I spent the last week at my parents’ house in Texas. My father, ever the engineer, and my mother, ever the creative, helped me construct a new-but-old cover for my Kindle.
I’ve had my Kindle for a couple months now, and the screen already has a couple of little scratches on it – yikes! But I thought paying $60 plus for an Amazon-approved cover was a little ridiculous. So, I Googled around and found a way to use an old book. I went to the awesome Half-Price Bookstores in Corpus Christi (one of the few progressive places in town) and deemed the $1 “Eyes of Texas Travel Guide: Panhandle & Plains Edition” the right size to protect my precious e-reader.
To make the cover, I used a $1.50 exacto knife to slice out the pages. Meanwhile, my Dad used the panel from another book to serve as support for the elastic straps that hold the Kindle in. He sawed in holes for two diagonal side strips across the top, and one wide strap across the middle. We then secured strips of $1.39 black elastic to the back of the support board with epoxy. And then epoxied the board to the cover. My Dad also woodcut two small pieces for the bottom, which support the Kindle and also keep the Kindle protected from getting squashed when the cover is closed. See the photos if this isn’t making much sense!
My Mom then found some old material I could use to cover the bare, ragged binding. I cut and hot glued the material down, making sure to keep it loose enough to open the cover all the way, folding it under itself like a magazine.
After letting the epoxy dry, my cover was ready for use. I’m now loving it as I leave my beloved Texas and fly home to NYC.
If I were to do this again, I would probably coordinate all the colors better and use less epoxy. And move the lower tabs to make it easier to access the on/off switch. The cover looks pretty homemade, but that’s OK with me, as it was a labor of love and teamwork. And it cost $5.
(P.S. – this entire post was created using my Droid phone and the terrific WordPress app while I waited for my plane.)
(See another WordPress.com blogger’s nifty duct tape Kindle cover idea, too!)