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What is the best way to protect a Paperback Book?

I need to protect a Paperback Book but what is the best way to protect it. If you recommend using a clear-seal book cover (the sticky plastic) what is the best way of putting it on as I find it very tricky to do so.

asked Aug 25 '10 at 15:13

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edited Feb 04 '11 at 11:19

When I was in school we "had" to cover our books and I found the easiest a clear bookcover to seal your books. You do need some practice to cover your books but it works great in the end. To avoid any air bubbles you can use a ruler (this may not help everyone but helped with me)

I <3 wikiHow: here's a tutorial on how to use it: Cover a Paperback Book With Clear Plastic Film

answered Sep 04 '10 at 19:21

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We had to return our books at the end of term so we couldn't do anything permanent to the books, hence the brown paper bag idea.

(Sep 04 '10 at 22:35) ageekmom ♦ ageekmom's gravatar image

When I was in school I used a paper bag from the grocery store, cut it and taped it in place.

answered Aug 25 '10 at 16:15

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We did the same thing as IamTechCrazy, since the school almost never had any of the free (and much flimsier paper, plastered with local business ads) bookcovers.

For extra durability on heavier books, we'd clear contact paper cover paper bags (turned inside out, since even paper bags have store names & logos on them) after drawing on them.

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answered Aug 25 '10 at 16:38

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ageekmom ♦

Paper bags just rip when I put them on a book for a couple of days.

(Sep 04 '10 at 19:15) Feras Feras's gravatar image

Weird, they must not make paper bags as sturdy as they did when I was growing up because those things were practically ballistic nylon quality in terms of durability. You have to fit them really tight on the book otherwise they'll fall off/snag. Maybe I'll grab one and do a video of how we used to wrap 'em back in the day. :)

(Sep 04 '10 at 22:35) ageekmom ♦ ageekmom's gravatar image

I think its because I am in the UK and we don't use paper bags and if we do they are very thin.

(Sep 05 '10 at 08:18) Feras Feras's gravatar image

What I would normally do is throw the book at someone walking down the sidewalk and forget about ever reading a book again....jk

answered Sep 05 '10 at 08:21

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Use a sheet of acid free paper to absorb moisture and protect contents from light damage and place in a acid free non-outgasing archival plastic sealable bag. Also, do not use the sticky plastic because it will damage the item you are protecting in time. A stamp store or bookstore might have the items you need.

answered Sep 05 '10 at 08:28

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