Book City Jackets


Book City Jackets by Jeremy Schwartz, are kraft paper book covers. They are the updated, more design-y versions of the paper bag book covers we used to make for school textbooks as kids. Made me smile and want to cover my books with these! $9 for a set of three. I think this is a fantastic gift for any booklover. Buy them here. (For all my Brooklyn readers: You can find them at the Brooklyn Flea this summer!)

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  1. Why not just make the book covers out of paper bags? They have already been printed and produced and will make their contribution to waste. What is the point of this product? Can anybody explain?

  2. I agree.
    I’m tired of stuff like this. It’s pointless…. AND arrogant to charge $9 for 3!?
    NINE DOLLARS for 3 pieces of brown paper so some dorky designer types can feel better about customizing everything they own.
    What’s next? Toilet paper with an ‘P’ for poop on every square in a different font? Dork designers would probably swoon for that at $26 a roll.

  3. @Mattymatticus: Breathe! Breathe!

  4. i think they’re pretty fun — as swissmiss says, a cute (cheap!) gift for a book lover or someone who’s reading “War and Peace”. and, besides, a lot of stores don’t give out paper bags anymore and even if they do a lot of people don’t take them because they bring their own canvas ones. website says 100% recycled.

  5. At $9 a set a quick cocktail napkin calculation reveals an up charge of approximately 4000 times construction costs (not including any costs other than manufacturing). That’s more than slightly obscene.

  6. What a fantastic way to protect most-treasured books. (Or hide covers of embarrassing reads from others… ;-)

  7. Wasteful.

  8. Hi! It’s Jeremy from Book City Jackets.

    We wanted to let everyone know that we’re in the process of expanding our line with “Artist Edition” sets — these sets will feature drawings, patterns, et cetera and will be more graphic and less literal than our flagship “Bookshelf” set. The idea behind this series is to turn covered books into pieces of art in and of themselves; we think that book covers can be a really interesting “canvas” for artists when they don’t have to represent an author’s vision. With Artist Edition book covers you get cool, inexpensive and transportable pieces of art that get displayed on your bookshelf, on the train, in the cafe, on the beach . . . anywhere you bring your book.

    The first set will be out in the next few weeks. Keep an eye on our website or email me — jeremy [at mark] bookcityjackets [dot] com — if you’re interested.


  9. @swissmiss: I’ve breathed… deeply and three times even.

    Sorry for the rant and negativity. It was a random outburst.
    Love your site and most posts…
    but still not loving the concept or price of these ‘covers’


  10. I think these are the cutest, quirkiest gift ! I’ve given a few out as gifts, and I’ve seen nothing but smiles. I also wrap my smutty gay novels in these as well. And as for the price, I spend more on my bad habit McDonald’s lunches once a week. I hate that this recession has made people so miserly. I’m all about the entrepreneurial spirit behind this start up. Way to bring a little joy to my commute!

  11. Well. I always made my own sleeves out of newspapers and paper bags. I like doing that because these are then truly custom and I would not care about damaging them. In the end these sleeves are there to protect the books.
    Its the same situation that we got into when they started making really nice stickers for sun glasses – they were so nice that people kept them on. Make a nice book jacket and someone might get pissy if you scuff it for them.
    Anyways, I really love the font on the first image. Has Anyone any idea what typeface it might be?

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