So you got yourself a Kindle, and that’s awesome. No more page-turning hassle or looking like an unhip person when you read on the subway. No more squinting at tiny print if you are an old person. No more carrying around War and Peace in your bag all the time just in case you finish the latest Twilight installment while reading in the park and need to start a new book immediately.
But of course there’s a catch: reading dead-tree books just isn’t exciting any more, and it makes you look like a Luddite anyway. So how are you ever going to get through the dozens of “legacy” books sitting on the bookshelf waiting to be read, if you can’t afford to re-buy them in Kindle edition? How will you read that exciting new book that isn’t available on Kindle because the publisher thinks it’s still 2008?
Fortunately there’s an easy solution, and it’s free*. Here’s how.
What you will need:
- The box your Kindle came in.
- A sharp cutting instrument, like a scalpel or X-ACTO knife. A potato peeler can be used in a pinch.
- A straightedge, if you want to be really precise.
- Maybe some scissors for the corners. You could use the scissors for the straight parts, too, instead of a potato peeler, if you’re careful.
First, look at your Kindle box. Notice that the front of the box has a full-size picture of a Kindle. Now look more closely. The picture is strangely lifelike. Run your fingers over it. It’s embossed! The buttons really feel like buttons! Do you see where this is going?
Using your cutting instrument (and, optionally, straightedge), cut out the rectangular shape of the Kindle from the box. Do the same thing to cut out the fake “screen” from the fake Kindle, leaving a hole.
Round off the corners of your cutout (this is easier with scissors) so it’s curvy like a real Kindle.
If you’ve done everything correctly and carefully you should now have something like this:
Now you can Kindlify any book:
Look! You’re reading on a Kindle! War and Peace is much more fun this way! And notice that you have a color Kindle way before anyone else does, which is great for picture books and glossy magazines. Also you can have awesome color screen savers that will put everyone else’s hacked screensavers to shame:
This Kindlification technique works best, obviously, if the book is roughly Kindle-sized. If it’s too big, you might need to trim it a little bit to fit more convincingly, but that should be easy since you already have your scissors out.