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Sometimes you don't want everyone to know you are carrying around your iPad.  No one will notice that you are carrying a book, especially if it is a 1970s ex-library copy of "New Zealand in Colour."  With a hobby knife, a paper clip, and a bit of patience, you will be able to recycle the very thing you are replacing into a case for its replacement.  That could have been said simpler but you get the idea.

Step 1: Find the right sized book

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Take your iPad to a second-hand book shop or thrift store and find a book that  is the right size.  I found the best size was when you set the iPad on the pages of the book, there is about 20mm (3/4") to 25mm (1") all around it.  Too small is a problem because the paper won't be strong enough to hold the iPad in and too big is fine, if you like carrying alot of size and weight you don't need.  The perfect thickness is when the pages of the closed book are the same or slightly thicker than the iPad.  I also chose a book with lots of photos because the pages were thicker which meant stronger and less to cut.

On second thought, why not breath new life into that old Masters thesis as a personalized iPad case?  You're probably not going to read it again are you?
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drilldogg2 years ago
Kiaora, I will view all people carrying this book around as a disciple of this excellent pre-quel to the iBook from Godzone.
ddebets3 years ago
For the iPad 2 you can add magnets to the bookcover, this will put the iPad in sleep, when you close the book. Same method as the smart cover :)
How so if you please
All you would have to do is find where the magnets have to go and then cut and place them into the cover. It shouldn't be too hard.
Hi, I just re-discovered Instructables. I was browsing and saw this. Great to see up-cycled projects. I did something similar back in Sept 2010. Just wanna share with you. http://clothwithpegs.blogspot.com/2010/09/ipad-case-by-booked.html
Now that I am a user here also, I hope to be able to share some projects here too. ;)
tewharau (author)  peggyzoewong3 years ago
Very cool. Did you sell many?
I didn't sell these ... I'm still using it though. You sell yours?
startrees3 years ago
I liked this it was pretty easy I didn't glue the pages or anything but it still worked out well. I added a "sidebar" or a little extra space for my smart cover, great instruct able thanks!
tewharau (author)  startrees3 years ago
Great! Can you post a pic or two? Cheers.
flosco4 years ago
Awesome! a New Zealand touch. Am a bit gutted about the book though. Will need to find my own copy to make all the paper things I was thinking of, with the retro tourist photos that are cut out. Love it!
rug flosco3 years ago
its great to see new Zealanders on this site, i thought i was alone :(
tewharau (author)  rug3 years ago
What are you doing on the inter-webs when the final of the Rugby World Cup is on. That's one of the most stressful games I've ever watched.
rug tewharau3 years ago
i know, it was a really intense game, but we won in the end so yaaayyyy :D
tewharau (author)  flosco4 years ago
I still have the photos if you want them, with nice rounded corners. Postage might be more than they are worth... Twitter: @tewharaunz.
flosco tewharau4 years ago
Ha, cool. I would.
Am in New Zealand so would be happy to pay ya for the postage. Hey, did you just have another Earthquake? A 5.5?
I'm not on Twitter. Are you on Facebook?
tewharau (author)  flosco4 years ago
Did feel it - look at comment below!

Send me a private message on Instructables with your address and I'll send the photos.
craztheking3 years ago
started cutting up a book and realized my desktop dosent fit
XD haha
I like it!!! Giving new meaning to iBook!!
inowits3 years ago
Great Idea and make the things organic. Use reCycle and save nature
FrozenIce3 years ago
might do it with my ipod touch :) thx
Instead of an iPad, a bookPad...
Or use a bigger book to hide your Notebook laptop running Windows Notepad on one side (i.e. Chapter One) and your iPad on the other (Chapter Two) and you'd have a "bookNotebookNotepadPad".

Actually... fitting one's tablet and smartphone into the same book might not be such a silly idea. Hidden in a boring book in the bookshelf, no thief would ever find them. I'll have to try it whenever I get both/either device (currently have laptop and iPAQ HW6965).
TALKTALKER4 years ago
Dude, you also have your Caps Lock on. Unless you're warning us of danger, you don't need to "SHOUT"! Cheers.
Zachintosh4 years ago
I'm sitting here reading this, and I respect you for cutting out all the pages with a knife. However, wouldn't it be a lot faster and easier if you use a Dremel rotary tool with a cutting disk on? That just makes a ton more sense to me.
tewharau (author)  Zachintosh4 years ago
So how would you handle the corners? Cheers.
TALKTALKER4 years ago
tewharau (author)  TALKTALKER4 years ago
This instructable works for an iPad 2 as well.
Ninzerbean4 years ago
I used a picture book so the pages were kinda heavier than a regular book. I glued the cut pages together with PVA glue and had no wrinkles. I also did not have to use the dremel to smooth out the corners. Thanks ever so!
tewharau (author)  Ninzerbean4 years ago
Looks great!
Teacher : What are you doing?
Me : "Reading."
Haha that's funny!
cincymikeb4 years ago
Love it ,did it
a few couple comments,
I used a glue stick to glue pages together individually just 3 sides say 1" wide along perimeter.
this made the pages a littl rippley but not bad . make sure you smooth them out . close book often so pages are lined up .
i cut with exacto knife then the drum sander which worked great .
2 problems
I made a small half circle cut out in the center by the binding with the drum sander to aid in removing the i pad .
this worked great but this area was not glued so when sanding it bulged this area making it thicker . should have possibly cut out with knife first or glued along binding .
also i ran out of glue sticks using white liquid (elmerrs ) seemed more ripply in that part .
Next project the magnet .
tewharau (author)  cincymikeb4 years ago
Sounds Excellent. Do you have photos you can post?

I like the idea of the half circle to get the iPad out. I might add that to mine.

You can get rid of the bulging with (small) taps from a (small) hammer, then clean up any uneven-ness with the sander.

Did the glue would make the whole thing thicker? I originally thought about doing some glueing, but mine worked without (probably because of the thicker photo paper).

Thanks for the comment.. Magnet progress photos?

If you write a new Instructable, I'm happy to put a link from here to it.
stubbsonic4 years ago
A few suggestions:

1. I don't know if the rounded corners to the opening are especially necessary-- but I guess they don't add too much difficulty.

2. To keep the pages stacked properly during cutting, perhaps a person could use some combination of ratchet claps and some metal with a straight edge.

3. A sharp blade will make short work of the cutting. The depth of the cut could be restricted either by inserting some barrier below the bottom page of the cut.

4. I suppose if a person wanted to keep their iPad plugged in while in the book, that would require some additional engineering to accommodate the plug-- (perhaps that was addressed already).
tdrama4 years ago
i'm going to make one for my iPod nano will probably find one of those small notebooks or a novel that is about 2 and 1/2 inches by 4 inches !

It will be awesome !!

Thnx a lot for this idea
BOMB_CRAZY4 years ago
nice! Im Going To Try This With My Ipod 4G
I have a nook color that needs something just like this :) Time to go book shopping.
My thoughts exactly for my Androd Phone!
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