Introduction: "AudioBook"

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How to make a book into an iPod case.

Step 1: Gather Materials

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For this tutorial, you will need:
  • An iPod
  • A book that is OK to destroy
  • A ruler
  • An X-Acto Knife
  • A pair of headphones
  • A piece of cardboard
  • A pencil

Step 2: Measure

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First, measure your iPod and your book. As you can see, my iPod is about 1cm thick, and my book is about 3cm thick. Figure out the distances needed to center your iPod in the book and mark the pages with the pencil.

Step 3: Trace

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Next, place your iPod inside the book and trace it, leaving a small margin.

Step 4: Cardboard

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Now, put the piece of cardboard in where you want to stop cutting.

Step 5: Cut

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Start cutting with the X-Acto knife, following the drawn lines.

Step 6: Test It Out

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After you have reached the cardboard, test out your hole by placing your iPod inside.

Step 7: Trace Headphones

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Now, plug in your headphones and trace them.

Step 8: Cut Wire Hole

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Next, cut the hole for the wire. This only needs to be a couple pages thick.

Step 9: Cut Headphone Plug Hole

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Now, continue cutting just the hole for the headphone plug. This does not need to go all the way down.

Step 10: Check the Fit

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Finally, place your iPod and headphones in the holes.


SparkySolar (author)2014-10-05

I just found such an old book I was going to dispose of

Now, I am measuring twice and cutting once

Thank you so much

AnooshI (author)2014-08-08

Such a cool idea to do with an old book. You really have a creative mind. I was always reluctant to throwing my old book in trash cans. Now, I am going to try this. Check out this Book of Books for more ideas by Altered Upcycling. You can even sign up on their website for free ebooks!

clark981 (author)2011-08-05

What was the sync cable for???

NinJA999 (author)clark9812011-08-05

Charging your iPod up, of course!

ecaracap (author)2011-01-08

Nailed it! Made mine out of Harry Potter 1 (don't worry...I accidentally bought a second copy...I wouldn't destroy such a good book if I didn't have another copy!) I also put glue on the edges of the book as well as inside the cuts.

Gage987 (author)2009-08-21

it's an "audiobook"

jmskho (author)2009-03-13

I really love this idea. I think it would be great to have these types of "cases" while traveling. Perhaps for a camera or other digital equipment to avoid getting them stolen. I would use a beat up old book that looks cheap. Great way to deter a thief.

baneat (author)2008-08-24

seriously don't take this on the bus or train if you don't want to be the subject of a supposed terrorist threat.

Lithium Rain (author)baneat2008-10-03

That comment made 0 sense.

that comment made sense, check out this story

Nope. I'm quite familiar with the story of instructable's own Star Simpson. You are comparing apples to giraffes. She was arrested for a misunderstanding involving electronics on a sweatshirt. But headphone wires coming out of a book are another story entirely. In fact, unless you are actually holding it in your hand, you can't tell that the person isn't just holding the book so that it obscures the view of their headphone wires.

vader406 (author)Lithium Rain2008-10-20

a book with wires coming out of it. o_o

anadentone (author)2008-07-11

Cool instructable My niece saw this and made one for her ipod nano using one of those small cardboard baby books. (She stores that book on her desk that way my nephew wont come and steal it )

vader406 (author)anadentone2008-10-20

meanie. just kidding. ...unless she really did steal the book from your nephew.

anadentone (author)vader4062008-10-20

Nah she stole it from some neighbor she was babysitting XD Thieving goign around alot XD

NinJA999 (author)anadentone2008-07-11

Wow, hope she likes it!

anadentone (author)NinJA9992008-07-13

Oh yeah she loves it. My nephew thinks she no longer has it

Arbitror (author)2007-12-08

I was just about to make this same instructable! I already took some pics! I searched and searched, and found this, so I didn't want to copy you... Anyway, nice instructable.

