A while back, Studio 5 did a segment on using old books in everyday home decor. My favorite was using them to make a custom lamp. I couldn't find the link in their archives, but did find some pictures online. (I've e-mailed them and will keep you posted if they send me information)
These lamps would be great on any entry way piece, in a study or even in a family room. I'd also like to see the idea taken further for a child's room, using classic children's books.
Click here for some step-by-step instructions from the Do it Yourself Network site.
(photos link to original sites)