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How to Make an E-Reader Cover

Updated on October 30, 2011
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Donna Campbell Smith is an author, freelance writer, and photographer. She has an AAS degree in equine tech and is a certified instructor.


Making the Transition From Book to E-Reader

Yes, I have made the transition from being an old-fashioned paper book reader to an e-reader and I love it. I have to admit my old eyes were struggling with reading paper books. I was attracted to the e-reader simply because I can adjust the font size. Now as enjoy reading again, all the other conveniences are just perks for me.

I bought my Kindle with birthday money and didn’t have enough to buy a cover as well. I am kind of crafty so I started to look on the Internet for ideas. The one I settled on was easy and required few materials and time. I really liked the idea of turning a book into an e-book cover by cutting out a hole inside to hold my Kindle. It took me back to my childhood when I cut an opening inside a book to hide my secret treasures.

I had a pretty journal someone had given me for a gift. It is leather bound and a handy size, just right for hiding my Kindle, and more importantly protect it if I happen to drop it.

First assemble your materials
First assemble your materials | Source
Cut out a hole to fit the e-reader
Cut out a hole to fit the e-reader | Source
Now your e-reader feels like an old-fashioned paper book.
Now your e-reader feels like an old-fashioned paper book. | Source

Making the E-Reader Cover

First, I assembled my materials: the journal, a mat knife, ruler, a pen and some glue. If you don’t have a journal an old book with do, or you can buy a inexpensive writing journal.

Step one: Place the Kindle on the first page of the journal and trace around it with the pen to make a cutting guide. Be sure to leave a nice margin all the way around, I’d say at least half an inch. Have that in mind when you choose the journal or book for the project.

Step two: With a ruler placed on the lines I began to cut out the opening with a mat knife. A box cutter will also work. Remove the cutout. I had to repeat this a few pages at a time, but once you have your first cut there is no need for the ruler. I checked a few times with the Kindle for fit until I’d cut a deep enough hole for it to rest level with the first page of the journal. I also cut a notch at the bottom to make it easier to turn the e-reader on while it is still in the cover.

Step three: glue the frame of pages together one at a time so it is stable. Wait until glue dries to go to the fourth step.

Step four: To secure the e-reader use sticky-back Velcro. Cut for small pieces for each corner. Another more temporary way to keep the e-reader in place is slide two heavy rubber bands over the journal and the e-reader, one on each side of it. Leave the front cover free. You can also use the rubber bands to keep the journal closed around the reader when it is not being used.

I leave the reader in the cover while I am reading. It looks and feels just like I am reading a book. The way my Kindle is designed I can turn the pages easily without removing it from the cover.


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    • Barbara Kay profile image

      Barbara Badder 

      5 years ago from USA

      I received my Kindle from my husband as a Christmas gift last year. I like the feature that you can enlarge the font too. Great hub!

    • DonnaCSmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Campbell Smith 

      6 years ago from Central North Carolina

      Glad you found it helpful, Joe!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      This is a great idea. Very useful and interesting. Thanks for sharing and I've bookmarked it to make once I buy an e-reader.

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      7 years ago from USA

      I've been thinking about getting a Kindle - I do like te idea of making a cover out of a book. I imagine that would make it easier to hold as well as protect the screen. Nice idea!

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      8 years ago

      Neat idea. Thanks for sharing.

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      8 years ago from Barbados.

      Wow, that's very creative! great tutorial!

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      8 years ago

      That's crafting genius, Donna, even makes me wanna get back to my sewing, which I left behind three weeks ago in hectic days aftering having only recently picked it back up.--This time of year I see a shift back into crafting and homemaking moods myself but, goodness, we'll all have to step it up if we're to keep up with you!~matty

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      Rochelle Frank 

      8 years ago from California Gold Country

      Great idea, Donna. And the velcro is a perfect way to keep it in place.

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      8 years ago from Colorado

      Very cool idea. I'll have to pass this along to my mom. She likes her kindle, but I think she kind of misses the "book" feel. Thanks for the hub. Voted up


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