Category: Ideas and Advice

Ideas for how to assemble book collections, thoughts on books and interior design, how to handle and care for books, and much more.

Last Minute Holiday Shopping?

If you are looking for unique book gifts this holiday season there is still time to place your order!  We are shipping daily for all products that are in stock.  Today is December 20th and in order to receive your books by Christmas we recommend requesting Fedex 2 day if you place your order today, Overnight Fedex if you order on December 21st.

Of course you are also welcome to order by Fedex Ground/Home Delivery and print out the product page from our website showing what gift you have purchased then the books will arrive after Christmas.

We always have a great inventory of the  book sets that is ready to ship. Some of our most popular items include:

All of our Penguin Collections.  A recent popular item has been our custom set of 10 Penguin Classics featured in Real Simple Magazine.  Perhaps the ultimate decorative set of literary classics is our Penguin 30 Set.

Penguin Classics Set of 20

Penguin Classics Set of 20

Looking for a set of gift books for a child?  Our Puffin 10 Set is one of our best sellers and we put it on sale to help offset last minute shipping costs.  For older readers, our Harry Potter sets are fun and unique – choose your favorite “house” by buying the Gryffindor, Ravenclaw or Slytherin Edition!

Our Cookbook Sets have been very popular this holiday season.  Blue, Red and Green are all ready to ship as well as our Italian and French Cookbook sets.

Our Author Collections are also ready to ship as well.  Our Pink Jane Austen has been one of our best sellers, followed by Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, John Steinbeck and William Faulkner.

So, there is something for everyone and lots more unique book sets to come in 2013!

Note that all of our personalized products, white they do make amazing gifts, do take longer to design and print and therefore at this point will not ship until January.

Happy holidays,

Thatcher

thatcher@juniperbooks.com

303-946-1494

 

From Book Wrapping to Rebinding

Custom Literary Classics Set of 10-Multicolor

One of the things we do at Juniper Books that is different from any other book seller in the world is that we can help with just about any book project – from requests for a lot of books in a particular style at a low cost per book, to projects involving one very special book and a much generous budget per book.

About 11 years ago I started selling rare books online – first from my own collection and then books that I went out and acquired from estate sales and auctions.  Occasionally I would  come across a rare book in terrible shape so I started developing relationships with bookbinders.  Bookbinding is expensive and time consuming – when executed skillfully, the results are beautiful and last forever.  Juniper Books helps clients with bookbinding projects – both in leather and cloth, and we also work on custom boxes and cases for books and other printed material.  However given the cost of bookbinding, it is not for everyone or every project.

Custom Pulitzer Bindings

Custom Pulitzer Bindings

The custom book bindings are generally for clients who have one special book (e.g., a Family Bible, a sentimental or rare book) and wish to preserve it in an attractive new binding.  We also create special gift editions for clients that might be a cherished classic, or could be a commemorative book for a specific project (e.g., a thesis, a recently completed design/architecture project, etc.)  We work with clients closely to design each binding exactly to their preferences – this includes leather and bookcloth colors, title and detail design.

At the other end of the cost and time spectrum are our wrapped books.   Whereas a custom binding might take 3-6 weeks and costs a few hundred dollars, we can make hundreds of wrapped books in a day at a very small cost per book.  We have been working with designers, architects, developers and visual merchandisers for years to provide them with books in the exact color and texture of their choice.  Our book wrappings are generally paper jackets that we measure and cut precisely then apply to each book, in some cases they are fabric.

Linen and Kraft Paper Wrapped

Linen and Kraft Paper Wrapped

While some have copied our work, what cannot be duplicated is the attention to detail we provide to each project, the quality of our materials and our excellent customer service.  We offer customers an infinite number of color choices – we stock dozens of colors and I personally test a lot more papers around the year to assess their suitability for wrapping books.  We do this so that we are always ready when someone calls with a rush order – such as a visual merchandiser who needs to put 50 gold books in 100 store windows by Christmas!  Or a spa in Miami about to hold their grand opening and they need a couple thousand white books.  Or a video game company launching a new product and they need a few hundred books in their corporate color to stage a mock home.

If a customer needs books screened for content we do that as well – for example a conservative hotel chain that does not want romance novels in their lobbies . . .

In 2010, I introduced custom printed book jackets into the market and we are the only company that provides them.  The idea was to take book wrapping to a whole new level, especially for residential home customers.  The idea is that you can have the books you want (ie literary classics, or Civil War histories) and get the color / style that matches your interior.  We measure each book then custom print the titles on each jacket so they fit perfectly – we can design them to look like antique leather books or bright modern colors and just about everything in between.

Make Your Own Book Set - Rainbow

Make Your Own Book Set – Rainbow

Some of our custom book jacket sets are available in our online store, however 99% of what we sell is custom made and so it is best to call or e-mail us about your project.

So, whether you have a project that calls for rebinding one book, or a need for several thousand books, Juniper Books can help!

Thatcher

thatcher@juniperbooks.com

303-946-1494

New Photos, New Projects, New Products

Coming Soon - New Photos, Projects and Products

2012 has been an incredibly busy and successful year at Juniper Books.  In fact we have been so busy filling orders the past several months that our website simply has not kept up to date with all of our offerings.

Coming Soon - New Photos, Projects and Products

Coming Soon – New Photos, Projects and Products

Over the next few weeks we will be trying to catch up by:

  • Adding new products to our online Store
  • Posting new projects to our online Portfolio and changing the navigation structure
  • Adding hundreds of photos to our Styles section – including new color options, customization choices, and various new styles not previously posted

A few things to note about our offerings:

  • Our online Store only has about 1% of the books we sell in it.  Juniper Books provides anything and everything related to books – rare books, complete libraries, book for decoration, and about a thousand other products and services.  With a few exceptions (our personalized book sets) our online store is really about ready made book sets (i.e., our Penguin sets, or our Jane Austen book collection.)   If you would like to hire us for something you don’t see in the store it’s best to e-mail thatcher@juniperbooks.com or call 303-946-1494.  We are adding more products to the online store over time however given the highly customized products and services we provide (curating book collections by color, size, subject, making custom book jackets, custom wrapping books, etc.) by nature many of our offerings will never appear in the store.
  • Our overall philosophy is that anything with books is possible.  We work with clients to help them get what they want from their books – this means different things to different customers.  For some clients this might involve sourcing a the best copy of a particular rare book or first edition, for others it might entail assembling 10,000 books by color for a commercial project and others might be involve us building a collection of a favorite author, then wrapping them in custom printed jackets with a special gift inscription.

I have been a lifelong collector of books and I have been selling books for about 12 years now.  Every day I feel like I am just getting started on what is possible with books and what I am trying to do at the intersection books + design.  I really appreciate the compliments we have received on the work we do at Juniper Books. We will keep the innovations flowing and we will continue to expand our offerings of more traditional / classical books too.  We look forward to working with our many customers and partners for years to come – thanks for keeping us so busy!

Thatcher

Neutral Wrapped Books

Neutral Wrapped Books Mix

Our white and neutral wrapped books are one of our most popular styles.  We can wrap books in just about any color paper or fabric.  The available options in this colorway include everything from bright white to cream, ivory, off-white, beige, light brown, linen, and dozens of additional options.

We work closely with designers, visual merchandisers, developers, architects, homeowners and all others to ensure that the books are exactly the right color.

These books are made by wrapping real hardcover books in solid color “jackets,” or in the case of fabric wrapped books, covering them in the fabric.  These are an economical solution for obtaining a neutral toned appearance for a bookshelf, bookcase or entire room without the “distraction” of titles (sounds funny, we know, but often desired).

Examples of projects which have used our wrapped books include these below (click on the photo for more information):

White Books Close Up Lorien Hotel

Hotel Lorien

Macys Bar III White Books from Juniper Books

Macy*s Bar III White Books

95 Wall Street Library

95 Wall Street Library

To inquire about this style of books, please call 303-946-1494, e-mail thatcher@juniperbooks.com or contact us through the form below.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

I’m a Dad with two kids and we have a lot of books around the house – my books, my wife’s books, my son’s books and my daughter’s books.   I’m a firm believer that a family can never have TOO MANY books in a home.  That being said, you do have to  proactively keep them organized and part with some from time to time to make room for new acquisitions.

With Father’s Day in mind, we have created a number of new products that make great gifts for Dads – either to read themselves or share with their kids.  Many of these sets are original designs that are unlike anything the world has ever seen before!  So it might be a good time to donate those Hemingway paperbacks to the local library and upgrade to our Custom Hemingway book set for example.

As a special discount for Father’s Day we have created the coupon code DAD20 that can be used for 20% off your shopping cart at checkout.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions and special requests – we are always creating new book products and we are very open to feedback!

1.  Custom Hemingway Book Set: A fantastic set of 9 Ernest Hemingway books wrapped in a completely original series of jackets made by Juniper Books.  The set makes up one unique design.  $385

Ernest Hemingway Set in Custom Book Jackets

Ernest Hemingway Set in Custom Book Jackets

2. J.D. Salinger Book Set – Tree Design: A unique custom edition of J.D. Salinger’s complete works, wrapped in custom book jackets with a colorful tree design.  $140

J.D. Salinger Custom Book Set

J.D. Salinger Custom Book Set

3. Complete 38 Volume Shakespeare Set: Complete set of the works of William Shakespeare in 38 volumes with custom book jackets in an original design.  $750

William Shakespeare 38 Volume Set

William Shakespeare 38 Volume Set in Custom Jackets

4. Sherlock Holmes Book Set: A fantastic set of 6 Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes books wrapped in a completely original series of jackets made by Juniper Books.  The set makes up one unique design.  $150

Sherlock Holmes Custom Book Set

Sherlock Holmes Custom Book Set

4. American Flag Book Set:  9 works of American literature and history wrapped in custom jackets designed to make up the American Flag when assembled in a collection.

American Flag Book Set

American Flag Book Set

6. Thomas Keller Set: A custom edition of 4 Thomas Keller cookbooks in jackets designed by Juniper Books, inspired by the red, white and blue of both the French and American flags, fitting we think, for this trailblazer of French American cooking.  $275

Thomas Keller Cookbook Set

Thomas Keller Cookbook Set

7. Cook’s Book Set ($250) – or Personalized Cook’s Books Set ($300):  Recently featured in Real Simple magazine, this set of 5 substantial cookbook classics clearly shows off the fact that these are the cook’s books!  The titles and authors are cleverly integrated into the design of the letters that spell out “Cook’s Books.”  A personalized version of this set is also available where we can print the owner’s name on the book jackets and customize the color.

