Go incognito with a DIY iPad booksafe case

Ben at Carrypad has designed an outstanding DIY project for security-minded iPad owners to try: a case made from a book. Yes, we’ve all seen DIY booksafes before, but usually for hiding stuff in a bookshelf, not for hiding gadgets in plain sight.

The hiding-in-plain-sight angle and the thought he’s put into the fit makes this an intriguing project for me. I especially like the “bookmark” he included for easy iPad removal. Though the process is pretty straightforward, he’s put together a how-to guide for our convenience.

Couple other ideas I had for this include a magnetic latch via magnets mounted in the corners, carving out a garage for a stylus, and separating the pages from the spine (they’re all glued to the back cover) to allow the front cover to fold back and under to prop it up at an angle. The basic design leaves a lot of room for customization. I wouldn’t be surprised if a fad forms out of it.