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.

Egg Eye Needle

Book Repair Sewing Needles

Using the right needle will make sewing easy and more successful. Needles should be as small in diameter as possible, ...
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Egg Eye Needle

Book Repair Thread | Linen Thread

Books are traditionally sewn with linen thread which is very strong and can be purchased in several sizes. Choosing the ...
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book repair folder

Book Repair Tools

Let's have a look at the most useful tools you can have to help you repair your favorite books. A ...
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Book Review – Basic Bookbinding

As you will see from the Resources page - I chose this book to include in my list of recommended ...
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Cleaning Books

Cleaning Books

Other Types of Cleaning Dry cleaning (as covered in a previous post) will only remove surface dirt. More advanced cleaning techniques ...
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Cleaning Books

Cleaning Pages of a Book

When attempting to clean paper, always start with the least abrasive cleaning method before trying others. Keep in mind that cleaning ...
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Clear Plastic Tape (Sticky Tape)

Many books are repaired with clear plastic tape or "sticky tape". What appears to be a quick solution can become ...
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rebacking a book

Complex Book Repairs

ADVANCED REPAIRS Serious repair problems take more time and skill to accomplish than any other level of repair. Often, books that ...
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Designing Specific Book Repair Work

Often a damaged book does not easily fit into a single repair category. It might be bound in an unfamiliar style ...
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Document Repair Tape

Document Repair Tape

Document repair tapes differ from common clear plastic in several ways. The carrier (the part of the tape that holds ...
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Drying Book Repair Work

Most repairs involve moisture of some kind, be it paste or glue. When moisture is introduced into paper, board or cloth, ...
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rolled up maps

Flattening Rolled Paper

We often keep large maps and posters rolled up - usually to save space. When you want to look at ...
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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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