Should we repurpose books, with thanks to @rielnason

Riel Nason, author of the terrific novel The Town That Drowned, tweeted this morning about some book purses she found on Etsy. Riel, who is very crafty herself (check out her beautiful quilts) wondered how she felt about books being turned into purses.  Novel Creations takes hardcover books and repurposes them into pretty little handbags.

I actually have a book purse. Years ago I came across them at a craft sale. I think I paid $12 for mine.

A quick Google search yielded some great (or, okay, strange) ideas for repurposing your old books.

9 Ways to Turn Old Musty Books Into Something Cool

5 DIY Crafts for Used Books

Cool Non-Literary Uses for Books

80 Awesome Ideas For All Your Old or Unwanted Books

And this Pinterest page offers New Uses for Old Books

I’m not crafty – but some of these ideas are sort of cool. What do you do with old books?

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