Cook's Books Set from Juniper Books

Cook's Books Set from Juniper Books

Personalized Cookbook Set

Henri's Cookbooks - Yellow and Black

8. Literary Classics ($250) or Personalized Literary Classics ($300): A modern styled set of literary classics wrapped in red and white book jackets.  The titles and authors of the 8 books are cleverly integrated into the letters that spell out “Literary Classics.”  Also available in a personalized versionw here we can print the owner’s name on the book jackets and customize the color.

Red and White Literary Classics

Red and White Literary Classics

Literary Classics Book Set - Personalized Version

Thatcher's Literary Classics - Teal and White

 

9. Set of 100 Literary Classics from Everyman’s Library: This set of 100  brand new books from Everyman’s Library provides an instant library of timeless literary classics.  $2,250

Everyman's Library Set of 100 Books

Everyman's Library Set of 100 Books

10. Set of 30 Everyman’s Library Children’s Classics: A set of 30 Children’s Classics, brand new from the publisher, selected to form a wonderful collection for boys, girls and families!  $495.

30 Book Set - Children's Classics

Everyman's Library of Children's Classics

 

11. Set of 10 Puffin Children’s Classics: Set of 10 books in the Puffin Classics Series, designed for children, published by Penguin in beautiful, colorful, decorative bindings.  $170.

Puffin Classics Children's Book Set

Puffin Classics Children's Book Set

12. Charles Dickens Penguin Set: Set of 6 Charles Dickens books including A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations, in decorative bindings in a custom box.  $125.

Penguin Charles Dickens Set

Penguin Charles Dickens Set

Happy Father’s Day!

Thatcher

thatcher@juniperbooks.com

303-946-1494

 

Facebooks Go Public

Mark Zuckerberg Face Book - Juniper Books

Congratulations to Facebook and all the Facebook employees and investors out there!  Call me if you need help with your library!

Or I can help you perhaps with a special gift for your favorite chief executive – History of the Hoodie anyone?  Instead of a book jacket, the book comes with a book hoodie.  (Perhaps I should trademark that, along with the Rick Santorum Book Sweater Vest.)   And for every person that orders “Hoodies in History” I will customize it slightly so that no two are alike!  (Note that this book does not really exist yet, but that has never stopped me from bringing a book to life!)

In all seriousness – something that sort of does exist, but is in it’s infancy are my “Face Book Jackets.”  They are printed book jackets that you wrap around your own books, and they have a picture of you on them – a literal Face Book.  Get it?

I have to give credit where credit is due – my father, Barry Wine, encouraged me to make these and so the very first face book jacket I made was for him.

Barry Wine Face Book - Juniper Books

Barry Wine Face Book

Then Mark Zuckerberg came next . . .

Mark Zuckerberg Face Book - Juniper Books

Mark Zuckerberg Face Book

Then Steve Jobs . . .

Steve Jobs Face Book - Juniper Books

Steve Jobs Face Book

Then I made myself a SET of face book jackets to be my facebook profile picture . . .

Thatcher Wine Face Book - Juniper Books

Thatcher Wine Face Book

I’m happy to make anyone a single face book jacket that wants one – just send me a high resolution picture and one share of FB stock.  We also accept credit cards, paypal or good old fashioned checks.  Pricing for the jackets has not really been set yet – I’m waiting for JP Morgan to get back to me – however your indication of the strength of demand for vanity facebook jackets (or hoodies) would be greatly appreciated!

I can also make you a multi-volume SET of books with your picture across the spines (like me)- just tell me how big you want it to be and we will work out the logistics and the price.  Want a 15 foot high installation of literary classics with your picture on the spines, no problem, give me a call.

Thatcher Wine Face Book Display

Thatcher Wine Face Book Display

Whatever size you order, your personalized facebooks will put you in some pretty serious company . . .

Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs and Barry Wine

Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs and Barry Wine

And it can be your own individual way to “go public” with face books.

 

Sincerely,

Thatcher Wine

thatcher@juniperbooks.com

303-946-1494

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Images Across Multiple Books

Ski Colorado Stack

We invented custom designed and printed book jackets for a variety of reasons, but turning book spines into a canvas with unlimited possibilities was definitely one of them. The elephant image, one of our first creations which was inspired by an antique engraving, was made semi-famous by the New York Times article Selling a Book by Its Cover in January 2011.

Since then we have gone on to design and print a number of cool graphical images across book spines that turn bookshelves into art – the projects shown here are just the tip of the iceberg. Example of some of the innovative designs we can custom print across book spines. The elephant series uses an antique engraving on the spines, this set is for sale as a product in our online store.

Customers may supply images for us to print, or we can create them. The underlying books used in this series are generally “filler” books, but we can also coordinate the books with the jacket designs, please inquire for possibilities. Our Jack London project shows the possibilities of building a real book collection and designing jackets around and inspired by the content of the books.

See also our post regarding the custom jacket library we created for the Green Room of the 2012 Academy Awards® using images of classic film scenes across the books.  Also our write up of some of our larger projects where the installations are getting larger and more creative – Going Big – Large Scale Custom Book Jacket Installations.

We  love working on custom book jacket projects for clients.  Truly anything is possible, so please feel free to contact thatcher@juniperbooks.com, call 303-946-1494 or use the form below.

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A Video Valentine to the Printed Book

I Heart Books Set

One day last week, our shipping table was full of books and book sets that we were getting ready to ship for delivery by Valentine’s Day (this year we created a lot of gift book sets in pinks, reds and purples).  I looked at all the books and their custom jackets – they looked so bright and colorful all together, like a room full of fresh flowers!  I had an idea to make a video of all the books and thus this Video Valentine to the Printed Book was born.

Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpTT2BxIVN4

Visit our store to purchase many of the “stars” of the video.

Bronte Sisters Custom Book Set

Bronte Sisters Custom Book Set

See also our Valentine’s Day DIY project which is featured in the book.

Valentine's Day Gift Book Set with DIY Book Jackets

Valentine's Day Gift Book Set with DIY Book Jackets

We are always open to commissions and personalized versions of our books and book jackets – please contact thatcher@juniperbooks.com or call 303-946-1494 for more information.

 

Valentine’s DIY Project

Valentine's Day Gift Book Set with DIY Book Jackets

I’ve always said books make great gifts for any occasion as there is a book for everyone and the act of choosing and giving a book can be very personal.  Valentine’s Day provides a wonderful occasion to give a book or a set of books to your Valentine.  I created this do-it-yourself project for our friends at Design Sponge, they published it and it looks fantastic on their site: Valentine Book Collection from Juniper Books.

Valentine's Day DIY Book Jackets

Valentine's Day DIY Book Jackets

Here is the complete project – this is a great way to take four books you already own and dress them up as a new gift, or you can purchase new books for the project.  It only takes a couple hours to complete so you still have time to make before Valentine’s Day!  For the set of books I made, I chose four classic love stories, however it can be made with any books.

Materials for DIY Valentine Book Jackets

Materials for DIY Valentine Book Jackets

Materials:

4 Books of approximately equal size

2 large sheets of white drawing paper (approx. 19 x 25″ or larger)

2 large sheet of pink drawing paper (approx. 19 x 25″ or larger)

Note: I recommend a relatively lightweight paper for the white “inside” jacket and a thicker drawing paper for the “outside” jacket.

 

1 Fiskars Shape Cutter tool

1 Fiskars Hearts Template 4855

Pencil

Red Marker

24″ Paper Cutter (or a Rotary Cutter and X-acto knife will work fine)

24″ Ruler

Double sided tape or paper glue

Instructions:

1. Pick out your books

You can use books from your existing collection and give them a fresh new look, or find new or used books to buy.  The great thing about making these jackets is that it will turn your books into a uniform set, so they can be any color to start with.  Using the tools specified, the only requirement is that the books are at least 1″ thick – if they are smaller you will have to hand draw and cut the heart shapes.

Pick Out Your Valentine's Book Set

Pick Out Your Valentine's Book Set

2. Cut the book jackets to size

Like each book flat on its back with the spine facing you with both the paper and the book against a straight edge.  Mark the paper at the edge of the book.  You want the jacket to fit the height of the book precisely or slightly larger so that the original color of the book is covered up.  If you are using the 19 x 25″ paper, cut the paper on the long side so that you end up with a sheet that is the size of the book plus about 3-4 inches for the flaps at the front and back of the book – for example 9″ tall by 19″ long.  Cut one jacket of white paper and one of pink paper for each book. Do not discard the extra paper, we will use at least some of the white paper for a book band, and you can use the other scraps to practice shape cutting.

Mark Paper to Size of Books

Mark Paper to Size of Books

Cut Jackets Using Paper Cutter

Cut Jackets Using Paper Cutter

Alternate Paper Cutting Method

Alternate Paper Cutting Method

3. Fold the jackets around the books.

Before you start folding it’s helpful to pencil a number discreetly on each book and jacket so you know which jackets go with which book.   Place each book in the center of the jacket you have cut in order to fold the jacket around it.  Start with the white jacket.  Before folding the jacket around the front and back cover, “score” the jacket along the book edges, this will help with achieving a nice clean fold.  When you perform the second fold you will want to leave a little extra room, if the jacket is folded too tightly, it won’t allow the book to close completely.  You may need to give the top jacket – the pink one – even more breathing room in order for the book to open and close smoothly.

Scoring the Folding Edge

Scoring the Folding Edge

Keep Track of Which Books Go on Which Jackets

Keep Track of Which Books Go on Which Jackets

4. Cut the heart shapes on the pink jackets.

Take the pink jackets off the books.  There should be a nice visible fold showing the width of the spine.  Now, using your using your ruler and pencil, mark a spot that is in the middle of the spine width, at the same height across for all 4 of the book jackets.  I used 6″ from the bottom of the jacket to measure to the middle top of the heart.  Every book may be a different height so it is important to measure from the bottom for the hearts to align.   Working on one pink jacket at a time, align the smallest Fiskars Heart from the template (1″ wide) with your pencil mark.  Holding the template firmly in place, use the Fiskars Shape Cutter to cut out the heart.  If you do not have the Fiskars tools, you can easily draw the heart shape, then cut it out with an exacto knife.  Try practicing on the paper scraps you generated earlier if desired.

Measuring Placement for the Hearts

Measuring Placement for the Hearts

Alternative Freehand Heart Cutting Method

Alternative Freehand Heart Cutting Method

Cutting Hearts

Cutting Hearts

5. Writing L-O-V-E letters

Once all four of the heart shapes are cut out of the jackets, put the pink jackets back on the books so that the underlying white jackets show through.  Then, using your red marker, write one letter in each opening on the white paper that shows through the heart shapes.  If your books are different sizes, just make sure you have the order you will want to display them in before you write the letters.

