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  • Joanne Zemotel June 30, 2017 @ 2:10 pm Reply

    Help! I have a green cloth covered 1953 ed. of Kipling’s Jungle Book (it was mine in the 4th grade and the Teacher let us choose a copy to keep at the end of the school year–my book had an ink stain spilled over the swatzsticka on the cover and I was lucky to get this same copy to keep). The problem is the entire cover has detached from the book. The pages are intact and still bound by thread . I cannot afford to purchase any do-it-yourself kits, and would love to give this (repaired) book to my 11 year-old grandson. I watched the demo video, but it was for repairing a detached spine, not the whole cover. My brother suggested Elmer’s School Glue, but I don’t think that is the way to do the repair. Thank you for your kind assistance!

  • John Ison John Ison July 9, 2017 @ 5:12 pm Reply


    This is a fairly simple repair that we addressed in our blog post some time ago titled “The Book Doctor is In: Rebuilding Broken Books (Part 2)”. Here is the link directly to that posting:

    The process is also shown in detail in our Book Repair Video. Here is the link to the appropriate part of that video (insert link to part 10 of the video Reattaching a torn-off cover of a library book.)

    There are two things I’d like to be sure you are aware of:
    •The appearance of the book inside both covers will be changed a bit as the white binding tape will be visible at both hinges.
    •This repair cannot be made successfully by simply attaching a piece of flat tape between the cover and flyleaf at each hinge area. Doing so would place all of the strain of holding the text block in place on the flyleaf which would quickly fail.

    Since you don’t have the needed materials I would suggest that you visit your public library to see if they can sell—or give—you the very small amount you will need to accomplish this repair.

    I’m sure that with the help of the blog post or the video (or both!) you won’t have any difficulty repairing the book for your grandson to enjoy.


  • Rachael December 4, 2017 @ 2:43 pm Reply

    What is the best way to repair a book that is missing the binding? I have a few that the previous owner “repaired” with duct tape, and one with a fabric type tape, which is now coming off. The one I want to work on first is from 1893, originally a pressed leather or something similar. It has some type of fabric tape on it but it is coming off. I don’t have the funds to professionally get them repaired, but want to make them look better than having duct tape! Thank you!!! (For reference, the book is ‘History of the World’s Fair’ by Truman; Publisher: Mammoth; copyright: 1893)

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