There is many ways which I will mention here. Two of them:

  • Rounding corners
  • Adding audio 🎙

I will also mention:

  • Book gliding (fore-edge painting)
  • Book binding
  • Highlighting (controversial)

Rounding Corners

You might ask yourself how does it make the book special? Making rounded corners is just costly. If you want to print a paper copy, rounding corners is an extra post-process that takes tools, time and effort. All that adds to the price.

Why would you do that?

Rounding corners makes them more natural. A pointy, rough, rigid shape is not something that occurs often in nature. If you look around, stones, shells, etc. have shapes that are an effect of nature forces working.

Those nature forces also affect any book you might have, that is especially true for soft cover paperbacks. Corners get folded, dog ears appear, cover splits.

Some of the advantages of having corners round include:

  • Less harmful
  • More durable
  • Aesthetically pleasant

The best way to prevent that is to cut the corners with a corner cutter.

Corner Cutter

You can buy it online and it does the job. Cut's all different corner sizes. It is also called corner rounder. I got mine from WeR, you can see this and other models here.

The corner puncher gives the following effect:

Adding audio to Your Books

What does it even mean? Look at this:

Template Example

This is how it looks like on a paper book copy:

YouTalky label on Heidegger's book

What is it for?

Upon scanning, it opens a website that is for that particular book copy.

Page that opens after scanning QR code

Clicking the microphone on the bottom down corner will start recording. You can say what you think about the book and it will be privately saved on that particular book copy.

It increases the value of the book and enables you to share your thoughts with people who will borrow or obtain this book copy from you in the future.

If you wish to know how to obtain such a label for your book, check this blog post to learn more.

Book gliding

Gliding is a technique used to ornament books. It consist of covering all book edge with a consistent color, often golden coat.

Golden edged, book gliding.

A way of ornamenting book edges is called fore-edge painting. It is basically painting on the side of the book.

That drastically increases the value of the book copy and is often used in combination with other techniques to produce unique copies.

Book binding

Binding books is an art. It is both a way of renewing books and publishing them. It often goes with marbling paper techniques.

Highlighting

Marking parts of the book with color markers can be perceived as destroying books. For some people, including great poets, thinkers and philosophers, it is a form of fulfilment.

Schopenhauer's custom was to make marginal notes, often extensive, in the same language as the book he was reading. These notes, unfailingly penetrating, are sometimes written with such vehemence that the pencil has almost pierced the paper. - The Philosophy of Schopenhauer by Bryan Magee
My Yoga is underlining sentences. - Joseph Campbell https://www.youtube.com/embed/aGx4IlppSgU

For me personally it is a form of staying in touch with your thoughts and with other readers. I have always loved going to a library, borrowing books and reading paragraphs and parts of the book that were underlined with a pencil. I had a feeling that I am finding out what was important to someone else. Also, I do not care anymore about any tradition of using books. Look around, out of bilions of book copies that are around, how many do you have? Your copies are not so important as 100 years ago.

Highlighted important parts with notes on the side.

If you are a highlighting type of a person, you might check another post on how to learn a language when highlighting words in a book.