Win a Free Amazon Kindle: The Toilet Paper National Bathroom Month Reading Giveaway

by Brett & Kate McKay on June 9, 2009 · 37 comments

in Blog, Featured


There’s nothing quite like the uninterrupted solitude of reading in the bathroom. I’m sure if you go into most men’s bathrooms in their homes, you’ll find a stack of Popular Mechanics or maybe a book or two next to the john. Believe it or not, reading in the bathroom is a manly tradition that dates back to ancient Rome. Some Roman baths contained libraries so you could leisurely peruse a scroll while you took care of business. Saint Gregory Palamas, a monk who lived in the 12th Century, recommended the toilet of medieval fortresses as the best place to get some reading done.

Since then, the manly tradition of bathroom reading has been passed down through the generations. JFK supposedly put the finishing touches on his inauguration speech in the bathroom and W.C. Fields considered the bathroom his personal library. Today, millions of men across the world take part in this ritual.

To recognize this manly tradition, June has been declared National Bathroom Reading Month. I’m not exactly sure what that means, but I’m down with dedicating an entire month to bathroom reading.

While there’s nothing like rolling up a magazine while you’re taking care of business, how would you like to upgrade your bathroom reading with an Amazon Kindle? Interested? Read on.

The Prize


An Amazon Kindle. I’m sure you’ve heard of it. It’s Amazon’s wireless eBook reader. It’s slim, lightweight, and you can download newspapers, magazines, and and up to 1,500 books. It’s the perfect bathroom reading accessory. I’m sure your wife or significant other will appreciate how uncluttered the toilet area will become as you move all your favorite reads to the Kindle. With the Kindle, you can even read the Art of Manliness from the pot. You can’t get much manlier than that.

The Kindle retails at $359. That’s a quite a chunk of change. How nice would it be to get one for free?

The Contest

The fine gentlemen at The Toilet Paper are offering a FREE Amazon Kindle to one lucky AoM reader in honor of National Bathroom Reading Month. To enter, all you have to do is sign up for their free daily newsletter. That’s it! They will record every new signup from the AoM readership and select a winner once the sweepstakes is over!

The Toilet Paper calls themselves “Daily News for the Thinking Man.” Their newsletter is the perfect bathroom reading material. Each day, the editors take a current news story and give you the back story on it with interesting tidbits, quotes, and statistics in an easy to read format. Just print it off and take it with you when you’re doing your thing. When you’re done, your brain canister will be filled with some nifty facts and trivia that you can bring up around the water cooler and throughout the day.

Deadline to enter is June 30, 2009. So you have the rest of the month to enter. What are you waiting for? Do it!

And while we’re on the topic of bathroom reading, what do you like to read while you’re on the john? Let us know in the comments below.

{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

1 JLS June 9, 2009 at 1:15 pm

I usually find myself reading a periodical.
Right now it’s a book “Hints on Child Training” Henry Trumbull.

2 Z.Wilson June 9, 2009 at 1:30 pm

I am currently reading “Arabian Nights” by Sir Richard Burton(unexpurgated version).
I usually get through most of a story in a sitting unless I’m interrupted.

3 Bob Iger June 9, 2009 at 1:39 pm

I read a paper on the john, just like most men should do.

4 Wang June 9, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Somehow this doesn’t seem like a real contest? I couldn’t find any details on the toilet paper site and I didn’t get anything for signing up.

5 Bryce June 9, 2009 at 1:54 pm

I usually read non-fiction. Books about writing, personal finance or self-improvement are common finds on top of my toilet tank.

6 John Beal June 9, 2009 at 1:59 pm

These people are trolling for email addresses. You can’t sign up with out giving them someone else’s email.

7 Brett & Kate McKay June 9, 2009 at 2:10 pm


Yeah, sorry about that. It wasn’t like that before-they must have added that. I’ll look into it.

8 Colby June 9, 2009 at 2:21 pm

I’m working my way through Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales, one story per session.

9 Ben June 9, 2009 at 2:24 pm

How do The Toilet Paper people make sure it’s an AoM reader who wins the prize? There doesn’t seem to be any way to indicate that you’re one when signing up.

