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.

loose pages

Re-attaching Pages

Tipping-in is one way to reattach a detached page or plate, errata sheet or replacement page. Tipping-in is not used to ...
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loose pages

Reattaching a Single Text Page

Each book will accept a repaired or replaced page in a different way. Some pages will sit easily into the hinge ...
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book spine damage

Rebacking – Attaching a New Book Spine

The last part of rebacking your hardcover book using Method One is Attaching the New Spine Cloth to the Text ...
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rebacking a book

Rebacking – Lining the Text Block Spine

Now that you have removed the original spine, we continue with Method 1 for rebacking a hardcover book. Lining the ...
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paperback books

Reinforcing Paperback Books

How to Reinforce Paperback Books With Board and Japanese Tissue Open the book cover to its natural fold line and ...
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Spiral bound books

Reinforcing Spiral Bound Books

Spiral bindings can be reinforced for longer life. This technique was developed at the University of Michigan Library and uses a ...
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loose pages

Repairing Cut Paper or Pages

Paper cuts slice completely through the paper fibers so they do not have a top or bottom feathered edge as ...
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Japanese repair tissue

Repairing Holes in Book Pages

It is not too common to find holes in the middle of the page, but it can happen. While the print ...
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torn-book-page

Repairing Paper

In general I use Japanese repair tissue, wheat paste, and heat-set tissue or repair tape to repair paper tears. Over ...
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Japanese repair tissue

Repairing Paper Tears with Japanese Tissue

Japanese repair tissue adds strength to a repair. It is used when the tear does not have wide, overlapping edges and ...
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Japanese repair tissue

Repairing Paper Tears with Wheat Paste

When the paper tear has a strong, obvious top and bottom edge, applying wheat paste to the edges of the ...
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Document Repair Tape

Repairs with Document Tape

Document repair tape is discussed in a previous post. In general, it should only be used on books that are not ...
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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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