Geeky Bookends

Watch your mind expand as your hardcover collection grows with this set of smart bookends. Designed with logical left and creative right brains in mind, this cerebral concrete decor holds your storied classics and soon-to-be-favorites, keeping your knowledge right where you can see it.

Books falling over? Here’s a simple bookend project. Total cost under a buck, and you can make them in just a few minutes.

  1. A simple, geometric bookend, because you should (sing-songy Girl Scout voice) buy new books and keep the old — one bookend is copper and the other is gold (fine, BRASS).
  2. Bookends are usually designed to support an upright row of books. Mostly common in libraries and homes, bookends are both utilitarian and decorative. Today we collected amusing bookend designs for your inspiration. If you’re an interior designer or a bookworm, we’re.
  3. Knob Creek Metal Arts’s geeky bookends are made of solid steel, so even if have more than a handful of hardbound first editions in your collection, the bookends will be able to hack it. For a set of geeky bookends, expect to shell out at least $39.99 (additional costs for shipping).

The symbols on these particular bookends are in bra-ket notation, which is very common in many fields of physics related to quantum mechanics. Obviously, you can use other symbols as well– we put /* and */ around our programming books.

We said that it’s simple, and it is: it’s a brick wrapped in a piece of paper.

If you don’t have a couple of bricks (and we didn’t), they turn out to be cheap at hardware and home improvement stores. These are “cement bricks” — red dyed cement– and cost about $0.25 each. Wrapping them up keeps them from scratching up your shelves and books, but also from depositing cement debris everywhere.

Crease the edges of the paper along the length of the brick.

Fold down the ends just as you would for wrapping a present.

You can use tape or any glue you like for holding the paper on. We used contact cement for total overkill; duct tape would probably also be overkill.

Repeat for the second brick.

There are any number of ways to get your artwork in place– laser printer, modge podge, cut and paste, etc.

We chose cut and paste– which is a bit insane for skinny little pieces like these, but we did it anyway. The pattern was designed in an online LaTeX equation editor that can generate a PDF output. After cutting out the pieces we mocked them up in place to see where they would go when we applied the glue.

Lay out the pieces to glue upside down. Freezer paper is a nice material for a gluing prep area because of the slick surface.

And install on the shelf. Cat optional.

So, you want to start a manga collection? Having a huge collection means that you can explore new series on a whim, and even crack open an old favorite whenever you want to.

You’ll no longer have to make several trips to the bookstore or library when you have an entire collection at your fingertips.

Collecting manga is an expensive hobby, so it’s best to make sure that you’re financially committed before you get started. By following these steps, you can make sure that you collect the right manga, at the best price.

Related: How to read manga online for free (legally)

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1. Clear Off Your Bookshelf

Whether you have a large or small manga collection, you want to be able to show it off. Keeping your collection in storage bins doesn’t give you a chance to put your manga on display.

Plus, it’s a lot more difficult to find the manga you want to read when you have to dig through a pile of books.

If you already have a bookshelf, consider reserving a large portion of it for your manga collection—and if you don’t have a bookshelf, you might want to get one.

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2. Make a List of Your Favorite Series


Starting a manga collection is always the hardest part, especially when you have several series that you love.

With thousands of great manga to choose from, it’s overwhelming to think about which series you’ll want to complete first.

Before you make any impulse buys, make a list of your absolute favorite series. Love Death Note or One Punch Man? Make it a point to add those series to your collection first.

Related: Excellent manga series that should be adapted to anime

3. Don’t Buy Manga You Won’t Read

In the same vein, try to avoid buying manga that you’ll never read. There’s really no point to have manga on your shelf just to display it. Buying manga “just to have them” will only waste the cash that you could be spending on manga that you actually like.

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4. Consider Used Manga and Boxed Sets

Since manga collecting is such an expensive hobby, you’ll want to try to save as much money as you can. That means buying used manga, or buying a collection of manga in bulk.

Not all of your manga has to look perfectly new. Some used manga is still well taken care of, so you won’t always have to worry about yellow pages, rips, or bends in the cover.

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Take a trip to your local bookstore or thrift shop, and you just might find the used manga that you’re looking for in decent-looking shape.

If you can’t find the used manga that you want, you can always buy it from a used bookstore online. For example, did you know that Better World Books has a manga section?

Related: The best online bookstores for used books

Buying boxed sets of manga boxed, new or used, can also help you save a good amount of cash. When sold in a set, manga is sometimes sold at a cheaper price than if you were to buy each individually.

5. Skip the Longer Series at First

Super-long manga series like One Piece and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure are almost impossible to collect.

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The amount of time, money, and space you’d need to sacrifice just to collect dozens of volumes just isn’t worth it—unless you really, really enjoy the series and you’re a die-hard fan.

And it’s totally fine if you only own a partial collection for a certain series, so don’t kick yourself for not having every single volume of One Piece. You might even want to set a limit for the number of manga you’d like to own in each series.

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Enjoy Your Manga Collection

Once your manga collection starts coming together, you can sit back and appreciate the art and story in each manga.It’s a satisfying hobby that looks great on your bookshelf!

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