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How to rebind damaged books. From the problem to the solution.

Dust Jacket
Detached cover
Title on the spine
Broken spine
High spine
Buckling book
Broken section book
Broken single leaf book
Broken books with notching
Singer sewing
Tear leaf
Detached leaf
Adhesive tape



Broken section book 

The problem

What to do

What not to do


Donít try to fix it temporarily with an non neutral adhesive tape. The acid adhesive tape spots the paper and lasts no more than three or four years.


commercial adhesive tape
Donít ask for a new singer seam without supports because the weight of the volume could break the binding again.   machine sewing
For the same reasons itís not recommended to have the binder make a new cover with the endpapers glued to the first and the last section. glued endpapers
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