Waiting for the Love

Waiting for the Love

Writing L-O-V-E Letters

Writing L-O-V-E Letters

L-O-V-E in the Hearts

L-O-V-E in the Hearts

6. Making a Book Band

Using some of the white paper scrap generated in the second step, you can make a book band to wrap around all the books in order to present them as a set along with your gift message.  To wrap around 4 books, you will likely need a 25″ piece of paper that is about 1.5″ wide, depending on the paper size you started with, you may need to tape or glue two scraps together.  Once you have the 1.5 x 25″ paper, line it up so that you can see where the visible portion will be on the spine – usually it’s nice to have have the paper taped or glued to itself on the back cover of the books.  Write your gift message on the book band.  Then attach the book band to itself with double sided tape or a few drops of glue.  The book band should be nice and tight so that it holds the books together securely.

Making a Book Band

Making a Book Band

Congratulations, your book set is now complete and ready for the big day!

Valentine's Day Gift Book Set with DIY Book Jackets

Valentine's Day Gift Book Set with DIY Book Jackets

Happy Valentine’s Day,

Thatcher

To see some of our Valentine’s Day book sets  for sale, please visit our store by clicking here or on the photo below.

I Love / Heart Books

I Love / Heart Books

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Purple Bronte Set

I firmly believe that books make great gifts for any occasion and for every potential gift recipient, there is a book you can give them that they will love, even if they don’t like books!  Sorry if that was a bit of brain twister, but it’s true – if literary classics aren’t of interest, an impressive coffee table book on a favorite topic (Motorcycles? Paris? Fried Chicken?) might appeal!

February has arrived and Valentine’s Day isn’t far away.  For the holiday we have created several Valentine’s Day themed book sets matched with our custom book jackets in reds, pinks, purples and other colors.   Below you will find links to our new offerings.  Please click on the links below or on the photos to be taken directly to the items in our online store.

1. I Love Books Set – $150.  This set shows that the proud owner loves printed books – and the “love” books have been specifically selected for Valentine’s Day given their romantic themes.  The set of 5 brand new books includes Persuasion by Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.  See also the slight variation on this set.

I Love / Heart Books

I Love / Heart Books

2. Jane Austen Set in pink leather style jackets – $235.  Our most popular set when we launched it just before the holidays at the end of 2011, the product was featured in Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP. The set is comprised of the complete works of Jane Austen, published by Oxford, then we made custom printed jackets to look like pink leather covers.  A great gift set of classic novels including Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice and Emma.

Jane Austen Pink Leather Style Book Set

Jane Austen Pink Leather Style Book Set

3. Literary Classics in Red– $250.  This set incorporates 8 literary classics with our custom jackets in a bold modern design that spells out exactly what they are.  The books are all new and include Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.

Literary Classics in Red

Literary Classics in Red

4. Valentine’s Day Decorative 3 Book Set ($45) and Decorative 5 Book Set ($75).  The underlying books are re-purposed law books, so these sets are all about the design of the jackets, which are eye-catching, fun and very pink!  These are great for decorating the house for an event, or for retailers to merchandise store windows.

Valentines Day 3 Book Decorative Set

Valentines Day 3 Book Decorative Set

Valentines 5 Book Decorative Set Head On

Horizontal Valentine's Day Set

5. Modern Victorian Set in Red – $225.  This set uses a classic Victorian book design from the late 19th century for the book jackets, wrapped around five 20th Century American classics.  The books include classics from Faulkner, Steinbeck, Fitzgerald, Willa Cather and John Cheever.

Modern Victorian Book Set in Red

Modern Victorian Book Set in Red

6. Cook’s Books in Pink – $250. Our set of 5 classic cookbooks now comes in pink for Valentine’s Day.  Cleverly contained within the letters for Cook’s Books are the titles and authors of the books.  The books are all brand new and include The Joy of Cooking, The Essential New York Times Cookbook and American Cookery by James Beard.

Pink Cook's Books Set

Pink Cook's Books Set

7. I Love J.D. Salinger Set – $150.  Salinger is one of my favorite writers and I came up with this simple idea for the four volumes that make up his complete works.  Like the “Literary Classics” and “Cook’s Books” sets above, this set places the titles for the books within the letters on the spines.  This is a great gift for guys – trust me!

I Love JD Salinger Set

I Love JD Salinger Set

 

8. European Engraving “Six Pack” – $90.  This set of 6 books is purely decorative.  We have re-purposed six substantially sized law books with an image from an antique engraving that is beautiful, detailed and engaging.  This is a fun way to decorate your shelves with a festive image of lovers, musicians and revelers at a Renaissance village gathering. –

European Engraving Book Set

European Engraving Decorative Book Set

9. Bronte Sisters Purple Book Set – $300.  This set of 7 books represent the complete works of the Brontë sisters – Anne, Charlotte and Emily.  The classic works include Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.  We unified the set with a very pretty floral design and jackets printed in a leather style in purple .

Purple Bronte Set

Brontë Sisters in Purple Jackets

10. Two Ladies Traveling Decorative Set– $60.  This set isn’t necessarily specific to Valentine’s Day, but I think it’s a very nice design for the shelves.  Like the European Engraving set above, it uses re-purposed law books as the underlying volumes.  The beautiful jacket design is based on a Victorian book cover that we love.

Two Ladies Travelling Decorative Book Set

Two Ladies Traveling Decorative Book Set

11. Pretty Woman in Mirror Decorative Set – $60.  Same as the set immediately above, a Victorian book cover caught our eye and we turned it into a design for the book jackets on this set of re-purposed law books.  Our ideas for book designs are sometimes purely decorative and not about the content of the books – sometimes we combine content and style, sometimes we choose one over the other!

Pretty Woman in the Mirror Decorative Book Set

Pretty Woman in the Mirror Decorative Book Set

12. Blank Journals – $15 each.  This is a new experiment for us!  We are taking old book designs that we love and using the artwork on the covers of blank unlined journals.  They aren’t fancy, but they are unique and you won’t find them anywhere else.  Depending on how this experiment goes (please buy one!) we will continue to develop this line and create some very interesting journals . . .

Juniper Books Blank Journals with Vintage Book Covers

Juniper Books Blank Journals with Vintage Book Covers

13. Penguin Classics – we didn’t create these, but we love their design and are happy to build custom collections of them.  We offer a set of 10 where you can pick your titles and we will ship the selected books to you.

Penguin Classics

Penguin Classics

14. Gift Certificates – if you want to give the gift of books but don’t know exactly what to buy, our gift certificates are a great choice.  Unlike a traditional bookstore where the gift certificate is only good towards what they have in the store, you can use Juniper Books Gift Certificates towards anything and everything book related – custom book jackets, custom bookbinding, rare book or first edition searches, and much more.

A quick thank you to the various blogs who have discovered some of our Valentine’s Day creations and featured them on their sites including DesignSponge.com, BookRiot.com and lots of tumblr users.  We love how the web works and how everyone can discover something they never knew existed!  Keep it flowing . . .

Happy Almost Valentine’s Day!

Thatcher

thatcher@juniperbooks.com

Movies and Videos about Books and Booksellers

Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Movies based on books are plentiful of course, but movies about books, bookstores and booksellers, in the broader sense are fewer and far between.  A few of our favorite movies and videos with book themes – [old books, rare books, bookstores, booksellers, book mysteries, etc.] are listed below.  When you’re not reading a book, these are good entertainment!

1 .The Joy of Books

A delightful creation from Type Bookstore in Toronto Canada – what happens in the bookstore after everyone has gone home.  Sort of a Toy Story with books making use of stop animation and a tight soundtrack to pull off an original production.  I love how the books rearrange themselves by color and also the part where the little book reads the big book.  Definitely a fun one for the whole family to watch.

2. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Just nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short.  The Louisiana based production company Moonbot Studios created this 15 minute gem.  It conveys the magical power of books in a way I haven’t seen captured before.   I love the scene where the main character performs surgery on an old book – just charming.  Hopefully this one wins the Oscar!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Adzywe9xeIU

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore from Moonbot Studios.

3. 84 Charing Cross Road

“Their love for books became a love for each other.”  This 1987 movie features Anthony Hopkins as a British bookseller and Anne Bancroft as an American writer.  They fall in love via their letters to each, but alas they never meet.  So you can imagine it is a rather restrained and subtle work.  It’s serious and authentic to the book trade, unlike many elements of the next two.

4. The Ninth Gate

Movies featuring booksellers or set in bookstores are a little harder to choose from.  I’m not thrilled with all of them in their entirety (maybe movie about books make for better short films, such as the above, which is ironic of course given how long a real book can hold your attention!)  There are high points and low points in this movie directed by Roman Polanski and starring Johnny Depp.  It’s about a rare book dealer hired by a bibliophile to validate his copy of a demonic text.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaKkbgtlmZQ

5. You’ve Got Mail

The polar opposite of the dark and gloomy Ninth Gate is this happy romantic comedy from Nora Ephron.  Starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan as competing booksellers (Tom Hanks = big corporate evil bookseller and Meg Ryan = small independent struggling to survive) who are having a secret (unbeknownst to them) online e-mail relationship.  The whole AOL inspired title seems dated but the bookseller war of big vs. small, continues . . .

6. The Love Letter

Before there was  e-mail in You’ve Got Mail, there was real mail!  The Love Letter stars Kate Capshaw as a bookstore owner in New England.  Through a chain of events tied together by a mysterious love letter of unknown origin, a romance unfolds. Based on a novel of the same name by Cathleen Schine, the movie and the book are entertaining and romantic without flashy effects.

I’ll have to return to this post or write up a new one to include my deep thoughts on Pamela Anderson as a bookseller in Stacked!

Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

 

– Thatcher

 

Going Big – Large Scale Custom Book Jacket Installations

George Hincapie Racer Library

One of our plans for 2012 is to work with clients to make  large scale book installations using our custom book jackets unlike anything the world has ever seen before!  But first a little background . . .

Custom book covers have a lot of uses and we have worked with clients on some very beautiful projects over the past couple years since introducing them.  The basic idea for custom book covers (aka custom book jackets) is to quickly change the look of a book without the time and expense of rebinding it AND be able to achieve any color and style desired.

