What better way to celebrate a bookcase’s birthday with a book? Only the Swedes would decide that a bookcase needed its birthday celebration, which is what prompted the Billy Book. The Billy bookcase has been a mainstay for IKEA for 30 years now. As anyone who shops at IKEA knows, the Billy isn’t exactly amazing, but apparently that hasn’t hurt its popularity.
The truth is the Billy bookcase can go with any decor, and it's cheap. This has made it extraordinarily marketable, and made it possible for IKEA to sell over 41 million (that’s right, million) units. Cute or not, the Billy has staying power. The Billy Book is an homage to the simple piece. There are two versions of the Billy Book; one is available in English.