1. Mary Crane August 15, 2015 @ 9:06 am Reply

    Thankyou for making these articles. I work in a Elementary school and we started a Book Doctors club. We have been teaching children how to repair books. Your blogs will come in handy.

    • John Ison John Ison September 28, 2015 @ 11:10 am Reply

      Interesting idea. I hope the blog is helping.

  2. Malisa McCrary July 27, 2018 @ 11:11 pm Reply

    I found this old book and I would really like to repair it myself, but the cover is missing completely also it was a hard cover. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    • Liz Bowie Liz Bowie August 9, 2018 @ 8:56 am Reply

      Hi, Malisa,
      Here’s what John had to say:

      Repair is impossible without the original cover, but you could rebuild the book to protect the contents and make it serviceable. It would be relatively simple to fashion a paperback-type cover by trimming a suitable material to fit, folding it to wrap the book, and attaching it to the spine of the book using Norbond adhesive.

      Building a replacement hard cover would involve considerable effort in gathering suitable cover boards, material to join those boards along the spine, and additional material to attach to the spine of the text block and inside of the covers. The illustration of the parts of a hardbound book in this post provides a good graphic of what you would need to do. However, this may require more time and effort than you are willing to put into a “found” book.


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