e-reader book case

Well, I made a new cover out of a book for my kindle paperwhite. Same method as last time, gluing the pages together into a solid block, tracing around the device and cutting the shape out with an xacto blade. Pressing and gluing again, making a notch for the on/off switch, and smoothing the inside edges with sandpaper. The first twenty pages or so came out neatly enough that I\’m saving them to use for grocery lists and notes.

The aftermath.

The result!

This time I did not sacrifice an actual published book, as you might notice. I happened to find this blank cashbook in the recess of my filing cabinet- no idea why I originally bought it (must have been over two decades ago) and certainly don\’t have any other use for it now. So I figured why not see if it will work for this. The outer edge of the page block did end up very narrow- I was worried it wouldn\’t be strong enough, but glued and pressed it twice and so far it seems sturdy.
For a while I was looking online for a suitable blank book to purchase and hollow out- maybe a journal with a particular kind of cover- but never could decide on one. Also I found listed on various sites many journals or sketchbooks made with the covers of books removed and restitched or glued to hold blank pages. I was dismayed to see the covers of books I\’ve read and loved myself- The Heart of a Dog by Albert Payson Terhune, Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry, The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling, The Wizard of Oz, the Velveteen Rabbit, Anne of Green Gables, The Little Prince! Black Beauty! Charlotte\’s Web! Not kidding I saw all these rebound and more. I guess the people taking these books apart and reselling them as journals think nobody wants to actually read the originals- but it makes me upset. There\’s even sites where you can buy the covers of books already parted from their text content- as empty shells. In huge lots. 
Maybe I shouldn\’t let it bother me- I once did it myself. But now I can\’t bring myself to do it again. So I used this blank lined book that was a bit too small, and then put some vinyl lettering and pattern on the front,
and the spine. Not quite straight, but at a glance on my shelf it fits right in with all the other TBR books, you wouldn\’t necessarily notice it unless I pointed out the one that says So Many Books.

I\’ve run out of laminate sheeting which I was going to use over the cover, so the lettering doesn\’t peel off. Used packing tape instead. Some of it ended up with creases. And the spine got a little crushed under the stack I used to press it with. So it\’s not perfect. Still, it feels just like a book in my hand, though I haven\’t really tested it out by reading another e-book with it yet. Soon!

8 Responses

  1. That's clever! It never crossed my mind to do something like that even though the Kindle covers always wear out before the Kindle itself does (that's a good thing, I suppose). And then you end up having a problem finding the proper Kindle cover because Amazon has changed something up on the newer versions and the old covers sell out or end up being discontinued. I know that's not much of a problem to whine about, but now I have a solution. 🙂

  2. Thanks, yes it was fun to do. I bet I could even change the design on the cover, the original is slick enough I might be able to pull the tape off again, haha.

  3. I was okay with it eight years ago, when I cut the innards out of a book I owned, had tried to read and didn't like, and found it wasn't valued much online either (available on Amzn for pennies, literally). However now I feel differently so glad I had this cashbook on hand to reconstruct.

  4. If you want to try it yourself, I linked to my previous cover job in the first paragraph- it has a lot more details and step-by-step how to. There's other tutorials online as well. I'd like to see how it comes out, if you make one too!

  5. Yes- ! I was actually pretty happy to find that old empty cashbook just waiting for a use like this. My efforts didn't turn out quite as polished as I had hoped (if you have it in your hands it obviously looks tacked-together) but the more I look at it on the shelf and pull it off now and then (looking forward to reading more on the kindle when I whittle down more of the physical books on my shelves) I like it more and more.

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