This took...so, so long. And it started on a whim.
To give an idea of how long, I had to dredge up PS7 and get it to work--not a picnic--and then convert some brushes, and then I went looking across the interwebs for stock that would suit my whimsy. A couple of them made it in, but then that looked too 'busy', so I scrapped them out.
I also did crazy research on some stupid things that...probably apply to something.
Stock from: =joannastar-stock
Laptop is a brush by ~pablux
I used Painter 9 for all of the text work except the stuff on the spine. Pretty much everything else was done in Photoshop 7. Original resolution is inline with a 5.5" x 8.5" book cover, so I could use this eventually, if the stock artists are cool with that.