Ereaders, like the Nook and Kindle, have revolutionized the gentle art of reading, sure. But at what cost? Can you really feel enlightened and ennobled reading Marcus Aurelius' "Meditations" holding an antiseptic piece of glass and plastic? Don't you miss the feeling of holding an open book in your hand when you're reading?
In this instructable, I will show you how to create a cool book cover for your eReader or small tablet. The cover is secure enough to hold your eReader in a natural vertical reading position and it will also protect it from bumps and scratches in your purse or backpack. As a bonus, all of the buttons and ports are still accessible, so you can put your gadget right on the charger, without taking it out of its case.
Lets get started.
Step 1: Pick the perfect book
This is the most important and time consuming part of the project. Seriously. I spent 15 minutes making the cover, and two days picking out the book.
Here are things to look for.
1. Right size. Pick a book that is just slightly larger than your gadget. In all dimensions. So, just a little longer, wider and thicker.
2. Cheap. Don't spend big bucks on an first edition "Bicentennial Man" by Isaac Asimov or "I Am Legend" by Richard Matheson. Get a cheap hardback book that you won't feel bad cutting up.
3. Cover in good condition. Its okay if it looks a little dirty or used, but find one with a solid cover that's not torn or broken.
4. Good title. Decide what sort of image you want to convey. My local used book store had dozens of Hardy Boys books that were the perfect size and condition, but I just couldn't picture myself sitting at the airport (appearing to be) reading one.
I found this cheap book club edition of "Meditations" by Marcus Aurelius that was just perfect. (I have a bunch of these cheaply bound classics actually. "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens was a first runner-up candidate.)