Introduction: How to Make a PocketMod Book - 50+ Pages
I love my iPod touch to death. Literally, I kill my battery almost everyday. I check just about everything on it: email, blog, bank balances, etc. I don’t get to read ebooks on it often for that reason.
I am in the middle of studying a few languages, and I want to read my ebooks in my free time without having to worry about killing my battery, or missing out on reading BECAUSE my iPod battery is dead.
Just recently I discovered PocketMod.com a few weeks ago and I love them! I do not need PocketMod as a personal organizer, so I thought I would use it to help me with my language study. More specifically, create PocketMod books to read in other languages.
It’s awesome. I don’t have to print a whole book, I only print 1/8 the number of pages and have a mini book to read at any time, anywhere.
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Step 1: Materials
- PDF files of the book of your choice.
- PDF to Pocket Mod converting software
- Printer and Printer Paper (to print PocketMod sheets)
- Material for cover (I used an old planner cover)
- 1 Roll of kite string (cheap 50 cent type you get with the kiddie kites)
- Pair of scissors
- tape, any kind will do
Step 2: Find a Book to Download (PDF)
Download the PDF file of the book you want to create. Save it on your desktop
Non-copyrighted books or Public Domain books can be found on various websites.
I will suggest a few:
http://www.gutenberg.org/ Books on Gutenberg.org
http://ebooksbrasil.org/nacionais/acrobatebook.html Ebooksbrasil.org PDF booklist (portuguese)
http://ebooksbrasil.org/importados/index.html Other books in French, Italian, Spanish, English
Or you can use whatever PDF file you want to turn into a book.
By "book" I mean 50+ pages. If you want to make a book for something that is 1-40 pages continue this Instructable up to when you print out the sheets then go to my other Instructable to create a cover.
The book I make here is 108 pages.
Step 3: Download & Install PDF-to-PocketMod
Download the PDF to PocketMod Converter from PocketMod.com onto your computer.
Step 4: Convert PDF to PocketMod
Open and run the PDF-to-PocketMod application on your computer.
Upload the PDF and Convert the file to PocketMod pages.
Step 5: Print and Assemble Pages
Print all of your PocketMod pages. Make sure they are printed only on one side. The Coverting program doesn't allow for double-sided printing.
NOTE: I would test print one page to see if you are satisfied with the size of the text.
After you have printed....
Assemble/Fold all the pages according to the PocketMod folding instructions and set them aside when you are finished.
This is the longest process of the whole project. My book turned out to be about 14 pages, all that folding gets trite, but it's worth it when you are finished.
NOTE : The weight of the paper will effect how thick the book turns out to be. This book was printed on paper I thought was thicker than the normal printer paper you use for home use.
Step 6: Measure for the Spine
Determine the width of the spine by holding all the booklets together up to your ruler.
This book is about 1 3/8 inches wide. I simply rounded up to 1 1/2 inches.
Done. Moving on...
Note: It would probably be best to keep the spine dimension to a factor a 2/8. You will see why in the next step.
Step 7: Measure Out Cover and Cut
On the material you have chosen for your cover......
Measure out a rectangle with a height of 4 5/8 inches with your pencil and ruler. I like to include one of the original sides from my old planner so I know at least one side is straight.
The length of the rectangle should be 6 1/8 inches PLUS the width you measured for your spine in the last step .
that is 6 1/8 inches + 1 1/2 Inches(for this book).
Double check your dimensions individualy. The front and back covers should measure 3 1/16 inches in width.
Step 8: Fold Cover
Fold on the lines you measured out for the spine. Place your PockMod booklets inside to make sure they will fit alright.
Step 9: Measure & Cut Slits on Spine
Now, the spine needs some slits.
Measure and mark a short line every 2/8 inch across the bottom and top of the spine. You can see where this is in the photo.
Using the scissors, cut a 3/16 inch deep slits at those 2/8 inch marks you just made.
To make the lines uniform I measured out a line straight across, to know how deep you'll cut: 3/16 inch deep.
Step 10: Tie a Knot
Unravel the kite string from its apparatus. DO NOT CUT THE STRING , let there be a free end and an end that is still attached to the apparatus.
Tie a knot at the free end of the kite string. I usually tie a knot and another at the same spot, one knot doesn’t seem enough for me.
The number of knots will depend on how thick your string is.
Step 11: Slip String Into Slit
Slip the free end of the string (with the knot) into the first slit you cut at the top of your cover.
Make sure the knot catches on the inside.
Run the string along the outer spine of the cover and into the slit you cut at the opposite end.
NOTE : You can move onto the next step, but I usually go ahead and wrap the string around one more time, then let it rest at the bottom slit.
Step 12: Add the First Booklet
Now, get the first of the booklets you set aside earlier and open it to the center with two flap on you left and right. Wrap the string up the center of that booklet and have the string slip into the slits at the top and bottom again.
Wrap the string until it rests at the bottom slit again.
Note : I suppose you could be alright with one wrap of the string to hold the booklet in, but I like wrapping the booklet twice for stability.
Step 13: Add the Next Few Booklets
For the next booklet,
Turn all pages of the previously wrapped booklet to the left, with the string dangling at the bottom slit.
Cradle the second booklet between the back page of your first booklet and the back cover. Make sure the second booklet is open at the center and wrap the string up the center like you wrapped the first booklet.
Repeat for the next 1 or 2 booklets, and stay in the same slit. We will transition to the next slit in the next step.
NOTE : You are progessively adding booklets to the back, not adding booklets on top of one another.
Unravel the kite string as needed.
Step 14: Transitions Between Slits
After you have added the last of you set for the first slit, you'll need to transition to the second slit with the next set of booklets.
In the example, I use three booklets per slit.
After the third booklet (wrapping it normally top to bottom) ....add the next booklet (my fourth) and when I wrap it I lay the string in the SECOND SLIT at the top and continue to the Second bottom slit and rewrap the string one more time for stability.
A NOTE ABOUT THE SPINE: If this is done correctly the string on the spine should never be transverse or appear to cross over. They should all be parallel.
Step 15: Repeat Until Finished
Repeat the adding booklet and wrapping and transitioning until you have added all of your booklets.
Remember, the number of booklets per slit will be determined by the weight (thickness) of your paper.
Step 16: Last Wrap & Secure String
When you have added all your booklets, I would recommend wrapping the string around again 2-4 times (after the last page) just in case you want to add pages for notes, etc.
To secure the string , simply tape it to the back cover with some tape so it won’t unravel.
Lastly, cut the string .
The booklets won’t come free if the string was wrapped tightly enough.
Step 17: Fin. You Got a PocketMod Book.
You're done. Easy right.
As with the PocketMod Cover Instructable , there can be some variation with cover material type.
Let me know if you have questions or need clarification for this Instructable.