This I think is the stupidest Do-it-yourself I have ever seen. Are you guys serious? Your an academic website and your advocating destroying a book for the sake of hiding your iPod? Should have shown us how to make a water pipe in shop class for Christs sake. Do you think your viewers ride the short buss and eat glue sticks too? Come on, ask around and see if people would find this useful. I sure as hell wouldn't...
Kiel, you need to get over yourself
I think the idea of books as sacred objects not to be trifled with is a holdover from pre-industrial days when owning a book was SOMETHING. Nowadays, there's 8 million more of them out there and probably four at the local Half Price Books or equivalent.
It's just a book, soy ink on cheap paper with a shiny cover. If you need to build a temple to each book you've read and have them on display for all to see and be impressed by it's time to ease up a little. I suggesting giving them away to random people visiting your home. Start with the one you like the most, it's liberating.
Full disclosure: my temple/bookshelf is about 50 books strong still but could be much larger.