Thursday, April 03, 2008

Fixing broken spines on paperback books

William Smith of Hang Fire Books in Brooklyn has a tutorial on using a clothes iron to re-glue paperback book covers that have become separated from the pages.

The problem with learning a technique like this is that you immediately feel guilty about all the past patients you lost that you didn't have to. I'm sure Jonas Salk felt the same way.

Warning: If you try this technique, start out on worthless books until you find the right heat level and I WOULD NOT attempt this on vintage paperbacks with laminated covers (Dell Mapbacks for instance) unless you first remove the laminate (which is probably half-peeled off anyway).