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How to Create a Book Box Set

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Recently I set about creating a box/slipcase for my Infini Calendar series to show off/sell at events. After some trial and error, I now have my box and it looks great.

What I did was, I looked on Etsy for people who can make these things. I ended up going with Jim Arner (JArnerSr@wyomerc.com). Before contacting anyone, you should get the combined measurements of all the books you want to put in the box. I only had three books to put in mine, so it ended up coming out to 5.5 x 8.5 x 1.3.

You should also have an idea of how you want it to look. If your books have an aesthetic theme, you should recreate that on the box. Mine don’t really have an overarching theme, so I just winged it.

The process itself is actually very easy. The only major hurdle is the price. For mine, it came out to about $115 with shipping. This makes it very difficult to mass-produce, and I only plan on having one or two at a time. Honestly, I think the best use for these is to make them event exclusives. My intention is to charge somewhere around $50 and just take the loss. Maybe sign it. Hopefully, the interest I build will make up for it.

Edit: I’ve been toying with the idea of listing it on Amazon but I’m not sure how that would go.

Originally published at https://www.proofreadexcelsior.com on December 31, 2019.


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