I read the news through my mobile phone when using the toilet.

10 Gordan June 9, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Currently reading “Basic Economics” by Thomas Sowell.

11 Muhammad Saleem June 9, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Hey Men!

Some clarifications:

1) The page where it asks you to submit friends’ emails is a thank you page and not required. It confirms that you are subscribed and then asks you if you want to invite more friends to read it (and they donate $1 for every friend that signs up).

2) They make sure that it is an Art of Manliness reader because they are tracking referrals from this contest leading to their signup page. There is no confirmation or code necessary. Once you sign up, they have your email address (which you signed up with). Once the contest is over they randomly select one person as the winner.

Sorry about the hiccups, we’re making sure everything is in order.

Thanks for your patience!

12 Will Strode June 9, 2009 at 2:47 pm

I get most of my leisure reading done on the can and I’m proud to say it. Nothing like reliving the adventures of Conan safe on your own throne.

13 Gregg Carey June 9, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Gentlemen – I’m the founder of The Toilet Paper. My name is Gregg Carey. Thanks to Muhammad for jumping in with the clarifications. I’d like to make a couple of quick points as well:

1) First and foremost, we are pumped to partner with Brett, Kate, and Mu. We’ve been reading AOM for some time now, and have a great admiration for their values and content. Obviously, we are not alone as demonstrated by the loyal community and following that they’ve created here. Thanks to AOM and the community for letting us introduce ourselves. Much appreciated.

2) We have updated the links on the page to direct to the targeted sweepstakes page for Art of Manliness readers only. We will be tracking where the subscriptions come from, so we can assure that winner comes to us via the AOM website.

3) Lastly, apologies for the confusion about the sign up process. As Mu mentioned, this is not required, but we can understand how it could have be confusing. We have disabled the invite a friend functionality for now. If after a few days, you end up enjoying our daily email, we would love for you to tell you friends about The Toilet Paper. We have partnered with Career Gear ( and will donate $1 for every friend that signs up through the end of June. It’s a great cause you should check out regardless. They provide business attire and interview counseling to help disadvantaged men get jobs.

Thanks for allowing me to introduce myself and the opportunity to share our newsletter with all of you. If you have any questions, you can email me directly at gregg (at) bunkhousemedia dot com. We always appreciate feedback, especially from a community that we have great respect for.

Be well. Be men.

14 Robert June 9, 2009 at 4:53 pm

For the love of everything holy, only read disposable content on the toilet (like a newspaper as opposed to a book), and throw it away when you leave.

Nothing more disgusting than literature that you know was handled by others on the can.

Especially true for porn in a public restroom… if you’ve ever encountered this one… yea.

15 Justin Luddington June 9, 2009 at 5:03 pm

I personally keep a stack of back issues of the Economist by the John. I can never quite get through a whole issue before the next one comes, and the bathroom provides an excellent arena for perusal of that fine publication.

16 Jeff H June 9, 2009 at 5:03 pm

OK, I’m bummed. I subscribed YESTERDAY, the day BEFORE the contest started! GAH! I missed my chance!

Anything you can do? Please help!

17 Chris June 9, 2009 at 6:25 pm

i am reading “the swiss family robinson” making my way through the art of manliness’s 50 greatest adventure stories

18 Brian June 9, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Technical note: The use of “peruse” in this article is not correct.

“so you could leisurely peruse a scroll while you took care of business.”

“Peruse” is actually the exact opposite – that is, to engage heavily in doing something, like reading that scroll with INTENSITY! Haha.


19 Larry June 9, 2009 at 8:54 pm

I usually read the new Sports Illustrated, or Cigar Aficionado, or any assignments I have for school.

20 Frank Hill June 9, 2009 at 10:20 pm

I keep old copies of Popular Photography and National Geographic along with the latest LL Bean catalog in the loo. Some days I want to think, some days I just want to look.

