Good design is the art (and science) of turning the mundane into the magnificent. Below is an assortment of meticulously designed (and, of course, awesome looking) objects for the friend whose home is a little lacking in the aesthetics department.
Books aren't going to go away any time soon. But, like magazines have started to, they're going to evolve. And if that evolution looks anything like these concepts, we're in for a pleasant literary future.