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Hardback E-Reader Case

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How to Turn an Old Hardback Book into a Case for Your E-Reader

What you'll need:
A hardback book that is just a bit bigger than your e-reader, but about the same thickness
Enough fabric to cover your e-reader
About 20" of 1/4 braided elastic
Paperboard, like from a cereal box
Spray adhesive
Hot glue gun
Scissors
Ruler
Utility Knife
 
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Step 1: Rmoved the pages from the book

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Using your utility knife, cut the paper in the crease of the binding in the front and the back of the book. Gently pull the pages from the binding. They'll come out in one junk, but you may need to cut through the glue in a few spots.

Step 2: Cut & cover the paperboard

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Cut 2 pieces of paperboard to fit the inside front and back covers of the book. Then cut a strip of paperboard about 1/4 inch thinner than the spine of the book.

I'm not huge on measuring so I just laid out my ironed fabric with the paper board pieces on top. Lay one of the big pieces and the spine piece about a 1/8 inch apart. Treat this like on piece from here on out. Place the other one a few inches away. Coat the paperboard, and the fabric an inch or so around it, with spray glue. Remove the cards, spray the fabric beneath them and replace the cards, glue side down. Give the glue a few minutes to dry a bit, then cut the fabric, leaving about an inch around all the edges of the paperboard.

Trim the corners and fold the excess fabric over the edges of the paperboard except the outside edge of the spine piece. You'll want to leave the extra fabric on that edge to make a smooth seam on the finish product (Wait it out - you'll see!).
Amelika2 years ago
I have an old 007 Ian Fleming book. ABEBOOKS says it's worth 12.00 but it's black with a red gun/octopus on it (Octopussy rocks) and it'd be better as a Kobo cover. I'll try posting a picture when it's done.
willardx3 years ago
A Nancy Drew Mystery in hardcover is the perfect size for the Kindle 3.
NNNNNNNOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!
WWWWHHHHYYYY NNNNOOTTT!!!!!!!!!
Cute!

I had an original set of Nancy Drew books as an adolescent.  As a young adult I loaned them to an acquaintance, and never got them back.

They helped me through those early-adolescent angst years, so I guess the thought of cutting one up kind of zinged me!

Peace.
Reminds me of the "Classics Illustrated" comic books I collected in the early- to- mid-Fifties. I think I sold a stack of them for $1.75 to some guy. Had I hung onto them, I could have sold them now for many times the original price which, at that time was 15 cents!

Neat Idea.
Found it Ironic today, I was at the library and did not pick up one book,
just used my Nook to download E-books and surf the web. Now I plan
to go to a 1$ bookstore ( Springing up everywhere it seems) or a used bookstore to get a book to hack for my Nook.
Hardback copy of Sailing Alone Around The World- Joshua Slocum Hoping
to find. I am reacquainting myself with the Book in Audio form on my MP-3

Tech making DTF (Dead Tree Format) Obsolete?
I loved that book, didn't know there was an audio version.
sleepymyf2 years ago
Yours turned out much better than my first attempt - I tend not to be terribly careful with stuff when I make it, and it shows! Hopefully I'll get a chance to try and make a better one soon.

I made a couple of minor alterations to mine: instead of using card for inside the front cover, I used a piece of neoprene/craft foam to give a bit of padding; and to keep the book shut, I glued a piece of ribbon onto the inside of the cover before putting the fabric-covered inside pieces in
If you have trouble making one yourself, I make them! See my etsy store: http://etsy.me/ps0hvQ
Goodhart3 years ago
Is THIS the same one featured and linked to from Popular Science (March 2011, page 91 under How 2.0 TECH ?


VERY nice :-)  
Its very nicely done, specially when the available ebook covers are so expensive. This one is aesthetically very nice :)
piccolo19793 years ago
Great idea! Wish I'd seen this 'ible before I went & spent $30 on one of the BN covers, but I'm still gonna make one of these. :)
Solderguy3 years ago
This is just ingenious. I will not rest until I hollow out a book and put my e-reader inside.
MDisdain3 years ago
Awesome instructable, it was just what I was looking for.
Since I couldn't find a decent looking hard-cover book lying around that I could part with, I took this once step further by covering the outside of the book in fabric as well. I used the same method that you outline for the inside, but did the outside first. I can see lots of possibilities here.
B&N cover $29.99-59.99, my cover (made from stuff lying around the house) free.
Thanks!
izzyinsf3 years ago
I really love this I'ble, awesome job. I wanted to use a Moleskine flip-top notebook, so I made a couple adjustments and posted a slideshow here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Moleskine-e-reader-case/
Celt3 years ago
I just commandeered an old book that no one seemed to like, and cut the pages out of it! I felt a little guilty, but at least it will be re-purposed. maybe I'll try something a little different and make an 'ible out of it......
kauaileslie3 years ago
Very cool. Just made one for my iPad. Thanks!
LeumasYrrep3 years ago
So glad I didn't buy one of those expensive cases. I knew someone on Instructables would have made one for dirt cheap. Looks great and thanks!
tenthbowl4 years ago
This is a a great idea. I definately going to try it. I'm thinking for more protection, I could also add a piece of foam on the inside cover that faces the eReader screen and maybe come up with a way to latch the cover shut.
lennyb4 years ago
i bought a small cheap zippered pouch minifolio type thingy from the dollar store. the i put a sheet of heavy millboard{like book cover material} in the biggest pouch and when i put the reader in {jetbook lite} i have the screen facing the card backing. i like what you have done better though so im going to make one . thanks
connoljj4 years ago
Very nice Instructable! I'm going to start looking for a book as soon as I get home. This is much nicer than the overpriced ones B&N sells. Thanks!
connoljj4 years ago
Very nice Instructable! I'm going to start looking for a book as soon as I get home. This is much nicer than the overpriced ones B&N sells. Thanks!
i find it funny that you buy an ebook and then try and make it as similar to a normal book. ok there's my trolling for the day, also GOOD JOB :D !
Warlrosity4 years ago
Nice, I'm getting a KoBo, and this is a must do! need to find a copy of 1984..