When a friend or visitor walks up to a real bookshelf in your home and takes interest in one of your books, they can thumb through it and even borrow it for themselves.
With these, it is a farce, a disappointment, an insult. A real bookshelf says "I read these and you can too!" A bookshelf of papercraft books says "I licensed these for myself and due to DRM and copyright all I can share is the jacket."
Bookshelves full of papercraft books mock the beauty of bookshelves full of real books.
Always nice to get some eyeballs! I didn't expect any interest in this really - as it's ultimately completely pointless!
Here is the current status: http://elvispt.github.io/crt/
Don't. Just learn webpack and call it a day.
The social aspect of showing a visitor one's bookshelf is definitely getting lost. Even when actively wanting to share reading thoughts or recommandation with someone, it can be awkward to hand over a kindle or iPad with every single book downloaded when some of them touch very private subjects or controversial matters.
As an aside, there is less and less things worth printing out. Papercraft seems to be the best use of a printer nowadays.
It's a silly project (almost arty in its pointlessness). I can't remember why I thought of it, but I liked the simplicity of pulling combining easily available item dimensions and cover images.
On a related note, the Google book scanning project cut up a lot of books by cutting the spine off. In Building 45 there used to be some fake bookcases with the spines glued on to look like all those books were on the shelf. Kind of made me sad, sort of like a book crypt.
For example I tried:
No Results were displayed, but typing in the title Refactoring worked just fine. This was in Chrome and Firefox on my laptop.
In fact, if you did what the others down below suggested (the Amazon Kindle scraper) then the inside could automatically contain when you purchased the book which would be kind of cool
I love it.
Example screenshot with chrome on the bottom: http://puu.sh/gLdy2.png
It'd be interesting to see a project like this that uses just the side jackets with the titles to create a "bookshelf poster" that can be laid out wallpaper style.
That being said I definitely saw the pop-up in Safari on iOS 8.2. I appreciate the warning, would've got frustrated without it.