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Old 02-12-2012, 02:38 PM   #1
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My home-made KT case made out of a real book

Hi. I am pretty new to e-readers, but have been using KT since last September. I love it in most cases, but still am frustrated with certain things like lack of series feature to organize books, dead page turn taps, etc. The thing that bugged me a lot was the size and shape of the device. I could not sit there and read it for hours like I do a real book. My hands would go numb from grasping such a small and thin device for long periods of time. So, I made a KT case out of a real book that is only a bit bigger than the KT. It was a cheap hard cover I bought at a used book store for $5. I even read the book, but it was garbage. The binding was excellent and I used it for my cover. I first drew an outline of the KT on a piece of very thin (1/4" thick) plywood cut to the size of the real book page. i then cut another piece of 1/4" thick plywood of the same size. I figured out how many pages of the real book would make up sufficient thickness to absorb the KT's thickness. I then clamped the two pieces of plywood to the said number of pages (one piece on the fron, the other on the back) and cut the shape of the KT I traced earlier with a scroll saw. I added a little cut out for the power switch at the top as well. I then glued the pages together, added two strips of elastic, one at the top, the other at the bottom of the opening to hold the KT in place. I also ended up painting various surfaces silver, but that's optional. I used clear plastic tape I had left over from taping my windows for the winter to protect the cover and the result is what you can see in pictures. I find this home made case has number of advantages over the store-bought. First, it is way more protective. There are probably 30-50 pages of real book under the KT and same above it. The sides are cushioned also. Second advantage is if I leave this in the car, it just looks like a book and does not tempt any one to steal it. It is also much, much easier for me to hold while reading. It holds like a real book (because it IS!).

Book closed

Book open without thee KT

Book open with KT

Book in hand 1

Book in hand 2

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Old 02-12-2012, 04:11 PM   #2
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One point you have succeeded: I would never steal that book from your car.
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Old 02-12-2012, 04:37 PM   #3
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That's really cool! And I guess there aren't overheating concerns with an e-Ink reader?
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Old 02-15-2012, 04:43 AM   #4
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Wow.. Using the hidden cache idea for the KT.. Nice. No one will steal your KT from your bookshelf.
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Old 02-16-2012, 12:51 AM   #5
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That's freaking awesome!
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Old 02-17-2012, 10:01 AM   #6
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Glad you like it. The thing looks ruddy because I've been using it for nearly six months now and carrying it with me everywhere. I actually like the fact that it looks worn, it's good camouflage. KT is well protected in it. There is a lot of shock resistance for the device. No heat issues since these devices run very cool. I like this case so much that I am going to make another one that is more neatly executed. This one was sort of a prototype, proof of concept kind of thing.
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Old 02-17-2012, 11:05 PM   #7
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This one was sort of a prototype, proof of concept kind of thing.
A sort of of a prototype, now I understand. I'm looking forward to see the photos of your next case.
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