Extremely simple and low cost way to make sure your text book can stop bangs, scratches, and low caliber bullets.
Step 1: Get Supplies
You will need:
5-6 square feet of 1/16 inch thick aluminum (I got mine for only $3 and it was painted bright orange!)
Gloves (to protect from sharp edges, put on before starting)
optional: Metal Cutters (You shouldn't have any sharp edges once you fold the metal, but you can be extra safe by cutting off any corners or sharp edges)
Step 2: "Cut" the Metal
Place your book onto the metal so it lines up with the edge and bend it 90 degrees in a way that leaves you with an extra one inch of metal larger than the actual book size. Bend the metal back and forth as far as you can, and eventually it will break in one clean cut. Do this twice so you have a piece of metal for both sides
Step 3: Bend It Into Shape
Bend the short edges around the book cover with pliers like it shows in the picture, make sure that it isn't too tight to slide off. Bend the long side 90 degrees to create protective jaws. Do this for both pieces of metal.
Step 4: Duct Tape the Two Sides Together
Now make two strips of duct tape that wrap around the binding of the book width wise and put them together to make a non-sticky piece of tape. (DO NOT PUT DUCT TAPE DIRECTLY ON THE BOOK! IT WILL GET STUCK AND LEAVE MARKS) Make two of these non-sticky tape pieces and tape them on either edge of the binding. (refer to picture) Then make 3 non-sticky strips of tape and use them to cover the binding length wise.
Step 5: Show Off!
Go to school and show off your book cover, stab it with pens, exacto knives etc. to prove the inferiority of those little stretchy ones. Above all, enjoy knowing that you will never have to worry about returning a book in bad condition ever again!
(To remove, simply cut the tape and slide off the metal.)