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A Dust Jacket That Transforms into a Shipping Box to Donate Used Books A Dust Jacket That Transforms into a Shipping Box to Donate Used Books

A Dust Jacket That Transforms into a Shipping Box to Donate Used Books

by Adele Peters
April 2, 2013

When you've just finished reading the latest new novel, where does it end up? For most people, it's likely to land permanently on the shelf; a few dedicated readers might break it out for a second read later, and fewer still might lend it to a friend. Other than acting as a display of your good taste in literature, it might not ever be used again. 

What if it was a little easier to donate a book after you were done? An Australian design firm worked with a publisher to start redesigning book covers: now, the dust jacket of some new novels in Australia can be flipped around, bent around the book, and sealed to be sent to a nonprofit that gives books to the homeless. The design is flexible, so it can easily be adapted for different book sizes and edited to include a different nonprofit's address in the region where the books are sold.

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