Some clients have had us personalize their book collection with modern / contemporary jackets, others have opted for a classical look using leather or vellum designs.  In 2011, we designed, printed and shipped our custom creations to clients all over the US and Canada, Europe and Asia.  We supplied approximately 1,000 of our vellum wrapped books to Darren Henault Interiors for his show house design at the Rumson Stately Homes-by-the-Sea. Other jacket related highlights of 2011 included having our elephant set appear in the New York Times, our vellum style jackets mentioned in Veranda, and also a couple of projects for yacht libraries that were incredibly fun and unique to work on but for very private clients so we can’t disclose much else about them!

Now back to the large scale designs – the concept for these is straightforward – turning book spines into a canvas for personal expression.  Push the books together and they make up a single unified design and that design can be anything.  We have a patent pending on this multiple book cover creation system.

This product/service has both home and commercial applications.

  • Home libraries can be modernized, shelves turned into art displays, with book titles integrated into the jacket designs if desired –  we can make book jackets out of  photos, paintings, illustrations, engravings, maps, other artwork, typography and text designs, etc.
  • Hotels, restaurants and retailers can have book displays with corporate logos, product photos, nature images, or just about anything else.

Here are a few of our recent creations:

Giant Book Elephant

Giant Book Elephant

George Hincapie Racer Library

George Hincapie Bike Racer Library

Medieval Knight Books

Medieval Knight Books

Ridley Bike on Book Jackets

Ridley Road Bike

Bookcase Biker

Bookcase Biker

As one can imagine, some very cool installations can be created for homes, galleries, retail stores, trade show booths, showrooms, hotels, spas, restaurants, and so on!

If you have an interest in learning more about this type of work, please contact thatcher@juniperbooks.com or call 303-946-1494.  We are always interested in working with designers, architects, visual merchandisers and private clients who want to do something creative and unique with books.  We look forward to working with you.

Thatcher

 

Cool Book Artists and Book Art Projects

Su Blackwell Book Art

These are projects from other artists and sculptors whose work we admire for using books in creative ways.  Please enjoy the links and feel free to suggest other creative works that we have not mentioned.

Thanks to thisiscollassal.com for helping us discover these first two.

  • Cool suspended book installation in Istanbul.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/hanifoto/5450655732

Istanbul Modern Art Museum

Istanbul Modern Art Museum

  • The Book Face
Numa Book Face

Numa Book Face

  • The Work of Brian Dettmer – very intricate, detailed, complex sculptures carved out of books – you have to see these to believe them.
Brian Dettmer Work
  • The Work of Su Blackwell – magical creations bringing books to life in different forms

http://www.sublackwell.co.uk/portfolio-book-cut-sculpture/

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/01/book-sphere/

Book Sphere

Book Sphere

– Thatcher

 

Decorative Books

Juniper Books Elephant

Q. What are decorative books and who buys them?

A. The answer to this question used to be simple, however I’m trying to change the definition of decorative books and also expand the market for them.

There once was a time when the line between people who put books on their shelf only for decoration with no intention of ever reading them or even caring what their titles were on one side and the true readers who would never think of buying a book for its cover were on the other side.  However, since I founded Juniper Books 10 years ago, what I have been trying to do is make all books, book collections, and libraries more visually appealing and integrated into their surroundings.

The results have been pretty successful I think.  Perhaps it has something to do with the evolution of the e-book market and the increasingly recognized trend among publishers and the media that you have to give the consumer more reasons to own a printed book.  For more on this see Selling a Book by Its Cover and also Selling Books by Their Gilded Covers, both articles in the New York Times.

My approach is to provide beautiful decorative books that are exactly what a homeowner wants to have on their shelves with respect to their content.  Sometimes this is achieved by curating a collection of books by author, or by binding type or both, and sometimes it is achieved by curating these collections AND making custom book jackets for the books.

Consider for example these various styles of books and book collections with varying levels of decoration:

Juniper Books Custom Wrapped White Books

Solid Wrapped Books

 

Juniper Books Custom wrapped Rainbow

Custom Wrapped Rainbow of Colors

William Faulkner book collection

William Faulkner Hardcovers

William Faulkner First Edition Library Book Facsimile Collection

William Faulkner First Edition Library Book Facsimiles Collection

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Modern Leather Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Jane Austen Pink Leather Set Juniper Books

Jane Austen Pink Leather

Antique Vellum Selection from Juniper Books

Antique Vellum Books

Literary Classics

Vellum Custom Book Jackets

Juniper Books Elephant

Juniper Books Elephant

Read Me Literary Classics

Read Me Literary Classics

Literary Classics 8 Book Set from Juniper Books

Literary Classics 8 Book Set

So, as you can see decorative books are not what they used to be and they are appealing to many more people than ever before.  Juniper Books is decorative books much more decorative, but also much more useful, readable, and collectible.  We have done everything in the world of decorative books from making the cover-less book bundles for Pottery Barn to designing unique collections in our custom book covers for several of the world’s finest homes, yachts and hotels (a big range I know but it illustrates how we work with all customers love books and love the look of books).

Coverless Book Bundle

Coverless Book Bundle

Gwyneth Paltrow featured some of our books in GOOP this year, as did Elle.com, and a huge variety of websites and media.  We are hearing from interior designers, architects, builders and homeowners every week how they love discovering our book products and services and how they are unlike anything they have seen before – I think that’s saying a lot for a medium that’s been around for 500 years!

Oh, and did I mention that we are just getting started?  Look for some incredibly creative new ideas in the world of decorative books in 2012 . . .

Thatcher

thatcher@juniperbooks.com

303-946-1494

 

 

 

Books by the Foot and Beyond

Books by the foot have been around a long time.  I’m not sure who invented them, but I’d like to think that I’ve taken them to an entirely new level of quality, choice and creativity.  For as long as there have been books, various types of books from antique leather to modern “filler” have been purchased in bulk to fill shelves and achieve a certain decorative look that an abundance of books conveys.  Now it’s possible to both expand the decorative possibilities of books tremendously thanks to what we do at Juniper Books.

What Juniper Books does that is very different from companies and booksellers of “books-by-the-foot” is simple:

We think about EVERY aspect of the books that are going into a client’s library and customize a selection of books that work SPECIFICALLY for that client. 

Every book in our inventory is acquired for the purpose of putting into home libraries or commercial installations – a subtle but important difference – we are not an outlet of a large warehouse bookstore with books to get rid of!

Every project we work on is different and we don’t have a cookie-cutter product that works for every customer.  We listen to our clients whether they are interior designers, architects, builders, homeowners, boat owners, hotels, restaurants, spas, etc. We take all of a customer’s requirements about book and shelf size, color, style, subject matter, budget, room usage, etc. when pricing, selecting and shipping libraries and collections.  If a client doesn’t know what they want, we work with them to determine the appropriate type of books.  It’s not unusual for me to correspond at length with clients or meet in person if appropriate to gain a better understanding of the goals for a home library then custom tailor the selection – for example how old are the kids in the house, what are the hobbies of the family members, who are mom’s favorite authors, etc. (I don’t want to give away all my questions as the whole approach is a bit of a trade secret, however it really distinguishes what I do from anyone else).

John Steinbeck Collection

John Steinbeck Collection

So, you can buy any of books by the foot – for example literary classics by the foot, modern leather by the foot, vellum books by the foot or even antique leather by the yard, gold books by the meter, white books by the ton, you name it!  With Thatcher overseeing every project you are going to get a level of quality, precision, and detailed project management unlike any other provider.

Black White and Grey Book Jackets

Black White and Grey Book Jackets

Just in the past few weeks we have shipped these projects to clients:

  • 250 linear feet of white books for the conference rooms of a new hotel in Texas
  • 300 linear feet of gold wrapped books for a luxury residences building in Central America
  • 365 feet of curated books by subject for a hotel in New York
  • 40 feet of curated antique leather books including important American authors and histories for a home in South Carolina
  • Projects ranging from 6 to 1200 books wrapped in our custom printed book jackets in a variety of styles – for home libraries in Texas, California, Chicago, New York, and beyond.
  • Custom jacket projects where we have matched Pantone Colors, Paint Chips, Carpet Samples and Fabric Swatches – nobody else in the world does this!

And when designers and homeowners have called and said “we are on a budget and want the least expensive filler-type books by the foot we can buy” – we have helped them out and assembled book collections that have exceeded their expectations – usually these range from from 5 to 100 feet, but sometimes they are larger.

On the wrapped book projects, we usually work closely with interior designers to choose a particular paper and color for the project.  For example, not all white wrapped books are the same – we have about a dozen different white paper options to choose from.  Juniper Books popularized white wrapped books several years ago – look just about anywhere in Miami and you will find our white books for example the Icon Brickell Spa which was also featured in the New York Times.  Our solid color wrapped books are unlike any others (even with the copycatting we are experiencing from competitors) – we use all new paper in EVERY possible color, various textures, every jacket is cut one at a time to fit each book.

Alfred Lord Tennyson Antique Leather

Alfred Lord Tennyson Antique Leather

I grew up in one of the finest restaurants in the world (The Quilted Giraffe) and worked for several years as a management consultant (Monitor Company) so I have learned a few things about quality, accuracy, large scale project management and meeting high pressure deadlines over the years.  I have applied my a whole new level of standards to the sale of books in bulk that many clients never thought possible and that has resulted in many happy customers over the past 10 years and hopefully many more in the years to come.

Please let me know if I can help with any projects to fill your shelves with books that do more than just take up space, and instead truly fulfill your vision.

Thatcher

thatcher@juniperbooks.com

303-946-1494

Christmas Tree of Books 2011

Christmas Tree of Shaped Books

It’s becoming somewhat of a tradition at Juniper Books – every year we build a Christmas tree constructed out of  books, but we change how it is made each year as the possibilities are truly endless.   Last year we made a 7 foot tall tree made up of about 800 green books stacked layer upon layer.  This year we made a more subtle creation – a tree made up entirely of olive green law books, some of which we carved form the tree’s branches.

Before anyone gets upset about cutting books we should explain a couple things – first of all we re-purposed about 10,000 law books this year this year that law firms and law libraries no longer needed as their content has all been digitized.  Thousands of these very nice substantial matching books went to retailers and designers for decoration and visual merchandising, and hundreds more we have used many for Juniper Books’ custom  jacket creations such as our Elephant Six-Pack.  So, cutting, chopping, carving or drilling through a few books that we know are plentiful and may face worse fates if we don’t do something creative with them makes perfect sense to us!  We won’t be dismembering a first edition of Pride and Prejudice anytime soon, don’t worry.

The tree is about 8 feet tall on 7 shelves, plus the star.  Christmas ornaments dangle from the page edges – we shaped them to hold the ornaments – a very organic and 100% natural approach.  Christmas lights are wrapped around the tree so it glows beautifully.

