Book Repair for Paperback Books

Instructions on how to repair paperback books

paperback books

Plastic Covers for Paperback Books

Reinforcing Paperback Books With Commercial Clear Plastic Covers Many library supply companies sell self-adhesive clear plastic cover protectors to protect and reinforce paperback books. These plastic cover protectors may be a good solution for maintaining a paperback collection. Remember that these covers are basically large pieces of plastic tape and should not be used on materials that cannot be replaced. The book cover cannot be bound into the volume at a bindery once a plastic protector has been applied. Look for cover protectors that…

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Reinforcing Paperback Books

How to Reinforce Paperback Books With Board and Japanese Tissue Open the book cover to its natural fold line and crease with a folder. Photocopy any information on the inside of the front or back covers. Trim the photocopies and tip (click here for instructions) onto the text block. Reinforce the cover hinge fold with a 1” strip of Japanese tissue. l/4” of the tissue should extend onto the text with 3/4” on the cover. Dry with the covers open under weight. Cut two pieces…

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General Paperback Book Repairs

Many of us have an abundance of paperback books. Unfortunately, many paperback books are not well constructed so they are often in need of repair. It can be a poor use of your time, as well as extremely frustrating, to attempt to repair a paperback book that was not constructed to be repaired. Paperback books that are constructed in single pages glued   together can pose quite a problem for repair. Unlike the techniques used by library binders (double-fan binding with flexible glue), mass…

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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 Block Position the spine so the glued-down part of the turn-ins are centered on the text block spine, even with the top and bottom of the book boards. Mark the edges of the replacement spine cloth on the cover board. Put a strip of waste paper on the cover, lined up with the marks and glue from the waste paper toward the spine of the text…

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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 Text Block Spine When the book cloth spine is removed, examine the paper spine liner attached to the text block. This paper spine liner consolidates the signatures of the text block and helps evenly distribute the stress of opening the book. Many modern book manufacturers do use enough paper liners or a good quality of paper to line the spine. In many…

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Complex Book Repairs

ADVANCED REPAIRS Serious repair problems take more time and skill to accomplish than any other level of repair. Often, books that need advanced repairs were poorly repaired in the past.Here is the list of complex repair instructions I will cover in the next few posts.   Repairing the Spine Head or Tail Rebacking A Case Bound Book Recasing A Text Block Into the Cover Repairing and Reattaching Damaged or Separated Leaves, Folios or Signatures Endpaper Treatment and Repair Resewing A Damaged Text Block…

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Replacing Missing Pages

When a page is damaged beyond repair or has been previously mended with clear plastic tape, it may have to be replaced to keep the book usable. If a page is missing entirely, the only option is to replace the page. Check to see if a library has a second copy of the damaged book to use to photocopy a replacement page. The photocopy paper will probably be larger than the book so the page(s) will need to be trimmed to fit the…

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Hinging In Plates or Illustration Pages

Plates (illustration pages) can be attached to a text block in several ways. Some plates are printed on folded sheets that are sewn into the text block as part of a signature. Other plates are printed on shiny, stiff paper, then tipped onto the page with glue. As the original glue dries up, the plate can separate from the text and fall out of the book. Plates can be replaced by re-tipping them to the page or reattached by creating a Japanese tissue hinge…

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Re-attaching Illustrations and Plates

Plates are illustrations that are printed separately from the text of a book. Many plates are smaller than the text block page and are attached to a page of a text block by tipping them in along one edge. This is common even in books with sewn text blocks because plates are often printed on coated paper that is heavier than the paper used to print the text block. When the original glue dries up, the plate separates from the text and falls out…

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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 area, others will slide in from the top or bottom of the text block. Practice putting the page into the book before gluing to see how the page goes in the best. Often a repaired page cannot be replaced as far back into the spine as when the book was new. If the edges of the repaired or replacement page extend beyond the text…

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