why doesn’t print and typography reflect the way we read and consume today?’
The first print is the last chapter of Jekyll and Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson; an apt choice considering the book’s central theme of duality and its use of multiple narrators.
The book has proved a successful tool for teaching reading, particularly between parents and children. Chaudry also sees it bringing new life to reading groups because, as she says, ‘Most groups spend a lot of time deconstructing and sharing the story but not sharing the actual reading.’