When I commuted to work on a train I enjoyed reading but my books got damaged whilst in my ruck sack. Here I describe my solution, a leather and metal book wrap.
Step 1: Materials
- Needle & thread
- Sharpe knife for cutting leather
- 2mm drill bit
- Leather punching tools
The leather came from ebay and was a handy 210mm x 295mm so mine didn't need cutting to size. A sturdy pair of scissors could be used to cut the leather depending on thickness but a knife can be cleanly run along the edge of a metal ruler to give a clean true cut.
I've made a couple of covers like the one above and think that leather of at least 2mm thickness works best.
I've used aluminium sheet for the one pictured but anything flat will do! The aluminium is a couple of millimetres thick and has held up relatively well to the abuses of being in my bag.
Can be home made from a nail, instructable to follow.
Step 2: Measure & cut
The majority of my paper backs are around 110mm - 130mm wide and 180mm - 200mm tall. Cut your metal backing piece so that it is ~10mm taller and 5mm wider than the biggest book you're likely to want to carry. This overhang will hopefully protect the corners of your books.
With the metal of the correct size cut the leather. I've left 5mm top and bottom.
The width of the leather depends on how thick you like your books. Mine is 570mm, but this was mostly determined by the leather I had available. This goes around a good sized book one and a half times.