Those who follow me on Twitter (@emilylovesbooks) know that one of my favorite things to do on my commute is what I call “book-spot.” I snoop to try to see what other people on the train are reading, and then tweet about it using the hashtag I created, #bookspotting.
Many others have joined in, especially fellow New Yorker, Amanda.
I’m telling you this back story because this week one of my co-workers (who is well aware of my book-spotting tendencies too) got me something so totally cool. They are book jackets from www.bookcityjackets.com in Brooklyn. First of all, this is a really cool store. Here’s the info from their about page:
Book City Jackets are updated versions of the classic paper bag book cover. Our goal is turn books into a new kind of affordable art that can be displayed on bookshelves and coffee tables, in cafes and classrooms, on planes and trains . . . anywhere people bring their books. Our covers are off-set printed on recycled kraft paper in downtown New York and “fold-to-fit” almost any book. A Book City Jacket isn’t just beautiful — it also protects from spilled drinks and prying eyes and provides a convenient space to doodle and jot down notes. Book covers were a good idea in junior high school and they’re a good idea now.
The set that I received are, in my opinion, the most awesome. It is the Reading List set, and it enables you to cover your book with the titles of three mega-classics: Moby Dick, War & Peace, and Ulysses:
These are so fun, and a way to either protect your copies of some of the world’s most respected novels, or throw book-spotters off your trail as you read some guilty pleasures. I think I’ll do the latter :)
What a great gift for any book lover!