Go Away, I’m Reading

by sarahenni on February 10, 2012

I’m so excited today to bring you something very, extremely cool that was—once again—made possible through the magic of Twitter! I shared this recently, an accessory that I’m fairly certain all of my friends absolutely need:

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My friend Tracey Neithercott commented that it would make a great Kindle or book cover, and we commiserated that – to our knowledge – the internet had not yet created this. Enter Erin Bowman, organizer of awesome things and designer extraordinaire, who said, “Challenge accepted!”

After some brainstorming of what other great covers would fit in the “Go Away, I’m Reading” vein, Tracey, Erin, and I had some fantastic ideas. Just days later, Erin had an amazing design that was custom-made for (slightly smaller) YA books.

There are three sets of designs, all of which will allow you to silently warn everyone at the coffee shop that Reading TIme ≠ Social Time.

To get Set #1, go here:

For Set #2, go here:

And you can download Set #3 below!

At Hogwarts // In Narnia // Mt. Doom (LotR) // In the Arena (Hunger Games) // In Forks (Twilight)

Printing Instructions:

These covers will fit the traditionally-sized YA book.* Take the PDFs to your local FedEx or Staples and get them printed on tabloid paper (11x17in). We suggest a matte cardstock  (you could print on something glossy, but sometimes that causes light glares at certain angles and you want people to be able to read that Go Away message without incident). Choose a weight between 60-80lb for the paper. Anything lighter and the page will be too thin, anything heavier and folding it around your book will be difficult. You can have the store cut the printer-outs for you (it will cost a little more), or you can handle it on your own when you get home (there are crop marks in the files).

Erin also has a great tutorial up on her blog about how she puts the dust jackets on her books. I have a little different method, so here’s a video where I show an alternative dust jacketing method:

Let us know what you think, and of course we’d love to see pictures of the dust jackets in action!

* There are, of course, exceptions.

Creative Commons License
“Go Away” Dust Jacket Series by Erin Bowman, Sarah Enni, and Tracey Neithercott is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at www.embowman.com

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Erin Bowman February 10, 2012 at 8:56 am

This is a fabulous wrapping alternative, Sarah! Reminds me of when I had to cover books in HS. At least this is a lot prettier than brown paper bags ;)

I’m so glad you found that awesome pin and that I ACCEPTED THE CHALLENGE. Books nerds ftw! :)

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sarahenni February 10, 2012 at 12:42 pm

It is definitely the same method we used in high school! But you’re right, these are WAY better! Wouldn’t it be great if some kids brought books to HS covered in these?!

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Rachele Alpine February 10, 2012 at 9:04 am

I LOVE these….how cute! Such a great idea!! :)

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sarahenni February 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I’m so glad you like them! Any excuse to make life brighter and funnier, right??

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Danielle February 10, 2012 at 9:28 am

AMAZING! I freaking love these! Well done, ladies!

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sarahenni February 10, 2012 at 12:50 pm

You know you want the Twilight one.

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Danielle February 10, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Obvs. And the Mount Doom one. I also want you to make me one of these in a frameable form. Kthanks!

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Rebecca B February 10, 2012 at 9:41 am

Gorgeous! I want them all.

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sarahenni February 10, 2012 at 1:03 pm

They do look mighty fun all sitting together on a shelf!

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Tracey Neithercott February 10, 2012 at 10:06 am

As a giant HIMYM fan, I greatly approve of the Challenge Accepted gif. That’s exactly what it was like!

Thanks for doing the alternative cover method. It’s like being in school. :)

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sarahenni February 10, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Yes! I knew my fellow HIMYM fans would appreciate it :)

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Yahong February 10, 2012 at 10:56 am

ACK THESE ARE AMAZING. Erin, Tracey, Sarah, vous êtes fantastique! Loooove the Twilight jab — “send help”, hehehe. :D

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sarahenni February 10, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Yahong, how did you know I prefer to be complimented en français?! ;) Thank you!!

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Jana February 10, 2012 at 11:55 am

Wonderful! I am already thinking of how to incorporate these into my life!!

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sarahenni February 10, 2012 at 1:43 pm

A rainbow set of these on your bookshelf will improve happiness by 73%. That’s just science.

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Krispy February 10, 2012 at 12:39 pm

I’m so glad you all had this idea and that Erin offered up her services. They are lovely and adorable and all around awesome! LIKE YOU THREE LADIES. :D Thanks for sharing these with the world!

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sarahenni February 10, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Aw thank you so much!! And I’m glad Erin jumped on the chance, too!

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Julia :) February 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Bahahaha the Forks one is hilarious. XD

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sarahenni February 10, 2012 at 1:44 pm

:D I’m glad you like it!!

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Patricia Marques February 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm

This is fantastic! Can’t wait to get a little more time on my hands to deck out a few of my books in these!

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sarahenni February 10, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Oooh, do it! And send pics!

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Emy Shin February 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm

I LOVE your alternative dust jacketing method, Sarah. Dust jackets bother me because they keep slipping, but this? Is genius.