The tree was the centerpiece of our holiday party this past weekend where we invited numerous friends, customers, suppliers, designers and others to celebrate the holiday season and browse our warehouse for various book gifts to buy for their friends and family. Thanks to everyone who attended and complimented us on the tree.  There were a number of lawyers in attendance (my wife is a law professor) and they all got a kick out of the creative use of law books.

Technical questions: 30 books were used in the creation of the tree, of which 24 had to be cut in some way to create the tree.  While we originally considered gluing the parts together or constructing supports to hold the books up, we did not end up doing so as the law books are substantial enough to support themselves, even after being cut.

Happy holidays to you and yours, I wish you the best for the holiday season and a happy healthy 2012!

Thatcher

thatcher@juniperbooks.com

Juniper Books Holiday Gift Guide

Happy holidays from Juniper Books!  Books make great gifts – no matter who the recipient is, one can always find a book that they will appreciate.  From rare books to unusual sets, customized book collecting services or even our custom book jackets – Juniper Books can help with you with unique and beautiful book gifts.

Below is our guide to some of our most popular book gifts – if you don’t see your preferred choice for your gift, please feel free to contact us at thatcher@juniperbooks.com – we have a lot of experiencing finding the perfect gift book for clients.

Literary Classics

Pink Jane Austen Set

Recently featured in Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Holiday Gift Guide, we took this new six volume set of the complete works of Jane Austen and made custom book jackets in a pink leather style for them.  $235.

Jane Austen Pink Leather Set Juniper Books

Jane Austen Pink Leather

“Read Me” Literary Classics

Lets face it, with the popularity of e-books these days, the books on your shelf are practically crying out “read me!”  This 4 book set makes a great gift for lovers of classic literature with a sense of humor.  $150

Read Me Literary Classics

Read Me Literary Classics

Penguin Classics – Make Your Own Set of 10

Penguin hardcover literary classics are beautifully designed books that make great gifts.  They are generally sold one at a time, however we we believe they look great as a set.  $200

 

Penguin Classics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modern Leather Literary Classics Set of 10

Full leather bound literary classics that look beautiful on the shelves and make great gifts. $350

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thackeray First Editions in Beautiful Red Leather Bindings

This is a one-of-a-kind set of 15 books, all first editions from William Makepeace Thackeray, custom bound in decorative red leather over a century ago.  Only one set available.  A great gift for any collector of first editions, classic British literature, or anyone interested adding rare books of lasting value to their shelves.  $3,000

Rare Thackeray First Editions for Sale

Rare Thackeray First Editions for Sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Literary Classics Set of 8 Books

This set of 8 books in custom jackets designed by Juniper Books makes a great gift for the literature lover with a modern aesthetic for their shelves.

Literary Classics 8 Book Set from Juniper Books

Literary Classics 8 Book Set

 

Victorian Style 5 Book Set

We took inspiration from antique Victorian books to design this set of 5 custom jackets wrapped around true American classics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brothers Grimm Illustrated Edition from Taschen

Another one of our favorite books of the year, we love this oversize illustrated edition of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales. $40

Taschen Brothers Grimm

Taschen Brothers Grimm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cookbooks

Cook’s Books Set

This set of 5 cook books clearly shows off the fact that these are the cook’s books!  Our custom jackets spell out “Cook’s Books” across the spines and contain the titles and authors of the books within the letters.  $250
Cook's Books in Blue

Cook's Books Set

Purely Decorative Books

Elephant Six-pack

We have designed a series of decorative book jackets that we sell with re-purposed law books, so these are purely decorative elements for the shelves. $90

Juniper Books Elephant

Juniper Books Elephant

Six-Packs in a variety of leather colors

Not real leather, hence their economical price point.  Available in simulated brown leather, red leather, black and white leather and vellum.  Please click on the photos below to be taken to the individual sets. $90

Brown-Leather-Style-Decorative-Books

Brown Leather Style Decorative Books

Red-Leather-Style-Decorative-Books

Red Leather Style Decorative Books

Black-and-White-Leather-Style-Decorative-Books

Black & White Leather Style Decorative Books

Vellum-Style-Decorative-Books-1

Vellum Style Decorative Books

Antique Leather Law Books

If you know someone who loves the look of leather books but the content is not important, however they still want the real thing and not our custom book jackets that look like leather, our antique leather law books by the foot are a good option.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juniper Books Gift Cards

If you can’t find exactly what you want, we can help you set up a gift card in any amount so that the recipient can pick out what they want.  The gift can be used towards anything book related – we can help with a rare book search, sourcing a first edition, building a curated book collection, designing custom book covers, custom leather bindings, and much more.  $ any amount

Juniper Books Gift Certificates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for looking and enjoy the holidays!

Thatcher

Buying Our Custom Book Covers

We receive a lot of inquiries from customers who say “we love your custom book covers, how do I order them?”  Since it is a relatively new product to the market that is highly customized and personalized, there are a few things to think about when placing an order and considering your project, whether it be remodeling your library, integrating  books into your interior design, picking out a special gift, etc. Here is a bit of a primer on how to order Custom Book Covers (aka Custom Book Jackets) from Juniper Books.

1. Do you have the books in your collection you would like covered, or would you like Juniper Books to provide the books with the covers?  95% of our work involves picking out a book collection by author and/or subject and then making book covers for those books.  Some clients have books they want to keep so they send us their books to make covers for and we ship them back with the covers on.  Why do we need the books, can’t we just ship out the covers?  Every book cover is custom designed and printed specifically for that book – we take precise measurements and fold the jackets onto the books to make sure they fit exactly.  Call us perfectionists, we are obsessed with the quality of our product and they just don’t look right if we try to make a one size fits all jacket that can be shipped without the book . . . maybe down the road.

2. Are the books purely decorative or is the content important?  If the content is important, skip to question 3.  If the books are purely decorative, skip to question 4, we can provide generic books and focus on the book jackets.    If the books are mostly decorative but you would still like the titles printed on them, we have various categories of books that are less expensive (bestsellers, mysteries, etc.) but still nice to have on the shelves.

3. If we are picking out the books, what would you like the collection to include?  Our most popular request is for literary classics, broadly defined.  Some clients request specific authors such as Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Mark Twain, etc.  Some clients want subject matter such as history, biographies, philosophy, art, etc.  Other clients may have a particular size request that can be combined with the subject matter or not – such as oversize illustrated literary classics, oversize photography books, and similar requests.

4. What style would you like your book covers?   Here is where the choices are infinite! Customers can choose from some styles we have already created or we are always open to creating custom styles.

One option are our series of modern contemporary designs with solid jackets and bold titles.

Black White and Grey Book Jackets

Black White and Grey Book Jackets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book titles printed on different types of paper, such as these metallic silver book covers:

Silver Book Jackets

Silver Book Jackets

Typefaces and colors can all be customized as shown with this Anne Rice Vampire series:

Anne Rice Collection with Custom Jackets

Anne Rice Collection

Alternatively, if you would like a design that transforms your modern books into antique looking classics, we can make custom book jackets that look like leather books:

Simulated Leather Bound Literary Classics

Leather Book Covers

Or, one of our most popular styles is our antique vellum style book covers:

Vellum Book Covers

Vellum Book Covers

As with all of the jackets, the leather and vellum colors, accents and embellishments can all be modified and customized.

Pink Jane Austen

Pink Jane Austen

One of the most innovative looks that we have introduced, and for which we have a patent pending, are the books sets or groups/collections that have image that goes across the spines.   These are great to turn your bookshelves into an art display – the images can correlate to the content or be purely decorative.

Antique Elephant Engravings Book Jacket Set from Juniper Books

Elephant Books

Or the text on the spine can make a statement across multiple books such as our literary classics set for sale – note that within each of the big letters are the names of the authors and titles.

Juniper Books Literary Classics Custom Jackets

Literary Classics

Or this set of cookbooks:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then there are the more involved multi-layered projects that give you a sense of how far we can take this.   For the project below, we first built a collection of the works of Jack London, then we commissioned an artist to paint murals of scenes from London’s life, the we photographed the jackets and created book jackets that when pushed together recreate the murals.  The jackets are all personalized for the collection with book titles listed on the inside flaps of the books.

Jack London Jackets from Juniper Books

Jack London Jackets

We can also do somewhat whimsical designs for store displays or other uses:

Sports Car Book Jackets

Sports Car Book Jackets

For commercial customers, there is always the option to put a logo on the book covers:

Logos on Custom Book Jackets

Logos on Custom Book Jackets

Or across a group of books – nice for a hotel lobby, retail store branding, or other uses:

Juniper Books Logo across books

Logo Across Multiple Books

Alternatively we can create designs that match the subject of a book such as this Western series:

Western Collection

Western Collection

Or this kids / children’s book set:

Puffin Classics Books for Kids

Puffin Classics Books for Kids

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hopefully this provides some more information for how to place your custom book cover order so you can utilize our unique products and services!  Please feel free to inquire with us for more information.  We do not post prices on our website besides the few ready-made products for sale, as these projects are highly customized.  They are still relatively affordable, but the pricing does vary depending on level of customization.

Please contact thatcher@juniperbooks.com or 303-946-1494 to place an order or for more information or use the form below.

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Our DIY Book Mobile on Instructables.com

We recently turned some old books into a new “Book Mobile” hanging sculpture to decorate the Juniper Books warehouse.  We thought it would be fun to share instructions on this one as a DIY (do it yourself) project so we posted it to Instructables.com.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Book-Mobile/

The editors liked our write-up and featured it on their homepage.

Yes, we admit that some books were harmed in the process of making The Book Mobile – but in keeping with our theory that more books in the world and more books in the house (or warehouse) are good for the world, it doesn’t really matter if they are being read or can be read, we like to think of new ways to keep them around as inspiration.   The Victorian books used for the project are so gorgeous and yet there are only so many bookshelves to put them on that I’m constantly inventing new ways to display them – stay tuned for more on this thought!

Thatcher

Juniper Books Book Mobile Sculpture

Juniper Books Book Mobile Sculpture

 

The Book Wall

This was another idea I came up with with my kids as the inspiration, but I also took some inspiration from the architecture where we live in Boulder, Colorado.

For our playroom, I wanted the kids to have a reading nook / library corner where they could read books quietly and relax.  However, being a creative bookseller, always interested in displaying books in interesting ways, I didn’t just want to settle for a simple bookshelf and library chair in the corner!  I wanted the area to be interesting and fun and be the first of its kind!

Thus, the book wall was born – first, we wrapped hundreds of books in linen for a nice uniform color effect (these books were just for decoration, their colorful children’s books were the ones I wanted to stand out), next we constructed panels with the books glued to them, then anchored them into the walls.  The effect is similar to the rock walls found around Colorado and elsewhere made of flagstone in a nice layered design, however these are made with books.  The walls are soft and while the books on the wall are not meant to be read, it is nice to be surrounded by books.

– Thatcher

This design can be adopted for just about any construction project where the look of books is desired in a creative manner – the books do not have to be covered in linen in this way, they can be left unmodified, or leather books can be used, etc.

For more information on this project and potential related commissions, please contact me at thatcher@juniperbooks.com or 303-946-1494.

Library Ladder

After assembling a collection for a client in Texas, a high end luxury residences building, the client asked if we knew where they could purchase an attractive yet functional and safe library ladder.  We searched for them, but there seemed to be nothing available for sale between small step-stools and industrial (ugly) library ladders.

So, as with many things at Juniper Books that we do – if it doesn’t exist in the book world, we will create it.   This is Thatcher’s philosophy.

We partnered with a woodworker who drafted  a custom design for a library ladder that would be tall enough to reach the high shelves yet sturdy enough to be comfortable with the residents of the building – young and old – using the ladder.  It is entirely constructed of walnut wood, which gives it a beautiful appearance.  It rolls on weight sensitive casters so that it stays put when someone is standing on it.

We are accepting orders for library ladders and other custom book related woodwork projects such as bookshelves, bookcases, built-in bookcase, step-stools and library ladders. All designs, woods, and finishes may be completely customized.

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Magnetic Bookshelves

The idea for these magnetic bookshelves came from wanting to do something about the messy pile of books next to my daughter’s bed that we generated reading her children’s books every night.  I thought “what if we could read her favorite books then stick them to the wall instead of dropping them on the floor?”

I set about designing a shelving system that would look good and hold the books safely above and next to her head.  With the help of a metalworker and a woodworker, and some experimentation with magnetics, glue and rubber bands, the idea I conceived of came into being and my daughter loves going along the line of books, reading them all, and sticking them back in place before bedtime – it’s neat and tidy, as well as fun to play with.

Custom versions of this product can be commissioned.  Please contact me at thatcher@juniperbooks.com or 303-946-1494 if you are interested in the magnetic bookshelves.

 

 

The Book Mobile

I have always loved the word “bookmobile” even before I found myself the book business – the concept of a traveling library is fun and useful to society.  About a year ago I drilled some holes in books and spun them around and the first “book mobile” was born.  We have since evolved the concept to become a much more balanced and decorative item – it is very fun, but hardly as useful to society as the bookmobile that drives around and brings books to the world!

Thanks to Alexander Calder for some inspiration on this, and thanks to Zac for perfecting the production and balancing act required for the new book mobile.

This project is current on Instructables.com with complete DIY instructions.  The editors of Instructables apparently liked our concept and featured the project on their homepage!

 

Suspended Book Fixtures and Lighting

Thatcher made these suspended books stacks using our custom wrapped books in linen fabric hung with steel cables from the warehouse ceiling.  The light fixtures were also conceived by Thatcher using retro Edison style bulbs and the alternating books and lights makes for a unique divider.

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Wrapped Book Towers

This isn’t really an art project but more of a design concept for cool ways to modify and display books, perhaps in a merchandising / retail environment.

Thatcher sometimes uses the book warehouse as somewhat of an R&D lab for how to use books in new and creative ways.  The book towers are a creative idea for displaying stacks of books. The concept starts with using wrapped books in neutral tones in order to allow the viewer to focus on how the books are arranged, instead of being distracted by their original colors and/or titles.  The books I chose all had deckled page edges so they look great from all sides.

 

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Book Stairs

The stairs in the Juniper Books warehouse always seemed very naked and I considered painting them or carpeting them, neither of which really would have solved the problem (or made use of the opportunity!)  Then I came up with the idea of using some of the plentiful modern fiction bestsellers I have around to make book panels for the risers.  The result is a very cool book staircase with real book spines on each step, giving the impression of an abundance of books under the stairs and adding to the overall literary decor of the warehouse!

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Red White and Blue Books

Happy Fourth of July!   All color combinations are possible with books, including with leather and vellum books, hardcover clothbound books, nice old victorian books, and our custom designed and printed book covers.  Here are a few photos to enjoy on this Independence Day.

Fun with Book Jackets and a Camera

OK, maybe I had too much fun with this one, but I wanted to show what is possible with our custom designed and printed book jackets and a little creativity.

For one photo shoot, we made book covers using an image of pizza then I played around with placing them in a pizza box and with a pizza cutter!

For another one, I brought in one of my Navajo blankets and rounded up some western americana items, then arranged them with the books we made with images from an old sioux ledger drawing.

Lastly, the most fun I had was with my son’s toy ride on car (awesome vintage roadster from babystyle) and some of the miniature formula 1 style cars weaving in and out of the vintage race car book jackets.

I can make just about any design on book spines, and as you can see it can be whimsical and fun from these Juniper Books projects.  Or it can be serious as with our vellum style or antique leather style book covers.

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Easton Press Books

We’ve added an entire new area of the site that focuses on Easton Press books.  We now have pages devoted to different series of the leather bound books from Easton Press far beyond the 100 Greatest Books series (that page isn’t quite done yet).  You can link directly to the pages from the photos below.

I have always loved Easton Press published leather bound books and we are big fans of how they are keeping the art of leather bound books alive and well.  Easton Press publishes a beautiful assortment of literary classics and important histories.  We buy a lot of collections of Easton Press books from private individuals and are always happy to acquire libraries of these books.

To learn more about selling your Easton Press books to us, please click here.

We tend to price the books very reasonably and straightforwardly compared to other dealers – we believe that these are beautiful books that should be affordable and that individual volumes should not be overpriced due to temporary fluctuations in market availability.  When building a collection of Easton Press books, we generally price them at a flat rate per book or per foot and the result is that our customers get to buy more books in a very straightforward manner.  We keep customer lists on file so we can help complete series or collections over time.  Many of our customers for Easton Press books have worked with us over years and are consistently amazed at our ability to find elusive titles and willingness to sell them at low prices.

Please see our new pages through the link below, we will be adding many more photos and links from our collection soon:

Easton Press Author Collections

Author Collections

Biographies from Easton Press

Biographies

Great Books of the Twentieth Century Easton Press

Great Books of the Twentieth Century

History Easton Press

History

Library of the Presidents Easton Press

Library of the Presidents

Military History Easton Press

Military History

Other Easton Press

Other

 

 

Oversize Easton Press Books

Oversize

Science Easton Press

Science

Science Fiction Easton Press

Science Ficton

Easton Press Sets

Sets

Signed Easton Press

Signed

Antique Leather Style Book Covers

Antique leather books are beautiful and timeless.  However, not all books are available or affordable in antique leather editions!  That’s one of the reasons I invented custom book covers that can be designed and printed in any style.

Juniper Books is the first company to design and print gorgeous book jackets that really look like leather books at a fraction of the cost and with many more possibilities for color, design details, and coordinating bookshelves or entire libraries.  Please browse some of our recent creations and feel free to contact me about your project involving books and how our custom book jackets can find a home on your shelves.

Thatcher

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First Edition Library Books

The First Edition Library (FEL) is a series of exact facsimile replicas of the first editions of famous books.  We love these books because of how accurately they honor the details of many famous 19th and 20th century books.

First Edition Library Facsimile Books

First Edition Library Facsimile Books

The true first editions of most of these books cost several thousand dollars, whereas the FEL books can usually be purchased for less than $100.   Thus, they are wonderful ways to own an attractive copy of a favorite author or to own a collection of literary classics.  Thatcher has many of these in his own collection.

FEL Facsimile First Editions

FEL Facsimile First Editions

We are always interested in acquiring / purchasing / buying individual books and collections of First Edition Library books.

Below are a few photos of some beautiful examples of these books.  Also a partial list of some of the titles available.  We will be adding more photos and lists of available books to the new dedicated First Edition Library page of our site.

F. Scott Fitzgerald Facsimile First Edition Library Books

F. Scott Fitzgerald Facsimile First Edition Library Books

A few of the titles available in the First Edition Library editions:

Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Augie March by Saul Bellow
Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
Catch- 22 by Joseph Heller
Deliverance by James Dickey
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Farewell My Lovely by Raymond Chandler
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
From Here to Eternity by James Jones
God’s Little Acre by Erskine Caldwell
Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Mosquitoes by William Faulkner
My Antonia by Willa Cather
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
On The Road by Jack Kerouac
One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
The Pearl by John Steinbeck
Rabbit Run by John Updike
Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell
The Wapshot Chronicle by John Cheever
Winesburg Ohio by Sherwood Anderson

For more information about these books or to build a collection integrating some of these titles please contact:

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A Short Story by Thatcher Wine – Valentine’s Inspired Fiction

I wrote this story back in 2004 but never published it.  I figured this would be a good time to post it online as it’s a love story with a book theme.  Enjoy!

French and German Books

Saturdays at the Market

By Thatcher Wine

Every Saturday at the Rond-Point des Champs-Elysée, the park comes alive with buyers and sellers, browsers and gabbers.  Long ago, they came to purchase life’s essentials – mittens for the children or a jar of oil.   It used to be that everyone knew each other and gossip was traded as freely as goods.  But when the war came, the men were called to fight  and the crowds grew thin.

These days the Saturday sun shines bright, the crowds double each week, and elbows bump in the pursuit of hobbies and passions.  Madame Anibelle sells dolls from the same corner of the park where she has stood for decades.  On some days she sells a single doll and she is pleased.  Other times she’ll wait for a month before a buyer appears.  Occasionally old Monsieur Dupré, a veteran of both wars, asks Madamoiselle Lavin about her books or inquires with Madame Bocuse about African stamps.  But most of the time, the old men rest their chins on their canes and play chess and wonder if the Paris of their memories really was that way.

The first Saturday I visited the market, I was on my way to meet Mother and Father at the café near the Rue des Americains.  We had met there for lunch on ninety-six consecutive Saturdays.  Old markets with all their dust and dirt, pigeons and curmudgeons, had never interested me.  Antique stamps licked by strangers were disturbing and I was certain that damp old books belonged in someone else’s library.

However, there was one item at the market near the Rond-Point des Champs-Elysée that Saturday that did catch my eye: Madamoiselle Lavin.

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It is now the one-hundred and sixteenth consecutive Saturday that I have visited the market.  As always, I have come for one reason and one reason alone, to see Madamoiselle Lavin and her books.

On her table in the park underneath a stack of Alexandre Dumas reprints, I find a first edition of Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince for three francs.  Madamoiselle Lavin appears to squirm with delight when I find it.  This is how we speak to each other, through the books.

With all the books I’ve bought from her and read and re-read until the bindings have cracked, it’s amazing now I can’t think of a word to say.  I fear she’s heard it all from Byron, Yeats and Baudelaire.

The only words I can produce to interrupt our Saturday silence are the ones I’ve spoken for one-hundred and sixteen consecutive Saturdays before:

“I’ll take them all.”

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After one hundred and thirty-six Saturdays and the acquisition of two thousand one-hundred and eighty-two volumes, my apartment became a library and I was in danger of becoming one of the lonely old men playing chess with their chins resting on their canes.

Father became concerned about my “obsession.”  He was referring of course to the books, as he knew nothing about Madamoiselle Lavin.  Mother knew better, with her infinite curiosity and female intuition she was well aware that no man would ever acquire so much in life if it were not for a woman.

When I had no more room to store a single book, I went to the market on Saturday and left my wallet at home.

Madamoiselle Lavin seemed to know why I was there on that day.  When I approached her table, she looked at me and asked in the softest, most beautiful voice, “Monsieur Litre, what is it you do that you are interested in so many books?”

For a man of as few words as I, what escaped my mouth must have been as surprising to Madamoiselle Lavin as it was to me:

“I’m a poet.”

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For the next seven days, I let go of the words that I had kept inside for one hundred and thirty seven Saturdays.  Every morning that week I called my superior at the bank where I was a clerk and feigned a terrible case of the flu.

When Saturday arrived again, I returned to the market near the Rond-Point des Champs-Elysée and gave Madamoiselle Lavin the rarest tome of all: my handwritten volume of poetry.  She read each page of verse and didn’t set it down until she had finished.

Not long after, we were married on a Saturday in the park near the Rond-Point des Champs-Elysée.  For one day, the men in the park with their chins resting on their canes cheered for us and let go of their loneliness.  I’ve lost track of how many Saturdays have passed since then but it is surely in the thousands.

I assumed Madamoiselle Lavin would live forever like her books, but it has now been four Saturdays since she passed away.  She said goodbye in her sleep as she lay in our bed, on top of our books, and I dreamed she asked me to always remember our Saturdays together at the market near the Rond-Point des Champs-Elysée.

© Thatcher Wine 2011

Some Simple Book Collecting and Arranging Tips from Thatcher

A few thoughts on buying and arranging books.  I wrote these simple tips for an article that appeared in Home By Design magazine a few weeks ago . . .

1. It’s best to pick a theme for a particular shelf, bookcase, or room and stick
with it. That theme can be a color, author, subject, size, etc.

White Clothbound Decorative Books

White Clothbound Decorative Books

2. Stick with a particular binding style or vintage for how you group the books
together. For example, stack a few leather books together. Place the modern
books with jackets in a separate stack.

Antique Leather Books from a Set

Antique Leather Books from a Set

3. Even if you read everything on an e-book reader, it’s nice to own the
hardcover version for your home. Pick up a used copy online at a good price a
few weeks after the book comes out.

Modern First Edition Books in Jackets

Modern First Edition Books in Jackets

4. The quality of art-book publishing gets better every year. Include oversize
books on art, architecture, photography, travel, etc., on shelves, coffee tables,
and all around the house.

Brand New Oversize Art Books

Brand New Oversize Art Books

5. Arrange books naturally. Don’t make them look too staged. It’s nice to have
some vertical, some horizontal, a few leaning, and others with their front covers
facing out. Showcase the covers of old vintage books with amusing designs.
For vintage or antique books, the distressed look of the page edges
might be nicer than the spines. Consider turning the page edges out for a
neutral vintage look.

Western Americana Books

Western Americana Books

6. Keep the collection fresh over time by rearranging the books into different
stacks, adding new acquisitions, and giving some away. Visit your local library sale, which is usually held annually, for great values
that support a good cause. Buy books on your travels. Pencil a note inside the books about where you
bought them and they will bring back memories.

Handpicked - Facsimile First Editions

Handpicked - Facsimile First Editions

– Thatcher

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Thatcher’s Thoughts on the Future of the Book

Decorative Bindings - Mid-20th Century

Decorative Bindings - Mid-20th Century

My friend Tom Higley in Boulder posted his thoughts on the future of the book and invited me to reply, so here is the comment I put on his website.  The New York Times article that appeared this week is really about the future of the printed book and how booksellers, designers and artists are keeping the  book alive in interesting ways.   More on this time to come in the future . . .

Personally I don’t think the book is going away, it’s just evolving.  And what’s really evolving is the printed word, not so much the book itself.  Just like the music business and the film business and the proliferation of devices to find, buy, store and enjoy entertainment, people now have choice about how they obtain “books” and where they read them.

I’m in a niche business. I help people who love books AND/OR the look of books.  I have some customers who are readers, some who are collectors and some who want to use books as design accessories. From my perspective, there are plenty of people still buying good old fashioned printed books.  And there are a lot of people who love books for reasons beyond reading them.

The Kindle and other electronic readers are about reading, which is about stories, and the enjoyment of books in their purest form.  Nobody buys e-books to look sophisticated or give their home an appealing aesthetic (that’s where Juniper Books comes in to help some of my clients with their libraries.)  Personally I’m happy to see more people reading on electronic devices, because it means they are reading, and that is generally good for the world – and from a business perspective more reading in any format means more book collecting.  I’m not worried about printed books going away because:

1. Some portion of the market is always going to make printed books their primary source of reading, not everyone is going to adopt the electronic format.

2. Electronic readers still want to own their favorite books in printed form to read and reread again.

3. A bookshelf that shows what you have read / are reading / think should be in your house is important to a lot of people and there is no electronic substitute, sorry.

My goal in business is not to be Barnes & Noble or Amazon, I have a niche that I am quite happy with.  My niche is not dependent on selling thousands of copies of the latest thriller.  I do think that printing hardcover books will become increasingly cost prohibitive for a lot of books, and that trend has already been happening.  So, lots of books go straight to paperback, many are self-published, print-on-demand, etc. as a way to keep the costs down.

But in the same way that entertainment has proliferated with hundreds of cable channels, etc. books will still be varied and will available however you want them.  You can still go to the movie theater and see a film on the big screen and it’s packed some nights.  And you will still be able to get your books in printed form for many years to come.

I think we are starting to see the return of some used bookstores that had previously closed due to Internet driven price competition.  People miss their local bookseller and browsing books in person and to be honest online mega-used booksellers do a terrible job of describing what they have for sale and communicating with customers, so there is an opportunity for reasonably priced used bookstores to re-enter the market.  Bookstores that sell new books are not going to be coming back anytime soon, the margins are just too difficult.  That being said, the ones that have survived are thriving – like the Boulder Bookstore and the Tattered Cover – because they have great selection, knowledgeable staff and a pleasant atmosphere.

Big bookstores like Barnes & Noble are going to keep expanding their product offerings and they are going to end up selling few units of more products in order to stay in business.  If you have been in these stories lately you know parts of their floor look like more like a toy store than a book store.

The number of stores that sell books is also expanding and will continue to expand – such as gift shops, specialty retailers, flower shops, etc.  To be honest it’s easier than ever for retailers to add new or used books to their mix, books look great around the shop, even if they aren’t huge sellers.

Books are very personal – the choices you make about what to read and what to keep when you are limited on space.   My innovation has been to help clients build a personal library of the size, style and scope they works for them – not being limited by what I have in stock, what is in-print, or what the books look like in their original format.   So I have just taken the personalization of libraries and book collections to another level that I think is in keeping with the world we live in now – we all have more choices and if you don’t like something the way it is, you can generally change it to get it the way you want it.

Thatcher

Thatcher Makes Art from Books

I love books and get to work with them all day long.  When I have a few minutes between working on a client’s library or decorative book project, I try to execute some of the ideas I have dreamed up for using books in new and creative ways.  I have posted a few of my recent projects here and there will be more in the future (I have a notebook with about 350 ideas so far!!!)   If there are any book lovers who would like to commission a project or buy a customized version of one of these works, please contact me.

Book Staircase

This first project shown above was in my head for a long long time as the boring staircase in the warehouse always bothered me.  I considered painting the stairs, or carpeting them, but then came up with the idea of constructing book panels for the risers.  They are only 1″ deep, and yes, I had to chop the books to make the panels.  However, these are plentiful bestsellers and I don’t think anyone will miss them.  The result is colorful, fun, and exudes literary abundance – so many books in the warehouse they are stuffed under the stairs!

American Flag Made with Red White and Blue Books
American Flag of Books

In the warehouse I have a wall full of white and neutral colored books as that is one of the most popular requests I receive – I wanted to create something on that wall that popped out from the lighter tones and came up with the idea of an American flag made from books.

Books Make up a Christmas Tree
Christmas Tree of Books

The Christmas tree of books was a huge hit for our holiday party at the warehouse.  It was constructed of nearly 800 books with a custom made base on casters and a lighting system designed to emanate light from the books!

Hanging Books and Lights

Suspended Books and Lights

The suspended books interspersed with retro Edison light bulb fixtures is just the first of many projects to come like this.  The concept was to create a cool looking divider along our balcony.  The books used are custom wrapped in neutral linen fabric, then tied together and suspended with steel cables.

Book Towers

Book Towers

The book towers are just one concept I cooked up  in the Juniper Books R&D lab for innovative ways to display and use books – I wouldn’t do this with a home library, but it would be fun for merchandising in a store.

So, that’s the beginning of the art from books project available for public viewing,  I’m always working on more ideas for how to use books and book parts in new ways – so stay tuned for more . . .

Thatcher

Gift Wrapping Books – Some Creative Ideas

Books are about one of the easiest things to wrap as presents, which can make a standard wrapping presentation a little boring in my opinion.  Here are a few thoughts on creative ways to wrap books to give as gifts.

Keep in mind that a few essential tools of the trade for good wrapping are:

– a t-square
– a rotary cutter or exacto knife
– double sided tape

For some of the projects mentioned below, it’s good to use some leftover wrapping paper scraps, kraft paper and/or other art papers.

Instead of gift wrapping a book in wrapping paper, make a new “jacket” for it either using solid color art / drawing paper, or wrapping paper.  Don’t wrap it all the way around like a present, but cut it like a book jacket.

Book Gift Wrapping Examples

Book Gift Wrapping Examples

Make a book “band” to go around the book, affixing it with double sided tape.  You can either just use this as the wrapping, or put it over the jacket you made for the book above.  Book bands were popularly used in the 1920s and 30s by publishers to make a book more eye catching or advertising a future book.  You can get very creative with them and make it a keepsake in itself.

