Kindle Cover

If your anything like me you then you have to love devices like the kindle.  I can’t say I really like the draconian rules that Amazon imposes on the rights of the users but that is for another day.  What makes me love the kindle so much is that it is one of the few devices that gets out of the way and achieves the goal of making something we want to do (in this case reading) better.

I know there are probably many people who just want to hold a book but I think that’s missing the point. I still buy actual books but I buy *A LOT* more electronic books.  I’m one of the cattle that has to commute 45 – 60 minutes each way to get to and from work.  The ipod and kindle are probably the only things that keep me sane.  When I’m using the kindle I can’t really say I’m doing anything other than reading.  There are very few applications of technology that can make the claim of improving something we do today.

Everything was going great with my kindle until one unfortunate day when I got so engrossed in what I was reading that I missed my stop.  When I finally came back to reality the bus was already way passed my stop and was about to close the doors so I leapt from my seat and quickly exited the bus.  I was obviously iritated that now I had to walk for another 20 minutes just to get back to my house but in the midst of my frustrated thoughts I realized that I had left the original kindle cover on the bus.  ARGGGG!!!

Thankfully I have a wonderfully gifted family on my wifes side who are all capable tailors, designers, etc.  Now I’ve found an excuse for a little weekend project.  I wanted to create a cover for my kindle.  At the time I was working right in the middle of the garment district so there are no less than a thousand stores filled with everything you could ever need to make just about any piece of clothing.  The next day I passed a store that had a piece of leather and I thought that it would be perfect. So here is how I did it.  I have to appologize because in the process of actually making the cover I forgot to continue taking pictures but I think that what I have will be enough for you to get an idea of how I did it and hopefully be inspired to try something like this yourself. Step 1.  Design your cover I can’t take much of the credit for the design or the actual creation of the cover.  My father in law helped me since I’ve never even put a button back on my shirt.  It is probably better to say that I helped him create the cover 😉

John Rizzo
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