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sarahenni February 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm

YAY! I’m so glad you like it! I was worried everyone would already know that method :) It makes reading a book with a cover on it 10,000X nicer!

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Cristin Terrill February 10, 2012 at 6:52 pm

These are so cool! I love that you just came up with this idea and then ACTUALLY MADE THEM. I’m one of those people that always ends up sitting next to the person on the plane who wants to chat with me despite my nose being in a book and headphones on my ears (I’m never listening to anything, I’m just trying to telegraph to people that I don’t want to talk), but maybe this will actually keep people away! I’m totally trying it on my next plane trip and reporting back.

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Elodie February 11, 2012 at 7:16 am

These are WONDERFUL! You ladies came up with such a great idea! (and much needed as well :D)

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Ariel February 11, 2012 at 5:36 pm

These are awesome! You should really make some more, perhaps for other famous books like Percy Jackson :)

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Stephaness February 12, 2012 at 12:39 pm

These are so awesome, beyond words. I love the twilight dig too xD awesome job!!!

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Hayley February 12, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Adorable!!!! I might need to download a few…

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david cheek February 15, 2012 at 6:30 pm

you should put “NOT YOUR BOOK” on one of them or on the spine of some of the others

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Linzie February 18, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Just love these! :D

When I hav the time I will be getting these and covering my book sets ^-^ (and maybe my reading books for english when I figure out what size they are)

you ladies should make one for the Mortal Instruments series ^-^

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Sarah February 23, 2012 at 9:34 am

these. are. so. AWESOME.

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Karla F. February 24, 2012 at 2:50 am

I fell in love with this the second i saw it on pinterest!! i always take the dust jackets off my book when i read one so it doesnt get ruined but i also dont like m hardback to get anything on in either so this is great now i just need to print these out!! love the hunger games one im on the 2nd book now so i need to print it out quick!!

thanks sooo much!

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Carley February 29, 2012 at 4:55 am

These are absolutely amazing – like many others, saw on Pinterest and fell in love! So glad today is payday as I’ll be straight off to get these printed – and def like the idea of getting a kindle cover with ‘Go away, I’m reading’ too!

Great idea, great execution. Love it!

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Ruby March 3, 2012 at 1:57 pm

I wanted to get a twilight one, i think its funny, but do you have one that says brb also?

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Jeni March 9, 2012 at 9:52 am

I’m totally going to have to figure out how to put one of these on my Kindle. Stellar!

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Joel March 10, 2012 at 12:18 am

I was going to send a few thousand ppl your way from my Twilight blog, but i guess its really a burn on Twilight after all. So i guess not. They looked cool tho. Too bad.

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Mor Zrihen - A Teacher's Treasure March 11, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Found you via Pinterest and I LOVE this!!!!!

I’m off to experiment and try to make one for my Kindle :)

Is it ok to link a post to your & this video?

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Mor Zrihen - A Teacher's Treasure March 11, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Also, I teach middle school reading and would love to make more of these book specific covers for my kids, any chance you can explain to me how to make those covers {what size did you use?}

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GeneralStatement March 11, 2012 at 5:49 pm

I also would love to see more of these. I’m starting to read the Discworld series and the Barsoom series and would love to see those made. I also think a “In Florin, BRB” would go great on my Princess Bride book. And Neverland. And….
There’s just too many books these would go great on!

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Brandon March 11, 2012 at 8:40 pm

That is how I did in in middle school and high school but with paper bags to protect my books for class. I always also put a piece of tape on the top and bottom of the dust covers that just held it on a little bit more. .

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Obienator March 11, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Awesome idea! Need one for the”Game Of Thrones” books myself.
“In Westeros, BRB”

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Ola March 12, 2012 at 7:19 am

I love it!!!!

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Amy W March 12, 2012 at 1:06 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE! Need one for Game of Thrones for my Kindle…get cracking.

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Claire March 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm

I love the dust jacket, that’s so neat!

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Therru March 12, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Wonderful! Well done! I’d love one that said, “In Ankh-Morpork, BRB”. Or, possibly, “At a ball at Netherfield, BRB”.

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Libby Lu March 12, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Love these covers and can’t wait to stalk your blog.
Peace and happy, uninterrupted reading,
Libby Lu

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HeartBurnKid March 12, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Those are freaking awesome! Any chance of seeing “In Ankh-Morpork, BRB” or something similar in the next set?

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Elizabeth March 12, 2012 at 5:54 pm

I want one for my Kindle!

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Cizifus March 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Can’t read: I’m TEXTING ! ! !

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Molly March 12, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Now all we need are Kindle covers! ;)

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Crystal March 12, 2012 at 8:52 pm

I absolutely adore these, (went ahead and got all three sets of them) and as soon as I can I will have a whole collection of printed dust jackets. I was wondering though, may I edit one of the PDFs for a custom dust jacket to better suit my needs?

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Karon March 12, 2012 at 10:45 pm

I love these. My mom used to cover my school books, but the covers were never as lovely as these. Sharing this on my blog.