wonderland_bird (author)2007-11-21

As with the book safe, there are a couple things you can do to make this more stable; I used a sturdy liquid glue like PVA (Elmers would work too) and put several coats on the inside along the cut edges of the book where the ipod will fit. This makes it a lot more even inside, and also keeps the book together a little more. If you want this to be a really sturdy case, you can drill holes (through text block only, not covers); insert screw posts (you can get these at scrapbook and craft stores); paste on back cover; and paste in magnets for front cover closure (you can inbed these a couple pages down in text block and under a couple of pages glued to front cover). I'm even makeing mine with a little compartment inside to hold my headphones when not in use. I will post when I'm done :)

Darkshot (author)2007-09-11

cool idea for hiding your mp3 but idk about actually listening to it =/ original idea bro

NinJA999 (author)Darkshot2007-09-11


Darkshot (author)NinJA9992007-09-12

your welcome :]

wiiman07 (author)2007-09-09

mine got confiscated i never saw my ipod again...

NinJA999 (author)wiiman072007-09-09

Ouch, that's not good. Maybe I shoulda put some kind of a disclaimer on it...

Spinergy (author)2006-02-15

yes... gluing the pages together before & after your "start page" is a must, esp. with the pages notched for the cord exit. Also glue in two little neodymium magnets in the corners to keep the book shut.

Robyntheslug (author)Spinergy2007-05-12

It would work for other things in a book, but I wouldn't put magnets next to my MP3 player!

Spinergy (author)Robyntheslug2007-05-13

Magnets are not an issue at all if your player is flash memory based, and unless you use big, oversized, tear the paper before they separate magnets there's not going to be enough strayfield to effect even the micro hard drive based players. I build custom speakers for a living and am very familiar with what strong magnetic fields can and can't do to electronics and storage media.

samando (author)Spinergy2007-08-02

jeez, finally, someone who understands!

Bbox (author)Spinergy2006-09-27

nonononon no magnets. maybe velcro or something.. no magnets...

Tetranitrate (author)2006-08-10

A funny thing to do would be to get an book that you also have on audio book. Make the audio into an mp3, and listen to your book.

KoolSkoolKid (author)2006-06-20

Its a great Idea but if your in skool, you would want the audio cable coming out of the bottom. Else you would get caught.

minardi (author)2006-02-23

Great idea, I have a Tom Clancy book that's on the chopping block as I type. How about a layer of adhesive around the inside edge of your cuts? If you have access, binding glue (like at the top of notepads) works great, and won't stick later. I would alternately second doolittle's felt idea as well. Real classy. A nice clasp might be a bit of elastic adhered to the top and bottom corners of one side of the cover that can be wrapped around to close it (like a moleskine notebook).

benjiwenjifoofoo (author)minardi2006-04-11

i just made a case out of a Tom Clancy book too, i guess you could say it's got a few plot holes in it ;) (then again, being a clancy novel, you could randomly remove 200 pages and no one would notice)

Doolittle (author)2006-02-22

i've seen a lot of different instructions on making "secret stash" boxes with books (usually hardcover). all of them include gluing the pages together, as well as some sort of closure -- as mentioned above. you can use a tab or strap that hooks front and back covers together, or just put a rubber band around it like i do. you can also line the inside of the compartment with paper (seems redundant, i know) or fabric - i like felt.

tommyk104 (author)2006-02-20

i would recommend those little round velcro tabs then.

vrogy (author)2006-02-20

as long as it's not within the field of the magnet, it's fine... of course if you have a nano, it's a whole different story. :D

admanrocks (author)2006-02-19

Defenately NOT magnets! thats a really bad idea around a big hard drive(the Ipod)

Korrigan (author)2006-02-14

Looks really cool! Do you have to keep the book held closed somehow so the iPod won't fall out?

PaulE (author)2006-02-13

I wonder if a drill and jig saw might work better here

thobs (author)2006-02-12

Hey, you should glue all the pages together to make it a little easier to handle

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