This is one of the coolest projects I've come across. With an old leather-bound book and some Sugru -- that DIY miracle putty -- you can make a great-looking cover for your tablet or ebook reader.
The book can be something you pick up for cheap at a local second-hand book shop or a yard sale. Take your iPad or Kindle along and align it with the book cover to see if it will fit. Sugru advises to check the thickness too:
As well as getting the right size it is important to get the right thickness so that the book will close.
The hooks add around 2cm to the thickness of the tablet so your book needs to be thick enough to contain both.
We made this mistake with our ipad book and unfortunately it wouldn't shut properly :(
Then, cut off the pages of the book while being careful not to damage the spine -- this step is critical and a bit tricky. You will also need to reinforce the spine with some Sugru.
Lay out your tablet inside the book and mark the four corners with a pencil. Take the tablet out and wrap it in plastic wrap. Stick little cylindrical Sugru bits at the marked corners and place tablet between them. Pull them down slightly to form hooks, leave to cure for 24 hours and you're done.
After 24 hours, simply lift up the tops and remove your tablet. Remove the [plastic wrap] from the tablet and replace under the hooks. Again to remove the tablet, simply lift up the ends of the hook and remove the corner of the tablet.
Sugru's step-by-step details on Instructables are worth checking out, especially for reinforcing the book's spine.