Introduction: Digital Comic Book

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I love comics, almost all of them.

But not enough room to store them all, i love the physical aspect of a comic book or a graphic novel, but i also love reading them on the computer. E-comic.

But i dont like to read them on tablet, desktop computer or laptop. They are just not the right size or format.

So i build my own a big comic book out of a old book and a old computer, added a touch-screen and started reading.

Step 1: Get the Parts and Tools.

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For this build you will need:

A laptop, i used a 17 inch 16:9, because i felt that it represented a real comic book the best. (no scrolling or stuff like that) My laptop was the Hp pavillion 9000something, with a old small ssd and a extra regular hdd.

A big book

A touch screen of some sort, i bough a china madeone of ebay (like this:

You can get them pretty cheap if you look some. I think i payed 39 USD.

Some wood glue

Some paper

A comic book

A sharp knife with extra blades

Some scrap wood

A glue Gun

You can also use whatever else you want to customize yout digital comic book

Step 2: Disassemble the Laptop

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So, the idea is to remove all that is not necessary.

You find guides for almost all laptops about how to disassemble them, but if not itsjust about finding all the screws and unscrew them. Just be carefull when removing some of the wires, some are short and fragile.

I removed everything except the motherboard, the hdd, battery and the screen itself.

Take photos when you disassemble, it will make it much easier to get it togheter again, so many similiar wires with similar connections. The on/off buttons gave me some trouble, it was on a seperate breakout board that had 5 connections but some trial and error gave me the right wire in the right connection.

Then test, connect all (or what is left) turn it on and see if you have have broken anything.

Step 3: Get a Book and Gut It

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I had to search a bit for a book big enough to fit the whole shzebang (17 inch), But i found this beautiful old book. Almost feelt ashamed to cut in it, but i saved some of the beautiful pages.

You have to take into account what kind of computer you got, where the fans and wires go to find out how to place the computer parts in the book. You can easly solder some longer wires if you want to have the layout a special way, but some wirescan be a bit small/many and tricky to solder.

I choose to turn the screen around back and make a sandwich of the computer. And with that settled, i find out where i have to cut and shape the book.

I also wanted acces to the usb port.

And i choose to cut out venting holes for wherever the motherboard had cooling ribs or fans to output air.

When i sandwhiched the computer, the motherboardfan became blocked by the screen, but i reckoned that it would do anyways, it had openingon both sides of the mothterboard. So take the fans into account when you layout your computer inside the book.

I stared with a knife and a ruler and started cutting out pages one by one. If you can, swap blades often, a dull blade just rippes the paper. I glued all the sides on the book with wood glue before istarted to cut (and used various things to pressure it down)

I also used the dremel for some parts with more or less success. I found out that the paper is pretty forgiving when you add some wood glue. So i cut and cut and cut and cut some more. I used a small scalpel knife in the beginning and swapped blades often, but the real work i did with a boxcutter knife. So just cut out paper from where you want your electronics to go.

Step 4: Add the Parts and Gut the Book Abit More

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When i had removed most of the book i placed all the components where i wanted them and cut out all the things that needed cutting. More room for the fans on and off button hole and such

Step 5: Building Some Infrastructure

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The great thign with a book, is that it`s made of paper, and with some wood glue it`really easy to shape.

I also cut out holes for usb access.

I used clamps and woodglue and some time to make the book sturdy and hard enough to cut into and to hold the components, but not so much that i lost the book effect.

Step 6: Dropping in the Components and Cut Some More

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I then test fitted the components and started to glue things down with hote glue and press fitts. I was not so much concerned about looks, so it looks not exaclty like the inside of an apple computer.

But i still i tried to keep things as clutter free as i could. I used hot glue and some wood pieces to make support for the hardware. When everything was ok i fitted the screen and glued it all down.

Then the beauty part.

Step 7: Pretty It Up

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After everything was glued up and thight and nice i started to shine the book up a bit.

Paper and woodglue is great combo to clean up with. Especially after the mess i made. I tried to keep the outside as "booklike" as i could. Some of the pages warped a bit, but i got most of it cleaned up. A sharp knife goes a long way :D

I put the front trough the cnc machine to carve "Comic Book" into it. Sanded and cut to clean the cnc-cut up, and folowed trough with cutting out the rest of the front by hand.

Then glued a page from a comic book behind the letters with a brown backingpaper. Also cut out some paper to clean up the edges around the screen, and to cover some of the edges of the lcd and touch screen.

Step 8: End Result

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This is how my version came out.

Could have needed a bit more spit and polish, but the old book gives me some leverage when it comes to the finish.

And i should have used the extra time to solder the one of wire to another place, maybe next time.

The software part: windows 8.1 pro and CDisplay for showing the comics.

I will use one of the Windows store comid reader apps, but i havent tested and tried them yet.

Works great, the touch screen is a bit hard "rough" on the fingers, but nothing to cry about.

