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If I had a waterproof book, I could read a waterproof book in the tub — if I had a tub (instead of a 2 1/2′ x 2 1/2′ shower stall).

Multitaskers who cannot bear to relax without improving their minds have a new option, waterproof books suitable for river trips and mud baths. A company called Melcher Media has developed a technique for binding waterproof pages, along with a book series geared to a more domestic pursuit: reading in the tub. Titles include “Aqua Erotica” (Three Rivers Press, 2000) and “The Soothing Soak: A Bathtub Reader,” a Melcher Media title to be released in September.

(Thanks, Trixie.)