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Old 07-17-2018, 01:09 PM   #1
Andrew B.
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Default How to repair a book's binding

These are beginner instructions for home book repair. Unfortunately, it doesn't cover my problem, the solution to which is here . But this solution assumes your stapler can unfold, and I was too tired to get my stapler and look. So I found one on stapling without a stapler.

In my case, all I have to do is reattach the cover. So I would just staple the cover on using different staple locations on the spine. And that would work fine, until it comes loose again, which will be soon based on my past experience with this cover. So I should probably add some binding tape to the cover to hold the staples better. Or I could donate the book, buy new one, and hope for the best.

Hmmm, I wonder if there a glue-on hinges I can use instead. I'll keep wondering because now I'm too tired to search more.

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Old 07-18-2018, 11:13 AM   #2
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In my case, all I have to do is reattach the cover.
If this is not a valuable antique book (and most of those aren't saddle-stitched) then there are a few different ways to re-attach the cover.

My first choice would be to take it to a copy shop and have them punch it and put on a comb binding. There would be a cost to that, but somebody else would do all the work.

Another approach would be to get some inch-or-so-wide clear tape, and use it on the inside of the cover to connect it to the first and last pages.
Or, run a bead of rubber cement down the inside fold of the cover and attach it to the other pages.


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Thanks so much for the links...most interesting...particularly using the eraser as the support when stapling which is a very clever idea! I like Don's idea of clear tape for your book. They also make clear/transparent duct tape which has filaments of string (?) to make it stronger which you could also use to redo the binding--I find it stickier than the regular grey duct tape too....

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