Just ask if you got any questions.



Baddass (author)2017-11-23

Be Fair. I love Books. Have a couple thousand laying around and have about 30 000 E-Books not counting my E-comics.

I would also use the book because no tablet or laptop can give you the feel and or the smell of a book.

Excellent mod bro.

Ps: Definitely in my soon to do bucket list

agis68 (author)2016-12-11

what a disaster!!! You destroyed a nice old book to make this????OMG

lioncour (author)agis682017-06-08

I would say that i uppgradet the book :D

agis68 (author)lioncour2017-06-08

actually you mod a book and a laptop

lioncour (author)2015-09-28

Yes you do :D just follow the images :D If you are wondering about anything just ask :D

lioncour (author)2015-08-26

Just follow the instructables and ask if anything is unclear.

Arduino4Me (author)2015-08-17

Awesome, thanks for sharing!

niklasschmidt (author)2015-05-29

This is so awesome. I really like this.

But also i love dogs

01001011 (author)2015-05-28

This cover is amazing! Great work.

propchap (author)2015-05-27

So are you telling me, that you basically made a comic ibook!?!?!

rkrishnan7 (author)2015-05-27

Cool Economic Comic!

Dngrsone (author)2015-05-26

Alternatively (seriously, save the books!), you could build a custom case with stiff cardboard or perhaps thin wood and then covering it with fabric.

There are instructables on custom book-binding which would work here in lieu of destroying a perfectly good book

lioncour (author)Dngrsone2015-05-27

Yes i could, i thought about it, i thought about making a brass case, and i have done alot of book bindings in the past. But i wanted something old, with the right patina, to underscore the swap from paper to digital. And the book that i choose was kinda a gossip magazine from back in the day. No loss for us booklovers. Pluss i saved the innards :D Maybe i will bind a new cover for it.

skyberrys (author)2015-05-26

The cover cutout is a very good idea. Thanks for sharing your build.

lioncour (author)skyberrys2015-05-27

Thanks alot. Comics are so nice aesthetically, especially from that era. to bad you have to cut in some comics to do it. ( i choose a part not crucial to the story :D)

DivineSunshine (author)2015-05-26

Great looking Steam Punk project!!! I do agree that it is a shame the old book was destroyed, but if this project promotes reading (especially kids reading) it is worth the sacrifice.

FreddieBarlett (author)2015-05-26

Cool, man. I will try this with one of my chinese piece of crap that they call tablets.

artworm (author)2015-05-25

Haha first I thought it was a iPad. Nice job! Try the new MacBook it has no fans :p a little bit to expensive to use haha.
Maybe SSD wil work for less heat. Or an raspberrypie

lioncour (author)artworm2015-05-25

Hehe :D New MacBook will be a bit to expensive, but maybe in a few years.

The comic book allready has a small old ssd inside, so not much heat from that.

I would love to use a rasperry, but my linux skills are non existing :P

N3crojoker (author)2015-05-23

Ignore the haters. I like the idea. But the heat is an issue. Other than that gorgoeus work. I love the detail and the time you took to do so.

lioncour (author)N3crojoker 2015-05-24


Critique is always welcome. I will watch the heat during usage and update if something cathes on fire :D

chockenbury (author)2015-05-22

I'd be a little more concerned about over heating if the laptop and possible fire hazard. also Samsung makes 13 tablets already

lioncour (author)chockenbury2015-05-22

Yes, so was i, especially when i had to turn the screen over,blocking the biggest fan outlet. But, i cut out air intakes/outakes for all the fanst/heat sinks. And the blocked fan got some new wenting holes. Also the computer had a big old graphic card and "big" heatsinks that are all connected. I am running the settings on balanced power plan, (only screen on full brightness) I tested, keeping the computer on with lid closed for 24 hours and temperatures was below my everyday laptop.

I cannot fint other then 12.2" Samsungs, but that is still to small for my taste.

Someone should make a dedicated E-Comic book.

Raghavrj97 (author)2015-05-22

Why don't u use tablet fr this purpose...

lioncour (author)Raghavrj972015-05-22

Hi there. I would love to use a tablet, but i cannot find any that has the right dimension, the current ones are to small. Most comics is above 12 inch and a lot more is significantly larger. I am looking foward to trying out the new Ipad that is rumored to be bigger. But currently my home made comic book is the supreme option.

Also it is the added benefit that i get to build something. + as jayfehr stated, its good reuse for an old computer.

jayfehr (author)Raghavrj972015-05-22

A tablet could certainly be used. However, if you don't own a tablet, and have an old computer kicking around that isn't good for much else, than this is a good way to give it new life.

NathanSellers (author)2015-05-21

Totally awesome. Way to go.

amberrayh (author)2015-05-21

This is so cool! Thanks for sharing!

tomatoskins (author)2015-05-21

This is awesome! That computer looks like an old laptop I had a few years back. I turned mine into a bartop arcade machine.

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