I remember we had to cover some of our textbooks with ugly plastic cover in primary school. Did you have to do that too? I honestly can't even remember why we had to do it.
Recently, I gave this a twist. I started covering books I read with pretty paper. I bought a set of The Japanese Paper Place Book Arts Roll (official website here, one reseller here) last year and never really found a perfect use for them, until I used them on what they are to be used for: books. One morning I somehow realised I don't want everybody in the underground to see that I am reading The Secret (for the 10th time) and I guess I felt a little creative in my morning get-ready-for-work rush and I grabbed the paper, quickly wrapped my book with it and fell in love with that since then.
So why cover books?
- if you pass on books you've read to your friends, they go to their next owner in a much better condition
- it simply looks way nicer to carry around a book in a cover. Simple patterns can sometimes even match your outfit (let's start a new hipster fashion?)
- nobody will ever judge you by the cover :)
Here is my quick guide, it literally takes 5 minutes: