My mother has always been there for me, been someone I could count on, and I love her for that.
She also has unwittingly helped foster my writing by being an avid reader. Having books around helped to show me that there was a market for good stories, and having her buy the vast majority of her novels the past year or so through her e-reader made me inquire about publishing to them, eventually leading me to discover the e-publishing process.
So I thought what better way to show my mother how much she means to me than making her a present that she can use and that will also show a deference to the past of literature with a transition to the new.
I decided to build her a charging dock for her nook color, and I would use an old novel for the base.
The end result after a weekend of work came out like this:
I relabeled the book and removed the center of a great many pages to do it, and step by step images can be found here for those curious as to how I pulled it off (make sure to read the notes, there's plenty of good stuff in there including an awkward encounter with a cashier at the book story):
It was a fun project, and one that works as well-charging her nook color overnight while it is in sleep mode while keeping it upright and away from spilled drinks or falling candles, etc.
I believe that reading needs to be brought to more and more people, as it's popularity in the age of facebook and youtube has been dropping among the most recent generation.
One of the ways we can do this is to reintroduce the "novelty", if you will excuse the pun, of the reading experience in fresh ways, such as e-readers and the audio book format. Audiobooks in mp3 are a great way to carry your fiction with you on the go, and despite the new delivery mechanism the essence of the experience, the interpretation and re-imagining of events through the prism of the readers mind persists.
With a little effort, some fresh ideas and a healthy dose of enthusiasm, we can bring reading to this generation like my mother has to me. So Happy Mothers Day Mom. Enjoy your one of a kind-handcrafted with love nook charging dock, and I hope it serves you half as long as the gift of reading will me.