Talk about stimulating: Pairing erotica with a vibrator.
A French start-up is marketing a Bluetooth-enabled vibrator that’s paired with an erotic Ebook. During the smutty parts, you just tap the screen or shake the device and the vibrator starts right up.
“It’s going to generate some buzz,” quipped gadget reviewer Nate Hoffelder in the Digital Reader.
Is this an idea whose time has come? A librarian pal just posted a description of this device on Facebook, with the the question: “Who volunteers to be the first librarian to add these to their collection?”
The first response?
“There’s not enough bleach in the world.”
The rest of the comments were similarly dismissive:
“My prediction: it will come and go.”
“Better living through technology [wocka wocka].”
“Well this will put a brand new spin on Book Club.”
“I can’t wait for the first patron who brings one in and asks us to help set it up.“
“I wouldn’t want to be the person who had to check it back in. But honestly, it would probably have fewer germs on it than the average board book.”
But never mind that. I think the folks who dreamed this up are missing an important opportunity. What a terrific way to motivate reluctant readers! Nobody needs an incentive to read erotica. But if I’d known that I’d be rewarded with an orgasm at the end of every section, I might have actually opened my high school Chemistry textbook.
Why not pair a vibrator with every copy of the tax code! Or “The Beginner’s Guide To Digital Photography?” “Medicare for Dummies!”
And Vibrating Bestsellers could get us through those ultra-boring Book Group reads. Let’s face it — you’re far more likely to complete all 784 pages of “The Goldfinch” if you can count on “Buzzy’s” help.
What about Vibrating Classics? Maybe I’d finally be able to finish Middlemarch!
Literature may be dead. But vibrating literature? It’s just getting started.
Still, if you’re expecting to be able to check one out from your local library? It‘s going to be a very long wait.
(Roz Warren is the author of OUR BODIES, OUR SHELVES: A COLLECTION OF LIBRARY HUMOR.)