Here is an idea of what you can do with a hardcover book that you bought and didn’t like. You can make a reading light of it. That isn’t the first time time when people come up with such idea. But to make a floor lamp you need a lot of books and for this reading light you need only one.
The reading life is very cute and functional. It turns off when its closed and gives off a variable amount of light depending on how far you open it, up to about a 40W light equivalent. It gives a nice warm, soft light so it can be easily used on your bedside table. Although to make it you need to know how to do some basic soldering and some rudimentary wood cutting. And of course you have to be wiling to scalp a book. If you think you’re ready then visit Grathio Labs for full instructions.