Hah. No way would I have paid this for these books. It was as simple as heading to your local thrift store and picking up some paperbacks for some change. Now I did spent a lot of time ripping out the books from the covers (usually page by page) and picking off any glue that stuck to the pages but they've come in so handy when my table just needs something. I tied mine with regular twine but jute twine would look great also. My mom suggested getting the edges wet so they would be a little more distressed which maybe one of these days I'll get around too because her ideas are usually good ones.