21 Ari Chase June 10, 2009 at 2:13 am

I… I don’t read anything. Well, every so often I’ll find my self reading product information on something laying around. But really, no paper, no magazine, no book or even dictionary. *shrugs* Maybe I’m weird.

22 Shaun June 10, 2009 at 2:44 am

How can you beat National Geographic as the best toilet series ever? :)

23 Chris June 10, 2009 at 3:54 am

National Geographic for long visits and Smithsonian for short ones! :)

24 Steve June 10, 2009 at 4:47 am

Besides the most recent copy of National Geographic (courtesy of a gift subscription from my mother-in-law), I’m most often found reading book catalogs while on the seat of ease. Catalogs from academic presses are the best, with that of Oxford University Press being the pinnacle.

25 Ramone Walcott June 10, 2009 at 6:32 am

I made a resolution this year to read at least one book a month, and I’ve gotten through most of them on the toilet! I usually read random books I hear about, or that friends suggest, mostly fiction with oddball characters in a somewhat real-life situation.

Currently, I am reading A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.

26 Beat Attitude June 10, 2009 at 6:46 am

I’m thinking of using it to memorize bible verses. Memorization is something that slips unless it’s practised regularly, so if you’re doing a one-a-week memory verse (or poetry, or study notes if you’re a student for example) it’s good to refresh your memory while refreshing yourself.

If you don’t mind me talking sh*t for a minute, It’s also worth noting that having to spend a long time on the bog can be related to not drinking enough water, or having enough fibre or fruit in your diet. Healthy dudes should be a minute or two, most of the time. It’s good to have a bit of personal retreat space, but don’t give yourself haemorrhoids because you like to read, and therefore think it’s normal to take 20 minutes to drop the kids off at the pool.

27 JadoJodo June 10, 2009 at 7:57 am

I personally enjoy reading MaximumPC magazine or GEEK Monthly.

How many of you men use your cellphone when taking care of business? And I don’t mean talking on it (That’s just rude, and unmanly.), but reading news, texts, etc

28 Michael Case June 10, 2009 at 11:50 am

I normally use my cell phone to read anything interesting in my google reader. It’s so much easier to handle than paper but I’m deathly scared of dropping it in considering how many times I’ve dropped my previous phone in water

29 dizzle June 10, 2009 at 12:13 pm

I don’t get reading on the john. Seriously, a man’s trip to the bathroom should be like his trip to the mall–get in, get out, and be done with it. If you have the time to read more than a page, you need to eat more fiber, drink more coffee, or run more.

30 Jacqueline June 11, 2009 at 5:38 am

Am I really the only woman who reads in the bathroom, or just the only one interested in manliness? I started when my children were small and struggling with the concept of privacy. Peace and quiet were out of the question. They’re teens now, but I still enjoy a quick editorial or Dear Abby column during a visit to the loo.

31 Stacy June 11, 2009 at 8:23 am

I can’t resist this! My sister and I have won 2 games of Trivial Pursuit thanks to my bathroom reading! It really pays to take your time in the privvy and get some new knowledge! What an awesome site and contest!

32 Snead June 11, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Just finished “A Little History of the World”. “Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster” can always be found next to my can. It’s good for a laugh and friends always ask about it.

33 Dee June 11, 2009 at 10:57 pm

Wow this is fabulous! I going to send my blog readers over here to read more.

Great to see Gregg’s comments as well.

34 Don Diego June 29, 2009 at 8:32 pm

I like to read any auto magazine, but I have a special affinity for Lowrider Mag.

35 mwschmeer July 9, 2009 at 5:05 pm

Does anyone know if they picked a winner yet?

36 JustineL September 4, 2009 at 7:38 am

Nope you are not! I am notorious for having SEVERAL books at once hidden all over our bathroom! Right now the “bathroom” books are Civilization:Vol 1 Pagan , Sociology (text book), and Western Civ. My husband cannot believe that I will honestly sit there reading! We have 4.5 cats and a dog along with husband and the bathroom is probably the one place I can be alone…of course I open the door and they are right there (husband too ;)) WAITING!

37 Pezevenk June 13, 2010 at 4:56 am

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