1. Melissa Engel-Unruh February 22, 2017 @ 1:48 pm Reply

    Many of our older reference books in our high school library have a plastic “finger hook” attached to the top of the spine. It assists when students want to pull a book off the shelves. They simply place a finger inside the “hook” and pull, thus protecting the book’s end cap. Do you know what these “finger hooks” are called? They are clear. They adhere to the book’s cover front and back at the top, but the “hook” part is plastic and not sticky. I am hoping to find more of these to add to some of our older reference books, but I do not know what they are called. Any ideas?

  2. Liz Bowie Liz Bowie March 3, 2017 @ 1:36 pm Reply

    Hi, Melissa,
    I checked with John Ison, and he was unfamiliar with this product. However, our product manager will look into it, as it sounds like a neat idea! John also mentioned that clear plastic book wings can offer a lot of protection against torn head caps caused by pulling the books off the shelf.
    Thanks so much for sharing this information!

  3. Carolyn March 22, 2017 @ 12:25 am Reply

    Did I miss the link on how to purchase?

    Thank you

    • Liz Bowie Liz Bowie March 29, 2017 @ 12:19 pm Reply

      Hi, Carolyn,
      You should be able to click on the product links in the tables above to get to any of the products you’re interested in. Thanks for your interest!

  4. Lolo June 28, 2017 @ 7:09 am Reply

    Can you kindly recommend which products are best for children’s (heavily used, often thinner and larger) softcover books? I was grateful for the recommendation in the related hardcover post. Thank you kindly!

  5. John Ison John Ison July 6, 2017 @ 8:17 am Reply


    Children’s books as you describe often benefit from the support provided by Demco CircExtender Semi-rigid Covers. These covers are 5-mil polyester for added support with 2-mil spines for flexibility. They are available for books up to 13 inches high and will fit a wide variety of thicknesses.

    For the largest books which may need maximum support I recommend Demco CircExtender Rigid Cover IV as the 15-mil polyester will keep them upright while shelved and protect them from bending during use. As with Semi-rigid covers these have a 2-mil spine to allow the book to open easily and are available for books up to 13 inches high.

    You will find links to both of these products in the chart above. Thanks for your interest and please contact us again if you have further questions.


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