Book Repair for Paperback Books

Paperback books are great for carrying around to read when the opportunity presents but they are not constructed for the kind of rough life they lead. When we have favourites that get read over and over again we naturally want to keep them in as good condition as possible.

 

I have listed here the techniques you can find on this site for repairing your favourite paperback books. There are also many techniques and explanations in the Book Repair Basics section that can be used for paperback book repairs.

Brushes

Adhesives and Repair Tissue

When applying adhesive to Japanese repair tissue, choose a brush that matches the size of the surface. If the area ...
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Binding Pamphlets

Binding Pamphlets and Booklets Part 1

Over the next few posts I will talk about methods of binding pamphlets, booklets or single pages of information into ...
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Binding Pamphlets

Binding Pamphlets and Booklets Part 2

Punching Sewing Holes in Pamphlet Materials Center Folded Materials For items that are center folded, a punching jig and signature ...
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Binding Pamphlets

Binding Pamphlets and Booklets Part 3

THE THREE HOLE PAMPHLET STITCH Choose the three hole stitch for fairly thin material that is less than 7” tall. A ...
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Binding Pamphlets

Binding Pamphlets and Booklets Part 4

THE FIVE HOLE PAMPHLET STITCH The instructions for the five hole pamphlet stitch use a one signature pamphlet. The same sewing ...
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Binding Pamphlets

Binding Pamphlets and Booklets Part 5

Sewing Multiple Signature Pamphlets Into Binders A multiple-signature pamphlet that is side sewn or side stapled can be punched or drilled ...
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Parts-of-a-Book

Book Construction – Part 1

Books are constructed in several ways. Many repair materials work best on certain kinds of paper or in specific parts ...
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Parts-of-a-Book

Book Construction – Part 2

Book Paper and Book Cloth Many types of paper or book cloth can be used in manufacturing, binding and repairing ...
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book corners

Book Corner Repairs

The corners of a book take a great deal of stress and can be damaged while the rest of the ...
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Book Repair Glue

Book Repair – Glue or Paste?

There are two main kinds of adhesives used in book repair: paste and glue. Each has special properties and should ...
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Book Repair Glue

Book Repair Adhesives

There are two main kinds of adhesives used in book repair: paste and glue. Each has special properties and should ...
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Book Repair Glue

Book Repair Glue

The most commonly used glue for book repair these days is Polyvinyl Acetate (PVA). Also known as craft glue or ...
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Techniques for Paperback Books

Book Construction

General paperback book repairs

Reinforcing paperbacks

Plastic covers for paperbacks

Japanese Repair Tissue

Document Repair Tape

Using Clear Plastic Tape

Cleaning Pages of a Book

Re-attaching Pages

Replacing Missing Pages

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