Our crackpot staff works year-round to bring you as many Bathroom Readers as our publishing company will allow us to make. Today, with more than ten million books in print and a membership base topping 40,000 loyal readers, the movement begat by Uncle John is stronger than ever. Still have questions? Visit our FAQ page.
A Brief History of the BRI
It was 1987. Uncle John found himself stranded on his throne with nothing to read. That’s when he came up with the idea to launch a series of trivia books specifically tailored toward his fellow bathroom readers. He gathered together the best trivia writers he could find and charged them with the task of combing the worlds of science, history, sports, politics, and pop culture to compile dozens of interesting articles that could be absorbed in just a few minutes.“Every article must be simple to read,” he told us, “and every page must either have an amazing fact or a good laugh—or both.” And with that, the Bathroom Readers’ Institute was born.
The first edition, simply titled Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader, was released with little fanfare, but to Uncle John’s delight, people loved it…and they wanted more. So the following year the BRI released a second edition, and then one after that, and another, and another. In the early 2000s, when Uncle John decided to expand the line beyond those annual “Big John” editions, the series hit the big time. Now we have Bathroom Readers for kids, plus books that cover single subjects such as horses, hockey, history, Texas, quotations, puzzles, baseball, music, Minnesota, Hollywood, Christmas, cats, dogs, golf, New Jersey, trivia quizzes, and loads more.
Who are these warped minds who dedicate their lives to bringing you better bathroom reading?
The BRI consists of two small groups of trivia nuts: One is based in a little red house in the sleepy valley town of Ashland, Oregon; the other is based in a big brick building in the lively coastal town of San Diego, California. Both groups are working feverishly to bring you the very best bathroom reading in the world.