About Us

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. “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.

Now, almost three decades later, the Bathroom Readers’ Institute is going strong, having released dozens of titles with content sure to beat the bathroom blahs, and even offering some of the best online trivia available. Consisting of the best trivia writers that Uncle John could find, the BRI has compiled loads of information, from history facts to sports, politics to pop culture, and even the odd science tidbit. After distilling this information into its most basic form, the BRI has generated a huge collection of articles, all of which are specially designed to be read in just a few minutes.

The first experiment was a simple collection of articles titled Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader. It was a roaring success, and further editions followed, year after year. After several years, readers wanted even more from the Uncle John line, and so it was: new editions for kids were released, along with special editions for subjects like history, hockey, US states, puzzles, music, baseball, nature, Hollywood, unique inventions, quizzes, Canada, and more.

It takes a real team to come up with the kind of authoritative bathroom reader trivia as that found in an edition of Uncle John’s, especially with more than 15 million books in print around the world and counting. The BRI is located in San Diego, CA, cranking out the second best paper product you can find in any bathroom, anywhere.

If you are ready to step into a world where toilet time is trivia time, then check out the full Uncle John collection. Our books can be purchased directly from our website, and we often have excellent deals and discounts running for our dedicated readers. If you are experiencing a bathroom emergency and absolutely must have a copy right now, then get to the nearest Barnes & Noble, Costco, BJ’s, Sam’s Club, Walmart, or local bookstore to obtain your own copy. You can also order our excellent bathroom reader trivia via Amazon, or from various locations outside the U.S. (check out our FAQ page for details!).

Uncle John has also stepped into the modern age in style, making content available digitally. We invite you to peruse our blog and check out the various titles we have available in eBook and Mini eBook format. Whatever your preference in topic or area of interest, we have a publication for you.

—Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader. Curing bathroom boredom around the world since 1987.

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