Can I use a thermal binding machine to repair and maintain paperback books?

posted this on May 25, 2016

Reading is a great pastime and it’s one that has been enjoyed for years. Although hardcover books are durable and look great in a bookcase, many people prefer paperbacks. There are several reasons for this. For one thing, paperback books are almost always more affordable than hardcovers. Also, paperback books are lightweight so they’re perfect for reading on the go. However, paperbacks aren’t as durable as hardcovers and they can fall apart over time. This Hub will give you pointers on how to make your books last longer, including some instructions so you can repair them with a thermal binding machine if any pages fall out. Let’s get started!

How to make your paperbacks last longer:

  • Make sure you keep your paperbacks away from water as much as possible. Sure, a few raindrops won’t ruin your book but dropping it in a pool or bathtub will cause the pages to warp. This can make the volume unreadable in some cases. Also, your books should be stored in a dry environment when you’re not reading them. Otherwise, they can begin to mildew.
  • You need to store your books properly. If you have the shelf space, the books should be lined up so they’re flush. (However, don’t pack so many on a shelf that it’s difficult to remove them.) If you’re storing some books on a coffee table or night stand, stack them in piles with the largest (and heaviest) ones on the bottom. Take the time to dust the books occasionally so they’ll stay clean.
  • Clear contact paper can be used to laminate the front and back covers of your books. This will make the covers tear-proof and spill-resistant. Just cut out a piece of contact paper that’s slightly larger than the covers and spine, peel away the lining, and apply it to your book. If you want to avoid using contact paper, a nice fabric or paper cover is a good option.
  • Resist the urge to turn down the corner of the page to mark your spot. Use a bookmark instead. (Check out the selection at your local bookstore.) You can also make your own bookmarks if you have access to a pouch laminator.
  • Keep your books out of the reach of children and pets. Pets have been known to chew on the corners of books which can leave a bunch of teeth indentations. If you have kids, restrict access to your paperbacks until the kids are old enough to know how to treat a book.
  • Finally, keep food and drinks away from your books. And don’t write in them!

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