10 Paperback Care Tips You Need To Know

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It may not be easy, but every reader should learn to take care of these treasures.
Paperbacks are one of the most mainstream format of books. Almost every reader prefers it because it costs much less than the hard covers, but are still able to deliver the same kind of magic. 


What exactly should you do to take care of paperback books? Here's a list of tips!
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Unfortunately, it can be quite hard to take care of paperbacks. Their spines can break and crease. Their covers can tear. Their prints can fade. It may not be easy, but every reader should learn to take care of these treasures.

A lot of people ask: How would you do that? What exactly should you do to take care of paperback books?

So, I made a list of tips that you can use to make sure all your paperbacks maintain their good looks for a long time.


1. Keep your books away from unfavorable conditions.

No, this isn't just about keeping your paperbacks away from a raging fire. Keep your books away from direct sunlight, heat, and humid areas. If you expose them to these conditions, there is a good chance that the adhesive on the spine would dry-up and eventually crack – rendering the pages of your treasured piece unbound.


2. Stack your books properly.

What exactly should you do to take care of paperback books? Here's a list of tips!
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When you store your books, don’t just randomly place your entire collection on a shelf. Organize them! The best way to do this is to keep the books upright and arrange them according to their sizes. Place the books with similar sizes beside each other.

Placing a big dictionary beside a novel that is shorter in size will exert too much pressure on the smaller-sized book and ruin its spine alignment. 


3. There’s a proper way of getting a book from the shelf.

What exactly should you do to take care of paperback books? Here's a list of tips!
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If you’re the type of person who likes to periodically shift through different reading materials, you should be aware of how haphazardly nabbing your paperbacks from the shelves can do harm. When you grab a book from the top of its spine, you are actually putting all the weight of the book plus your hand on the lower spine. If done repetitively, you will see a dent on the bottom part of the spine and put the paperback in danger of a cracked spine. 

The best thing to do is to grab it from the middle portion of the spine, then gently pull it out from the shelf.


4. Don’t store your books in tight, enclosed spaces.

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Don’t store your paperbacks anywhere it can’t breathe - like plastic boxes, cartons, and tiny cabinets. These enclosed spaces can trap moisture and lead to the formation of molds. The pages of your book will suffer from discoloration and the sides may warp and tear.
Instead, put them on an open shelf. It doesn't matter what material you use to build your shelf as long as it has enough space for your books to be displayed beautifully. Besides, books make awesome decorations. Why would you want to hide them? 


5. Even in open shelves, put silica to absorb moisture.


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This will help you make sure that there is absolutely no moisture left to wreak havoc on your books.  Bags of silica is readily available anywhere, so there is no excuse for not getting a few for your book collection. 


6. Check your house for termites.


What exactly should you do to take care of paperback books? Here's a list of tips!
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As we all know, paper comes from wood pulp and termites love to munch on wood. If left unchecked, a termite infestation can quickly spread through your shelves and may ruin your collection of books in no time. 


7. Wrap your book covers in clear plastic.


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The covers of paperbacks have a tendency to fold easily. When this happens, it leaves unsightly white streaks that will ruin the look of your book. Wrapping your paperbacks with good quality plastic cover will make it resistant – but remember, not immune - to the dangers of folding. 


8. Use dusters with soft bristles to dust your books.


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Dust will inevitably build up on the surface of your books, but what many don’t know is that the dust can also settle inside page gaps. The best way to remove them would be to use a duster with soft bristles. Compared to wiping, they are more capable of pulling out the dirt from the tiny spaces between the pages.


9. Don’t use thick bookmarks.


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If you like to collect bookmarks for your huge paperback collection, be sure to avoid using thick ones, as they might stretch the spine. This prolonged stretching will create permanent gaps between your favorite novel’s pages because the adhesive can get irreversibly stretched. It is a surefire way of getting cracks on the spine.


10. Make sure you have clean hands when you read.


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Reading may get quite exciting and before you know it, you’re trying to eat a bag of oily chips while turning your book’s pages. Oil and other dirt particles that come from your hand can damage your books. It will stain the pages and the cover, and unfortunately, these stains are not things that you can remove.


Displaying your beautiful paperbacks will add to the beauty of your home, but it will not look good if your spines have creases and your pages are stained. So, make an effort to keep them looking good for a long period of time. No book lover will ever regret doing so.

Do you have more ideas on how to take care of paperbacks? Share it in the comments and let us know! 

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9 comments:

  1. What funny it that I follow all these tips except the wrapping in plastic to a tee, Even if the book was bought used, I treat it as if it brand new. I could never store my books in a books, no longer than moving it from one home to another home. We had to do away with the silica packs when I had children but I plan on restoring that habit once our littlest ones have grown more.

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  2. Great tips, I have never really considered my book caring skills until I read your post. The silica bag idea is a really nice little trick!

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  3. Thank you for sharing such effective and useful ways to protect our beloved books from all of the harms.. Those are going to be handy for the bookworms like us..

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  4. These are so good tips, I have so many paperback books and literally was not taking enough steps or I would say that I was not following the points you mentioned to take care of them. I love books, and to have them with me as long as I can, I am going to work on having them arranged properly and the silica to absorb moisture is such good tip.

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  5. Great post. I have a nice library dedicated to some of my favorite books that includes paperback and it is good to preserve them in a nice room with a moderate temperature on a great shelf.

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  6. Oh great tip here about keeping the damp feeling out the books with Silica. Thanks for sharing I always have this issue from the humidity. Great and helpful post!

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  7. What a handy tips! I guess I'll need to make some space between my books now!

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  8. These are great and useful tips on taking good care of books. I have some books that need to organize, and will try these tips.

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  9. I have a book shelf at home which i adore because it houses all of my favorite books..i regulary clean the books with a soft brush to keep the dirt off...

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