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reading 4ever

So, my latest obsession is my eReader. I never thought I would ever care to own an eReader (I thought I was firmly in the camp of the I WOULD NEVERs), but I recently had to teach myself how to make ePubs at work and it became important to use one and to become familiar with them. I’ve had conversations with friends of mine who are not convinced, but I’ve been reading a lot more since buying it. I think it might be because of the novelty of it (so cute and tiny, tap tap tap), which is fine by me.

When Geoff and I moved into our current apartment I spent a week carrying my book collection up our steep side stairs, sweaty and overwhelmed and furious with myself for spending too many paycheques on books when I worked in bookstores. Thinking about how we’ll have to move again eventually makes me want to throw all my books into a dumpster. Don’t get me wrong: I love most of my books, and I love collecting books. I worked for a rare & fine book dealer for a time, cataloguing every bump and bit of foxing in his collection, sniffing the pages, and appreciating every detail that made a book collectable. When I see a physical copy of a book I typeset, of course it feels more exciting than when I look at the same book in PDF format. Part of the joy of books is the book as an object. But this is just different, and it’s so much easier on my shoulder than carrying a book or two in my purse.

I chose a Kobo Mini for a number of reasons: I got it on sale for about the cost of two hardcovers, so it wasn’t that crazy a splurge; I like the look of it and the interface; you can borrow eBooks from the public library. Some independent bookstores use Kobo to sell eBooks, and you can also get eBooks through lots of independent publishers directly (e.g. Coach House).

Anyhow! All that to say that I made a very specific type of leather good!


I don’t really like the covers you can get for eReaders, because they’re usually bulky and/or hideous. It was pretty simple to make because I kept it basic and as light as possible. I had a false start with one that I tried to make with a lining, so I left it unlined. I took a 12x12” piece of leather and trimmed it to size with a rotary cutter, using the reader as a guide.



I got some cute stretch velvet ribbon (pink, duh) from Mokuba, and sewed little triangles of leather to hold it in place on opposite corners. A button stud & a hole made with leather punch (borrowed from Falconwright—thanks, guys!), with a small circle of leather glued over the back of the stud so the metal wouldn’t scratch, and ta-da, done. It’s pretty secure and the reader has yet to fall out.


As IF I would share some of the more embarrassing books I have on here!


A pretty ANN-YA pouch to store the cord & reader together, hashtag pouch addict.

37 comments:

  1. the e-reader cover is beautiful :)

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  2. That's gorgeous--you did a beautiful job! And I think you're right about the relationship between physical books and e-readers: it's less of an "I WOULD NEVER" situation, but, like you say, "it's just different."

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, it makes me think of how I listen to some albums on a record or a CD at home, but the same album on a mp3 player on the subway. Just a different means to the same end.

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  3. hey lady, once you get a ravelry account, please let me know so i can send you a ebook version of the knitting booklet

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    1. Oh I have one! I'll email you.

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  4. All of this is amazing. I'm still afraid to buy one. The concept freaks me out. But if I get one, I'm stealing your little leather wrap, ok. I'm sentimental about Mokuba because I bought my wedding tapestry ribbons there and that store is my Achilles heel.

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    1. Ugh, that store is the best. I always find something new to get. On this trip it was ultrasuede tassels! What?

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  5. you know, you make good points about reading more AND I'm about to move (once again) and looking at my bookshelves is making me a bit depressed. you may have just sold me. with another project to complete.

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  6. that's a beautiful cover. you should make more, for your shop!

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    1. Thank you! Oh, I don't think I could... there are so many different sizes of readers, plus my sewing skills aren't up to par!

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  7. I personally don't think I will ever go for an E-reader, just because I love holding books and feeling the paper. But I love the holder you made and am loving the Ann-Ya pouch! Thanks for introducing me to her things.

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    1. Yeah, ANN-YA stuff is so great.

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  8. "I spent a week carrying my book collection up our steep side stairs, sweaty and overwhelmed and furious with myself for spending too many paycheques on books when I worked in bookstores."

    THIS. THIS THIS THIS. Why I keep spending all of my paycheques on books is beyond me, they are exploding out of every crevasse of my house. AND YET every payday I hover over the 'buy now' button on a kindle... and end up buying 14 books instead.

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    1. Just reading "14 books" kind of stressed me out right there. I'm just at a stage where I feel as though I own way too much stuff and it makes me a little crazy. Moving is the wooooorst.

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  9. Ah yes I was loathe to get an e-reader but I got the most basic kindle for Christmas and I have to admit I'm hooked! I got it specifically to read PDF documents because I don't like reading on my computer, but I've been putting more and more books on it. It will never replace the feeling and attachement I get to a physical book...but it's great to tuck in my purse or take travelling!

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    1. Of course! And of course I'll still buy books but it's also nice to get eBooks instantly without leaving the house, ha!

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  10. i know what you mean about books on both counts (expense and moving annoyances). i ended up buying wooden book cubes that can be stacked. they're heavy, but at least i never have to re-organize books after a move.

    i am not quite ready for an e-reader, but i could definitely use a tablet for reading pdfs of articles, etc. for work.

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    1. Yeah, when I was doing my master's degree I don't think I ever checked out a single physical book and wrote all my papers using PDFs. It got a little unwieldy at times and a tablet would have been great (these little eReaders don't display PDFs very nicely, I find).

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  11. That case turned out so good! Cute city. I kinda want to hop on board the ereader train now.

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  12. love it! but i have to ask: how easy/hard was sewing the leather triangles on? i've heard leather is notoriously tough on the hands and on the machine. did you have any problems? (i'm going to be making my own clutch for my brother's wedding this summer, and i'd like to use leather!)

    also, that pink stretch ribbon is soooo amazing! geez. i love mokuba.

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    1. Not hard! Just get a leather needle for your machine. It shouldn't be any more difficult than fabric, although you absolutely can't make a mistake because you're punching holes in the leather with the needle and they'll show (also if the edge shows on the outside, make sure it's as straight as possible -- use a rotary cutter for the cleanest edge). Also don't use pins to hold the material together (again, you'll make small holes with pins), use tape or paper clips. I don't know about hard on the hands (?).

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  13. what is the battery life on yours? I was considering one...so good for travel and such.

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    1. The battery lasts for ages!! I read while getting a pedi the other day and the battery percentage didn't even drop a whole percent.

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    2. Oh man, I am terrified of holding devices in my hands while getting a pedi. The last time I did....my phone went into the water! My phone died for a few days but chugged on after it dried.
      I'm thinking of asking for an e-reader for my upcoming birthday!

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    3. Ohhh no! Yeah, I'm always so paranoid.

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  14. I'm still in the group of "I'll never own an e-book," but I did purchase an e-book (no patience) and read it in entirety on my cell. one thing I liked is that I could read it the dark. but I think I'll stick with physical books for now. but I love your whole e-book set up, so pretty and feminine.

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  15. Love this post! That cover is so gorgeous. I find myself caught between two worlds - I love my Kindle Touch for certain reasons, but I also love physical books, too! So apparently, I do both XD

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  16. The Kobo Mini is so tiny and that case is so sweet!
    I was also one of the "I would never evers," but I've had my Kindle for around 4 years now and I love it and have read much more than I would have. Plus, I can still buy "real" books if I want to.

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  17. I just spent last night scouring etsy for EXACTLY this. I also just bought a kobo mini and I've been imagining a minimal case like this. Great job!

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  18. I've considered buying an ereader for some time now... It's also one of my 'i would nevers'

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  19. I'd just buy an e-reader so I could have/make a stunning little case like this. :)

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