Amongst my friends I have a reputation for being rather passionate about covering books, all books, with quality book plastic. I’m ahem, known for borrowing a book off a friend and returning it covered, some friends visit with their books wanting me to cover, and I have been known to lend books only on the condition my friend covers the book whilst in her keeping, handing her a slip of plastic as she leaves. Paperback, hardcover, dust jackets I cover them all, covering protects books, keeps them attractive and more durable.
I remember my mother covering books when I was a child, wrestling with builder’s plastic she had purchased from the local hardware store, I still have many of those books well protected in their plastic. When I began building our family library years ago, I contacted our local library to ask where they purchased the plastic they covered their books with, they directed me to England Holdings (here in Australia) and I haven’t looked back. I use the Clear Gloss Premium PVC Plastic 100 micron, (equivalent to 4mil, measurement for Brodart covers) and I highly recommend it. Don’t be tempted to go for cheap when purchasing plastic, I have friends who once found a cheaper source and the quality was cheaper too as they found to their disappointment.
I feel so passionate about the benefits of protecting your books with plastic I’ve put together a series of tutorials, my desire is you will then feel confident to begin covering your own books. The first tut I’m sharing is covering those precious dust jackets before they become further ratty and tatty. I just love the feel of dust jackets once they’re protected, so attractive and they call to me to pick up and read.
Feel free to ask any questions, I simply love talking about book covering 🙂