If you use a relatively solid paper for the band, you can write your gift note on the band itself.

Close Up Creative Book Wrapping

Close Up Creative Book Wrapping

At Juniper Books, we also make custom printed book jackets that can turn the usual into something unusual and special.  For example we made this custom jacket for the Keith Richards’ Life book – it is in a leather looking style, so it makes the book look like an instant classic that has a home on your shelves next to Mark Twain!  Please contact us for more details on helping with special projects like this.

Keith Richards's Life in Red Leather

Keith Richards's Life in Red Leather

 

I have also included a photo of the holiday gift we sent to client.  We made a custom bound journal with our new logo on it, then wrapped it in a custom printed book jacket that doubles as a holiday greeting!  You can make your own version of this in time for Christmas by following some of the instructions above.

Custom Journal and Book Jacket

Juniper Books Custom Journal and Book Jacket

Giving Leather and Easton Press Books as Gifts

Books make great gifts, there is no doubt about it.  This time of year we help a lot of our past clients track down some special books to give as gifts.  For the true book collectors, we have located hard to find first editions that are on the wish list.  For clients with an interest in a particular subject, we come up with ideas for something the recipient will appreciate – such as a rare book on horses.  But by far our most popular items this time of year are leather books, both antique leather books and modern leather books such as Easton Press published books.

Easton Press History of England

Easton Press History of England

The reason for the popularity of leather books this time of year is that they are special editions.  Most books come in hardcover or paperback, but only a very small percentage of book titles are ever deemed worthy enough to bound in leather bindings.  Some classics can be found in antique leather bindings, and we carry a lot of them, and they make great gifts.   But what we sell the most of this time of year are Easton Press books because they are brand new (or found in like new condition), they are sumptuous decorative books, and because there are hundreds of literary classics and other important titles in the market.

Easton Press Books

Easton Press Books

Whether its a nice gift edition of Jane Austen or Mark Twain, or leather bound copy of Little House on the Prairie or Anne of Green Gables, we either stock or can obtain most books and classics in leather bindings.  Some of the books can get quite expensive as Easton Press books quickly go out of print and they have very limited runs.

A note of caution when buying Easton Press books from online dealers – be sure to ask before you buy if the seller really has the book in stock an how long it will take to receive it.  We have a lot of expertise here buying from these books from all sources and we have learned the hard way that a for sale listing for a brand new Easton Press book, especially on the less common titles, does not mean that the seller really has it in stock or will ship it to you anytime in the near future.

If you would like assistance tracking down a nice leather book to give as a gift please contact Thatcher.  And if the book does not exist in a leather binding presently, Thatcher will design it and have it bound in leather for you as he did for a client who wanted a copy of The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.

JD Salinger Leather Bound Catcher in the Rye

Catcher in the Rye - Custom Leather Binding

If you have Easton Press (or Franklin Library, or other leather books) you would like to sell, please contact us as well as we buy these books in like new condition all the time.

Happy holidays!

Antique Leather Books from Juniper Books Revisited

Antique Leather Book Inventory of Juniper Books

Antique Leather Books in the Warehouse

Antique leather books are one of our specialties and we are one of the largest sellers of antique leather books around.  Our inventory and approach to antique leather books is very different from other sellers, so I’d like to point out what makes our books special and service superior to others who offer antique leather books by the foot.

  • About 90% of our books are in English, the remainder are in European languages, mostly French and German.  Customers are free to request 100% of their books in English.
  • Our antique leather book collections always a lot of literary classics and famous authors such, for example Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Sir Walter Scott, Shakespeare, Robert Burns, etc.  Customers may also request their favor authors and we will do our best to accommodate.
  • We do NOT sell Scandinavian leather books (Swedish, Danish, etc.).  Even if your books are just for decoration, it is nice to own leather books in English for a variety of reasons – first of all, they make a better impression on anyone who sees the library and can read the titles and secondly, they hold their value and appreciate over time as the market for English language books is large and growing, especially in contrast to the Scandinavian books which have flooded the market.
  • We apply leather conditioner to all of our antique leather books before they ship which helps maintain their beauty and extend their life.   We offer an onsite service to perform regular maintenance on your books (recommended every 3-5 years depending on where you live) or we can offer advice on what products you can use to maintain them yourself.
Restoration and Maintanence of Antique Leather Books

Leather Conditioning Books

  • In the process of building your collection – we will photograph your entire selection of books for your approval before they ship and you can make changes based on what you see.

As we noted in another recent blog posting, some projects involving antique leather books lately have included:

  • Building a collection of 35 feet of antique leather books, ALL in English, none deeper than 6″ so they could all fit on the clients’ shelves.
  • Putting together several COMPLETE sets of literary classics by British authors for a client who does not want partial sets.
  • Finding a leather bound set of James Fenimore Cooper for a long time client.
  • Finding a beautiful volume of the Complete Works of Shakespeare illustrated by Rockwell Kent for a client to give her son for Christmas.
  • Sending a leather bound set of the Young Folk’s Library to a long time client who wanted some some leather bound “childrens books” and this is about as close as one can get . . .
  • Having a client come by our warehouse in Boulder to pick out about 60 antique leather books for the library at his second home, we are always happy to have customers and interior designers visit!
  • Putting together a selection of oversized antique leather books for a retailer to use in merchandising their store.
Antique Leather Bound Young Folks Library

Young Folks' Library

We also just finished up a project that lasted about a year and involved close to 2,000 antique leather and vellum books, more on that to come in the next few days . . .

Thatcher Makes a Creative Hanukah Menorah from Books

I’m always thinking of creative things to do with books – whether it’s building book collections on specific themes, printing cool graphics on book jackets, or re-purposing old books into something new.  The Book Menorah concept is something that just hit me one day – the basic structure of a menorah (8 candle holders at one level with 1 candle at a slightly higher level) lends itself perfectly to being re-built with books that can be assembled in similar sizes.

Menorahs are for celebrating Hanukah, the festival of lights that commemorates the ancient miracle wherein the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed and they only found enough oil to burn for one day, but it lasted for 8 days!

I grew up in New York City and we had this beautiful family menorah that we lit every night for eight nights during the festival of Hanukah each year.  So, this is what I have always assumed a menorah should look like.

Classic Traditional Hanukah Menorah

But the family menorah can only be in one place at one time and so right it lives at my mother’s house in upstate New York, a few thousand miles away from me in Boulder, Colorado.   So my idea was to combine an image of my family menorah with the custom printed book jackets that I have been making and create the first ever Book Menorah!

I built a few prototypes first just to play with the concept of using books for the structure and candle holders and these turned out to be quite interesting and creative in their own right.  The first one I made built on the concept of vintage book bundles – these are old books with their covers removed, giving a nice neutral vintage paper look.

menorah made from vintage books by Thatcher Wine

Vintage Book Bundle Menorah

From there I went on to play with the concept of re-purposing an antique leather book into a menorah.  I used a damaged book and drilled the candle holes into the book through the cover this time instead of top down into the text block.

antique leather book repurposed into book menorah by Thatcher WineAntique Leather Book Menorah

I thought these two menorahs were great – a cool creative re-purposing of old books and a neat menorahs for a bookseller to have!  They are as you can imagine, highly flammable though, so I had the fire extinguisher nearby when I shot these photos.

My next step before making the final version using the custom printed book jackets and the family menorah was to call one of my clients – the prop master for a Broadway theatre company – and ask him about applying fire retardant to books.  He recommended a product and I purchased it – it’s the same stuff that is required by some states to be applied to all props in public theaters, so it’s good stuff.  That being said, I am a professional and do not try this at home!

Creative Menorah made from Books with Custom Printed Book Jackets

The Book Menorah

This is the finished product.  My sister Winifred Abramson took the photo of the menorah in New York and e-mailed it to me.  I picked out some random books from our inventory – the titles will never be seen and I didn’t want to use any good books as they now have big holes in them.  The photo required some manipulation in photoshop to get the image to fit the books exactly – sometimes I start with the books and sometimes I start with the jackets when custom printing book jackets for clients.

Hankuah Menorah Made from Books by Thatcher Wine

Hanukah Book Menorah

Personally I think I ended up with an incredibly beautiful menorah that has a lot of family history with my own added artistic interpretation!  The Hanukah menorah has always been an object that has inspired a lot of creativity from artists, sculptors and others.  If you look for menorahs you will see a lot of fun ideas and designs.  I’m happy to be able to add my own contribution to the mix.

The Book Menorah is not presently for sale, but if you are interested in more information or buying one either as an art piece or a product in the future, please feel free to contact me.  Of course you can feel free to contact me with just about any request for books – in their traditional format, or more creative concepts.

Happy Hanukah everyone!

Hanukah Menorah Made from old books

Hanukah Menorah Made from old books

Packing Instructions for Nice Books . . .

Thatcher Packing Books

Shipping can be hard on books, especially antique books, antique leather books, antique vellum books and modern leather books too.  These are the packing instructions that we provide when we are buying books and having them shipped to us.  We also following these guidelines when we assemble and ship libraries around the world.  If you have ever received books from us, you know how much care goes into the packing to make sure that they are not damaged in transit due to poor packing.

Packing instructions:

1. Ideally each book should be wrapped in either blank newsprint, kraft paper, or bubble wrap (any is fine, just so the book doesn’t get scuffed in transit).  The preferred style is to “gift wrap” each book, but in the interest of time, each book can be loosely wrapped, or a group of 3-4 books can be wrapped together.

2. About 10-15 books should be packed in each box.  We like to use boxes ranging from 16 x 12 x 8 to a 20 x 14 x 10 size, or various sizes in between.  Doublewall boxes are preferred, but not essential.  We generally ship in brand new boxes.  The ideal weight for packed boxes is between 25-40 lbs, this reduces possibilities of breaking, damage caused by too much weight, etc.

3. Most importantly, all books should be packed lying flat on their backs (just as if you were reading the books) – the largest surface area will carry the weight.    The spines of the books should never carry any weight, so please don’t place any books spine up, or top edge up, etc. as they could break in transit.

4. As for how the books our handled in transit, we prefer to send complete libraries by freight carriers so that all the boxes stay together on one or more pallets.  If there are fewer boxes than a full pallet, we generally ship by Fedex Ground / Home Delivery.  People assume that Media Mail through the Post Office is the least expensive way to ship books, but Fedex actually has competitive rates when shipping lots of heavy books, and there is a big difference in the care of handling which can make Media Mail more expensive in the long run.