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Nil Zed March 13, 2012 at 10:10 am

Im thinking there needs to be a site to enter where you are and create the one you want.

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Katie March 13, 2012 at 10:37 am

Love. It.

And, uh, want one for my Kindle. Next challenge?

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Kay Mitchell March 13, 2012 at 10:39 am

Fan-freaking-tastic! These are so cool. Thank you so much for making them available to all of us! I’ve downloaded them all and am tweeting the heck out of this. If one of you crafty goddesses decides to do e-reader covers of these on etsy or some-such, let the world know, I would buy at least 4 of these.

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Karen White March 13, 2012 at 11:08 am

Taking a bunch of 12 year old girls to HUNGER GAMES for my daughter’s birthday in couple weeks. TOTALLY gonna print up some of these for party favors! Thanks for sharing.

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Éva S March 13, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Wonderful! Please consider designing these as Kindle covers! You would sell a ton of them!

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Maggie March 14, 2012 at 3:21 am

These are so awesome and creative! Plus I’m totally anal when it comes to my dust jackets — now I can put one of yours on when I’m reading a book and taking it everywhere. Great idea. :)

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Mimi March 16, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I’m the same way about dust covers! I take them off when I tote my books around so they don’t end up getting beat up.

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Van P. March 15, 2012 at 1:26 am

Brilliant ideas ladies!! I love them! I’m planning on printing a couple of these :)

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Jennifer May March 15, 2012 at 4:14 am

I love these! Is there any way you would be able to print them without an A3 printer though?

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Mimi March 16, 2012 at 3:14 pm

I hate when I’m sitting there reading and people come up to talk, I mean, really can you not tell I’M BUSY?!? I LOVE THE COVERS!!! I’m thinking of covering my books with wrapping paper and putting on alphabet letters to say GO AWAY :) (since I already have the materials)

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Emiko March 17, 2012 at 10:17 am

Excellent idea! love it

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GiGi March 17, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Love this! It Legen- wait for it- Dary! I would love to get these for my books but I need help because I have no idea how to print them or anything. I downloaded the pdf’s but after that I have no idea what to do or what the 60-80 weight is about. My I get some help here, please?

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Miss K March 18, 2012 at 10:02 am

This is so clever! I love them.

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harmonyfb March 18, 2012 at 10:52 am

I am printing a set of these out for Summer Reading prizes at the library where I work (we can even cover them like normal dust jackets so they’ll be quite durable.) I predict they’ll be a big hit with the teens.

And, of course, I require a set for myself. :)

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James August 31, 2012 at 7:18 am

You guys should make ones for the classics, like “In Hell, BRB” (Dante’s Inferno), “Spoiler: Everyone Dies” (Macbeth), stuff like that!

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Breanna September 20, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Hi,
I was wondering if you had a copy of the release of copywright for the PDF’s because I went to a fedex copy place to print them and they asked for it because the copywright is obvious on each printout. I’m going to try another print shop in the meantime but if you have it could you email it to me?
Thank you!

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Amy October 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm

I love these. I do have a question though. What size paper would you need to cover a paperback instead of the hardback? I like James’s suggestions for more covers. I also plan to copy them to an iron on fabric and adhere to a kindle cover…couldn’t hurt and they might get the idea. How about : Don’t Bother Me….I BITE!! CAUTION : I’m OFF my medication!

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Sheireen October 16, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I just love your dust jacket series! I wrote about it on my blog in italian, to let my friends understand ;)

http://sheireenswords.blogspot.it/2012/10/go-away-dust-jacket-series.html

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Yasmin Selena Butt November 18, 2012 at 6:01 am

That’s hilarious and beautifully tongue in cheek ; )
As a writer, I approve and as a lover of gorgeous book cover, got to say, nice choice of typography!

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Lilly January 21, 2013 at 8:38 pm

OMG. LOVE. You should make a Percy Jackson one! Or maybe I could try…
Tehe.
“BRB, Saving Camp Half-Blood” :D

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Abigail March 15, 2013 at 7:08 am

Do you have a In Fork BRB one? I love twilight and would totally put this on my school books. Thanks

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amy gentilini April 10, 2013 at 8:35 pm

I need interchangeable kindle covers for these lol so i can change it to my mood

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Ashley LaMar August 22, 2013 at 9:36 am

These are fabulous! I am so happy that I came across these. I had to share them with my readers. Thank you for providing me with a new weekend craft.

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Michelou September 13, 2013 at 10:18 am

These are great! We’d like to use them in a library display!

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sarahenni September 26, 2013 at 11:13 am

Please do! I know we’d love to see how you chose to display them :D

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Katie October 7, 2013 at 12:28 am

LOVE THESE!!! Have you thought about doing any classics like “Not Now… Falling in love with Mr. Darcy” I can’t stop downloading!!! MORE MORE MORE. Great work Ladies :)

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Melinda March 25, 2014 at 11:28 pm

These are great, but I think that the Hunger Games book cover would better read “send help” as well. They are great books and all, but….I don’t know how long I would like to be there :)

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