8 Ways to Waterproof Your Summer Reads


We’re done with the idea of the “beach read” at Book Riot, but we are certainly not done with the idea of reading books on the beach. Or in the pool. Or a bath. Or hot tub. Or really, a nice enough kiddie pool and I’m there. Buuuuuuut books and water don’t usually play nice together, eh? A waterproof book then is really what we’re talking about when we say beach read. And, turns out, you have some options readers. (Options beyond Baby Einstein’s Water, Water, Everywhere even.)

1. Go the Martha route, and waterproof those covers

It’s obviously not going to really protect your book, but it’s a nice idea if you’re going to be in a splash zone (and have some extra crafting time on your hands).


2. Bathe in style with a bathtub book caddy

Also, not waterproofed per se, but did you see that wine glass holder? Did you? (Also, maaaaaany readers I know can attest to how fantastic this thing is.)


3. Or, take that idea straight into the pool, with a book pool float

Okay, for serious, this one actually makes me super nervous, especially because I have a large dog who loves to jump in the pool at inopportune moments but YMMV.


4. The book BECOMES the float with this waterproof book cover

I’m not sold on this one, and many other Rioters aren’t as well. Mashed pages. Tiny little thumb holes. A price tag of $85 (!?!). BUUUT it also has a certain ingenious quality to it that just might work. And, you have to agree that the tiny little thumb holes are kind of adorbs.


5. Take your e-reader directly into the pool with a waterproof case

File this under the more practical of methods for waterproofing your books. These waterproof e-reader covers range from the most basic (in that you can just stick your Kindle in a gallon Ziplock bag) to a fancier version of the same concept

to a full clip-on case.


6. Buy a waterproof book to begin with

biblio-bath kickstarted their super simple idea for waterproofed classics in 2015. These books are surprisingly beautiful in their design, but they do only offer four books: short stories from Mark Twain, Macbeth, Sun Zi’s The Art of War (which is a book I definitely want to read in the pool), and Yeats’ Cloths of Heaven & Other Poems. 


7. Or, look for other waterproof books for even more fun

Before biblio-bath was Aqua Erotica, 18 erotic short stories printed in a waterproof book. If you’re going to be wet anyways…


8. Seriously, just listen to audiobooks

Sometimes, the simplest answer is also the best. Audiobooks are perfect for summertime reading. Snag yourself some water-resistant portable speakers, and you can bring that book into the shower, the bath, or even that fancy-ass kiddie pool.


How do you waterproof your books for summer reading? 


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Nikki VanRy: Nikki VanRy is a damn proud resident of Arizona, where she gets to indulge her love of tacos, desert storms, and tank tops. She also writes for the Tucson Festival of Books, loves anything sci-fi/fantasy, drinks too much chai, and will spend all day in bed reading thankyouverymuch.   Twitter: @nikkivanry