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The 'Call Me Ishmael' Rotary Phone Records Personal Book Suggestions

— November 4, 2015 — Pop Culture
This novel rotary phone is a project that aims to bring people and their love of reading together through the sharing of beloved book suggestions in a unique way.

The 'Call Me Ishmael' phone is part of an experience -- it can be called by anyone and have a voicemail left describing their favorite book. Owners of the phone -- like libraries, bookstores or schools -- can choose their top 10 descriptions and set each one to a different button on the telephone. People can then enjoy listening to these heartfelt and touching accounts, describing how a book may have been important to someone's life.

From Moby Dick to Harry Potter to a little-known novel, by providing personalized book suggestions, the makers of the phone hope to give "book lovers everywhere a novel way to discover their next read."
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